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Singapore based energy, water and marine company, Sembcorp Industries is to build a 1000 tonne per day waste to energy facility – its largest waste to energy facility to date.

According to the company it will invest over S$250 million ($196 million) to build, own and operate the facility, which will process commercial and industrial waste collected by its waste management operation.

Located in the Sakra area of Jurong Island, the facility will consist of two boilers capable of producing a combined 140 tonnes per hour of high-pressure process steam to serve the needs of petrochemical manufacturers in the vicinity.

The company added that the facility strengthens synergies between its energy business and its solid waste management operations, through the conversion of waste, which would otherwise be sent for disposal, into energy in the form of steam for its customers.

Sembcorp claimed that once complete, the plant will offer a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with a coal-fired steam plant, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by around 50%.

Thefacility is Sembcorp’s second waste to energy project in Singapore, where the company already owns and operates a steam boiler running on woodchips recovered from construction and demolition waste (pictured).

In addition to its waste to energy plants in Singapore, the company said that its international renewable energy portfolio also includes waste to energy, biomass and wind power facilities in the UK and China.

In Teesside in the UK, it owns and operates a 35 MW wood-fuelled biomass power station, and recently announced the development of a new energy from waste facility capable of generating 49 MW of gross power or 190 tonnes per hour of steam using municipal and commercial waste. (See WMW Story)

The company added that the investment will be funded through a combination of bank borrowings and internal sources and that the facility is expected to be complete by 2016.

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