Water Company Hyflux Moves into Waste to Energy

120 MW Waste to Energy Contract for MHI in Singapore

Japanese waste to energy technology supplier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will participate in the development of a 3600 tonne per day combined heat and power waste to energy project in Singapore.

Japanese waste to energy technology supplier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will participate in the development of a 3600 tonne per day combined heat and power waste to energy project in Singapore.

The company explained that on Monday this week, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore signed a Design-Build-Own-Operate (DBOO) scheme contract under which MHI Group companies and Hyflux Ltd., a leading provider of integrated water management and environmental solutions in Singapore, to jointly construct a the waste to energy plant in Tuas.

The plant will generate around 120 MW of electricity using stoker furnace type. It is expected to go online in the first half of 2019 and be will operated, managed and maintained by the Hyflux-MHI Group consortium for a period of 25 years. 

A signing ceremony held on October 26 in Singapore was attended by officials of the Singapore government and Embassy of Japan and representatives of other concerned parties, including Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of Environment and Water Resources; Ronnie Tay, CEO of NEA; Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Embassy of Japan in Singapore; Olivia Lum, CEO of Hyflux; and Kazuaki Kimura, Board Member & Executive Vice President of MHI and President & CEO of MHI's Machinery, Equipment & Infrastructure business; 

Construction and operation will be carried out by a special purpose company (SPC) in which MHI and Hyflux will own 25% and 75% shares, respectively.

The SPC will consign engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work to a subsidiary of Hyflux. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (MHI-AP), an MHI subsidiary in Singapore, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental and Chemical Engineering, a wholly owned MHI subsidiary based in Yokohama, Japan, will supply incineration facility and power generation equipment.

Operation and maintenance of the waste to energy plant will be jointly handled by an equally owned JV to be established by MHI-AP/MHIEC and a subsidiary of Hyflux. The total project cost before commercial operation commences is expected to be approximately 750 million Singapore dollars. 

Hyflux currently supplies approximately 35% of Singapore's water. In expanding into the WTE business area, the company had been seeking a partner with proven strengths in WTE plant construction, operation and maintenance.

To date, the MHI Group has constructed three waste to energy facilities in Singapore, including the Tuas South Incineration Plant (TSIP) completed in 2000, which at 4320 tpd is said to have one of the world's largest processing capacities.

As part of ongoing business development efforts, MHI said that it has been exploring opportunities that would allow it to expand into the area of WTE plant operations, making it an ideal partner for the current project.

Keep your eyes peeled for an in depth look at the project in the Nov/Dec issue of WMW.

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