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Sembcorp Signs MOU to Expand Scope of G-to-G Water Demonstration Projects in China

May 20, 2008

Sembcorp has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu province, China, to expand the scope of their cooperation in water management.  The MOU was inked in China on Monday, May 19, 2008, by Vice Chairman of Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone Sembcorp Water Co. Ms Low Sin Leng, as well as Director of Zhangjiagang Environmental Protection Bureau Mr Tao Ping, and Director of Zhangjiagang Construction Bureau Mr Zhang Lei. Also present to witness the signing were Zhangjiagang Party Secretary Huang Qin, Sembcorp Group President & CEO Mr Tang Kin Fei and Public Utilities Board CEO, Mr Khoo Teng Chye.

This MOU follows from the success of Sembcorp’s other water projects in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone, which have been selected by the governments of Singapore and China as G-to-G showcases for bilateral cooperation in water management under the China-Singapore Ministerial Meeting on Collaboration in Urban Environment and Water Management.

Under this latest MOU, Sembcorp and the Zhangjiagang government will

  1. Jointly explore opportunities to convert municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater plants into water recycling plants, in Zhangjiagang City, beyond the free trade zone.
  2. Jointly develop a Water Technology Centre in Zhangjiagang to develop water treatment processes and technologies for commercial application.
  3. Jointly organise an International Water Conference (with the support by the Ministry of Construction of China and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore), showcasing the G-to-G water projects.

To jointly study and review other water and environmental projects in ZJG area to be covered under the China-Singapore Ministerial Meeting on Collaboration in Urban Environment and Water Management.

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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 water treatment facilities in Singapore’s Jurong Island, China, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Globally, Sembcorp manages facilities with approximately four million cubic metres per day of water in operation and under development, including 293,000 cubic metres per day of high grade recycled water.

Sembcorp’s broad expertise in industrial wastewater treatment encompasses the ability to treat high concentration wastewater as well as high salinity wastewater. The company also has desalination capabilities of 100 million imperial gallons per day (450,000 cubic metres per day), within its combined water-and-power plant in Fujairah, UAE. Besides wastewater treatment and desalination, Sembcorp’s water services include providing various process waters to chemical and petrochemical clients, such as high grade industrial water, demineralised water, seawater, cooling water, raw water and fire-fighting water.


Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone was established in October 1992 as the first batch of free trade zones approved by the Chinese State Council. The only free trade zone in Jiangsu Province, it is also the only free trade zone to be fully integrated with a port and that focuses on chemical logistics. The free trade zone and its auxiliary park, Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, span 60 square kilometres. Since its establishment, the free trade zone has established business relations with companies from more than 30 countries and regions, including the USA, Japan, France, Britain, Singapore and Australia. Among its tenants are multinational chemical companies like Dow Chemical, Chevron-Phillips, DuPont, Dow Corning, Asahi Kasei and Mitsui Chemicals.


Sembcorp currently has three water projects located in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone, Jiangsu province, China. These facilities help the local industries and government to meet stringent environmental standards and reduce the effluent that would have otherwise be discharged into the Yangtze River.

a) Sembcorp’s first project in the Zhangjiagang free trade zone was a 20,000 cubic metres per day wastewater treatment facility serving industrial customers in the free trade zone and surrounding industrial parks.

b) Its second 15,000 cubic metres per day high concentration industrial wastewater facility is currently being built, capable of treating high concentration wastewater with an average 4,000 milligrammes per litre influent chemical oxygen demand. This facility was the first to be selected as a G-to-G showcase facility under the China-Singapore Ministerial Meeting on Collaboration in Urban Environment and Water Management.

An agreement for a third plant, a 40,000 cubic metres per day industrial water recycling facility, was announced in March 2008.  The facility, will recycle industrial effluent from the used water treatment facility into recycled water and demineralised water. This facility, together with the 15,000 cubic metres industrial wastewater plant being built, was also selected as a G-to-G showcase project.