SUEZ pursues development in Singapore

12-04-2018

Having been awarded a three-year contract by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, to clean its water supply pipelines, SUEZ will be using the Ice Pigging patented technology in its first operational project in Asia, strengthening the Group’s position in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia.

With an optional one-year extension, the contract was inked following the success of the Ice Pigging pilot project in 2016 in the country. As it uses 50 per cent less water than traditional cleaning techniques, SIEZ’s Ice Pigging is significantly more water efficient. Already, it has been used to great success in countries including Australia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Moreover, it won the 2016 World Food Innovation Award in the “Best Manufacturing/Processing Technology” category.

Tap water contains minerals which settle down over time in the pipelines. Ice Pigging cleans the internal surface of the pipes with an injection of ice slurry to remove these mineral sediments but also biofilm and other deposits accumulated over time. It’s a non-intrusive, fast, effective and economical technology. It also consumes just a few litres of ice in industrial situations that normally require hundreds of litres of water.

Continue to sustainable resources management, SUEZ's propriety Ice Pigging technology is applicable to municipalities as well as a vast range of industries – including oil and gas, food and beverage and cosmetics – where companies wish to limit the environmental impact of cleaning pipes by avoiding the use of chemicals or large quantities of water.

This new contract marks a new step in the development of SUEZ in Singapore, where its Business Unit Water Technologies & Solutions has been supporting the PUB and industries in the Pharmaceutical, Oil, and IT sectors in water resources management through the deployment of high-performance. The Group also partners with the PUB on Smart Water projects, desalination, and energy-efficient wastewater treatment technologies.

Singapore has been chosen as the Group’s business hub in Southeast Asia, drawing on an Innovation Centre and a Water Technology Centre, composed of around 50 research scientists and engineers who support, through innovation, projects development in the region. This contract and SUEZ’s strategic position in Singapore represent a springboard for new business opportunities throughout Asia, in both the municipal and industrial sectors.