Local waste-to-energy project developer Integrated Green Technology Inc. (IGT) is keen on completing three projects worth $230 million by 2022.
Michael Jimenez, IGT president and chief executive officer, said in a briefing in Quezon City last week the projects will be located in Umingan, Pangasinan and Mactan and Aloguinsan in Cebu.
The facility in Pangasinan will be capable of processing 970 tons of waste per day as it covers 44 municipalities and four cities and produces a net of 17 megawatts (MW) worth of electricity, Jimenez said.
The Cebu projects are expected to cover 12 municipalities and two cities and jointly produce power ranging from 17 MW to 22 MW as 50 tons of waste is expected in order to produce 1 MW of electricity.
“We will start with this but if later on, when the waste becomes more, we can expand another line from the said facilities… We are in talks with other local government units (LGUs), presenting it to different provinces not excluding Metro Manila since it has the biggest waste production of 10,200 tons per day in the country,” Jimenez explained.
Apart from the power IGT will sell to the grid, he said the company will earn from the projects through dumping fees that it will charge the LGUs to accept their trash at the prevailing rate of P700 per ton.
However, Jimenez clarified that power production of the facilities will not be consistent since the calorific value of the waste these will receive varies daily. These will accept any kind of trash except for radioactive and hazardous waste.
IGT expressed confidence it will not be face permitting problems from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the venture.
It also said besides the three projects, nine other sites are being eyed including in Bulacan and Mindanao.
“Our only challenge is political since if a new mayor, for example, is elected, we will go back to zero. It is also the reason why we want to complete the first three projects by early 2022,” Jimenez said.
Notably, funding of the project was provided by the Allied Project Services Ltd. of London.
Its technology provider CNIM, a company based in France that utilizes German technology, has built over 170 similar waste-to-energy facilities in 23 countries.