Taiwan Water Report 2016
BMI View: Given that the government will be a key driver of infrastructure project implementation as wellas financing over the coming years, the uncertain political outlook for Taiwan in light of the presidentialelections coming up in 2016 is a key risk to our outlook for the current infrastructure improvements in thepipeline for the water sector. Moreover, neither the ruling Kuomintang party nor the opposition DemocraticProgressive Party has a concrete China policy which poses particularly significant risks with regards topotential China water imports. Although agreements have now been signed, any change to pro-Chinapolitical sentiment could result in the delay or even cancellation of the proposed pipeline, and this is asignificant downside risk to our water consumption outlook.
China and Taiwan signed a deal on July 20 to pump water from the province of Fujian in mainland Chinato Taiwan's Kinmen County, in a sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries. Under the termsof the agreement, a 11.5km undersea pipeline will be built from Fujian to transport water to the 100,000residents of the Kinmen archipelago by 2017. The pipeline will be able to deliver up to 34,000 tonnes ofwater daily to the archipelago by 2027.
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