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First Phase of Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant Completed

June 18, 2009

- One of the world’s largest water recycling facilities producing enough water each day to fill 152 million 1.5-litre bottles
- Plant exemplifies Sembcorp’s efforts to build a continuous pipeline of water projects to provide added growth and recurring income for the Group

Less than 18 months after it won the tender for Singapore’s fifth and largest NEWater project, Sembcorp Industries today announced that the first phase of the Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant (SCNP) has been completed on schedule, and will begin commercial operations next month, with delivery of its first flow of NEWater to the PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.

The first phase of the SCNP will produce an initial capacity of 69,000 cubic metres (15 million gallons) of reclaimed water per day. When fully completed next year, the SCNP will produce a total of 228,000 cubic metres (50 million gallons) per day, almost doubling Singapore’s NEWater capacity.

The SCNP is the one of the largest water recycling facilities in the world.  Its full capacity will be enough water to fill more than 91 Olympic-size swimming pools, or the equivalent of 152 million 1.5-litre bottles.  This is roughly 15% of Singapore’s current water needs and with this, NEWater will meet 30% of Singapore’s current water needs by 2010.

The SCNP is located on the rooftop of the Changi Water Reclamation Plant, which will be officially opened during the Singapore International Water Week.

Already an established player in the water market, Sembcorp’s water projects currently span Singapore, China, the UK and the Middle East with a combined capacity of over 4 million cubic metres per day.  Leveraging the track record of these projects, the Group aims to continue to build on its growth momentum in the water business by seizing opportunities in regions where cost-effective water solutions for reclaimed water are in demand.  According to data from the United Nations , about half of the world’s population will live in areas of high water stress by 2030 as climate change and population growth put pressure on the availability of clean water supplies.

Geographically, Sembcorp is focused on water opportunities in China and the Middle East, where governments and cities are investing in their water infrastructure and systems to treat used water and supply potable water.

With Sembcorp’s one-stop total water and wastewater solutions approach as a key competitive advantage, Sembcorp’s Group President & CEO Tang Kin Fei elaborated, “Our proven expertise as a developer, owner and operator of water and wastewater assets strongly positions us to meet the growing demand from cities and industrial sites for solutions to address the challenges of scarce potable water and water pollution.

“We are further deepening our core competencies in the water business through strategic projects such as the Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant and aim to replicate our track record in key target markets.  By continuously developing a pipeline of long-term water projects, we aim to build up our water business to provide added growth and recurring income for the Group.”

Sembcorp has the ability to apply cutting-edge, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technology solutions for the treatment of multiple streams of wastewater, including more complex streams such as industrial wastewater, high-concentration wastewater and high salinity wastewater.  It has also built up expertise on the Jurong Island petrochemical cluster in reclaiming high-purity water from these wastewater streams to be utilised for process industry use in chemical plants. This closed loop approach to managing water and wastewater reduces total withdrawals on fresh water supplies while decreasing effluent discharge into the sea.

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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 billion and employs more than 7,000 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, Sembcorp is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and several MSCI indices.

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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.