Southeast Asia

China issues 5-year action plan for seawater desalination – China

China has issued an action plan for seawater desalination utilization development over the next five years, according to China Science Daily on Friday.

The action plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources, is expected to promote the large-scale utilization of seawater desalination and ensure the safety of water resources in coastal areas.

China’s seawater desalination scale will exceed 2.9 million tonnes per day by 2025, an increase of more than 1.25 million tonnes per day, according to the action plan.


China makes desalination push to ease water scarcity – China

China will invest in new desalination plants over the 2021-2025 period and raise capacity to 2.9 million tonnes a day in a bid to boost water supplies, the country’s state planning agency said in a new “five-year plan” for the sector.

As much as 1.25 million tonnes per day of new capacity will be commissioned over the period, including 1.05 million tonnes in coastal cities and 200,000 tonnes in “island regions,” the National Development and Reform Commission said on Wednesday.

Demonstration seawater desalination projects will be built in the provinces of Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang as well as the city of Tianjin.


Desalination plant on Mavulis Island in Batanes goes online – Philippines

A water desalination and purification system went online this week and will provide drinking water to soldiers manning Mavulis Island in the Batanes town of Itbayat, one of the country’s northernmost municipalities.

Governor Marilou Cayco said she joined Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when he ceremonially switched on the facility that would provide a steady and sustainable source of drinking water for the military troops stationed in Mavulis Island.

Mavulis Island is manned by a Marine unit of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon and members of the Marine Informant Network (MIN).

Desalination plant constructed in PH’s northernmost military outpost – Philippines

A desalination plan system, which could produce 1,500 gallons of potable water everyday, has been constructed in the Philippines’ northernmost outpost, Mavulis Island in Batanes.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration of a desalination plant system which he said was completed partnership of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and the AFP Savings and Loan Association Incorporated (AFPSLAI).

More than P3 million was spent for the desalination plant’s construction. The process involves removing salts from saline water like seawater.


Singapore invests in energy-efficient water desalination – Singapore

A new grant issued by Singapore’s National Water Agency, PUB, will help the country to improve energy efficiency and ensure reliable and flexible water desalination processes.

On behalf of the National Research Foundation, PUB has issued a $1.3 million grant to technology firm DuPont to determine how Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis (CCRO) technology can be applied to desalination processes to make the purification of seawater more energy-efficient, flexible and reliable.

The development follows DuPont obtaining CCRO process technology with the acquisition of Desalitech Ltd. in January 2020.


Marina East’s new desalination plant can produce 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily – Singapore

The plant can produce 30 million gallons of potable water daily, meeting 7 per cent of our daily demand.

This is also the first desalination plant that can treat both seawater and rainwater.

During dry periods, this plant will treat freshwater from Marina Reservoir which is less energy-intensive than treating seawater. This is also more cost-saving.


Singapore’s first large-scale desalination plant capable of treating both seawater and freshwater opens – Singapore

National water agency PUB and Keppel officially opened Singapore’s first large-scale dual-mode desalination plant on Thursday (Feb 4).

The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, which is located at Marina East, can treat seawater, as well as freshwater drawn from the Marina Reservoir, depending on the prevailing weather conditions. 

It is Singapore’s fourth desalination plant. 

Large desalination project starts running in north China – China

SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — A large desalination project, capable of producing 10,000 tonnes of freshwater from seawater per day, started operations on Wednesday in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province.

The thermal-membrane hybrid seawater desalination project, operated by Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., is hailed as an industrial breakthrough in the country’s steel sector, a big consumer of water.

The new project combines the “thermal” and “membrane” approaches in seawater desalination: the former uses waste heat produced by factories to distill seawater, while the latter relies on ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes, similar to household water purifiers, said Zhang Bo with the company’s energy and environmental protection department.


Deputy PM Prawit orders action to resolve Phuket water shortages – Thailand

Present to receive the order was ONWR Secretary-General Somkiat Prajamwong, who strongly supported the move to resolve the water shortages. Also present was Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat.

Deputy PM Prawit this morning was brought up to speed on the recurring issue of Phuket running out of mains supply water that leaves residents in certain areas, notably the poor neighbourhood in Soi Kingkaew, Rassada, without tap water for months.


Filinvest completes $200-M bond offer – Philippines

Listed Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) has completed issuing $200 million worth of US dollar-denominated bonds, which its chief said attested to the company’s strong reputation.

In a disclosure on Friday, the Gotianun-led conglomerate said the Reg-S 5-year senior unsecured notes had a fixed coupon of 4.125 percent, payable semiannually.

The notes issued, it added, was the company’s first since 2013.