Private firm eyes P4B waste treatment plant in Inayawan-A A +A
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A PRIVATE company plans to build a P4-billion waste management facility at the Cebu City-owned sanitary landfill in Barangay Inayawan, which will convert solid wastes to energy.
Greenergy Solutions Inc. (GSI), an international company, said the Cebu City Landfill Gas and Waste-to-Energy Project will be the first waste-to-energy facility in the country that can be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations’ Framework Convention for Climate Change.
Based on GSI’s project plan, the power plant will convert 1,150 tons of wastes per day at the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill to generate 24 megawatts of power.
The power that will be generated by the project, which will be implemented under a 25-year Integrated Waste Management Project, will be sold by GSI to the National Power Corp. at $0.167 or P7 per kilowatt hour.
The facility would occupy about four hectares of the 17-hectare landfill.
But before building the waste-to-energy facility, a material recovery facility (MRF) will have to be set up to sort wastes.
Based on GSI’s plan, the MRF will be constructed this December and the waste-to-energy plant, a year later.
The City’s Solid Waste Management Board said the project will be implemented at no cost to the City.
GSI aims to recover its investment from the proceeds of selling the power generated by the facility.
Ruth Briones, president and chief executive officer of GSI, said in a statement that the project will address the city’s garbage problem. It will also enable City Hall to find another use for the rest of the landfill as it will be cleared of wastes, she added.
There are also non-fiscal incentives for the City as provided in the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, she said, but did not elaborate.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2012.