Thursday, July 24, 2008

[kgma] PGMA inaugurates RP’s first landfill gas-to-energy project in Montalban

PGMA inaugurates RP's first landfill gas-to-energy project in Montalban

RODRIGUEZ, Rizal—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today
the country's first-ever landfill gas-to-energy project in this town
formerly known as Montalban.

The President flew here by chopper this afternoon to formally open and
commission the Montalban Landfill Methane Recovery and Electricity
Generation Project (MLMREGP) at Barangay San Isidro.

The President inspected the facilities and led the ceremonial
switch-on to kick-off the formal operation of the waste-to-energy
power plant.

Touted as the country's first clean development mechanism (CDM)
project, and the 4th largest in the world, the power plant is being
maintained and operated by the MMPC.

Welcoming the President here were Environment Secretary Lito Atienza,
United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Beckingham,
Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo, chair of the House Committee on Energy;
and Rizal Governor Casimiro Ynares III, Rodriguez Mayor Pedro Cuerpo,
and MMPC president Peregrino Fernandez Jr.

In his welcome remarks, Salvador Zamora II, MMPC chairman, said the
power plant was constructed in 2007 to take advantage of the new
carbon credit market created by the implementation of the Kyoto
Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC).

Through this arrangement, countries that are heavy polluters are made
to invest in carbon-emission-reducing projects in countries with less
pollution by trading certified emission reductions (CERs) or carbon
credits. One CER is worth an emission reduction of one ton of carbon
dioxide.

Zamora informed the President that the plant is expected to produce
15-22 megawatts of electricity per year using methane gas extracted
from the Rodriguez sanitary landfill.

Zamora added that this US$33 million (P1.65 billion) project is a
build-own-operate (BOO) project of the MMPC, a predominantly
Filipino-owned company, in partnership with UK-based Carbon Capital
Markets that specializes in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects
and trading carbon credits.

The MMPC is scheduled to set up similar facilities in the landfills in
San Pedro, Laguna and in Navotas to provide cheap and
environment-friendly electricity to the residents.

"At today's oil price that is projected to hit up to $150 per barrel,
the country will have a foreign exchange savings of US$94 million over
the 10-year project life," the MMPC said.

The gas-to-energy project is also expected to benefit the environment
as the flaring component of the project breaks down methane gas, which
is a green house gas (GHG) 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Currently, the Rodriguez landfill hosts 1,500 tons of garbage daily.
Collected garbage is expected to increase to 2,500 tons per day once
the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) starts dumping garbage
collected from around the Metropolis.

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