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Toray to Supply RO Membrane to Asia's Largest Desalination Plant

Tokyo, Feb 10, 2012 (JCN) - Toray has won an order to supply reverse osmosis (RO) membrane elements to the Tuaspring Desalination Plant in Singapore. The plant will have a water production capacity of 318,500 cubic meters per day (or 84 MGD), making it the largest in Asia outside of the Middle East. The plant is being developed by Tuaspring Pte Ltd (Tuaspring), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyflux Ltd. of Singapore.

Tuaspring won the 25-year DBOO (design, build, own and operate) project which is situated on a site next to the SingSpring Desalination Plant in Tuas, Singapore's first large-scale desalination plant. Toray is scheduled to supply its RO membrane elements in 2012 and the Tuaspring Desalination Plant is expected to start operations in 2013.

Singapore is implementing a policy called the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water) with the aim of establishing a sustainable water supply system. The Singaporean government is actively expanding the area for water catchment up to 66% of the country while promoting expanded use of NEWater (reclaimed from used water, which already accounts for 30% of utilization) and enhancement of water desalination facilities in order to reduce its dependency on the water import agreement with its neighbor Malaysia, which is scheduled to expire in 2061.

Toray has a track record of supplying RO membrane elements to major Singaporean plants, including the SingSpring Desalination Plant in Tuas (production capacity: 136,400 cubic meters per day; operations started in 2005) and the NEWater plant in Changi (production capacity: 228,000 cubic meters per day; operations started in 2010), which is the latest and biggest under the NEWater project.

In Singapore, Toray's market share of water business-related RO membrane elements has reached about 60%. The market share will climb to 70% with this order for the country's biggest Tuas II plant. The company is determined to further contribute to Singapore's efforts to ensure stable, high-quality water resources.

By Saroj Shrestha Staff Writer

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