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PUB to study feasibility of desalination plant on Jurong Island

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SINGAPORE'S water agency PUB is exploring the feasibility of developing a desalination plant on Jurong Island, as the country looks to strengthen water security and resilience to droughts.

SINGAPORE'S water agency PUB is exploring the feasibility of developing a desalination plant on Jurong Island, as the country looks to strengthen water security and resilience to droughts.

This will come on top of two more desalination plants, each with a capacity of 30 million gallons a day (mgd), that will be completed in Tuas and Marina East in the next four years, said Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, during a Committee of Supply speech in Parliament on Tuesday.

Singapore currently has two desalination plants with a total capacity of 100 mgd, meeting nearly a quarter of the country's water demand.

Jurong Island is home to about 100 petrochemical, specialty chemical and supporting companies that use a total of 46 mgd - a 10th of Singapore's water demand. Much of this goes towards cooling processes, said the ministry.

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PUB said it is working with other agencies to study the feasibility of companies using seawater instead of fresh water to meet future cooling demand.

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