Thursday, April 26, 2012

SembCorp Industries : Sembcorp Opens Its First Energy-From-Waste Plant On Jurong Island

- Biomass facility offers a sustainable and competitive solution to customers on Jurong Island
- Plans in place to expand energy-from-waste capacity ten-fold and supply one-third of Sakra customers' steam demand using alternative fuel

Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) today opens its new S$34 million woodchip-fuelled biomass steam production plant capable of producing 20 tonnes per hour of process steam, providing a sustainable and competitive solution to its customers. Located in Jurong Island's Sakra district, the Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant provides process steam to commercial customers on Jurong Island, using waste wood collected and processed by Sembcorp's solid waste collection business.

With its integrated group expertise, Sembcorp has unique capabilities to manage the entire energy-from-waste value chain. Sembcorp's solid waste management arm, the leading operator in Singapore, collects and recovers recyclables, timber, hardcore and fines from industrial and commercial waste as well as construction and demolition waste. By recovering waste wood meant for incineration and processing it into a resource - woodchip - to fuel the plant, Sembcorp creates value from waste and improves the competitiveness of industry on Jurong Island, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant is also designed to the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark Gold standard, incorporating natural ventilation and lighting, solar power and the use of recycled building material. At the same time, it is highly automated to ensure safety and efficiency, while increasing productivity.

Expansion of energy-from-waste capacity

Looking ahead, Sembcorp will maintain its strategic focus on energy-from-waste solutions and grow its capabilities in the renewable energy sector. To this end, the Group has set a target to supply one-third of its Sakra customers' steam demand using alternative fuel by 2014.

In line with this aim, Sembcorp is pleased to announce the expansion of the woodchip boiler plant with the development of a second boiler, which will have a capacity of 40 tonnes per hour of steam. Upon completion of this second phase in the second half of 2013, the facility will be able to produce a total of 60 tonnes per hour of steam. Together, both boilers are estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 70,000 tonnes a year.

In addition, Sembcorp will be developing two new energy-from-waste boilers on Jurong Island. The energy-from-waste boilers will utilise industrial and commercial waste collected and processed by Sembcorp's solid waste collection business to produce 140 tonnes per hour of steam for existing customers. This facility, also to be located in Sakra, will increase Sembcorp's supply of steam from alternative fuel and further enhance its competitiveness on Jurong Island.

When completed, the Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant's second boiler and the two new energy-from-waste boilers will increase Sembcorp's energy-from-waste capacity by ten-fold.  

Ng Meng Poh, Sembcorp's Executive Vice President, Singapore and ASEAN (Utilities), said, "Our woodchip boiler plant is significant for Sembcorp in our journey as a vital partner to the industry on Jurong Island. It is also a step forward in our strategy to grow our portfolio of renewable energy assets, and in particular, to offer sustainable and competitive energy-from-waste solutions to our customers in Sakra. This solution provides an alternative economical source of energy for our customers on Jurong Island while leveraging synergies between our solid waste management and energy businesses."

Infineum breaks ground in S'pore

SINGAPORE: Infineum, a global provider of petroleum additives, has broken ground for its first salicylate plant outside Europe.

To be located in Singapore's energy and chemical hub Jurong Island, the plant will manufacture salicylate detergents when fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2013.
This US$150 million (S$187 million) plant is Infineum's largest investment to date.
Infineum is a joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil.
Salicylates are used as additives in motor oils for passenger cars and trucks, and also has applications in marine and gas engine oils.
The Singapore plant will serve the Asia-Pacific region and complement its sister plant located in Berre, France.
Infineum Singapore's global business manager of specialities, Lim Siang Yong, said: "We invest only to meet the market growth.
"Our customers have told us that this market, especially in Asia Pacific, is going to grow significantly beyond the global average. And this is the reason why we invested in Singapore for the first salicylate plant."
Jurong Island currently hosts more than 95 global companies and has drawn cumulative fixed asset investments of over S$30 billion to date, according to Singapore's Economic Development Board.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pipeline leak disrupts gas supply on Jurong Island

PowerGas says the damage could be caused by a third party contractor


ronnie lim

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[SINGAPORE] A leak from an onshore gas pipeline - apparently caused by a third-party contractor - disrupted Indonesian natural gas supplies to some users including generating company PowerSeraya and seven petrochemical plants on Jurong Island.

The pipeline, owned and operated by SP PowerGas, was transporting gas imported by Sembcorp from Indonesia's Natuna.

The pipeline leak, which occured at the junction of Sakra Road and Jurong Island Highway just before noon yesterday led authorities to shut traffic in and out of the petrochemicals island for about four hours on safety grounds.

This affected thousands, as some 38,000 workers (8,000 full-time) reportedly enter Jurong Island daily.

A JTC spokesman told BT that the authorities partially lifted the traffic clampdown sometime after 4 pm yesterday to and from the island which houses "biggies" like Shell, ExxonMobil and PetroChina.

PowerGas is the sole licensed gas transporter and gas system operator in Singapore, delivering both natural gas and town gas. It owns the gas transmission and distribution networks here including 2,900 km of underground pipelines.

BT understands that the 24-inch pipeline involved transports gas from one of the onshore gas receiving terminals to several of Sembcorp's customers on Jurong Island.

Channel NewsAsia reported that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call about the gas leak at 12.18 pm yesterday. Two fire engines and a support vehicle were at the scene within five minutes, with personnel using water jets to suppress the gas leak.

Saying that it was first notified about the gas leak at 11.55 am, a PowerGas spokesman added that there was no injury or fire resulting from the incident.

"PowerGas did not conduct any excavation works at the vicinity and was not carrying out any maintenance works to the affected pipeline at the time of the incident," the spokesman added.

"The gas pipeline damage could be caused by a third party contractor. PowerGas is investigating the cause of the damage and is working to restore the gas supply as soon as possible," he said.

It added that electricity generation has not been affected as the genco involved switched to an alternative fuel for power generation.

When contacted, PowerSeraya chief executive John Ng confirmed that "we had to switch one of our combined cycle gas turbines to use diesel instead." The genco runs four CCGT plants, which means that operationally, a quarter of its power station was affected.

While diesel costs more than gas, "our priority is to make sure we can meet electricity demand," he told BT, adding that demand, especially for air-conditioning, was up yesterday as it was a very hot day.

While there has been no update so far on how long its gas supply from Sembcorp will be affected, Mr Ng said that the genco has sufficient diesel inventory to fuel the affected unit at this time.