#Editor’sPick – WtE & MBT Facilities

China – WtE Facility

Development of the world’s largest waste incineration facility

Last month, Hitachi Zosen completed the world’s largest-scale waste incineration plant and handed it over to Hunan Junxin Environmental Protection Group.

The facility incorporates five mechanical grate, stoker-type furnaces, that together, have a daily throughput of 5,100 tonnes. Over 500,000 MWh of electricity will be generated each year.

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Singapore – MBT Facility

Construction of a mechanical biological treatment facility

China Jinjiang Environment has obtained shareholders’ approval for an EPC agreement to construct a pilot, first-of-its-kind mechanical biological treatment project in Tuas.

The company informed AcuComm that preparatory site work started at the end of 2018 and that the plant could be operational by mid-2020.

The facility will help to maximise resource recovery and prolong the lifespan of Singapore’s only landfill.

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Fortum announces new biomass project

Fortum welcomed in 2019 with the announcement that it is launching a ‘significant development project’ that aims to manufacture high-value products from agro-residues and woody biomass to replace the use of fossil and other environmentally taxing raw materials.

The company has received support from Business Finland for a €14.4 million, two-year project in which Fortum and collaborating technology and refining partners will conduct research into creating an industrial ecosystem in which biomass is refined in ‘bio-villages’. Demand for bio-based raw materials is growing rapidly in, for example, the textile industry. In addition to utilising woody biomass, the downstream processing opportunities for agro-biomass unsuitable for human consumption, like straw, are also being explored. The project will be part of Business Finland’s ‘Bio and Circular Finland Program’ which aims to place Finland at the forefront of the circular economy.

Fortum already has extensive experience in utilising biomass for combined heat and power production but is now planning to leverage technologies to use biomass more efficiently: separating the main components of biomass (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin), with any remaining material combusted for energy. After fractionation, cellulose can be used to produce textiles, hemicellulose can be used as a raw material in foods and cosmetics, and lignin can be used in the production of adhesives.

The new project ties in with Fortum’s Bio2X programme which champions the development of new technologies for utilising biomass. Existing Bio2X projects include:

A biorefinery in Assam, India, being developed in collaboration with a joint venture between Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Chempolis. Using formico-technology developed by Chempolis, the biorefinery will use bamboo as the key raw material in the production of bioethanol for blending into petrol. The biorefinery will also produce biochemicals and a biocoal which will be used to produce heat and power on-site.

Fortum Otso, a bio-oil made from forest residues, wood chips or sawdust. It is a replacement for heavy oil and reduces CO2 emissions by close to 90% compared to fossil fuels. Fortum opened its bio-oil production plant in Joenssu in late 2013.

Fortum European projects January 2019

AcuComm’s WasteView Projects database has details of 26 projects involving Fortum – the majority of these are located in Europe.

Written by Ian Taylor, Senior Editor & Research Consultant

#Editor’sPick – WtE & Recycling Facilities

China – WtE Facility

Construction of a 1,050 tpd WtE facility

China Everbright International has won the build-operate-transfer contract for the Henan Pingyu Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Project.

Phase I of the plant will have the capacity to process 700 tonnes of household waste each day and will cost around RMB 426 million.

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Bulgaria – Recycling Plant

Construction of a plastics recycling plant

Integra Plastics is expecting to open its new €40 million plastics recycling plant in Elin Pelin next month.

It will recycle up to 30,000 tonnes of household waste each year and produce low-density polyethylene, high-density polyethylene and polypropylene granules.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Argentina Biogas Plant

Construction of a 2.4 MW biogas plant

BTS Biogas is in the process of constructing a new biogas plant in Pergamino and has reported that electro-mechanical installation is expected to begin in February.

The facility will process 50,000 tonnes of agricultural by-products and plant/animal biomass to produce biogas, which will later be used to generate electricity. Fertiliser will also be produced as a by-product for local farms.

It is scheduled to be operational by September/October 2019.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK AD Plant

Construction of an AD plant at a sewage works

AcuComm has been advised by Yorkshire Water that its new sludge treatment and anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Knostrop Sewage Treatment Works is due to be handed over in May 2019.

Commissioning for the facility, which has cost approximately £72m, started in September 2018 after engineering and development was completed earlier in the year.

When operational, it will process 131 tonnes of dry sludge each day to produce methane, which will later be turned into electricity for use at the plant.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Singapore MBT Facility

Construction of a mechanical biological treatment facility

China Jinjiang Environment is to develop a pilot, first-of-its-kind mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in Tuas.

The project was initiated by the National Environment Agency to maximise recycling and resource recovery, ultimately prolonging the lifespan of the country’s only landfill.

Preparatory site work started in late 2018, with the plant expected to be operational around mid-2020.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia WtE Facility

Development of a 650,000 tpa WtE facility

Australian Paper has been issued a Works Approval for its planned waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Maryvale, Victoria.

Jacobs Engineering Group has been assisting the company with the feasibility process for the project, which will involve the facility consuming around 650,000 tonnes of residual waste from Gippsland and Melbourne landfills each year.

Once underway, construction is expected to take three years to complete.

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Weekly Projects Update – 39 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$2,172m

In the week ending 4th January 2019, AcuComm added 19 new projects and updated 20 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$2,172 million.

This brings the total number of active projects to 5,626, with an estimated value of US$367.6 billion.


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Global Waste Investment Fact File: Colombia

In our latest Global Waste Investment Fact File, we’re switching the focus to Colombia and eight waste projects currently listed in the country. These have a total value of US$503 million, or US$63 million on average.


Key points from this Fact File

  • Biofuel is the leading project type, accounting for US$414 million or 82% of the total. This is followed by ‘other’ which accounts for US$44 million or 9% of the total.
  • The total estimated capacity of these projects is 2 million tonnes. This is equal to 255,097 tonnes per project on average and 16% of Colombia’s estimated annual waste generation.
  • Waste investments totalling US$186 million are expected to become operational over the next few years.
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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Brazil Biogas Plant

Development of a 5 MW biogas plant

TIM Brasil, a large telecoms company, is starting operations at a new biogas plant in São Paulo.

The project will allow TIM Brasil to generate energy for use at its own facilities, serving 864 antenna sites in total. It will also allow progress towards the company’s target of sourcing 60% of its energy from renewable sources.

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