On 17 July 2017, JFE Engineering Corporation (JFE) hosted a Site Inauguration Ceremony to mark the commencement of site activities for the upcoming S$40 million Waste to Energy (WtE) Research Facility in Tuas. This project was announced at the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) 2016, during which a collaboration agreement was signed between National Environment Agency and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore).
The facility will employ JFE's High-Temperature Slagging Gasification technology and is expected to be completed by December 2018. Upon completion, the facility will serve as a backbone for the demonstration and test-bedding of WtE related research activities via different plug-and-play features, which have been designed throughout the plant's system.
JFE’s High-Temperature Slagging Gasification technology has the ability to treat waste and reduce its volume efficiently, converting the incombustibles contained in the waste into high-quality slag and metal granulates. The slag can be used as secondary material for construction purposes while the metal granulates can be recycled.
With the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and NTU Singapore, JFE is also planning to establish the Innovation Centre for Environmental Technology, to conduct joint research in the area of "Development of Enhanced Utilisation Methodologies for Slagging Gasification". Leveraging Singapore as a test bed for JFE’s Slagging Gasification, JFE hopes to further its capabilities to utilise renewable resources as auxiliary fuels, achieve larger volume reduction capabilities through the recycling of slag and metal as useful secondary material, as well as the treatment of diverse waste streams.