18 Sep 2013
Activating the launch mechanism, a replica of the Kristal® UF membrane to officiate the opening of Tuaspring Desalination Plant.
(From left: Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources Choi Shing Kwok, PUB Chairman Tan Gee Paw, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu, PUB Chief Executive Chew Men Leong and Hyflux Executive Chairman & Group CEO Olivia Lum)
PUB, the national water agency of Singapore, and Hyflux celebrated the official opening of Singapore’s second and largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant, Tuaspring Desalination Plant on 18 September 2013
Tuaspring Desalination Plant marks another major step in Singapore’s journey towards water sustainability with the addition of another 318,500 m3 or 70 million gallons of desalinated water per day to Singapore’s water supply under a 25-year design-build-own-operate arrangement with PUB. This triples the amount of water Singapore gets from desalination.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who officiated the opening of the desalination plant, noted in his speech that “Hyflux won an international competition to design and build this plant. It reflects Hyflux’s capabilities in this rapidly growing industry because theirs was the most unique and cost efficient design.”
Situated on a 14-hectare site in the western section of Singapore, Tuaspring Desalination Plant uses Hyflux’s proprietary Kristal ® ultrafiltration membrane technology for the pre-treatment process and a two-stage reverse osmosis process to produce water for Singapore’s households and industries. An on-site combined cycle gas turbine power plant will supply electricity to the desalination plant. Excess power will be sold to the power grid.
Hyflux Executive Chairman and Group CEO Olivia Lum said, “This is a very significant day for Hyflux. We have made breakthroughs in plant capacity and efficiency since SingSpring Desalination Plant in 2005. Tuaspring Desalination Plant’s compact design also reduces footprint per cubic metre by more than 30% in comparison to SingSpring Desalination Plant. The opening of Tuaspring Desalination Plant marks another successful collaboration between the private and public sectors. We are honoured to play a role in contributing to the diversification and sustainability of Singapore’s water supply.”
Prime Minister Lee’s note in Hyflux’s guest book: “Congratulations! Another step forward for our water security.”
Read about Tuaspring Integrated Water and Power Plant.