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Japan's JGC Corporation and Hyflux to collaborate
on developing water projects in China

Yokohama, Japan –Leading global engineering company JGC Corporation ("JGC") of Japan and NewSpring Utility Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based leading membrane technology company Hyflux Ltd ("Hyflux" or "the Company"), today signed a joint venture agreement to jointly develop green field water projects in China.

The newly formed 50:50 joint venture company, to be called H.J. NewSpring Limited ("JV Company") will be the investment holding vehicle for developing, investing and managing such water projects in China.

The JV Company's investment portfolio will initially comprise projects that are at the development and incubation stage, such as the Tianjin Dagang Seawater Desalination Plant (the "Project"), China's largest seawater desalination plant. The JV Company intends to expand the designed capacity of the Plant from the current capacity of 100,000m3 per day to 150,000m3 per day.

The Hyflux Group will continue to provide the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the proposed expansion. The management consultancy, operation and maintenance services will be jointly provided by Hyflux and JGC.

The JV Company will also grant Hyflux Water Trust rights of first offer and rights of first refusal for the Project.

Chairman Emeritus of JGC Group Mr. Yoshihiro Shigehisa said, "I am very happy that Hyflux and JGC are signing the Joint Venture Agreement today. I am convinced that Hyflux and JGC will jointly be able to commence water business in the very near future in the Middle East and North Africa region where JGC has a long track record of plant construction as well as regional offices."

Commenting on the signing, Hyflux's Group CEO Ms. Olivia Lum said, "We are very happy to collaborate with JGC on this significant partnership. This new platform will enhance Hyflux's ability to invest in water infrastructure projects in China, where demand for clean and affordable water continues to be on an uptrend."

About JGC Corporation
Since the company's establishment in 1928, JGC Corporation has left its mark on numerous projects in the field of hydrocarbons the world over. Many have been major, state-sponsored projects carried out in Asia, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The company's highly advanced engineering technologies and excellent project management have led repeatedly to the successful completion of these large-scale projects. In short, as a leading global engineering company, JGC has the accumulated experience gained from over 20,000 projects performed in approximately 70 countries. It therefore comes as no surprise that JGC is recognized internationally as a first-class engineering company with superior technological capabilities. In the meantime, JGC maximizes its remarkable project execution capabilities, accumulated engineering and construction expertise, and financing coordination, the area of project development including water business as well as resource development, new types of fuels and power generation is now a focus of intense interest as a new domain for JGC.

About Hyflux
Hyflux is one of the world's leading technology-driven environmental companies, with operations and projects in Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and North Africa.

Hyflux's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship drives its technological advancements in membranes, commercialisation of applications, project management, and operations and maintenance.

Hyflux is committed to providing cost-effective, reliable and sustainable solutions to its customers worldwide, from seawater desalination, water recycling, wastewater and potable water treatment, to renewable resources management in the fields of oil recycling and specialty materials. The company is building the world's largest membrane-based seawater desalination plant in Magtaa, Algeria. It has completed building China’s largest membrane-based seawater desalination plant in Tianjin Dagang.


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