A new water desalination plant has opened in Singapore.
The city-state with a population of nearly six million people has no natural resources and imports all its water from Johor, in neighbouring Malaysia.
The fourth desalination plant, built by Keppel Infrastructure Holdings and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, will reduce the country’s overreliance on imports.
KMEDP, Singapore’s first large-scale, dual-mode desalination plant, is capable of producing 137,000 cubic metres (about 30 million gallons) of fresh drinking water per day.
The plant is operated by Marina East Water Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure, for a 25-year concession period from 2020 to 2045.
Located at Marina East, KMEDP can either treat seawater or freshwater drawn from the Marina Reservoir, depending on the prevailing weather conditions, thus strengthening Singapore’s water supply resilience.
Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB, said, “Seawater desalination is one of Singapore’s ‘four national taps’.
“Unlike the other three taps – imports, rainfall and recycled water – it is a practically limitless source. It is also weather-resistant and always available, rain or shine, as a source of life-giving water. The availability of desalination makes Singapore’s water supply immensely resilient. And the KMEDP coming online further strengthens Singapore’s water security."
Dr Ong Tiong Guan, CEO of Keppel Infrastructure, added: “Keppel is pleased to mark the official opening of KMEDP and support the Singapore Government in strengthening the resilience of Singapore’s water supply. The development and operation of the KMEDP is very much in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which envisages the Group providing environmental solutions to contribute to sustainable urbanisation. The completion of the plant within budget and on schedule during the Covid-19 pandemic is a further testament to the resilience of Keppel and PUB, and our strong partnership, which has grown from strength to strength.”
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