Hitachi Zosen to build the first garbage-burning power plant in PH

Hitachi Zosen to build the first garbage-burning power plant in PH

A Japanese company is looking into establishing the Philippines’ first waste-to-energy power plant in Quezon City, expected to amount to $395 million.

The plant is expected to begin operations in 2020. Construction surveys have begun in the area. The Japanese engineering company will create a special-purpose company to undertake the project.

The costs include initial investment and costs for running the facility for around 2 decades.

The site will combine a garbage incineration facility capable of processing 3 million residents’ worth of waste with a power plant able to pump out more than 20,000 kilowatts (kW).

Costs are to be recovered through waste-processing fees that will be paid by municipalities, and proceeds from electricity rates.

In a report by Nikkei Asian Review, waste incineration facilities are needed if a certain country’s per-capita gross domestic product exceeds $3,000. The Philippines’ per-capita GDP is nearing $3000, and landfill capacity in Manila is already scarce.

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