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Plant generates electricity from garbage

Saturday September 17, 2011

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines — Pampanga Gov. Lilia G. Pineda on Wednesday led the Pampanga Green Management Inc. (PGMI) in Lubao town and corporate officials of Mackay Green Energy in signing a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for building a $63-million zero-waste to energy plant in the province.

Pineda said the project, which is funded by the PGMI with the technology provided by MacKay Green Energy Inc., is the best solution to the perennial garbage problem in the province.

The governor along with Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and the Mackay officials joined in the MOA partnership in the plant project held at the Governor Executive Office here.

Cayabyab, who is among those who pushed for the setting up of a facility that will convert garbage into electricity.

The plant will be built at Sta. Catalina, Lubao.

Pineda said that once the facility is completed the province will no longer need landfills.

The provincial government will also benefit from the plant because it will create jobs, she said.

The new technology plant designed by Mackay the combustion turbines they use are eco-friendly, according to Art Punsalan, head of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

Punsalan said that under the project, the facility will process 800 metric tons of garbage a day and will generate 22 megawatts of electricity.

The project produces no gases or subsidiary wastes that may not be harmful to people, Punsalan said.

The facility can accommodate 800 metric tons per day, almost commensurate to the daily output of 1.5 metric tons of each of the province's 500-plus barangays.

He said the first phase of the project, worth some $63 million, is being undertaken by the MacKay Group, an independent power producer (IPP) in cooperation with the Provincial Government and Pampanga Green Management.

The project is supported by the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council), Provincial Boards headed by Vice Governor Yeng Guiao, BM Trina Dizon, Monina Laus, Pretzie Dizon, Dr. Cris Garbo and the Pampanga Mayors' League led by Cadaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo and Floridablanca Mayor Ed Guerrero. The contraction of the green energy plant is expected to start next month.

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