SINGAPORE — The biennial Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) held last week saw S$14.5 billion worth of projects, tenders, investments and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) announced at the event, up from the record S$13.6 billion in 2012.
Among them were MOUs inked between national water agency PUB and several companies, including Evoqua, Anaergia and Grundfos, to explore research and development projects in water treatment, such as electrochemical desalination technology, waste-to-energy research and wastewater treatment solutions.
Said Mr Chew Men Leong, PUB chief executive and executive director of the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office: “RD and innovation are at the forefront of the quest for water sustainability and SIWW connects leaders and organisations across the water ecosystem to exchange ideas and experiences on real-world solutions, establishing valuable partnerships in these areas.
“The presence and expansion of major global water companies in Singapore also reaffirm Singapore’s development as a global hydrohub.”
Singapore-based De.Mem signed letters of intent with Vietnamese companies Hanoi Water Works and the Dabaco Group to build two decentralised water treatment plants, in projects valued at around S$15 million, while Sembcorp Industries will acquire and upgrade an existing wastewater treatment plant in Lianyungang Lingang Chemical Industrial Park in China’s Jiangsu province.
Municipalities and industrial parks in Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam also shared over S$2 billion worth of investment projects for prospective solutions providers.
This event was held from June 1 to 5 in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. It drew more than 20,000 participants from 118 countries and regions spanning the government, international organisations, industry and academia sectors, the organisers said.
The seventh SIWW will be held from July 10 to 14 in 2016 and will continue to be co-located with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.