Water & Wastewater Asia Sep/Oct 2018

Water & Wastewater Asia • September / October 2018 60 | SHOW REVIEW Ending on a high note S ingapore International Water Week 2018 (SIWW), the global water conference held from 8 — 12 July 2018, concluded on a high; garnering close to S$23 billion in total value for the announcements on projects awarded, tenders, investments and MOUs. Gathering high-level speakers from government, industry and international organisations, SIWW, which was organised in conjunction with the World Cities Summit (WCS) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), attracted more than 24,000 participants from 110 countries and regions. The event has provided a strategic platform for key stakeholders within the water industry to come together to discuss and co-create solutions to global water challenges; focusing onemergingthemessuchassmarttechnology, resource-efficient water treatment and the accelerated commercialisation of innovative water technologies. “SIWW 2018 marks 10 years since the first event in 2008, and this year’s edition is the culmination of the last decade’s efforts in driving industry growth and helping to shape a much more sophisticated and forward- looking water industry,” said Bernard Tan, managing director of SIWW. “The depth of the discussions, the landmark announcements that pave the way for industry acceleration, the number of water companies that have grown with our event, and the continued pipeline of commercial deals all combine as a strong testament to the event’s critical role as a key driver of the global water industry in the last decade.” SIWW 2018 saw a number of key initiatives that will accelerate the future of the water industry — from an industry roadmap for smart water to a number of new facilities to challenge our innovation frontiers, to programmes that create a growth strategy for new water companies. These include: • Call for upcoming tenders for the works in Tuas Nexus – The integration of PUB’s Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (TWRP) and NEA’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) — estimated at a total value of more than S$5 billion over the next five years. • The launch of SingaporeWater Exchange, a facility designed to build a collaborative ecosystem across the water value-chain that allows for potential synergies in pushing the frontier of water innovation and business growth. • Unveiling of the five-year SMART PUB Roadmap, a key pillar in Singapore’s water resourcemanagement to improve operational excellence and meet future water needs. • A three-year agreement between PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, and Grundfos to create intelligent products and solutions for Singapore that are intuitive, connected and efficient. This agreement builds on a previous collaboration inked in 2014. • Launch of Singapore Envirotech Accelerator (SEA) by Citic Envirotech Ltd (CEL), aimed at identifying promising small andmedium-sized enterprises with innovative technologies to be brought tomarket. CEL will invest S$30million over four years and employ at least 35 technology personnel for SEA. • Opening of Memstar’s first membrane manufacturing plant outside Asia in Conroe, Texas. The US$15 million facility will manufacture the company’s latest product, the Memstar Advance Reverse Osmosis and Nano Filtration (RO/NF) Membrane. • Establishment of a new R&D centre in Singapore by Gradiant Corporation, which will also serve as its Asia-Pacific headquarters, enabling it to expedite the development of solutions in industrial desalination, brine minimisation and water reuse. • World Bank’s announcement that it will be carrying out 18 water projects worth S$3.5 billion in FY19/FY20 in East Asia & The Pacific and South Asia Regions while Andhra Pradesh will invest S$8.4 billion in water infrastructure from 2016 to 2029. With 2018 officially declared as the Year of Climate Action for Singapore, climate change and its impact onwater systemswas one of the topics of discussion at SIWWthis year. Thiswas underscored by the Special ASEANMinisterial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA), a regional platform hosted by Singapore to discuss climate action efforts. At the meeting, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli launched the Climate Action Package, a slewof Singapore-led programmes from this year until 2020 as part of efforts to help ASEAN countries tackle climate change. WWA Panel at Water Leaders’ Summit at SIWW 2018