Building of SembCorp's largest energy-from-waste plant begins

The Straits Times AsiaOne 30 Mar 14;

SINGAPORE - Sembcorp Industries has started building its largest energy- from-waste facility in Singapore.

The $250 million project on Jurong Island is the first to use industrial and commercial waste to produce steam for supply to companies there.

Its development marks a significant step in reducing the carbon footprint of the petrochemical hub there.

Mr Ng Meng Poh, Sembcorp executive vice-president and head (utilities), said: "The facility will provide a reliable, economical supply of steam to serve our customers' needs, while helping them to reduce their carbon footprint."

He added that the project will reduce disposal costs for its solid waste management operations and improve synergies between Sembcorp's energy and solid waste management businesses.

Located in the Sakra area of the island, the facility will offer an economical and environmentally friendly source of steam to serve the needs of companies.

The plant will be equipped with two boilers with a combined capacity of 140 tonnes of steam per hour, and is expected to be completed in early 2016.

It will produce around 50 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions compared with a coal-fired steam plant.

With the project's completion, Sembcorp will be able to supply a third of its customers' steam needs here using environmentally friendly alternative fuel.

By using around 1,000 tonnes of industrial and commercial waste collected by Sembcorp's solid waste management operations as fuel each day, the plant will convert waste into energy.

The new plant keeps up Sembcorp's momentum in growing its green energy portfolio.

Last month, it announced a 48 megawatt expansion to its wind power capacity at its plant in Huanghua, China.

Last December, it marked financial close on a new energy- from-waste project in Britain which will generate 49 megawatts of gross power, or 190 tonnes per hour of steam.
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