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Sembcorp to Testbed New Environmentally-friendly Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation System

June 25, 2009

- System will be the first in Singapore applying membrane distillation for industrial wastewater treatment and water reclamation 
- Marks a step towards achieving zero liquid discharge in wastewater treatment and water reclamation

Sembcorp, Singapore’s largest water company, has signed a technical assistance agreement with local water technology companies United Envirotech and Memstar to form a pilot testbed for a new environmentally-friendly system to treat industrial wastewater and reclaim water. The testbed system will be the first in Singapore to apply Membrane Distillation technology for the treatment of industrial wastewater and water reclamation. It also marks a step towards achieving zero liquid discharge in wastewater treatment and water reclamation.

Sembcorp will run the testbed, which will apply the latest membrane technology from Memstar in a system designed by United Envirotech.  The system will aim to maximise reclamation of clean water from the treated effluent and make progress towards achieving affordable zero liquid discharge solutions.

Commenting on the agreement, Sembcorp Group President & CEO Tang Kin Fei said, “This new testbed is in line with Sembcorp’s efforts to commercialise promising new technologies to help industrial sites and cities minimise discharge into waterways and enjoy clean, sustainable water to support their development. With this, we hope to move towards the eventual goal of developing solutions for zero liquid discharge wastewater treatment and water reclamation.”

The agreement was signed at Singapore International Water Week by Sembcorp’s Executive Vice President for Group Business & Strategic Development and Head of Water, Energy and Middle East & North Africa Tan Cheng Guan, United Envirotech Chairman & CEO Dr Lin Yucheng and Memstar CEO Dr. Ge Hailin. Also present were Economic Development Board’s Director for Cleantech Goh Chee Kiong and Sembcorp Group President & CEO Tang Kin Fei.

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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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