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30 June 2010

Singapore calls tender for second desalination plant

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Singapore National water agency PUB on Wednesday called an open tender for the second and largest desalination plant to be built at Tuas.

To be completed by 2013, the plant will add close to 320,000 cubic metres (70 mgd) of desalinated water a day to the nation's water supply.

Following the completion of the fifth and largest NEWater plant at Changi last month, the new desalination plant is Singapore's latest water supply infrastructure project.

Like the first reverse-osmosis desalination plant at Tuas, the second plant will be constructed under a Design, Build, Own and Operate (DBOO) arrangement and utilise reverse osmosis technology.

PUB said increasing desalination capacity will further enhance the drought resilience of Singapore's water supply, and ensure reliability for Singapore's water users.

The successful bidder will enter into a 25-year water purchase agreement to supply desalinated water to PUB, commencing from mid 2013.

The water purchase agreement will set out the tariff structure, terms and conditions for the purchase of desalinated water.

The project is PUB's fourth DBOO project, reports Channel News Asia.

New water targets unveiled on Monday indicated desalination's bigger role in Singapore's water supply.

By 2060, Singapore plans to ramp up desalinated water capacity by almost 10 times so that the Fourth National Tap can meet at least 30 per cent of the water demand then. Water demand is expected to double to 760 mgd by 2060.

The tender for Singapore's second desalination plant will close on September 30. It is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2011.

There will be a project briefing and site show-around on July 15.

Potential bidders who would like to participate in this DBOO project can refer to the details available in Government Electronic Business.

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