Southeast Asia

Thirsty Singapore taps into innovation to secure its water future – Singapore

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.

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PUB is building one of the world’s largest floating solar panel systems that could generate enough power for 13,500 HDB flats every year – Singapore

Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) has unveiled an ambitious plan to build the country’s first-ever large-scale floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system by 2021 – and it’s poised to be one of the largest of such structures in the world.

The water agency announced on Thursday (June 6) that the 50 megawatt-peak (MWp) floating solar PV system would be installed at Tengeh Reservoir in two years’ time.

At the opening ceremony of the Ecosperity Conference 2019, minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that a Request for Proposal will be launched on Friday (June 7) to invite private sector companies to take over the design, construction, ownership and operations of the Tengeh instalment for the next 25 years.

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Hyflux announces third potential investor, with letter of interest to acquire overseas assets – Singapore

Hyflux on Wednesday (May 15) announced another potential investor which has submitted a non-binding letter of interest.

The potential investor, which was not named, expressed interest in acquiring some of Hyflux’s assets in Algeria and Oman, as well as other assets in the Middle East and North African region. 

“The investor’s interest also includes the operation and maintenance activities relating to these assets,” said Hyflux in a bourse filing. 

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Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has to Find a New Capital – Indonesia

This week, amid devastating flooding, Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta, which really is nothing new—the country’s first president was talking about it way back in 1957.

Part of the problem is extreme congestion, but today the city of more than 10 million is facing nothing short of obliteration by rising seas and sinking land, two opposing yet complementary forces of doom. Models predict that by 2050, 95 percent of North Jakarta could be submerged.

And Jakarta is far from alone—cities the world over are drowning and sinking, and there’s very little we can do about it short of stopping climate change entirely.

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Singapore seizes water plant from Hyflux after launching accounts probe – Singapore

Singapore moved to take control of debt-laden Hyflux’s key water treatment plant on Wednesday, a day after authorities said they were reviewing the company’s disclosures to see if it has breached any laws.

Once lauded as a national champion running a strategically important water source for the city-state, Hyflux is now under a court-supervised restructuring process that could wipe out the holdings of tens of thousands of retail investors.

Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, issued a notice to Hyflux on Wednesday saying it would take over the company’s Tuaspring desalination plant in 30 days and terminate its water supply deal.

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PUB-owned Tuas Desalination Plant wins global award, beating others in Oman, Tunisia and Egypt – Singapore

Barely a year after its opening, the Republic’s Tuas Desalination Plant, has got an accolade to its name, beating plants from Oman, Tunisia and Egypt that were in the running.

The desalination plant – the first plant owned and operated by national water agency PUB – was named Desalination Plant of the Year at this year’s Global Water Awards, presented at the Global Water Summit in London on Tuesday (April 9).

The awards recognise the most important achievements in the international water industry, including improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

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80% water supply restored in Malaysia’s Kulai following ammonia pollution – Kulai – Malaysia

Eighty per cent of the water supply in Johor’s Kulai district was restored by noon on Friday (Apr 5), following water cuts due to ammonia pollution in Sungai Sayong, said Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

Mr Puah, however, told CNA that it will take more time for water to reach users in areas of higher elevation.

A reservoir at a bio-composite centre next to an oil palm refinery in Sedenak burst on Wednesday at around 7am. This caused ammonia-contaminated water to flow into Sungai Sayong, one of the creeks that supplies raw water to the Johor River.

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Hyflux calls off SM Investments rescue deal, cancels proposed scheme meetings

In a hurricane twist of events, the US$530 million rescue deal from SM Investments to save embattled water treatment firm Hyflux is now off the table.

Hyflux announced the cancellation of the scheduled scheme meetings on April 5 and 8 in a regulatory filing on Thursday noon, just days before the proposed meetings were supposed to happen.

Due to the cancellation of the scheme meetings, shareholders also need not attend the extraordinary general meeting scheduled after the scheme meetings on April 15, the firm said in the statement.

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PUB gives Hyflux’s Tuaspring till April 30 to cure defaults

NATIONAL water agency PUB said on Friday that it has acceded to the request of Hyflux subsidiary Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL) for more time to cure its defaults. The default notice period has been extended from April 5 to April 30, subject to conditions.

PUB said TPL had written to it on Wednesday, requesting for the deadline to be pushed to the end of April.

The national water agency said in a statement on Friday: “TPL noted that it is currently loss-making and will require financial support from Hyflux.

However, Hyflux’s ability to provide financial support will depend on whether it is able to complete its restructuring and to obtain the investment from SM Investments.”

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Singapore’s water agency to take over Hyflux’s Tuaspring plant if defaults not resolved – Singapore

Singapore’s national water agency PUB on Tuesday issued a default notice to embattled water treatment firm Hyflux’s wholly-owned Tuaspring for failing to keep its desalination plant in a ‘reliably operational’ mode as required under the Water Purchase Agreement.

PUB warned that it would take control of Tuaspring if defaults are not resolved in about a month’s time.

Hyflux’s Tuaspring will now have a 30-day deadline from March 6th to remedy any defaults from the agreement between the firm and the government.

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