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.
By JASON B. NEOLA
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.
THEY came in long sleeve shirts and arm cover, wearing buri hat or the malapad na sombrero, with sun-block cream applied on exposed parts of their arms and hands if only to lessen the bite of the sun on them for being exposed for hours to the elements.
They are volunteers lending their hand and hours to Bicol Habitat, a local organization of a cross-section of society affiliated to Bicol Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is “seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope” for those who have less of these in life.
This time Bicol Habitat is into building model bamboo houses, designed by architects from Nepal.
Already, Bicol Habitat has come up with one model bamboo house in barangay Balatas in the City of Naga, and more are coming if a bigger lot is available. This model bamboo house sits on a 6×6 square meter lot, have bamboo posts, bamboo walls, bamboo girders, and GI sheets roof. Nails are not used to tie the posts and girders, but J hooks. Such a house is preferred by the urban poor and even by members of PagIBIG as it is bigger than the regular Habitat housing unit of 20 square meters.