Tuaspring wins Distinction in Desalination Plant of the Year Category at Global Water Awards 2014

7 Apr 2014

Adapted from the official website of Global Water Awards[1]

At the annual Global Water Awards 2014 held in Paris, Tuaspring Desalination Plant received Distinction in Desalination Plant of the Year category which recognises the desalination plant, commissioned in 2013, as representative of the most impressive technical or ecologically sustainable achievement in the industry. The coveted Global Water Awards are voted by industry peers and members of the global water industry and the International Desalination Association.

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Mr Kum Mun Lock, Group Senior MD of Business Development (second from left) receiving the award from Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia (third from left)

As outlined by Global Water Awards, Tuaspring Desalination Plant gained the Distinction honour for the following special qualities:

  • Hyflux’s genius in creating Asia’s first independent water and power project at Tuaspring that single-handedly addresses Singapore’s dual challenges of having no natural groundwater or energy sources. The 2013 commissioning of the reverse osmosis plant means that desalination now provides 25% of Singapore’s water needs, greatly strengthening one of the nation’s ‘four taps’ in anticipation of a much greater level of water independence in the future. Desalinated water is one of Singapore’s Four National Taps — along with local catchment water, imported water and NEWater, Singapore’s own brand of high-grade reclaimed water.
  • Far from being a carbon copy of the SingSpring desalination plant also built by Hyflux in Singapore in 2005, Tuaspring is the first of a new breed of Asian megaplants, featuring a compact design that reduces the physical footprint per cubic metre by more than 30%. This is a vital pre-requisite in a country where urban infrastructure growth is reaching its natural land limits.
  • As well as featuring one of the world’s largest ultrafiltration pre-treatment systems for seawater desalination, a partially split SWRO membrane train configuration and a self-sufficient on-site power plant combine to ensure that Tuaspring is one of the most energy-efficient large-scale desalination plants on the planet.

“This award speaks of Hyflux’s multi-disciplinary capabilities in delivering an energy-efficient desalination plant to help meet the growing water demand in Singapore,” said Ms Olivia Lum, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Hyflux. With a capacity of 318,500 cubic metres per day of desalinated water, Tuaspring is Singapore’s largest seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, marking a major step in the nation’s journey towards water sustainability and independence. Developed under the Design, Build, Own and Operate (DBOO) model, Tuaspring Desalination Plant commenced operations in September 2013 and will supply Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) with desalinated water over a 25-year period. SingSpring Desalination Plant garnered the Distinction in Desalination Plant of the Year category in 2006, the same year that Hyflux was named the Water Company of the Year at the Global Water Awards. Hyflux’s other desalination developments in China and Algeria have also been highly commended in the respective categories at previous editions of the Global Water Awards.

[1]Tuaspring: What makes it special? at http://www.globalwaterawards.com/2014-winners