Research & Development

Research & Development

At Keppel Seghers, a key engine to sustaining growth and creating value is our focus on Research & Development (R&D) and commitment towards technology innovation.


Intellectual property and quality solutions hold the key to Keppel Seghers' competitive advantage. Keppel Seghers will therefore continue to develop its proprietary technologies and engineering capabilities.

Research & Development Approach

  • Collaborate with qualified universities and institutions ensures direct access to the latest research programmes
  • Work closely with business partners and customers to keep research efforts in tune with market needs
  • Reap strategic counsel by Keppel's Technology Advisory Panel (KTAP), comprising eminent members of the international business and academic community

Driving Environmental Technology Solutions

In September 2005, Keppel Seghers inaugurated its Environmental Technology Research Center in Belgium, comprising a modern laboratory and fully equipped hall for small-scale trials and pilot testing.

In March 2007, a second research centre was opened at the Keppel Seghers Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant in Singapore.

Keppel Environmental Technology Centre (KETC)

KETC underscores parent company Keppel Integrated Engineering's (KIE) dedication to long-term innovation in environmental solutions. KETC initiates, manages, and conducts R&D within KIE, and also collaborates with leading academic and research institutions worldwide.

Research partners include research institutes of Singapore's A*STAR, universities and polytechnics, UK's Cranfield University and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.

KETC works closely with Keppel Seghers Belgium on technologies in wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy systems that translate into innovative yet value-enhancing solutions. For Example, our Spacer and Turbo-Charger projects have resulted in significant cost savings for the Keppel Seghers Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant in Singapore.

In 2010, KETC was successful in a National Research Foundation call for Competitive Research Funding for a Co-Digestion project with one of our research partners. The same year, KETC achieved two US provisional patents (PCTs) on anaerobic wastewater treatment technology.

The patented improved digestor is envisaged to be highly efficient in producing green biogas, while achieving cost savings. It might also address the need for higher strength wastewater derived from both municipal and industrial sectors.

Currently, KETC is working on a number of projects, including the treatment of biosolids waste with energy recovery and seawater desalination.