Southeast Asia

Malakoff bets on Alam Flora – Malaysia

MALAKOFF Corp Bhd’s acquisition of Alam Flora Sdn Bhd could not have come at a better time.

The outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has initiated a cleaning boom like never before.

Alam Flora, which is mainly in the business of waste management, is also involved in sanitisation and disinfection services around Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Pahang.


Thailand to build desalination plant to serve industrial production – Thailand

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) is planning to invest in a water desalination plant to supply the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in response to ongoing and future droughts.

The plant, capable of desalinating 300,000 cubic metres of seawater per day, will be set up through a joint venture. It will supply water to factories in the area that has had to reduce water consumption in the past year due to extreme drought.

The EEC covers three provinces – Rayong, Chon Buri and Chachoengsao, with 34 industrial estates and 6,033 factories. It is an ambitious project of the Thai Government to stimulate the local economy.


Jolo named MinDA priority development area – Philippines

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) has identified Jolo, the capital of Sulu province, as a priority development area after Taraka town in Lanao del Sur.

“We will come up with a comprehensive proposal and present it to the President,” MinDA Chairperson Emmanuel F. Piñol said in a statement Friday. The development program will be similar to the one recently launched in Taraka, which involves the establishment of model learning centers mainly for agricultural livelihood activities.

Among the key sectors eyed for Jolo are chicken and cattle farming, and solar-power energy for both electricity supply and water desalination. Sulu, a part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), is composed of composed of several islands and has been known as the stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ranson group that has in recent years allied with the extremist Islamic State.


It’s time Melaka’s water problem has a dam solution, says Khoo – Malaysia

A new dam and desalination system are among the solutions being explored to address Melaka’s perennial water woes, says Melaka Smart City Advisory Council chairman Khoo Poay Tiong.

He said the water scarcity in Melaka has been made worse by rapid development and growing urban population as well as climate change.

“Hence, we looking into technology to address the depleting water resources in the state,” he said when interviewed here on Wednesday (Jan 29).


Labella to MCWD board: Look into desalination – Philippines

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has advised the new Metropolitan Cebu Water District Board to study the possibility of desalination as a short-term solution to the water crisis in the city.

“Desalination is quite expensive but it is faster to implement,” said Labella.

He said it is the first component in implementing a solution to the water problem and “eventually putting up of dams and using service water.”


The IDA Academy Presents a Masterclass on Desalination

The International Desalination Association’s Academy is delighted to present a Masterclass on Desalination, taught by Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov, PE, BCEE, Water Globe Consultants, LLC, USA.

The class will take place at the conclusion of Singapore International Water Week, from July 9-10, and is currently open for registration. The Masterclass is a two-day course, providing a comprehensive overview of all questions concerning desalination and plant management. Day 1’s program is titled, “Desalination Plant Process and Design,” and is divided into six sections including “Desalination Plant Intakes, Dissolved Air Flotation Clarifiers for HAB and Oil Spill Management,” “Pretreatment Filters,” “RO Systems,” “Desalination Plant Energy Use,” and “Concentrate Disposal.” 


Hyflux reaches $290m deal with Middle Eastern savior – Singapore

Embattled water company Hyflux said Tuesday that it has reached a restructuring agreement with United Arab Emirates-based utility company Utico, which will invest 400 million Singapore dollars ($290 million) and acquire a 95% stake in the Singapore company.

The announcement came as Hyflux faces the deadline for its $2 billion debt moratorium on Dec. 2. The company is to explain the progress of the restructuring negotiations at a court hearing this Friday Nov. 29, where it will seek another extension of the moratorium.

Of the SG$400 million to be invested by Utico, SG$300 million will be used to acquire Hyflux’s shares, while the remaining SG$100 million will be poured in as working capital, according to the statement released by Hyflux.


PV to address water scarcity – Philippines

The government of the Philippines is planning to invest heavily to address water scarcity in remote areas of Mindanao, the archipelago’s second largest island.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the national Department of the Interior and Local Government will devote $500 million to the Mindanao Rural Water Supply project, an initiative aimed at establishing solar-powered water supply and desalination in all the “barangays” – administrative districts – of Mindanao, including the island provinces of Sulu and Palawan.

“Soon, each barangay in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan will have clean water for drinking and irrigation,” said MinDA secretary Emmanuel Piñol, according to the government press service.


Singapore pours $7.2bn into underground sewage superhighway – Singapore

The government of Singapore is spending $10 billion Singapore dollars ($7.2 billion)tocomplete an underground sewer system in the city-state.

The pipeline, dubbed the “underground superhighway,” is 3- 6 meters in diameter and buried 35- 55 meters underground. It will collect wastewater from households and factories and transport it to treatment plants, which will be used mainly for industrial and air-con cooling purposes.

“For us in Singapore, used water is a source of good water. We do not waste a drop of it,” saidNg Joo Hee, chief executive of the Public Utilities Board.


This is Singapore’s plan to avoid running out of water – Singapore

This is Singapore’s plan to avoid running out of water

Every day after his morning run, Adam Reutens-Tan washes under a half-full camping shower hooked on the ceiling of his bathroom.

The modified shower, which uses just four litres of water, is one of several ways the Reutens-Tans family conserve water as part of a countrywide push to cut Singapore’s daily consumption by 8% by 2030.

The nation currently uses 141 litres per person each day – about enough for two typical eight-minute U.S. showers, according to Harvard University statistics.