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World news round-up 19 September 2014

Largest biomass power plant in Cambodia to date; Finland’s EfW plant commences operations; Algeria’s soild waste management market explored; Safeguard duties on steel urged in India

Cambodia to get EfW plant

PMTI Energy Cambodia is to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Battambang province that will use waste from local rice mills as feedstock. The biomass power plant, the largest in the country to date, is slated to begin construction immediately and take two years to complete. The company has also agreed a 10-year power purchase deal to supply 48,000 MW of electricity a year to Electricité du Cambodge.

Khmer Times

Finland’s EfW plant begins operation

Finland-based Vantaa Energy’s new EfW plant has commenced operations at Vantaa. About 320,000 tonnes of waste will be processed at the facility every year and it will help curb the company’s carbon dioxide emission by 20% each year.


Solid waste in Qatar surges to 50% in five years

The Qatar Statistics Authority revealed that the solid waste generated in the country has gone up to 12.16 million tonnes in 2013 from 8.2 million metric tonnes in 2008, an increase of almost 50%. The construction sector constituted 77.2% of the total waste, while domestic waste accounted for 7.7%.

Qatar Today

Algeria’s solid waste treatment market explored

France-based waste management firm Suez Environnement is seeking new prospects to enter the Algerian solid waste treatment market. The firm is exploring opportunities to offer services either by itself or through a joint venture with the Algerian counterpart EPIC.

The North Africa Journal

Global waste management market to double

The global market for industrial waste management services is poised to more than double by the end of the decade due to increasing number of businesses and government pursue zero-waste-to-landfill policies. Frost & Sullivan says that the industrial waste services market generated revenues of $387.4bn (£237bn) last year and will deliver revenues of $750.09bn in 2020. Circular economy waste management models were being adopted in industrialised economies and could be quickly adopted in emerging markets as well.

Business Green

Steel titan to invest in Alabama steel mill

Steel giant ArcelorMittal in collaboration with Japanese joint venture partner NSSMC is planning to inject $46.7m (£29m) in the Calvert steel mill at Alabama, US to reach full capacity at the plant. The firm will use $40m investment to increase AM/NS Calvert’s slab staging capacity, while $6.7m will be invested in its continuous coating line. The project is estimated to be completed by second quarter of 2016.

Economic Times

Safeguard duty on steel recommended

The Indian government is planning to recommend a safeguard duty to control a surge in imports of cheaper steel from abroad, especially from China. The move is to pacify domestic steel companies who are campaigning against an increase in cheaper imports of both long and flat steel products from China flooding the local markets.

The Indian Express

German steel scrap prices barely changed

Steel scrap prices in Germany have hardly changed in September. The scrap arisings are typically low and few market players are even reporting a drastic decline in availability, particularly in volumes of old steel scrap. Steel mills along the Ruhr valley have mostly not bought any scrap in September, resulting in surplus supply of new steel scrap.


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