Manila Water launches waste-to-energy facility

Manila Water launches waste-to-energy facility

Manila Water has launched its pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project in Taguig, the first in the country that uses waste materials from septic tanks as feed source.

South Septage Treatment Plant’s waste will be converted to biogas through an anaerobic digestion process.

“We are always excited when we find ways to reduce expense in terms of power consumption and volume of biosolids that we need to haul to the province,” corporate communications group director Geodino Carpio said.

“On full scale, after this pilot, this facility will produce surplus power greater than what this plant requires to operate. Various models are now being evaluated on how we can scale up and commercialize this system,” Carpio added.

The facility can fill more than 100 percent of the South Septage Treatment Plant’s power requirements once it goes full scale. This will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 267 tons of carbon dioxide per year, and P17 million annual savings on power expenses.

Manila Water chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala led the lighting ceremony for the facility. He was joined by Manila Water CEO Gerardo Ablaza Jr. and members of the Senior Leadership Team and Mancom.

The WTE facility is a part of the company’s Operations Zero agenda, aiming for zero-cost operations.