PUB and Kemira to collaborate on water/wastewater R&D

Finland’s Kemira Oyj and PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, announced on 27 October 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic alliance to conduct water and wastewater research and development.

The collaboration will cover raw water, used water, effluent and sludge treatment. Kemira and PUB will conduct applied research, share knowledge and build joint capabilities that leverage one another’s resources.

In June 2010, Kemira also started a research and development cooperation with the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre at the Nanyang Technological University with the objective to enhance used water treatment and purification. The goal of the project is to design a more efficient water production process with a higher recovery rate, lower energy consumption and less waste volume.

These projects support Kemira’s strategy to grow profitably in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Singapore is recognized as the global hydrohub in terms of water technology and applications,” says Kaj Jansson, vice president, R&D and technology, Kemira Oyj. “Kemira is well placed to partner PUB in the areas of advanced water treatment.”.

Harry Seah, PUB’s director of technology and water quality said, “As part of the government’s drive to grow Singapore into a hub for water technologies, we actively seek research and development (R&D) investments and encourage companies to make Singapore a global test-bed for new and emerging technologies. The collaboration with Kemira will further boost Singapore’s global hydrohub aspirations and create a more vibrant R&D landscape here”.