Southeast Asia

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.”

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hyflux unit restructures $121.3m loan for desalination plant in China – China

Hyflux said its wholly-owned unit Tianjin Dagang Newspring Co Ltd (TDN) has successfully restructured a 617 million yuan (S$121.3 million) Bank of China loan.

The loan’s maturity date has been extended by three years to 2026, with the repayment schedule adjusted for lower annual repayments.

The loan is for TDN’s 100,000 cubic metre per day seawater desalination plant in Dagang City, Tianjin Province, and is guaranteed by Hyflux.

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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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