Sembcorp has begun construction of its energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Singapore.
Located in the Sakra area of the Jurong Island, the facility will use industrial and commercial waste to produce steam for supply to companies on the island.
The SGD250m facility will provide an economical and environmentally-friendly source of steam to serve the needs of companies in the region.
The facility, which is expected to be completed in 2016, will be equipped with two boilers with a total capacity of 140t of steam per hour .
In comparison to a coal-fired steam plant, the EfW project will produce around 50% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Once the project is operational, the company will provide one third of its customers' steam requirements in Singapore by using eco-friendly alternative fuel.
Additionally, the facility will strengthen synergies between Sembcorp's solid waste management operations and its energy business.
The facility will use around 1,000t of industrial and commercial waste gathered by the company's solid waste management operations as fuel each day, and reduce the Sembcorp's disposal costs for waste collected.
Sembcorp executive vice-president Ng Meng Poh said that the new energy-from-waste plant demonstrates Sembcorp's focus on offering the best solutions to their customers, as Jurong Island's premier utilities supplier.
Poh said, "The facility will provide a reliable, economical supply of steam to serve our customers' needs, while helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.
"At the same time, this project will reduce disposal costs for our solid waste management operations and improve synergies between Sembcorp's energy and solid waste management businesses."