Friday July 20, 2018

Naga’s first biogas plant launched

A SOLID waste management firm based in the City of Naga, Cebu launched its first biogas plant.

The dry anaerobic digesting (DAD) biogas plant of FDR Integrated Resource Recovery Management Inc. (FDR-IRRMI) is located in Barangay Pangdan.

Fulgencio Rivalde, FDR-IRRMI president and chief executive officer, said that the plant will produce electricity and heat by fermenting the organic wastes that they will collect.

The plastics and other combustible wastes will be processed into refuse-derived fuel.

The firm will collect an average of 100 tons of municipal wastes daily from the cities of Naga and Carcar and the town of Minglanilla.

The three local government units will pay P750 for every ton of garbage collected by FDR-IRRMI.

The plant can process up to 130 tons of organic wastes per day and can produce 760 kilowatts of power per hour.

The electricity that will be produced will be used to run FDR-IRRMI’s facilities.

Rivalde said they plan to supply power outside the plant once their production increases.

He believes that their facility positive environmental impact since it replaces the production of electricity through unsustainable fossil fuels like coal.

It also help reduce climate change by preventing methane emission, which is often caused by uncontrolled decomposition of organic wastes in open dumpsites, Rivalde said.

The biogas plant is the second waste management facility of FDR-IRRMI that was funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines.

FDR-IRRMI has an existing material recovery facility located also in Barangay Pangdan. It processes household wastes from southern Cebu.