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Suez Environment in JV to build China waste to energy plant

France firm Suez Environment sets up JV with China companies SCIP and NETDA to construct hazardous waste to energy plant in Nantong with 30,000 ton capacity

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Suez Environment said the waste to energy plant will treat hazardous waste, including 3,300 tons of medical waste each year

French firm Suez Environment has set up a joint venture (JV) with China-based firms to construct a waste to energy plant in Nantong. Through its subsidiary SITA Waste Services, Suez Environment, a waste treatment firm based in Paris, France, has set up a JV with Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Investment Corporate (SCIP) and Nantong Economic Technology and Development waste to energy Area Company (NETDA). The French and Chinese companies will work together to construct and operate the waste to energy plant in NETDA’s industrial park in city Nantong, Jiangsu province.

The plant, which Suez Environment refers to as an “energy recovery and treatment facility” for hazardous waste, will be Nantong’s largest and most advanced waste to energy project, according to the company. It will be have capacity to annually process 30,000 tons of waste, treating locally generated hazardous waste, including 3,300 tons of medical waste each year.

Suez Environment said the “state of the art incinerator” will strictly meet both Chinese and European emission standards for waste to energy and be managed according to international safety and environmental standards. Energy from waste will be captured and used to produce steam as a green source of energy for other facilities and companies within the NETDA industrial park. The JV contract between Suez Environment, SCIP and NETDA, to build and operate the waste to energy plant, will also generate revenue of approximately EUR 575m (RMB 4.9bn) over the next 30 years.

Marie-Ange Debon, deputy chief executive officer in charge of the international division of Suez Environment, said: “We feel very privileged to work with NETDA and SCIP, our local partners, on the city’s largest and most advanced waste-to energy project. Combining our technical and environmental expertise and know-how together with the experiences and support from our local partners will enable Suez Environment to further assist the local authority in their ambitions waste management of the city and to achieve the sustainable development objective of the Chinese government.”

Continued growth in waste to energy plant installations in China is expected for the next five years, according to research reported last September. China’s share in the waste to energy market is set to double by 2018.