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Hyflux suspends contract for desalination package in Iran – Iran

Water treatment firm Hyflux has suspended a contract for a plant in Iran – a move that is expected to have a material adverse effect on its financial performance.

The contract was signed in April between a Hyflux unit and Iran’s Asia Water Development Engineering Company (AWDEC) for a seawater reverse osmosis desalination package in Bandar Abbas.

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Toray enhances RO technology.

The membrane was launched in April and showcased at the recent Singapore International Water Week (SIWW). It features low fouling characteristics at low operating pressure to deal with a range of foulants.

The company says that the TLF-400DG has 30% higher permeability compared with current models and has higher resistance to membrane fouling, which reduces the need for frequent cleaning and extends membrane life. Its durability against cleaning chemicals prevents damage during membrane cleaning, and the lower feed pressure also reduces power consumption.

 

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Nanyang Technological launches first 3D-printing plant for water filtration membranes.

Nanyang Technological University announces launch of a 3D-printing facility to manufacture a new type of water treatment membrane. Made from millions of nano fibers layered on top of each and compressed into a thin membrane, the new membrane requires less maintenance and is more cost efficient. It is more resistant to breakage and bio-fouling.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) recently announced that Nano Sun, a water technology start-up founded by a scientist from NTU, has launched a 3D-printing facility to manufacture a new type of water treatment membrane.

 

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PUB and research partner to reduce energy consumption of seawater desalination.

To meet Singapore’s water needs and reduce the energy costs of treating seawater, national water agency PUB and its research partner Evoqua Water have announced a new process that can potentially reduce the energy consumption of seawater desalination by half.

Currently, up to 30 per cent of Singapore’s water needs is desalinated by reverse osmosis, a process which pushes seawater through membranes that filter out dissolved salts and minerals.

 

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High-water mark for new Tuas plant.

The Tuas Desalination Plant is the world’s most space efficient in terms of the amount of water it can purify for its size, said national water agency PUB.

At 3.5ha, it is the smallest of the country’s desalination facilities, yet it produces 30 million gallons of drinking water a day, the same amount as SingSpring Desalination Plant, which is almost double its size.

It took two years to build and opened officially yesterday. And now that it is running, 30 per cent of Singapore’s water supply can be met through desalination.

 

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Water issue still rankles Dr M, but agreement is binding, say experts.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s latest remarks on the water issue shows that the matter which was a source of conflict between Singapore and Malaysia during his first stint as Malaysia’s prime minister continues to be foremost on his mind, most experts who spoke to TODAY said.

However, Bilahari Kausikan, Singapore’s former Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, said that the latest comments from the political veteran could be a “diversionary tactic” to make the Singapore government look unreasonable, in the hope that this will help Malaysia’s position should it ask for a waiver or reduction of the compensation owed to Singapore in cancelling the high-speed rail project undertaken by both sides.

 

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ST Engineering’s Marine Arm Forms JV with Tuas Power to operate and maintain desalination plant.

ST Marine’s initial capital injection for its 40% equity in the paid-up capital of the TP-STM Water Services Pte Ltd is S$8,400. This JV company is set up to undertake operations and maintenance of Singapore’s fifth desalination plant on Jurong Island for a concession period of 25 years from 2020.

Separately, ST Marine and Tuas Power had also formed a 40:60 Engineering, Procurement and Construction consortium that has since commenced preliminary design work for the desalination plant.

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Emirates SembCorp to announce Fujairah 1 project bond – Fujairah – UAE

The bond would come less than two weeks after the launch of a $3 billion project bond by a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) which, having attracted orders in excess of $11 billion while it was being marketed, showed investors’ appetite for these issues. Such debt instruments are relatively new financing tools in the Middle East, where projects have traditionally been financed through bank loans because of banks’ high liquidity before oil prices dropped three years ago. Citigroup and HSBC are expected to lead the transaction, said the sources. The desalination plant, called Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant, is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) with a 60 percent stake and Sembcorp Gulf Holding Co, a unit of Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries, with a 40 percent stake. HSBC declined to comment. ADWEA and Citi did not respond to requests for comment.

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Tuas Power – Singapore Technologies Marine Consortium to build next desalination plant – Singapore – Jurong Island

National water agency the Public Utilities Board (PUB)has chosen Tuas Power–Singapore Technologies Marine Consortium as the preferred bidder to build Singapore’s fifth desalination plant, to be located on Jurong Island. Of the four applicants invited to submit their proposals for the plant, the consortium quoted the most competitive first-year price of S$0.91 per cubic metre, the agency said in a press release yesterday. The consortium will form a concession company to enter into a Water Purchase Agreement with the PUB by next month. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2020 — along with the fourth desalination plant in Marina East — and will supply desalinated water to the PUB from 2020 to 2045. This is expected to add 30 million gallons daily, or about 137,000 cubic metres of water a day, to the nation’s water supply….. In June, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, the Environment and Water Resources Minister, said that Singapore’s demand for water is expected to more than double by 2060. The authorities will be boosting the capacities of NEWater and desalination water so that both can meet higher demand by then. …

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Large-scale dual-mode desalination plant in Singapore can treat both seawater and freshwater

The first of its kind in Singapore, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant will be a large-scale dual-mode desalination plant in Singapore that can treat both seawater and freshwater. Depending on wet or dry weather conditions, water is channelled either from the Marina Reservoir or the sea to the plant, where it will be treated.

The plant also achieves multiple uses of land, with underground treatment facilities and 20,000 square metres (sqm) of open green space on the rooftop for community recreation.

Slated for completion by 2020, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant will feature a sleek modern design that breaks away from that of conventional water treatment plants. Against the backdrop of Singapore’s CBD skyline, the plant is set along the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network that bridges East Coast Park and Gardens by the Bay East. All of the plant’s water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a gently sloping green lawn as its roof.

The desalination plant will also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as rainwater harvesting. Rainwater collected…

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