Kemira Oyj, a chemicals company, and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enter into a strategic alliance to conduct research and development (R&D) in area of water treatment.

The signing of the MOU will enable Kemira and PUB to leverage one another’s resources to conduct applied research and share knowledge and build joint capabilities in the areas of raw water, used water, effluent and sludge treatment.

The partnership with Kemira, which offers products with different water treatment applications for municipal and industrial customers ranging from potable, process and effluent water to sludge treatment, will help PUB develop enhance used water treatment and purification technology.

Prior to this, Kemira also started a R&D cooperation with the Singapore Membrane Technology Center at the NTU to design an efficient water treatment process with a higher recovery rate, lower energy consumption and less waste volume.

PUB director of technology and water quality Harry Seah said that as part of the government’s drive to grow Singapore into a hub for water technologies, PUB actively seeks R&D investments and encourage companies to make Singapore a global test-bed for new and emerging technologies.

“The collaboration with Kemira will further boost Singapore’s global hydrohub aspirations and create a more vibrant R&D landscape here,” Seah said.