Garcia-Escaño’s Vivant Group pioneers seawater desalination in Mactan

A subsidiary of the Cebu-based Vivant Group has invested P2 billion to finalize the Philippines’ inaugural large-scale seawater desalination project in Cordova, Mactan, scheduled for completion in December of this year.

Isla Mactan-Cordova Corporation (IMCC) is spearheading this endeavor, set to enter full commercial operations early next year following rigorous testing and commissioning phases.

Jess Anthony Garcia, the president and CEO of IMCC, said the initial phase of the plant can yield 20 million liters of water per day, satisfying the daily consumption needs of 20,000 Filipino households.

IMCC, a subsidiary of Vivant Hydrocore Holdings Inc., holds a 25-year contract to supply desalinated water to the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD). Moreover, the plant has the capacity for expansion to produce 50 million liters daily.

With construction progress at 70%, the project is poised to install crucial components of state-of-the-art seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology. This process effectively eliminates salts from seawater to produce safe drinking water.

The primary objective of this project is to bridge the gap between water demand and supply while simultaneously allowing overexploited groundwater aquifers to naturally replenish.

US leads call to triple nuclear power at COP28

More than 20 nations including the United States called for a tripling of nuclear energy to drive down emissions on Saturday as world leaders assembled for a second day at UN climate talks in Dubai.