The Proposed Project / NIMBY Issue

The Proposed Project / NIMBY Issue

What is the Project?

Prepare to witness the Sultan Idris Shah Power Green Energy Plant in action! This incredible waste management facility, also known as a Waste-to-Energy Project, will be capable of generating a whopping 58 MW of electricity while processing an impressive 2400 tons of waste per day. With its cutting-edge design and state-of-the-art technology, this facility will surely be a game-changer in sustainable energy.

The site's designated location is on a specific portion of Lot 3847, Mukim Rawang Daerah Gombak. It is important to note that the entirety of Lot 3847 has been set for development as an innovative and modern Urban Industrial Space, which is known as the Sultan Idris Shah Green EcoPark.

The State Government granted the approval for the project on March 20th, 2022. The project had been thoroughly discussed and evaluated by the State Executive Committee. The project's responsibility has been entrusted to KDEBWM, a state-owned Government-Linked Company. In order to ensure the project's success, KDEBWM has engaged the services of YTL Power Generation International Berhad as their Project Delivery Partner. This decision was made after KDEBWM conducted a Request for Proposal process in 2019 and ultimately selected YTL Power Generation International Berhad as the most suitable candidate.

What are the Project's core strengths?

The project is designed or structured to ensure technical and commercial feasibility, focusing on sustainability. Additionally, the project is highly committed to the welfare of the community it serves. It takes all necessary steps to ensure that the community benefits from the project's operations sustainably and responsibly.

Why can the Project be sited near the residential areas? Is NIMBY no longer a valid slogan for a modern WtE?

We understand and appreciate the concerns over the proposed installation of a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant in close proximity to nearby residential homes. As such, we decided to open a dialogue beyond what will be required under the EIA and SIA, providing an opportunity to address your apprehensions, explain the technological advancements in the field, and illustrate the benefits it will bring to our community.

The WtE facility will be designed based on the latest advances in environmental and engineering sciences to manage our waste and contribute towards our shared commitment to sustainability. The conventional apprehensions about WtE plants primarily relate to emissions, noise, and odour pollution. We want to reassure you that these concerns are effectively addressed with the recent advances in WtE technologies.

Firstly, the modern WtE facilities, such as the one proposed for our community, employ high-temperature, mass-burn incineration techniques. This process eliminates 99.9% of harmful pollutants, reducing dioxins, furans, and heavy metals to amounts below the limits set by the most stringent international environmental standards. Additionally, the process generates steam which in turn produces electricity, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

Secondly, the proposed WtE plant is designed with advanced flue gas cleaning systems. These systems, through a series of chemical reactions, further neutralise harmful components, such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides, resulting in emissions of mainly water vapour. With continuous monitoring, this ensures that the impact on air quality will be negligible.

Thirdly, modern WtE facilities also include soundproofing and odour control measures to ensure minimum disruption to the surrounding residents. These include airtight designs for waste handling and processing areas, sophisticated ventilation and filtering systems, and soundproofing structures.

Now, why is this plant critical to us? The proposed WtE facility will significantly reduce the volume of municipal solid waste sent to landfills by up to 90%, conserving our limited land resources. It also represents a progressive stride towards reducing our community's carbon footprint. Notably, the energy generated from the waste incineration will be fed into our local grid, contributing towards our electricity supply and potentially lowering our energy costs.

It is paramount that such a plant does not compromise the health and well-being of our community members. We welcome open discussions, inspections, and third-party monitoring to ensure transparency, safety and to maintain the highest environmental standards. Furthermore, we are willing to hold information sessions where experts can help address your queries, and together we can navigate any concerns you may have.

In conclusion, the proposed WtE plant aims to embrace scientific advances to address our waste management challenges and contribute to our community's environmental sustainability goals. This endeavour can only be successful with your understanding, support, and constructive engagement. Let us use this opportunity to transform our waste problem into a solution for a greener future.

What is the dioxin emission level for the plant?

Recent studies have revealed that incinerator plants have emerged as a much safer and reliable option for controlling dioxin emissions. The reason behind this development is the successful adoption of advanced air pollution control equipment, which can efficiently eliminate up to 99.9% of dioxin during the incineration process. Furthermore, the level of dioxin present in the air after air pollution treatment is significantly lower than the regulated level of 0.1 ng/Nm3 in the European Union.

On the other hand, landfill fires have been found to generate as much as 66-518 ng/Nm3 of dioxin, which is far above the acceptable limit. This stark contrast highlights the significance of incineration, which, when appropriately equipped with air pollution control technology, is a more ecologically sound and dependable choice for the long-term preservation of the environment.

What is the advantage of incineration compared to landfill and other disposal methods?

Landfill vs. Incineration

  1. When it comes to waste disposal, there are two primary methods: landfill and incineration. While both methods have their advantages, incineration is often considered superior when it comes to global warming. This is because methane gas produced from waste in landfill is 23 times more harmful to the ozone than the carbon dioxide emitted from the incineration plant.
  2. Additionally, the landfill can result in the wastage of land resources, which is a concern.
  3. Furthermore, the landfill method can lead to underground water pollution and atmosphere pollution due to landfill fires.

Overall, incineration may be the more environmentally-friendly option for waste disposal.

Composting and Anaerobic digestion vs. incineration

  1. The digestion method's slow waste reduction rate contrasts with incineration.
  2. The danger of bio-migration of heavy metals from using compost derived from digestion method since most modern waste contains a significant quantity of heavy metals.
  3. Modern waste contains too much bio-un-degradable matter that digestion cannot do away with. The rest has to be sent to landfill sites.