Shanghai shifts to WtE

In China, Shanghai recently opened a second phase of what may well be the largest WtE plant in the world. The Laogang Renewable Resource Recycling Centre is located near the city’s airport in the Pudong New Area. It is next to the Laogang landfill, which has been operating for 30 years and is nearing the end of its capacity. Phase one of the site opened in 2013. You can see the exact location of the site here. Note that the current google map dates to October 2018 and shows phase two under construction.

The new second phase was begun at the end of 2016 and officially opened at the end of June 2019. It can handle up to 6,000 tonnes per day, equal to one third of all the waste generated by the city. This takes the site’s overall capacity to 8,750 tonnes per day, or around three million tonnes per year. Power generation from the plant is estimated to reach 144 MW.

This makes the Laogang site by some margin the largest WtE site in the world. It is large even by Chinese standards; according to analysis of the AcuComm database, the average WtE project in China has an annual capacity of 1,543 tonnes per day. How does this compare internationally? AcuComm lists a few pipeline projects in Kuwait, Singapore and Turkey, each with annual capacity of around one million tonnes. None are currently operational, however. The largest wholly-new plant to begin operating in Europe in recent years is in Poolbeg in Ireland, which opened in 2017 and has capacity of around 600,000 tonnes per year; one third the size of the new expansion at Laogang.

Shanghai is arguably the largest city in the world, with around 26 million people. So it is not surprising that such a huge plant is seen by the city authorities as a good solution to rising waste levels and near-exhausted landfill capacity. On a related note, the past month has also seen a new law come into force which requires Shanghai residents to sort their waste into four broad types before disposal. It clearly makes sense for better pre-sorting of waste if the city is to move to a predominantly WtE solution rather than landfill. The measure is coercive – fines can be levied on those failing to comply – and it remains to be seen how effective the law will be in practice. But that’s a subject for another day.

AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Japan Biomass Plant

Construction of a 50 MWe biomass plant

ANDRITZ has received an order from Toyo Engineering to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidised bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system as part of a new biomass project in Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Weekly Projects Update – 48 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$6,006m

In the week ending 26th October 2018, AcuComm added 16 new projects and updated 32 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$6,006 million.

There are now 5,471 active projects in the AcuComm database, worth an estimated US$359.7 billion.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia WtE Plant

Construction of a 36 MW WtE plant

Project Co, an organisation made up of Phoenix Energy, Macquarie Capital and DIF Infrastructure, have reached financial close to design and build a new 36 MW waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Kwinana, Western Australia.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Finland WtE Plant

Expansion of a CHP WtE plant

Earlier this month, it was announced that Vantaan Energia is undertaking an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to determine the impact of expanding its waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Långmossebergen, Eastern Vantaa. Plans are for throughput to be increased from 374,000 to 450,000 tonnes each year.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Germany Biogas Facility

Commissioning of a biogas feed-in facility

Last month, HanseGas commenced operations at a new biogas feed-in facility in Dümmer, Parum. It is connected to a biogas upgrading plant, which will allow up to 5.5 million Nm3 of biogas to be fed into the grid each year.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – China Landfill

Construction of a hazardous waste landfill

China Everbright Greentech will be building a landfill for hazardous industrial solid waste in Zhejiang Province.

The landfill, which will involve an investment of over US$16 million, will process up to 7,000 tonnes of hazardous waste each year from Lishui City.

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Weekly Projects Update – 47 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$3,043m

In the week ending 9th March 2018, AcuComm added or updated 47 projects to our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$3,043 million. There were 23 new projects and 24 updates.

This brings the total number of active projects in the AcuComm database to 4,845. They have an estimated value of US$349.7 million or US$72 million on average.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Poland Biogas Plant

Upgrade of a biogas CHP plant

Grupa Oczyszczalnia Ścieków’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Łódź will be modernised as part of a new project to make the sewage treatment facility the second largest producer of renewable energy in the region.

When upgrades are complete, up to 70% of the company’s electricity requirements and 100% of its heat requirements will be met.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Poland Biomass Plant

Biomass plant improvements

DP Cleantech is to undertake a new project for boiler modification and optimisation of a combined heat and power plant in Elblag. Energa Kogeneracja, who own and operate the facility, is aiming to achieve stable operation and maximum efficiency with the new improvements.

The plant was originally commissioned in 2014, but suffered operational problems from the start.

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