Eastern Singapore to receive second major water supply plant
PUB has selected BESIN-UEN Consortium as the Preferred Bidder for the second NEWater Plant located in the region of Changi, Singapore. The facility is expected to add another 50 million gallons per day to the nation's water supply.
SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2014 -- PUB, the national water agency, recently selected BESIN-UEN Consortium (BC) as the Preferred Bidder for the second NEWater Plant, located in the region of Changi, Singapore. The facility is expected to add another 50 million gallons per day (MGD), or 228,000 cubic meters of NEWater per day, to the nation's water supply.
BC, led by BEWG International Pte Ltd and UE NEWater Pte Ltd, will form a concession company to enter into a NEWater Agreement (NWA) with PUB by this October. The NWA will take full effect once all agreements have been finalized and executed and the concession company has achieved financial closure.
The open tender attracted seven bids from both local and international companies with good track records in the water business. Similar to the first NEWater Plant in Changi, the second plant will be constructed under a design, build, own, and operate (DBOO) arrangement and utilize the same proven NEWater technology and process pioneered by PUB.
The second plant at Changi is PUB's fifth DBOO project between PUB and the private sector -- the first four being the 30-MGD SingSpring desalination plant, the 32-MGD Keppel-Seghers Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant, the 50-MGD SembCorp Changi NEWater Plant, and more recently, the 70-MGD Tuaspring Desalination Plant.
NEWater is one of PUB's Four National Taps, a long-term water supply strategy to ensure a robust and sustainable supply of water for Singapore. The other three sources are water from local catchments, imported water from Johor and desalinated water. NEWater currently meets 30 percent of Singapore's water demand, and this is set to increase up to 55 percent in the longer term.
The NEWater Plant is expected to commence operations in 2016. At a first-year price of $0.276 per cubic meter, BC offers a competitive tariff for the supply of NEWater over a 25-year period from 2016 to 2041.
PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. 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 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. For more information, click here.