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Waste-to-energy plant site set for clearing operations

By Randy Villaflor
Bicol Mail

THIRTIETH SEEDLING. Mayor Bongat (L) planted the 30th pili seedling for the Pilimania program of the city government with CJ Global Chairman Mr. Yeon Joo Choi.  The scene took place hours before the ceremonial laying of time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the waste-to-energy facility last November 22, this year, in Barangay San Isidro, Naga City.

NAGA CITY — The City Government of Naga is requesting the office of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) to issue a permit that will allow it to cut the 24 soft wood trees growing within the construction site of the P3-billion waste-to-energy facility.

Earlier, the local government was already given the green light by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to cut the 14 coconut trees within the same area situated at Zone 6 in Barangay San Isidro, here.

Oscar Orozco, city environment and natural resources officer, said following the clearing operation, the construction of the plant’s main building, a 7-storey rectangular structure where the plant personnel will hold office will begin.

At present, a series of geologic and hydrologic studies are being conducted to enable the consultants hired by the CJ Global Corporation to examine the area’s soil strata and determine the terrain’s bearing capacity and the site’s ground water elevation.

In his message during the project’s groundbreaking rites last November 22, this year, Mayor John G. Bongat described the construction of the P3-billion garbage-resourced power generating facility as a dream that is slowly but surely becomes real.

For so long a time, the city government has been looking for an effective way to dispose of its garbage when it closed the operation of Balatas dumpsite as mandated by RA 9003.

The prospect of finding a more efficient and environment-friendly approach in managing its solid wastehad become even bleaker when its effort to establish a sanitary landfill with the municipality of Magarao was turned down by Mayor Salvador Señar in 2010.

The waste-to-energy facilityin San Isidro is expected to produce 8 to 10 megawatts of electricity from 100 tons of garbage daily.  It has the capacity to process up to 200 tons of waste to produce 18 megawatts in expanded operations.

City Councilor Nathan Sergio, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Environment and Energy, described the construction of the plant as “hitting two birds with one stone” as it will not only resolve the city’s problem on solid waste disposal, but will also allow it to purchase electricity from the plant at very low price.

Ground breaking ceremony held for waste-to-energy facility in Naga City

By Analiza S. Macatangay | PIA

NAGA CITY – A P3-billion facility will soon rise at Barangay San Isidro to address the problem on solid waste disposal that has beset this city for the past decade.

A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the said waste-to-energy facility has been held on Nov 22. Among those who attended were Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Department of Natural Resources and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, representatives of the CJ Global Green Energy of South Korea, Hitachi Zosen and several other Japanese firms and the local government of Naga City.

The nod to proceed with the construction of the plant was finally given by the DOE after two (2) years of negotiations with the city government and the investors.

The project will be under the build-operate-transfer scheme. The facility will be erected in the 5-hectare expanse of Barangay San Isidro, this city.

The project, which will also generate 20 megawatts of electricity will also be instrumental in ensuring that environmental concerns will be properly addressed. For one, the facility will produce low-cost and environment-friendly electricity for the residents of Naga and its neighboring municipalities.

P3-B power plant’s groundbreaking in Naga: Koreans, Japanese lead ceremonies

By JASON B. NEOLA
Bicol Mail

NAGA CITY — A team of workers from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) is now doing site preparations in Barangay San Isidro, here, for the scheduled groundbreaking of the P3-billion waste-to-energy plant on November 22, this year.

Highlighting the groundbreaking rites is the burying of a time capsule that contains some data on the project – the construction of a garbage-resourced power generating facility.

The facility will be constructed in a five hectare expanse on the foot of Mt. Isarog, now with a new perimeter fence.

Mayor John G. Bongat said the construction of the power plant will immediately commence a day after the groundbreaking rites.

Stakeholders expected to attend the ceremonies are the city officials led by Bongat, community leaders, the Korean investors from CJ Global Corporation, Ltd., and six technical men/consultants from Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a Japanese multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company.

Based on the original plan, the state-of-the-art facility, which will be the first of its kind in the country, will start to operate by the first quarter of 2014.

The Korea-based CJ Global Inc., the project investor, had already paid 30% of the total cost of the machineries that will be deployed to convert into green energy the city’s pile of daily garbage thru the process called gasification.

At the same time, the technical planning group of the foreign firm is busy working out the technical details of the facility’s design. The plant’s construction – one of the final steps of pre-operational phase – will commence once the site development is completed.

Bongat said that other than producing low-cost and environment-friendly electricity for the residents, the facility will also help the city adapt to an excellent garbage disposal management.

Once operational, the plant is expected to generate eight to ten megawatts of electricity from 100 tons of garbage collected daily. The plant has the capacity to process up to 200 tons of waste to produce 18 megawatts in expanded operations.

Orozco said that at least 25% of the daily garbage requirement will be sourced from the Balatas dumpsite. “It is not surprising if five or six years from now, the dumpsite is emptied of garbage,” Orozco said.

Waste-to-energy (WtE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the gasification of waste source. It is a form of energy recovery. Most WtE processes produce electricity directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol, or synthetic fuels.