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Sembcorp, partners plan waste-to-energy plant in UK

EM News Bureau ,  Friday, May 17, 2013, 14:43 Hrs  [IST]

Sembcorp Industries has announced that it will be developing a new waste-to-energy facility in Teesside, the UK, which will be the Group’s first such facility outside Singapore. The new facility will be capable of producing up to 49 mw of gross power or 190 tph of steam, using municipal and commercial waste. The facility will be located at Wilton International, a 770-ha industrial site which Sembcorp owns, operates and manages in Teesside.

The new facility will be developed by a 40:40:20 joint venture between Sembcorp, SITA UK (part of Suez Group) and Itochu Corporation. The facility will utilize up to 450,000 tonnes per year of municipal waste, which would otherwise have gone to landfill, to produce sustainable power and steam. The energy-from-waste facility will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 130,000 tonnes per year, compared to land-filling an equivalent amount of waste, a release from Sembcorp noted.

The waste will be supplied by the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership under a 30-year contract, which the joint venture won through a competitive bidding process. Apart from the energy-from-waste facility, the joint venture will also be developing a waste transfer station in Knowsley, Merseyside, to transport the waste by rail from Merseyside to the energy-from-waste plant in Teesside. Both facilities are expected to be operational in 2016, and will be developed under a BOOT arrangement with the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority for a period of 30 years.

The total investment for both the energy-from-waste facility and waste transfer station amounts to approximately S$473.5 million, which will be funded through a long-term non-recourse project finance loan, an equity bridge loan, shareholder loans and equity. Financial close of the project is expected in the second half of 2013 or early 2014. Sembcorp’s equity investment for this project is around S$41.5 million. (S$1 = Rs.43.70, as of April 22, 2013)
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