Disposing of waste in land-scarce Singapore: Nation’s largest waste-to-energy plant turns 20

Nation's largest waste-to-energy plant, which turns 20, plays key role in waste ecosystem

Tuas South Incineration Plant's general manager Kan Kok Wah says that incinerating waste reduces its volume by 90 per cent.
Tuas South Incineration Plant's general manager Kan Kok Wah says that incinerating waste reduces its volume by 90 per cent. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
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The furnace heats up water in the plant's boiler tubes, producing steam that turns turbines, producing energy.

Exhaust steam from the turbines is then cooled by air condenser fans, and the condensed water vapour is fed back into the boilers for reuse.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline Singapore’s largest waste-to-energy plant turns 20. Subscribe