Corporate Highlights

PBAPP’S INNOVATIVE WATER TREATMENT PLANT RESIDUE RE-CYCLING PROJECT WINS 2 AWARDS

A PBAPP project to re-cycle water treatment plant residue won the Penang State Innovation Award 2016 (Non-ICT Category) on 28/11/2017. This “green” project involves the conversion of the residue at the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (Sungai Dua WTP) into a value-added material that may be used in clay brick production.

PBAPP also won the “Innovation Award Runner-Up” trophy for this project at the “International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2017” event in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) on 13/10/2017.

PBAPP launched an innovation project called “Conversion of Sungai Dua WTP residue into Clay Bricks” in 2009. Following various project innovation processes and tests, PBAPP has successfully produced “safe” clay bricks using water treatment plant residue. The clay bricks that PBAPP made (using Sungai Dua WTPR as a plasticizer) are non-toxic, inert and “safe” in terms of corrosivity, ignitability and reactivity. Moreover, the strength of the bricks, as building materials, complies with the Malaysian standard (MS 76:1976) and the European standard (BS EN771-1:2003) for clay bricks.


IKM EXCELLENCE AWARD 2017

8 December 2017

Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd’s (PBAPP’s) Central Water Laboratory received the “IKM Laboratory Excellence Award 2017” from Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM–Malaysian Institute of Chemistry) on 8/12/2017 at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

IKM hands out the award exclusively to laboratories that “comply with the MS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation and that have achieved competency in the practice of analytical work”.

PBAPP’s Central Water Laboratory is accredited to MS ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of Malaysia (SAMM), for the testing of raw water, settled water and treated water. Located in the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Seberang Prai Utara, the Central Laboratory is part of the Package 12 treatment plant works that was officially opened by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng on 3/6/2016.


MSOSH Gold (Class II) Award for Batu Feringghi Water Treatment Plant.

24 August 2017

PBAPP’s Batu Feringghi Water Treatment Plant earned the “Gold (Class II)” award (utilities sector) from the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health (MSOSH), for recording Zero (0) “dangerous occurrences”, accidents and “lost time injury” at this water treatment plant during the year of evaluation.

Located on a hillside overlooking the Batu Ferringhi beachfront, the Batu Ferringhi Water Treatment Plant was commissioned in the year 2000 to treat raw water from the Teluk Bahang Dam. With 28 No. of workers and maximum treatment capacity of 120 million litres per day (MLD), it produces potable water that is distributed to the north-western coastline areas of Tanjong Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang on Penang Island.


ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Awards 2015

Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) received two awards at the 33rd Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) on 25 November 2015.

ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Engineering Award

The ‘ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Project Award’ (2015) was conferred upon PBAPP for its engineering achievements at the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (Sungai Dua WTP) in Seberang Perai. This award recognises outstanding engineering achievements in ASEAN countries. Its citation states: ‘The basis for this award shall be an engineering achievement that demonstrates outstanding engineering skills, that have made a significant contribution to the engineering process and the quality of life in ASEAN.’

ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Honorary Member Award

The second AFEO award for PBAPP is the conferment of the ‘AFEO Honorary Member’ upon PBA Holdings Bhd and PBAPP Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa. This award is given to persons ‘who have rendered outstanding services to the engineering profession, the institution and/or the nation.’ Dato’ Ir. Jaseni has served in PBA, PBAPP and PBAHB for 30 years.  
 
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PBAPP and PBAHB CEO Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa (left) receiving the ASEAN AFEO Award for the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant.
 
 
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Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa (centre), senior PBAPP managers and engineers with the two ASEAN AFEO awards won by PBAPP.


KeTTHA INDUSTRY AWARDS

   
 

PBAPP was named as Malaysia’s ‘Water Services Operator of The Year” in the inaugural KeTTHA Industry Awards (KIA) ceremony organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) on 21 November 2013.

PBAPP also received the inaugural “Efficiency Award” in the water industry category, scoring a memorable “double” for Penang in the field of sustainable water supply management.


LEADING A JICA PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

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NRW represents water loss in the water supply Industry. The reduction of NRW is important because less water loss means more water availability for consumers. NRW percentage is regarded worldwide as a key performance indicator in the water supply industry. To put it simply, a water supply operator with a low NRW percentage is generally regarded to be an efficient water supply operator.

In 2013, PBAPP recorded a NRW percentage of 18.2% for Penang, as compared to the national average of 36.6%, as reported in the Malaysia Water Industry Guide 2013.

In short, Penang’s NRW percentage was less than half of the national average. It was also the lowest amongst all the states in Malaysia. In fact, since PBAPP was incorporated in 1999, Penang’s NRW percentage has consistently been the lowest in Malaysia.

Accordingly, in 2014, PBAPP was appointed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to serve as the lead organisation for the implementation of the JICA Partnership Programme on “NRW (Non Revenue Water) Reduction Technology Training and Capacity Building in Malaysia”.

The aim of this project is for PBAPP to acquire the latest Japanese technology in NRW management to further reduce water loss In Penang. A team of PBAPP engineers and technicians will be trained to serve as NRW lecturers. Once this team is ready, PBAPP will then provide NRW reduction training for other water supply operators throughout Malaysia, with endorsement from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA).

The duration of the project is from 1 January 2014 – 30 November 2016. JICA will provide a partnership grant of RM1.6 million for expenses while PBAPP will allocate the land for the ‘training field” and appoint a team of lecturer trainees. PBAPP will also provide the training facilities at the Penang Water Services Academy (PWSA).

JICA has also appointed Tokyo Suido Services, or TSS, to work directly with PBAPP on this project. TSS has helped Tokyo to achieve 3.3% NRW.

On 18 March 2014, JICA, PBAPP and TSS signed an agreement to formalise the partnership programme, witnessed by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and the Consul-General of Japan, H.E. Mr. Ryuji Noda.


WATERLINKS AWARD

 

Together with PDAM Tirta Musi Palembang, PBAPP won the international “WaterLinks” Award for “Best Water Operator Partnership (WOP)” in 2011.

WaterLinks represents the International Water Association (IWA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID has been implementing initiatives in Asia through its Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) projects.

The WOP project is one of ECO-Asia’s key water supply initiatives. As a participant, PBAPP has been sharing its best practices and core competencies with PDAM Tirta Musi, the water supplier for the province of Palembang in Indonesia since December 2009.

The initial target for the partnership was to improve water supply services to 40,000 residents. At the point of initiation, more than 70% of these residents had intermittent water supply for 10-12 hours daily.

By focusing on non-revenue water (NRW) management and capacity development, PBAPP helped PDAM Tirta Musi to improve continuous water supply and increase access to safe drinking water for the benefit of 150,000 residents; and water supply availability has been upgraded to 24 hours a day.

A total of 80 PDAM Tirta Musi personnel were also trained by the Penang Water Services Academy (PBAPP’s sister-company that specialises in water industry training services).


Penang Green Office Certification by the Penang Green Office Council

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OTHER AWARDS RECEIVED

 
2011 Penang State Level Safety Week 2011
Video Presentation on Safety
Best Video and Best Director
2006 Gold ( Class II ) – OSH Awards
by the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health
2001 MWA Outstanding Water Award for Management 2001
by the Malaysian Water Association
2001 Silver Award – OSH Awards
by the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health
 

18th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

PBAHB REWARDS SHAREHOLDERS FOR THE 16th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

  • The 18th AGM of PBA Holdings Bhd approved a final single tier dividend of 2.25 sen per share on 28/6/2018.
  • Total dividend for 2017 is approximately 4.00 sen per share.

PENANG, Thursday, 28/6/2018: PBA HOLDINGS BHD (Stock reference: PBA – 5041) will pay out a final single tier dividend of 2.25 sen per share
for its 2017 financial year.

This total amount due to 8,502 shareholders for this final dividend payout is about RM13.2 million. The final dividend payout was approved by PBAHB shareholders in the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) here today.

