(EnergyAsia, July 6 2011, Wednesday) — Singapore’s SembCorp Industries said it has begun construction of its S$40 million integrated wastewater treatment plant on the Jurong Island oil-petrochemical downstream. (US$1=S$1.25).

Expected to start up in the second half of 2012, the plant will have the capacity to treat 9,600 cubic metres per day of industrial wastewater, more than double the company’s current capacity on the island. It will be able to treat industrial wastewater with concentration of up to 800 milligrammes per litre chemical oxygen demand (COD), which is approximately twice more concentrated than municipal wastewater.

The plant will serve industrial customers including Lanxess and Jurong Aromatics Corporation (JAC) in the Banyan, Tembusu and Angsana districts.

Located in the Banyan district, it will complement a new multi-utilities facility that will supply steam, water and industrial water and wastewater treatment services. The company owns and operates a similar plant in Sakra.

SembCorp said it will also be developing a new combined-cycle gas turbine cogeneration plant in the area with an initial capacity of 400 megawatts of power and 200 tonnes per hour of process steam.

Sembcorp president and chief executive Tang Kin Fei said:

“Together with our established facilities at Sakra, we will serve a total of 16 industrial wastewater treatment customers on Jurong Island, and continue to provide almost 100% of the petrochemical hub’s outsourced industrial wastewater treatment requirements. As a global leader in the provision of industrial wastewater treatment solutions catered to the specialised needs of chemical and petrochemical industries, we are looking forward to serving the new wave of customers setting up operations on Jurong Island.”

Sembcorp is a well-established provider of third party outsourced utilities in the Sakra and Seraya districts. It has been supplying a full range of energy, water and on-site logistics and services to chemical and petrochemical manufacturers on the island for over a decade, and is a pioneer in the treatment of multiple streams of high concentration and complex industrial wastewater.