Sembcorp Industries has commenced commercial operations of the €17.6m expansion to its Sembcorp woodchip boiler plant on Jurong Island, located to the south-west of the main island of Singapore.
The expansion, which is funded by internal sources and is in line with the company's efforts to offer its customers energy solutions, triples the output of the plant to 60t an hour of steam from its initial 20t an hour capacity.
In April 2012, Sembcorp opened the new €20m woodchip-fuelled biomass steam production plant in Jurong Island's Sakra district with a capacity of producing 20t an hour of process steam.
With this expansion, the entire plant will now use around 400t a day of woodchip processed from waste collected by the company's solid waste management operations, curbing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 70,000t a year.
The company's solid waste management business collects and recovers recyclables, timber, hardcore and fines from industrial and commercial waste as well as construction and demolition waste.
The expansion follows the company's plans to invest more than €146.5m to build, own and operate the Sembcorp energy-from-waste plant, a steam production facility capable of producing 140t an hour of process steam using industrial and commercial waste.
The expansion plant, along with the proposed energy-from-waste plant, will increase Sembcorp's energy-from-waste capacity by ten-fold.
In addition, Sembcorp is aimed at supplying one-third of its Sakra customers' steam demand using alternative fuel by 2014.
Image: Sembcorp begins operations of the new boiler at the existing plant in Singapore. Photo: courtesy of Sembcorp.