The Consortium to draw up detailed engineering plans and designs for the Tuas Nexus Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) and a Materials Recovery Facility
Singapore, 22 April 2020 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) has awarded the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Tuas Nexus Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) to the consortium comprising Keppel Seghers Engineering Singapore Pte Ltd (Keppel Seghers), China Harbour (Singapore) Engineering Company Pte Ltd (China Harbour) and ST Engineering Marine Ltd (ST Engineering). The total value of this contract is about S$1.5 billion. Under the contract, the consortium will design, construct and commission a 2,900 tonnes per day (tpd) Waste-To-Energy (WtE) Facility and a 250 tpd Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) as part of IWMF Phase 1 development. The MRF will sort household recyclables collected under the National Recycling Programme (NRP). A separate IWMF Phase 1 EPC contract for an 800 tpd Sludge Incineration Facility and a 400 tpd Food Waste Treatment Facility is in the tender phase and will be awarded later this year. (Refer to Annex A for the artist’s impressions of IWMF and Tuas Nexus).
2 The IWMF is an integral part of NEA’s long-term plan to meet Singapore’s solid waste management needs. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art solid waste treatment technologies to improve energy and resource recovery from waste. It will also be Singapore’s first integrated facility to treat incinerable waste, source-segregated food waste and dewatered sludge from PUB’s Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (Tuas WRP) at a single facility. The IWMF will be co-located with PUB’s Tuas WRP to collectively form the Tuas Nexus. The integration of solid waste and used water treatment processes at Tuas Nexus will enable both agencies to harness various synergies to further improve overall plant performance and optimise land use.
3 Some of the key Tuas Nexus synergies include the co-digestion of IWMF source-segregated food waste with Tuas WRP’s dewatered sludge to improve biogas production. The biogas produced will then be combusted at IWMF to improve overall plant thermal efficiency and boost electricity generation. The electricity generated by IWMF will be sufficient to sustain the operations of Tuas Nexus and excess electricity will be exported to the grid. The amount of excess electricity exported to the grid by IWMF when it is fully operational will be able to power up to 300,000 four-room HDB apartments.
4 ”The concept of the Tuas Nexus has stirred a lot of interest in the global waste management industry, as well as in the used water treatment industry. It marks a new chapter for solid waste and used water treatment here in Singapore based on a circular economy approach. It is the first greenfield project that involves the development of two mega waste treatment facilities located side-by-side to exploit co-location synergies, and one that will spin off many similar circular economy developments in the years to come”, said Mr Tan Meng Dui, CEO, NEA.
5 Singapore aims to reduce the average daily amount of waste sent to Semakau Landfill by 30 per cent from 0.36 kg/capita in 2018 to 0.25 kg/capita by 2030. IWMF will help Singapore achieve long-term environmental sustainability goals by improving resource and energy recovery from waste.
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Artist’s Impression of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF)
An artist's impression of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF)’s Waste-to Energy building which will also house a Material Recovery Facility.
Photo credit: The National Environment Agency (NEA)
An artist's impression of Tuas Nexus which shows the co-location of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) and the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (Tuas WRP). Photo credit: The National Environment Agency (NEA) and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency