The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DesalCoTT) is a single purpose entity originally formed in 1999 to sell desalinated sea water to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) on a build own operate basis. DesalCoTT has the total responsibility to design, build, finance and operate the US$200,000,000.00 desalination plant.
DesalCoTT began as a joint venture enterprise between Trinidadian company Hafeez Karamath Engineering Services Limited (HKESL) with a 60% shareholding, and General Electric (who acquired the 40% shareholding of the other original investor, Ionics Inc. in 2005. In November 2012, HKESL purchased General Electric’s entire shareholding making DesalCoTT 100% locally owned and operated.
In November 2012 DesalCoTT was contracted by WASA to increase its production from 24 million imperial gallons of water per day (MIGD) to 40 MIGD.