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Sembcorp Opens Second Energy-Efficient Membrane Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment Plant

June 25, 2009

– Sembcorp remains the first company in Singapore to have used this technology to treat industrial wastewater
– System is space-saving and produces effluent of a consistently high quality, with lower energy consumption, minimal chemical usage and less sludge to be disposed

Sembcorp Industries, Singapore’s largest water company, today announced the opening of its Integrated Wastewater Treatment Membrane Bioreactor (IWWT MBR) Plant. The plant, an expansion to the company’s integrated wastewater treatment system in the Sakra area of Jurong Island, is Sembcorp’s second plant in Singapore employing Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology.

The opening ceremony was graced by Sembcorp Industries Chairman Mr Peter Seah, a number of members of Sembcorp’s board, and customers of Sembcorp.

Commented Sembcorp Group President & CEO Tang Kin Fei, “Sembcorp is proud to open its second MBR wastewater treatment facility. We are to date the only company in Singapore to have successfully applied this advanced technology for the treatment of industrial wastewater.

“With a hydraulic capacity of almost 3,000 cubic metres per day and an organic capacity of over 4,000 kilogrammes chemical oxygen demand per day, this new plant will enhance our industrial wastewater treatment capacity on Jurong Island by more than 50%.”

Sembcorp first applied the MBR process to treat high salinity industrial wastewater in 2006. The MBR process is an advanced technology designed for application in wastewater treatment systems, involving the combination of a membrane filtration process with a suspended growth activated sludge bioreactor. This technology allows Sembcorp’s plants to occupy a smaller plant footprint compared to a conventional aerobic treatment system, yet produce effluent of a consistently high quality with lower energy consumption, minimal chemical usage and a reduced amount of sludge to be disposed.

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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.

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.


Having first set up facilities on Jurong Island over a decade ago, Sembcorp broke new ground as a pioneer providing critical outsourced support services for companies in the petrochemical cluster. This created a “plug and play” environment where companies entering the site could concentrate on quickly setting up and operating their core business with the benefit of ready one-stop multi-utilities services, saving them the time and capital expenditure involved in setting up or sourcing their utilities needs. Today, Sembcorp serves over 40 multinational companies located on Jurong Island, and has moved beyond Singapore to support companies’ water needs in key petrochemical and chemical manufacturing sites in the UK and China. It also has water facilities in UAE and Vietnam.