JOHOR BARU: Work on the Bukit Payung sanitary landfill project that includes waste-to-energy (WTE) technology is expected to be completed by the second quarter of next year.
Johor Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd (SWCorp) director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said the project was initially stated to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
“However, work on the project was temporarily suspended for about 90 days, from the time the movement control order (MCO) was imposed starting from March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ’’ he said.
Cairul said the sanitary landfill would be immediately utilised upon its completion.
He said the project in Batu Pahat, about 130km from here and spanning 42.18ha was approved by Housing and Local Government Ministry, with work starting in April 2019.
He explained that the project comprised two components – the normal landfill and WTE technology.
He said it would be the first landfill in Johor to have WTE process.
He added that the lifespan of a normal landfill was about seven years but the WTE could last about 20 years.
“At the Bukit Payung landfill, using the WTE, the operator can generate energy from the waste and sell it to the electric company, ’’ said Cairul.
He said talks were ongoing to incorporate WTE at the existing Seelong sanitary landfill in Senai, to prolong the lifespan of the landfill until 2037.
He disclosed that investment for the normal landfill at the Bukit Payung site was between RM50mil and RM100mil but with the WTE, the cost would be about 10 times higher.
“Based on calculations, the operator of the Bukit Payung WTE landfill will break even in the first seven years of operations and start making profit after 10 years, ’’ he added.
On another matter, Cairul said SWCorp had identified 373 illegal dump sites in Johor, with Johor Baru having the highest number at 79 followed by Iskandar Puteri (61), Pasir Gudang (40) and Kulai (32).
“These four areas have a high number because of the many development projects taking place there.”
He said next highest were Muar/Tangkak with 30 illegal dump sites, Batu Pahat/Yong Peng (29), Segamat/Labis (28), Kluang/Simpang Renggam (24), Kota Tinggi (23), Mersing (19) and Pontian (8).
He added that 291 illegal dump sites were cleared and closed, with 52 in Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri (43), Pasir Gudang (38), Kulai (25), Muar/Tangkak (24), Batu Pahat/Yong Peng (23), Segamat/Labis (23), Kota Tinggi (21), Mersing (17) and Kluang/Simpang Renggam (17) Pontian with eight.
Cairul said there were 82 repetitive illegal dump sites, of which 27 were in Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri (18), Kluang/Simpang Renggam (7), Kulai (7), Muar/Tangkak (6), Batu Pahat/Yong Peng (6), Segamat/Labis (5), Pasir Gudang (2), Kota Tinggi (2) and Mersing (2).
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