Kaohsiung Renwu, Taiwan, Waste-to-Energy Plant: giving waste a second life
Kaohsiung, located in southern Taiwan and populated by more than 2.7 million people, is the second largest city and largest international port in Taiwan. In 2000, SUEZ was contracted to 20 years of operation and maintenance for Kaohsiung Renwu Waste-to-Energy Plant, providing municipal waste treatment services to the city and supplying green power generated by waste.
Where should municipal waste go?
With the development of economy and the improvement of people's living standard, the production of domestic and industrial wastes in Taiwan has increased sharply, and in ever-increasing varieties. According to statistics, Taiwan's average annual rate of waste growth is about 2.05%. In order to deal with the increasing production of waste, and avoid harms to the environment and people's health, the rational waste treatment has become a key issue. Municipal waste usually contains certain amount of calorific value, and will produce heat when treated by high-temperature incineration, which can then be transformed to high temperature steam for power generation, thus reducing the consumption of fossil energy and turning waste into green energy.
SUEZ began to operate Kaohsiung Renwu Waste-to-Energy Plant in Dec. 1, 2000. The plant was applied to treat municipal and industrial waste. Its operation has reached the world's most stringent emission standard, capable of incinerating 1350 tons of solid waste per day with 2,300 kJ/kg of calorific value, generating electricity of 808 MWh.
In addition, we actively respond to the Environment Protection Bureau’ call, regularly organizing our staff and their relatives to participate in beach clean-up activities to protect the beautiful coastline of Taiwan.
Kaohsiung Renwu Waste-to-Energy Plant strictly abides by SUEZ high-standard operation and management procedures and thus achieves a stable continuous operation for more than 90% of the time. It treats 1,350 tons of solid waste every day and generates electricity of 808 MWh.