Worldwide to build RM1b WTE plant

The plant expects to address all aspects of environmental issues in strict compliance with the EU standards

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

WORLDWIDE Holdings Bhd is expected to develop the country’s largest waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Jeram, Selangor, in two phases with an estimated investment of RM1 billion.

The first phase, worth RM500 million, is via a partnership with Western Power Clean Energy Sdn Bhd, which is a locally incorporated joint venture between China Western Power Industrial Co Ltd and China Western Power International Pte Ltd.

The two parties signed a joint development agreement yesterday which will entail the development of the WTE facility at Worldwide’s integrated solid waste management centre in Jeram.

Worldwide group CEO Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria said the WTE plant is expected to address all aspects of environmental issues through a modern and high-tech treatment facility in strict compliance with the European Union (EU) standards.

Once completed, the WTE would use solid waste as feedstock to heat up the furnace and creates steam that propels turbine to generate electricity.

The development, which was announced in Selangor Budget 2019, will be funded through a public-private partnership, with the Selangor state government allocating RM40 million for land acquisition.

Norazlina told reporters at the signing ceremony that Worldwide also aims to raise capital via green sukuk to fund the project.

She said Worldwide can build another one or two similar plants in other parts of Selangor, potentially at its sanitary landfill in Tanjung Dua Belas, Kuala Langat.

At present, Selangor produces 7,000 tonnes of waste per day and Worldwide manages 5,000 tonnes out of six sanitary landfills across the state. The Jeram plant occupies 6.07ha of land and it is set to be the largest and most modern WTE facility in the country, with a waste capacity of 1,200 tonnes per day and produces between 20MW and 25MW, enough to power 25,000 households in the area. The first phase will be ready for commercial operation by 2022, while the second stage is targeted to be completed by 2024, which expands the plant’s capacity to process 3,000 tonnes of waste a day to produce 60MW of energy.

The WTE development will reduce land use for landfill and supports the federal government’s aspiration to increase renewable energy’s contribution in power mix to 20% (excluding hydro) by 2025.

“Sanitary landfill is no longer a sustainable system for waste management and Selangor will continue its efforts towards sustainable development as one of the state’s priorities,” Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said.

Worldwide, a subsidiary of Selangor State Development Corp, chose to partner China Western Power as the latter has over 30 years of expertise in the fields of new energy and environmental protection industries, and design and manufacturing of clean power plants across 50 countries including Brazil, England, Japan, India and Kazakhstan.

The partnership also entails project development, transfer of knowledge and consultancy in operations.

Meanwhile, Selangor also launched e-World 2.0, an online registration and landfill data platform for smart waste management at the ceremony yesterday.