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Sembcorp Forms R&D Collaboration for Cutting-Edge Water Technologies with Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute

June 25, 2008

Sembcorp Industries and Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) have signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement to develop and apply cutting-edge technologies for water and wastewater treatment.

Under the Master Research Collaboration Agreement, NEWRI will conduct research and development of water management technologies with industry guidance from Sembcorp.  Once developed, these new water technologies will be test-bedded at Sembcorp’s water facilities worldwide, with a view to commercial application of these technologies.  This collaboration furthers NEWRI’s goal of promoting the commercialisation of new water technologies, and strengthens Sembcorp’s capabilities and know-how as a leading water player.

The Agreement was signed today at the sidelines of the Singapore International Water Week, by Mr Tan Cheng Guan, Sembcorp’s Executive Vice President of Group Business & Strategic Development  and Prof Ng Wun Jern, Executive Director, NEWRI.

Commenting on this research collaboration, Mr Tang Kin Fei, Sembcorp’s Group President & CEO said, “Sembcorp is growing its water business in fast-developing overseas markets like China and the Middle East.  Our new win-win partnership with NEWRI will help to strengthen Sembcorp’s water and wastewater treatment capabilities as well as our position as a leading water player.”

Professor Ng Wun Jern, NEWRI’s Executive Director, said, “NEWRI's ultimate goal is to encourage cutting edge research, facilitate translation of the research results, and to bring this to an industry seeking leadership in an expanding market. We are confident that this Sembcorp and NTU-NEWRI collaboration will be a great springboard to achieving this objective.”

For media enquiries (and photos of the signing ceremony in jpeg format) please contact:

Fock Siu Ling (Ms)
PR Counsel
Group Corporate Relations
DID: +65 6723 3152
Email: [email protected]


Sembcorp Industries Ltd is a leading utilities and marine group. The Group provides centralised utilities, energy and water to industrial and other customers in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East. It is a global leader in marine and offshore engineering and also a provider of environmental and industrial park management services in the region. Sembcorp has total assets of over S$8.7 billion and employs more than 6,700 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, Sembcorp is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and several MSCI indices.

Note to Editors: 
Following a recent company rebrand, please refer to the company as “Sembcorp” (with “S” in upper case and “c” in lower case), or “Sembcorp Industries” in full. Please also note that “Sembcorp” is not an abbreviation of “Sembawang Corporation” but a brandname in itself, and it is therefore incorrect to refer to our company as “Sembawang”, “Sembawang Corporation” or similar.

Competitive and technologically advanced water solutions are core to Sembcorp’s utilities offering. These capabilities have been successfully exported to key overseas markets. Today, Sembcorp owns and operates wastewater treatment, water recycling and water treatment facilities in Singapore, China, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Globally, Sembcorp manages water facilities exceeding four million cubic metres per day in capacity, both in operation and under development, including approximately 64 million gallons per day (293,000 cu m per day) of high grade recycled water. Sembcorp’s industrial wastewater treatment facilities worldwide have an existing combined capacity of over 30 million gallons per day (140,000 cu m per day) in operation and under construction.

Sembcorp’s broad expertise in industrial wastewater treatment encompasses the ability to treat highly concentrated wastewater as well as high salinity wastewater using advanced biological treatment processes. The company also has desalination capabilities of 100 million gallons per day (450,000 cu m per day), within its combined water-and-power plant in Fujairah, UAE and has good experience in both reverse osmosis and thermal processes for seawater desalination. Besides wastewater treatment and desalination, Sembcorp’s water services include providing various industrial grade waters to chemical and petrochemical clients in petrochemical and chemical zones. These include high grade industrial water, demineralised water, seawater, cooling water, raw water and fire-fighting water.


The Nanyang Environment and Water Research Instititute (NEWRI) was launched to coordinate and bring together Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU’s) environment and water technology efforts in academia, research and applications. Serving as a gateway to NTU’s work in environment and water technology, NEWRI allows researchers to engage in leading research, bringing together groups across the university so as to leverage one another’s strengths. NEWRI’s ultimate goal is to translate cutting-edge environment and water technology research and bring it to an eager market to the benefit of industry and society.