ISSUE #57 –Interview with Jean-Philippe Filhol, CEO, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies
Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. Veolia Water Technologies provides a full range of services required to design, build, maintain and operate water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems for industrial clients and public authorities.
WHEN WAS VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES ESTABLISHED IN SINGAPORE?
Veolia Water Technologies has been present in Asia for the past 30 years. To support the development of our industrial activities, we employ more than 600 people in the region with a network of 12 offices in 7 countries giving our partners close access to a pool of experts.
HAS YOUR COMPANY NAME EVOLVED FROM ITS FIRST YEAR HERE TO TODAY?
Our name has evolved along with the changes in our corporate name at HQ level. In 2014, it changed from ‘Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (SEA) Pte. Ltd.’ to ‘Veolia Water Technologies(SEA) Pte. Ltd.’
A reliable and constant supply of quality water is crucial for the microelectronics industry
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY PROJECTS YOU HAVE COMPLETED IN SINGAPORE?
‘In Singapore, Veolia Water Technologies is mainly focused on industrial projects that require the processing, treatment, and reclamation of water and wastewater for the pharmaceutical, microelectronics as well as chemical processing and oil & gas industries.
Veolia oversees the production of purified water, WFI (Water for Injection, which is highly purified water), and pyrogen-free water to international pharmaceutical standards, a process widely considered as critical in the industry. Similarly, a reliable and constant supply of quality water is crucial for the microelectronics industry.
One of Veolia’s emblematic projects in Singapore is the Kranji NEWater plant, which combines continuous microfiltration technology with reverse osmosis and UV to produce high-purity water from secondary effluent that meets WHO water quality guidelines. The bulk of the water is currently being used by microelectronics wafer fabrication factories. A small portion of the water is being released into raw reservoir water for indirect Potable Use (IPU).
This year, Veolia launched the new Orion, a purified water treatment system for the pharmaceutical, healthcare (including generic drugs), and biotechnology markets. Looking to the future, we will continue providing industries with innovative solutions, such as the Evaled, our range of evaporators for industrial waste water treatment.
PHOTO: Reverse osmosis skids, used in the first phase of the water purification process
Interview published in the FOCUS Magazine “SG50” – May 2015