11 Nov 2014
Ms Olivia Lum, Hyflux Executive Chairman and Group CEO, along with Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the official opening of Magtaa Desalination Plant
Hyflux marked the official opening of Magtaa Desalination Plant on 10 November 2014. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Abdelmalek Sellal, Algeria’s Prime Minister and Mr Hocine Necib, Minister of Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Mohammad Alami Musa, Singapore’s ambassador to Algeria, Hyflux Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ms Olivia Lum, Hyflux’s partners Sonatrach, L’Algérienne Des Eaux and Algerian Energy Company, and invited guests.
“We are pleased to celebrate the opening of Magtaa Desalination Plant. It will be instrumental in meeting Algeria’s water needs. This project strengthens our presence in the region. It also demonstrates our technology as well as engineering and construction capabilities for municipalities in need of sustainable and cost-effective water solutions,” said Ms Olivia Lum.
“I am delighted that Hyflux has continued to distinguish itself in international markets, leveraging its many experiences from similar projects in Singapore and other parts of the world. This development is another laudable milestone for Singapore’s water industry and I look forward to more local water and environmental companies following in Hyflux’s footsteps,” said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
Magtaa Desalination Plant in Algeria
Magtaa Desalination Plant is the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in Algeria and on the African continent, and will supply water to Oran, Algeria’s second largest city, and the neighbouring provinces under a 25-year water purchase agreement with L’Algérienne Des Eaux and Sonatrach. It features the largest ultrafiltration pre-treatment facility in the world, with the capacity to desalinate 500,000 m3/day of seawater. The plant uses Hyflux’s proprietary ultrafiltration technology for the desalination pre-treatment process and reverse osmosis membrane technology.
World’s largest ultrafiltration pre-treatment installation using Hyflux Kristal® membranes at Magtaa Desalination Plant
This is Hyflux’s second project in Algeria. Its first desalination project, the 200,000 m3/day Souk Tleta Desalination Plant, has been in operation since 2011.