SINGAPORE — Oct. 27, 2015 — Singapore’s national water agency PUB announced that work will begin this year to install ceramic membrane technology at one of its water treatment plants, according to a press release.

Upgrading of the Choa Chu Kang Waterworks (CCKWW) means that the plant will become the first in the country to employ the technology, noted the release.

Ceramic membrane technology is one of the latest breakthroughs in membrane technology, stated the release. It is more energy efficient, with a much smaller footprint than existing membrane systems, while its life cycle cost is also expected to be lower.

The upgrade will take place later this year and the plant will become operational in 2018. The work will be undertaken by PUB in partnership with PWN Technologies (PWNT), which will introduce its CeraMac membrane technology.

Japanese ceramic membrane specialist Metawater will supply the membranes and the plant will be designed and built by UGL (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., reported the release.

On completion, CCKWW will have a daily capacity of 40 million gallons per day (mgd), making it one of the largest ceramic membrane plants for drinking water treatment in the world.

Go-ahead for the upgrade follows trials of the technology dating from 2011, which were designed to assess the efficiency and reliability of PWNT’s ceramic membranes in water treatment, shared the release.

Ceramic membrane technology has been in use in Japan since 1998, producing more than 17 years of continuous operation with no known membrane breaks, replacements or membrane-related shutdowns. Japan now has more than 117 plants utilising similar technology to that being installed at CCKWW.

You can find the entire release here.