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Garbage to energy plant in Philippines

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Gov. Lilia Pineda of Pampanga province on Sunday led local government and corporate officials in holding groundbreaking rites for the construction of a $65-million zero-waste to energy plant here.

Pampanga's garbage problem will be solved because once the facility is completed, the province will not need landfills anymore, Pineda said during the ceremony.

The provincial government will also benefit from the plant because it will create jobs for people in the province, she added.

Vice Gov. Joseller Yeng Giao thanked provincial and municipal officials for supporting the plant, which would be built at no cost to the government.

"Pampanga will be known [as] the first to have the advanced technology in handling its own garbage, which is the No. 1 problem of the province," Giao said.

"The project came at a time when it was needed most," he added. The facility's imminent construction-which will take place on a 24-hectare site in Lubao's Santa Catalina village and is expected to be completed before June next year-was the result of a years-long collaboration between MacKay Green Energy (MGE) and Pampanga Green Management Inc. in providing the plant with waste-to-green-energy technology and expertise.

The municipality-the hometown of the late President Diosdado Macapagal and his daughter, former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga-agreed to participate in the venture after ratifying a measure supporting the project on April 15.

MGE will develop the initial stage of the joint venture by installing waste-to-renewable energy technology, as well as using its MacKay Exner Waste Processing System, which will process 800 ton of waste a day.

This method will classify raw waste into any one of the following: component parts, recycables and refused-derived fuel (RDF).

In processing metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ones are recovered and refined to an almost- purity state, while so-called noble metals-gold, silver, platinum, among others-will be up for sale after recovery and purification.

"The key here is the supply of waste. We only need a guarantee and in fact Pampanga produces over 900 tons of waste daily, and we will provide the facility and technology," Terry Brown, Australian chief executive officer of Mackay, said.

According to him, the MacKay Exner System can also be expanded to allow the processing of e-waste, another MacKay-controlled technology that processes used tires to produce shipping diesel and steel.

"The process can extract metals from the wastes, [like] silver, copper, platinum and even gold," Brown said.

Any RDF recovered during the processing is then used to produce renewable energy by burning it in the MacKay Indirectly Fired Gas Turbine (IFGT), a technology said to be the first of its kind in the world and developed in Australia.

The major advantage that the IFGT offers over conventional renewable-energy processes is the conversion efficiency of energy (fuel) to electricity.

The IFGT uses almost half the fuel that will be required to produce the same amount of electricity using a boiler steam turbine system.


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