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New waste-to-energy plant in Singapore

Published: 22 May 2019 - Carly Wills

Acromec, a specialist engineering service provider in the field of controlled environments, has announced that its subsidiary Acropower has signed an agreement with Chew's Agriculture (CAPL) for Acropower to build, own and operate a waste-to-energy power plant that will convert poultry waste into energy.

The facility will be built on CAPL's new farm as it relocates to Neo Tiew Road, off Lim Chu Kang, Singapore. 

The agreement stipulates that the facility will process and convert waste from the farm into biogas for use in generating electricity, which will then be supplied back to the farm for a period of 15 years. 

The agreement is expected to result in a diversification of the group's business into the renewable energy sector, and will be subject to the approval of its shareholders in a general meeting. Conditional upon obtaining all approvals required, construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 31 March 2020.

At the initial stages, the facility is committed to supply to the farm no less than 0.5 megawatts per hour, based on processing the daily waste produced by 600,000 egg-laying chickens (layers), although it will have the capacity to provide up to 0.8 megawatt per hour on a daily basis, based on processing the daily waste produced by up to 720,000 layers.

The agreement further binds CAPL to scale up its initial production size within five years beyond 720,000 layers, but not exceeding 1,500,000 layers. 

Commenting on the agreement, Lim Say Chin, executive chairman and managing director of Acromec said, "This project is a win-win situation for both parties. Disposal of animal waste is a costly issue for farms, and by converting it into energy, Acromec is expected to benefit from an economic view point and will also be contributing towards protection of Singapore's environment."

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