Water, solid waste to be treated at adjacent facilities in Tuas

John Leong and Alice Chia Channel NewsAsia 3 Jun 14;

SINGAPORE: Singapore will see the implementation of more innovative environmental technologies, following announcements made at the Singapore International Water Week on Tuesday.

In the first initiative of its kind, used water and solid waste will be treated at facilities located next to each other in Tuas.

The National Environment Agency's Integrated Waste Management Facility can handle up to 50 per cent of Singapore's waste treatment capacity, when it is completed by 2024.

Next to it will be the new Tuas Water Reclamation Plant, which will feature an integrated NEWater factory. The integration of multiple treatment processes will help optimise energy and resource recovery, contributing to the long-term goal of increasing NEWater supply to meet up to 55 per cent of total water demand.

This is part of phase two of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, with the extension of tunnels to collect used water from the western parts of Singapore.

"Singapore actually benefits from a complete sewage system, which actually will save the land that is used for used water infrastructure. In fact, we would have saved the land used by 50 per cent,” said Chew Men Leong, chief executive of PUB.

“More importantly with its completion, we will actually be able to increase the capacity for recycling of water. That will help us move towards a higher level of recycling."

In another development, Singapore and Denmark agreed to deepen ties in environmental and water sustainability.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and the Danish Minister for the Environment Kirsten Brosbol signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Singapore International Water Week.

Areas covered include the development and deployment of innovative environmental technology as well as flood management.

"We are going to have to invent new solutions to deal with the existential challenges that we will face,” said Dr Balakrishnan.

“If we can successfully devise new solutions, and even more so, by collaborating with each other, I think there will be a world market for our services and our products."

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Mega waste treatment plant to open in 2024
Feng Zengkun The Straits Times AsiaOne 4 Jun 14;

AN INTEGRATED waste treatment plant capable of processing up to half of Singapore’s solid waste will be in operation from 2024.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will build the facility in Tuas. It can handle solid waste, food waste, recyclables from the National Recycling Programme and, in a first, sewage sludge from water treatment plants.

It will extract resources like biogas and energy from the waste, joining four existing waste-toenergy incineration plants in Tuas and Senoko and a fifth to be completed by 2018.

Incineration reduces waste’s volume by 90 per cent, so Singapore’s Semakau Landfill will be able to last until at least 2035.

In another first, the integrated facility will be located next to national water agency PUB’s new water reclamation plant, which will be completed in the early 2020s, so they can benefit from each other. Both have been allocated 68ha – about the size of 95 football pitches – in total.

The waste facility can generate power for the water plant which, in return, will supply it with treated used water for cooling and washing.

The close proximity also makes it easier and cheaper to transport the water plant’s sludge for treatment next door. By mixing food waste and sludge, the waste facility can produce more biogas and power.

“These synergies will keep the cost of solid waste disposal affordable in the long term,” said NEA chief executive Ronnie Tay.

PUB’s new water plant will have an integrated Newater factory to boost Singapore’s water self-sufficiency, and is part of the agency’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) – Singapore’s long-term solution to used water management.

The DTSS is slated to be completed by 2022, and comprises tunnels to move used water by gravity to three advanced treatment plants in Kranji, Changi and Tuas.

These will feature new technology which will help them be more energy-efficient and produce less sludge.

When the DTSS project is completed, two conventional plants in Jurong and Ulu Pandan and their intermediate pumping stations will be shut down progressively.

The entire DTSS will reduce the used water infrastructure’s land footprint by 50 per cent, freeing up land for other uses.

The NEA and PUB yesterday announced at a Singapore International Water Week event that a partnership between design and consultancy firm Aecom and engineering giant Black & Veatch had won a tender to be the lead consultant for the second phase of the DTSS and the waste facility.

Phase 1 cost $3.4 billion and was completed in 2008. It covered northern and eastern Singapore, while Phase 2 will cover the west.

PUB chief executive Chew Men Leong signed the contract with the firms’ representatives yesterday, and said: “For a densely populated city state with limited land, the DTSS is a more strategic solution than renewing and expanding the used water infrastructure.”

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, guest of honour at the signing, added: “Embarking on Phase 2 will bring us closer to fulfilling the vision we set out almost a decade ago.”

Last year, about three million tonnes of solid waste were disposed of.