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July 17, 2007

New methane power plant to be Asia's biggest
In the Philippines, a new power plant that will generate electricity from garbage is set to become the biggest in Asia, Channel News Asia reported.

The US$32 million power plant, to be built at the dump in Rodriguez, Rizal, will extract methane gas from a 5-year old landfill and churn out electricity that's enough to power 15,000 homes.

"The methane gas would be collected and pressurised. We let the pressurised methane gas turn the engines, these generators to produce power," Channel News Asia quoted Jaime Baltazar, Administrator, Montalban Solid Waste Disposal Facilities as saying. 

As the biggest waste-to-energy operation in Asia, it's expected to generate 15 megawatts of electricity for ten years from January 2008. A similar plant being planned in Shanghai is expected to generate only about 10 megawatts. CNA

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