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S'pore opens third desalination plant in Tuas


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By Jose Hong, The New Paper, 29 June 2018 at 06:00 am


The new $217 million Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30mgd, enough for 200,000 households.
PHOTO: The new $217 million Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30mgd, enough for 200,000 households.
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Singapore's third and smallest desalination plant officially opened yesterday, with the promise of turning seawater into drinking water more productively and cheaply.

The $217 million Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30 million gallons a day (mgd), enough for 200,000 of Singapore's 1.3 million households.



Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30 million gallons a day (mgd) of drinking water.
PHOTO: Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30 million gallons a day (mgd) of drinking water. With the new plant, 30 per cent of Singapore’s water needs can now be met by desalination, up from 25 per cent. The new facility adds to SingSpring Desalination Plant, which also can produce 30mgd of drinking water, and Tuaspring Desalination Plant, whose capacity is 70mgd. SingSpring and Tuaspring are both run by Hyflux.
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This is as much as the volume produced by the SingSpring Desalination Plant, despite being half its size at 3.5ha.


Opened in 2015, Singapore's first desalination plant, SingSpring, can produce 30 million gallons of freshwater daily.
PHOTO: Opened in 2015, Singapore's first desalination plant, SingSpring, can produce 30 million gallons of freshwater daily.
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With the new plant, 30 per cent of Singapore's water needs can be met by desalination, up from 25 per cent.

Two more such plants are in the works in Marina East and on Jurong Island, and when these 30mgd plants are up by 2020, they will bring total desalination capacity to 190mgd.

With Singapore's water use set to double to 860mgd by 2060, such "heavy, but necessary investments" must be made ahead of time and demand, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.

Such investment "is made possible by right-pricing water to reflect the long-run marginal cost of producing our next drop of water which is likely to come from Newater and desalination".



Tuas desalination plant.
PHOTO: Tuas desalination plant.
The plant is also the first in Singapore to adopt an advanced pre-treatment technology, which combines two existing filtration methods – dissolved air floatation and ultrafiltration.

This will help to reduce membrane fouling when treating seawater of varying water quality, as well as to prolong the lifespan of a membrane.

To reduce the plant's carbon footprint, a 1.2MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system will be installed on more than half of the plant’s roof surface by the end of the year.

Covering more than 7,000 sq m, the solar PV system will be able to generate 1.4 million kWh of clean energy a year, which will be used to power the plant’s administrative building.

With Singapore’s water demand projected to double from the current 430mgd by 2060, two more desalination plants are in the pipeline.
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S'pore to get its first seed bank next year.
PHOTO: S'pore to get its first seed bank next year. It will store seeds of up to 25,000 plant species from S-E Asia, in an effort to protect threatened plant species from South-east Asia.
The nine-day orchid show, launched yesterday by President Halimah Yacob, is the first part of the Singapore Garden Festival, which has expanded its format to include a main show at Gardens by the Bay in July, and a horticulture show next year.
More than 700 of the region’s best orchid plants were submitted by breeders for the show, and more than 400 awards were given out.
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By Jose Hong, The New Paper, 29 June 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Jose Hong, The New Paper, S'pore opens third desalination plant in Tuas, posted on 29 June 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/spore-opens-third-desalination-plant-tuas

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