Sembcorp Industries starts operations of $30m boiler plant expansion

Sembcorp's effluent recovery plant, part of its comprehensive total water management facilities on Jurong Island, Singapore. Sembcorp Industries has started commercial operations of its new $30 million expansion to its Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant
Sembcorp's effluent recovery plant, part of its comprehensive total water management facilities on Jurong Island, Singapore. Sembcorp Industries has started commercial operations of its new $30 million expansion to its Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant on Jurong Island, the Singapore Exchange mainboard-listed company said on Oct 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES

Sembcorp Industries has started commercial operations of its new $30 million expansion to its Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant on Jurong Island, the Singapore Exchange mainboard-listed company said on Monday.

The expansion, which was funded through internal resources, has tripled the plant's output from 20 tonnes per hour of steam to 60 tonnes per hour, Sembcorp said.

The plant was Sembcorp's first renewable energy plant in Singapore. It produces renewable energy from woodchip, a sustainable alternative fuel derived from waste wood.

The newly enlarged woodchip boiler plant will use around 400 tonnes per day of woodchip processed from construction and demolition waste collected by Sembcorp's solid waste management operations. It is also estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 70,000 tonnes a year.