SINGAPORE: A start-up from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched its first overseas water treatment plant in Vietnam.
Located at Duc Hoa, at Long An province near Ho Chi Minh City, the newly-built plant is about the size of a five-room HDB flat but has an output of 1 million litres of drinking water daily.
The high-tech remote-monitored plant built by NTU's new start-up, De.Mem Pte Ltd, will supply cleaner and cheaper potable water, at just two-thirds of current prices there.
NTU said the plant is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and is unique because it requires just one person to operate.
The plant will be linked wirelessly via an NTU-designed network back to the Singapore office, which will oversee and manage its daily operations.
The plant, a joint venture between De.Mem and Vietnam company GD Wasser, is backed by Singapore-based investment firm, New Asia Investments, which had invested $300,000 into De.Mem.