Nitto's RO Membranes to Be Used for Singapore's First Dual-mode Desalination Plant

OSAKA, Japan, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nitto Denko Corporation (hereinafter "Nitto") won a bid to provide reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to the "Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (also known as KMEDP)" in Singapore. The plant is designed to enable treatment of both seawater and freshwater to produce up to 137,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day. Shipping of the membranes is slated to begin this 2018 fiscal year to meet requirements for the plant's operational start scheduled in 2020.

Singapore's water supply is coming from four sources: water from local catchments, imported water from its neighboring country, Malaysia, wastewater reclamation (NEWater) and seawater desalination. With limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore has been securing water resource by increasing its use of water from NEWater and seawater desalination.

KMEDP is the country's first dual-mode desalination plant, capable of treating both seawater and freshwater. The plant will be constructed near the city center, and its water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a gently sloping green lawn as its roof.

Since the year 2000, Nitto has been a key partner in Singapore's water reclamation initiative, NEWater, providing its membrane technologies for water treatment. The company contributed to the establishment of the country's water supply infrastructure in collaboration with PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency. One of the main challenges is power reduction. Nitto developed a new product, "ESPA2-LD MAX," which enables both energy efficiency and high water production by maximizing an RO element's membrane area. And these features were the keys that led to the selection Nitto's RO elements. Going forward, Nitto aims to add more to its RO product line in order to accommodate the needs of more customers and to further expand its market share.

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant

Under the slogan of "Innovation for Customers," Nitto will be centering its efforts and contributions around the business domains of Green (Environment), Clean (New Energy), and Fine (Life Sciences). And the company is pleased to be given opportunities to contribute to the "Green" domain through its membrane technologies. Through these technologies, Nitto is determined to become a key contributor in helping Singapore ensure water sustainability.

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* NEWater: Recycled water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet disinfection technologies, and meets drinking water standards.

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