Earlier, in January 2018, PBAHB had paid out a first interim single tier dividend of 1.75 sen per share to all shareholders.

As such, the total dividend declared by PBAHB for the financial year ending 31/12/2017 amounts to approximately 4.00 sen per share.

2017 marked the 16th consecutive year in which PBAHB has consistently paid dividends to its shareholders. This company was public listed on 18/4/2002.

   

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 2017  

In 2017, the PBAHB Group’s core business was water supply in the State of Penang. PBAHB’s 100% owned subsidiary, Perbadanan Bekalan Air
Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) served as the licensed water supply operator in Penang.

PBAHB recorded a profit after tax (PAT) of RM37.3 million in 2017 as compared to RM61.8 million in 2016, primarily from the sales of water in Penang.

The 2 main reasons for the lower PAT figure in 2017 were:

  • PBAPP discounted water bills for all 604,547 water consumers in Penang for one water supply billing cycle, in support of the “Pulau Pinang Bangkit” flood relief efforts in November 2017. This corporate social responsibility (CSR) gesture cost PBAPP about RM16.6 million in revenue; and
  • PBAHB incurred an income tax expense of RM3.7 million in 2017, as compared to RM7.1 million in income tax refunds in 2016 (due an extension in reinvestment allowances).

These two factors reduced PBAHB’s PAT by a total of RM27.4 million yearon-year.

However, PBAHB managed to reduce its cost of sales and administrative costs by about RM1.9 million in 2017, to record the PAT of RM37.3 million.

   

APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHAIRMAN

Following the results of the historic 14th Malaysian General Elections on 9/5/2018, PBAHB and PBAPP’s previous Chairman, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, has been appointed as the Minister of Finance, Malaysia.

YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Penang. By virtue of his position as Chief Minister, YAB Tuan Chow is
now serving as the Non-Independent and Non-Executive Chairman of PBAHB and PBAPP, in accordance to the PBAHB Company Constitution.

We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

   

INITIATIVES TO ENSURE SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY  

As at June 2018, the following is a summary of 3 key PBAPP water supply initiatives to ensure sustainable water supply management in Penang:

  • Penang’s 3rd Twin Submarine Pipeline Project

This RM125.0 million Butterworth-to-Penang Twin Submarine Pipeline Project which will facilitate more efficient pumping of more treated water from Sungai Dua to this location in the future. Penang’s third submarine project is scheduled for completion in December 2020

  • Taking Back the Expanded Mengkuang Dam

Penang is waiting for the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) to hand over the expanded 73.5 billion litre Mengkuang Dam in good working order. The key conditions for the hand over include:

    1. KeTTHA’s allocation of RM100 million for a new barrage across Sungai Muda at Rantau Panjang;
    2. KeTTHA’s commitment to construct the originally specified RM80 million Lahar Yooi Pumping Station under its “Rolling Plan 4”; and
    3. KeTTHA’s commitment to complete of the originally specified RM100 million raw water pipeline project from the Mal Sulong Pump House in Seberang Prai Tengah to the Sungai Dua Canal by March 2020.
     
  • Securing Approval for Penang’s WCS Review

PBAPP will seek approval from the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) for its proposed review of Penang’s water conservation surcharge
(WCS).

On 28/4/2017, PBAPP applied to SPAN to review the WCS from RM0.48 per 1,000 litres to RM1.00 per 1,000 litres, only for domestic consumption
above 35,000 litres per month.

The WCS did not affect 77% of Penang’s 518,001 domestic consumers who used less than 35,000 litres of water per month in 2017.

The objective of the WCS review is to convince the remaining 23% of Penang domestic consumers to use water wisely at home.

PBAPP’s target is to reduce Penang’s per capita domestic consumption from 276 litres/capita/day (l/c/d) to 257 l/c/d as soon as possible. The national average in 2017 was 209 l/c/d.

This domestic water demand management initiative will help PBAPP to ensure that there is sufficient water for all the people and businesses in Penang, even during prolonged dry seasons.