Jun 13, 2008

Toray to Supply Reverse Osmosis Membrane for a Large-Scale Wastewater Plant in Singapore

Plant in the Changi region is second-largest wastewater recycling plant in the world

Toray Industries, Inc. has won an order to supply low-fouling reverse osmosis membrane elements for a large-scale wastewater recycling plant in the Changi region of Singapore. The plant will have the capacity to produce 228,000 cu meters of water per day and is expected to begin operations in a phased manner from 2009 to 2010. Toray is scheduled to supply the membranes in two batches in 2008 and 2009. The construction of the plant is part of Singapore government’s NEWater project and is the last and biggest plant under the project.

The plant is called Changi NEWater plant and will be constructed near the International Airport in the eastern region of Singapore. SembCorp Utilities, the public works division of SembCorp Industries, a major corporate group in Singapore, won the contract to construct the plant. The water recycled and processed at the plant will be returned to reservoirs and reused as industrial water as well as drinking water.

Singapore relies on neighboring Malaysia for most of its water requirements and the country has been placing emphasis on securing water as a national policy. This has led them to look at wastewater, industrial wastewater and seawater as new sources of water.

The desalination plant in the Tuas region of Singapore, the largest reverse osmosis membrane-based desalination plant in Asia, also uses Toray’s desalination RO membrane element. Together with this most recent order, Toray will have a 60% share of the RO membrane elements in use in Singapore.