UTILITIES | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Keppel to construct Singapore's fourth desalination plant at Marina East

It is expected to be operational in 2020.

Keppel Infrastructure Holdings has won the bid to design, build, own, and operate the fourth desalination plant in Singapore for a concession period of 25 years.. It was named the preffered bidder by the city-state's national water agency, PUB.

Located in Marina East, the plant is expected to be operational in 2020, the time when it will be able to produce 137,000 cubic metres of fresh drinking water per day.

The plant will be the first in Singapore with the ability to treat sea water, and fresh water from the Marina Reservoir, by using reverse osmosis and other advanced membrane technology. Keppel Seghers Pte Ltd will undertake the turnkey construction and commissioning of the project, and Keppel Infrastructure Services Pte Ltd (Keppel Infrastructure Services) will operate the plant for 25 years.

Keppel Infrastructure CEO Ong Tiong Guan said the Marina East Desalination Plant is an iconic project given its requirements of treating both reservoir and sea water.

"Keppel Infrastructure is proud to be able to support PUB's vision for robust and sustainable supply of water. This project affirms Keppel Infrastructure's capabilities to create value and offer innovative and competitive solutions for environmental infrastructure essential for sustainable urbanisation," he noted.

Keppel Seghers also designed and built Singapore's fourth NEWater plant (Keppel Seghers Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant) and fifth waste-to-energy plant (Keppel Seghers Tuas Waste-to-Energy Plant), as well as the Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre and Doha North Sewage Treatment Works for the Government of Qatar. These facilities are now part of the portfolio operated by Keppel Infrastructure Services. 

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