Fourth desalination plant tender opens in Singapore

April 15, 2016
Singapore utility PUB is adding to its desalination supply after calling for a tender to build a fourth project at Marina East...

SINGAPORE - Singapore utility PUB is adding to its desalination supply after calling for a tender to build a fourth project at Marina East.

To be delivered under a design-build-own-operate arrangement, the 136,000 m3/day plant will treat two different sources of water: seawater from the Singapore Straits or raw water from the Marina Reservoir.

Black & Veatch was appointed earlier in the year (read WWi story) to provide consultancy services on the development, having also worked on Hyflux’s SingSpring project back in 2005.

Singapore currently has two desalination plants, meeting 25% of current water demand and has a third plant at Tuas is expected to be completed by 2017 (read WWi story).

By 2060, desalinated water is expected to provide up to 85 percent of Singapore’s water needs.

William Yeo, director of policy and planning at PUB, said: “Increasing desalination capacity will further strengthen our water security and boost the drought resilience of Singapore’s water supply. Like NEWater, desalinated water is independent of rainwater and can be used to supplement our other water sources during dry weather.”

It was in September last year when the announcement was made for the country’s fourth desalination plant (read WWi story).

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