Weekly Projects Update – 42 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$5,259m

In the week ended 27th January 2017, AcuComm added 42 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$5,259 million and waste capacity of just under 11.2 million tonnes.

This takes the total estimated investment value of projects to US$360.8 billion.

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  • MSW was the leading feedstock type reported on in the past week, accounting for an estimated 4.3 million tonnes, or 38.5% of the total. This was followed by general organic material with 1.8 million tonnes.
  • The leading country in the past week was the USA with ten projects. This was followed by the UK with six.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Canada Incinerator

Development of an incinerator at a wastewater treatment plant

A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study was initiated by the City of Toronto in 2014 to identify a preferred approach to managing biosolids from the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (HCTP). Following completion of the report in mid-2016, it was issued for a 30-day public review period, while a letter requesting a Part II Order was also sent to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change. The City is currently awaiting the Minister’s decision.

It is expected that a staff report on the EA study recommendations will be presented to Toronto’s Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) early this year.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK Biomass Plant

Conversion of power station to biomass

Towards the end of 2015, it was confirmed that the conversion of Lynemouth Power Station in Northumberland, from coal-firing to biomass, had received EU state aid approval. Since then, various contracts had been awarded and signed for the systems, suppliers and consultancy. Most recently, in January 2017, Emerson announced that it has received a contract to serve as the main automation and electrical contractor for the project.

Once operational, the facility is expected to export 390 MW of low carbon electricity to the National Grid. The conversion to biomass has also allowed the plant to operate under tighter emission regulations, which were imposed by the EU in 2016.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – France Biomass Plant

Construction of a biomass CHP plant

In December 2016, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the commencement of the construction of a biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Novillars.

The plant will have a fuel heat input of 63 MWth, with an electrical capacity of 20 MWe and thermal energy capacity of 23.5 MWth. The plant will be optimised with an overall efficiency of 65% or over, as a result of requirements set by the French government.

It will also supply steam to the paper mill for its production process, where waste paper is recycled and used for producing packaging materials.

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#Editors’Pick – Biogas, WtE and recycling plants

Japan: Construction of a biogas and WtE plant
Takuma has received an order valued at ¥42.8 billion from the Machida City authorities for the construction of a biogas plant and a waste-to-energy plant under a design-build-operate (CBO) contract.

The project will involve the construction of a biogas plant to recover methane from municipal waste, as well as a WtE plant, which will produce heat from incinerating residual waste. There will also be an additional unit to dispose of the incombustible waste.

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UAE: Construction of a 300,000 tpa waste-to-energy plant
Bee’ah and Masdar have joined forces to construct a new waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Sharjah. The facility is expected to be completed by 2020, and will convert around 37.5 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per hour into 30 MW of electricity.

In total, the facility will divert as much as 300,000 tonnes of MSW from landfill each year.

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UAE: Construction of an e-waste recycling plant
In a separate project, Bee’ah, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Gulf Islamic Investments and Attero Recycling India have signed agreements to establish an electronic waste recycling facility.

The plant will be housed within Bee’ah’s waste management complex in Sharjah, and will utilise innovative recycling technology developed by Attero.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – France Recycling Plant

Development of a recycling line for floor coverings

This month, it was announced by Paprec that they had formed a joint venture (JV) with flooring manufacturer, Gerflor. Joint investment of €3 million will result in the creation of a dedicated recycling line for waste flooring materials at Paprec’s facility in Trémentines.

Through the partnership, the companies aim to treat 1,500 tonnes per annum of flooring materials, and 5,000 over the next three years. As a result of the flexible and low density PVC used in Gerflor’s floor coverings, it can be a challenge to recycle.

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Global Waste Investment: AcuComm’s 2016 Review

In our latest complimentary market update, we provide you with a review of activity in the Waste, Bioenergy and Recycling sectors from the past year. Of the 1,598 projects reported on in 2016, 925 were newly-added during the year, equal to an average of 77 per month. The remaining 673 were status updates on projects reported on prior to 2016.


Key points from this report:

  • The total value of reported projects was US$149.4 billion, equal to US$93 million each on average.
  • Total feedstock capacity in 2016 was 337.1 million tonnes, which is equal to 210,970 per project and 659 tonnes per day.
  • AcuComm estimates that around 66.3% of projects involved some form of electricity power generation, averaging 26 MW each.


As to be expected, Municipal Solid Waste was the leading feedstock type reported on in 2016, accounting for 31.2% of the projects. This was followed by wood, accounting for around 16%. This can represent either waste wood materials or specially-grown wood and is principally used in biomass boilers and power plants.


In 2016, the leading technology type was incineration involving energy recovery (waste-to-energy (WtE) incineration). These projects accounted for almost half of the total at 46.7%. The next was anaerobic digestion/biogas facilities, which accounted for around 17% of the total.


AcuComm estimates that 472 of the projects reported on in 2016 are fully operational, as of January 2017. These have a combined value of US$29.1 billion, estimated capacity of 70.5 million tonnes and power generation of 4,936 MW. A further 402 projects are currently under construction and are generally larger, therefore taking longer to complete. Meanwhile, 219 projects are in various stages of planning, although not all will come to fruition.

Approximately 355 of projects not yet operational will get under way this year, with a further 168 to do so in 2018.


To read further into this report, and discover which regions and companies were primarily involved in the sector in 2016, click here.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia Biomass Plant

Construction of Australia’s first straw-fuelled biomass plant

In April 2016, Terry Kallis presented details of Yorke Biomass Energy’s (YBE) plans to construct Australia’s first straw-fuelled bioenergy plant in Ardrossan.

While AcuComm have been informed this month that the project is running around 10 months behind schedule, deals have been signed with Acciona for the engineering, procurement and construction. The plant will be based on one of the company’s plants in Spain.

Construction is expected to begin sometime during mid-2017, with operations and first power generation commencing during December 2018.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – US Composting & MRF Facilities

Development of a composting facility and expansion of an MRF

Mid Valley Disposal (MVD) has undertaken a project to expand its composting operation and recycling facilities in California. With a 68,000 sq. ft. composting field at its 10-acre material recovery facility (MRF) sit, MVD will be able to recycle animal, food, paper and garden waste to create various types of compost.

The facility was officially opened in December 2016.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Canada AD/Compost Facility

North America’s largest commercial-scale high solids AD/compost facility

Since its launch back in September 2013, North America’s largest high solids anaerobic digester has received numerous complaints regarding odours from the facility. Three years later in September 2016, Metro Vancouver issued an air emissions permit, which requires the company to invest in significant upgrades at the facility.

At a CLC meeting held in December, the operator reported that they had undertaken a number of actions, including the reduction in materials arriving at the facility and the introduction of additional experts.

To take a look at further actions that have been taken, along with the next steps, click here. You will only have 7 days to access this project, so don’t miss out!