Water technology R&D, test projects outlined in MOU between Norit, PUB Singapore

June 28, 2010
SINGAPORE, June 28, 2010 -- Norit X-Flow and its local affiliate Norit Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Norit), and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, will embark on a comprehensive co-operation aimed at performing knowledge-intensive R&D programs and test-bedding projects...

SINGAPORE, June 28, 2010 -- Recognizing the potential scientific and technological benefits a joint strategic alliance can bring, Norit X-Flow and its local affiliate Norit Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Norit), and PUB, Singapore's national water agency will embark on a comprehensive co-operation aimed at performing knowledge-intensive R&D programs and test-bedding projects.

Norit and PUB will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines plans for cooperation on several water technologies. The MOU explores possibilities for Norit Asia Pacific to develop a Norit Airlift™ Membrane BioReactor (MBR) Megablock validation plant at one of PUB's water reclamation plants. The validation plant will be the first of its kind in Asia, and only the second such system in the world.

Norit X-Flow, based in Enschede, the Netherlands, has developed a new compact membrane bioreactor (MBR) system based on its successful Airlift™ ultrafiltration (UF) technology. The new Megablock establishes a new order of magnitude in municipal wastewater treatment and reuse by delivering 50-100 percent more m³ output per m2 than any other MBR system in the world. It is a compact, modular and fully automated MBR system that combines biological treatment with Norit X-Flow UF membranes and minimizes the required footprint. In addition, the membranes are placed in a dry and clean environment making them quickly accessible without comprising the health and safety of plant workers.

Menno Holterman, Chief Growth Officer of the Norit Group, and Duane Schlicht, Managing Director of Norit Asia Pacific, will sign the MOU on behalf of Norit Asia Pacific. Mr Chan Yoon Kum, Assistant Chief Executive (ACE), and Mr Wah Yuen Long, Director of Water Reclamation Plant, PUB will attend the official ceremony and sign the MOU on behalf of the PUB.

"Norit is willing to share it's wealth of knowledge and experience with PUB," said Menno Holterman. "We are very confident that this collaboration will turn into a great success."

"Norit is pleased that we have the opportunity to test our system at PUB's facility and this further gives substance to our original decision to establish strong HQ and technical operations in Singapore," said Duane Schlicht, Managing Director of Norit Asia Pacific.

"We feel that the PUB has both the technical expertise and a futuristic vision that best demonstrate their desire to both test and utilize next generation technology in their facilities and Norit is committed to providing not only innovation but support in a close cooperative environment with the Public Utilities Board," Schlicht said.

"This MOU will signify a new level of alliance and partnership between Norit and PUB. Both organisations will work on common areas of interest to create synergy and value in terms of knowledge development and capability building for both parties. We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with Norit," said Mr Wah, PUB's Director of Water Reclamation Plants

Press and visitors are welcomed to join the signing ceremony at the Norit booth (No.D24) of the Singapore International Water week at 10:45 am, on the first of July.

About PUB
PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, managing Singapore's water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. PUB won the 2007 Stockholm Industry Water Award and was named Water Agency of the Year at the Global Water Awards 2006.

About PUB's tagline: Water for All: Conserve, Value, Enjoy
PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). To provide water for all, PUB calls on all Singaporeans to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources. We can then have enough water for all uses - for industry, for living, for life. Visit www.pub.gov.sg.

About Norit N.V.
The Norit Group develops and applies state-of-the-art purification technologies to help society, through our clients, meet environmental, health, and safety challenges, and work towards a sustainable future. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Norit supplies consumables, components, systems, and solutions, based on proprietary technology to a variety of industries including the water, beverage, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and marine industries. Almost 9 percent of the world's population - over half a billion people - already consumes water purified by Norit! Please visit www.norit.com.