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$450-million waste treatment plant pushed

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Published on Thursday, 26 September 2013 21:34

Written by Joel p. Mapiles

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A US-based firm plans to invest more than $450 million for the establishment of a Provincial Plasma Waste-Treatment Facility for the processing and disposal of the municipal and industrial solid waste of Pampanga.

The plasma technology gasifies materials like coal and industrial waste at 5,000°C to 7,000°C, then converts them to electricity. For every metric ton of garbage, about 800 kilowatts up to 1 megawatt of electricity can be produced.

The plan will be pursued through a joint-venture agreement between the provincial government and Quantum International Group Inc.

The $450 million will finance the construction of the plant, the purchase, importation and setup of all plasma equipment and the compensation for the technology required in the plasma processing.

Merlinda Cantero, vice president of Quantum Philippines Property Holdings and Management Inc., said the proposed plasma-gasification plant would need at least 2,000 metric tons (MT) of municipal and industrial wastes daily and is expected to produce power supply not only in the province but also in some parts of Central Luzon.

Cantero said they were willing to discuss the proposal and investment with the concerned local officials and Gov. Lilia G. Pineda.

Cantero said the plant has the capacity to process and treat wastes that would help address the concern over the growing volume of municipal and industrial solid wastes in Pampanga and nearby provinces.

She identified the chief executive officer of the company as Al Johnson. It was learned that they were expecting to put up at least 10 plasma-gasification plants and close the deals —mostly with local government officials in their target provinces—within two years.

Cantero said the US-based firm led by Johnson is hoping that the local government units would be able to see the value of the technology, which could address not only garbage-disposal problems but also power-supply concerns. She said the processing of 2,000 MT of wastes could generate 2,000 megawatts. But she said the local governments could choose what products they want to produce from the plasma-gasification plant. The plant could be used to produce not only electricity but also gasoline, kerosene and biofuels. She said Quantum is open to partnership arrangements with local companies. But the US-based firm could also proceed with the project alone as it has the technical and financial capacity.

Cantero quoted Johnson as having said the only thing they require from the local government unit is their garbage, as they need a long-term contract for a minimum of 2,000 tons per day.

“Quantum needs to sell electricity at market rates. We believe the more electricity we generate from the plasma facilities, prices will come down eventually,” she added.

Gasification Technologies Council Announces Success of Important Trade Mission to India

WASHINGTON, Sep 17, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Gasification Technologies Council (GTC) announced today its trade mission to India was successfully completed, with industry leaders sharing crucial information about how gasification can help India meet its fast-growing energy needs.

GTC, the premier trade association and foremost authority on the gasification industry, sponsored the trade mission along with the U.S. India Business Council ( Mission leaders – executives from Alter NRG Corp. and General Electric Power and Water — and other GTC members met with Indian government ministry officials, U.S. Embassy officials and representatives of the oil, chemical, fertilizer, gas and power industries.

The four-day mission, which ended Sept. 12, was designed to show India’s leaders how gasification could help their country unlock the potential of its vast natural resources.

“India is a key market for coal, biomass and waste gasification,” said GTC Executive Director Alison Kerester. “With its inherent flexibility and clean technology, gasification can help India produce the power and products needed to grow its economy.

“We were pleased to see how receptive India’s leaders are to this important technology,” Kerester added.

In recognition of the importance of India as a gasification market, GTC invited the Hon. Parvathaneni Harish, Consul General of India-Houston, to be keynote speaker at the 2013 Gasification Technologies Conference.

GTC is hosting the conference Oct. 13-16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Co.

This year’s program will feature sessions on global gasification projects, polygeneration gasification, gasification for hydrogen, gasification for heat and power, advances in coal gasification, plasma gasification, and biomass and waste gasification.

The conference will bring more than 400 people and dozens of exhibitors from around the world, including India, China, Japan and the Middle East.

Registration information can be found at


The Gasification Technologies Council promotes a better understanding of the role gasification can play in providing the power, chemical and refining industries with economically competitive and environmentally conscious technology options to produce electricity, fuels and chemicals and for converting waste and biomass into these same valuable products.

GTC members are involved in gasification projects that account for 95 percent of world synthesis gas capacity.

SOURCE: Gasification Technologies Council (GTC)

UNIDO promotes biomass gasification in Pakistan

UNIDO promotes biomass gasification in Pakistan

Pilot projec­ts to be develo­ped to demons­trate feasib­ility.

By Waqas Naeem

Published: September 28, 2013 this article this page Email

Federal Minister of Information, Senator Pervez Rasheed addressing during launching ceremony of Biomass Renewable Energy Project. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Power generation from biomass gasification could help meet a significant portion of Pakistan’s industrial energy needs, Federal Minister of Information, Senator Pervez Rasheed, said on Friday.

Rasheed was speaking as the chief guest at the inception workshop of a new project for promotion of biomass gasification technology by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido).

Biomass gasification is a process to generate cheap energy by burning organic material such as organic waste and wood among other things.

Rasheed said Unido’s efforts at developing a biomass project have immense importance for Pakistan. He said biomass gasification offers the most convincing alternate energy system for industries.

The project is likely to result in improved energy security and economic growth in the country, the minister said.

The four-year “Promoting Sustainable Energy Production and Use from Biomass in Pakistan” project is funded by $1.82 million from the Global Environment Facility – an international institution that provides grants for environment-related projects.

Another $5.3 million will be provided by Unido, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Sindh Agriculture and Forestry Workers Coordinating Organisation (SAFWCO), Centre for Energy Systems at the National University of Sciences and Technology (CES-NUST) and other entities from the Pakistani private sector.

The project’s finances will be used to develop three separate “demonstration projects” in Kamoke and Jhelum in Punjab, and Thatta in Sindh, which will generate overall 4.3 Megawatts (MW) from biomass gasification technology, said Muhammad Ahmad, the National Project Manager for the project.

The demonstration projects include a 3 MW rice husk gasification power plant in Kamoke, a 1 MW Wood Residue gasification power plant in Jehlum and a 0.3 MW electricity provision to a village near Gharo in Thatta.

Ahmad said the project aims to promote biomass gasification in Pakistan as a means to decrease the country’s demand and supply gap in the power sector.

“We want to build the capacity of local manufacturers so they could produce gasification technologies for electricity generation,” he said. “The demonstration projects could help us tell investors that power generation through biomass gasification is economically viable and can be replicated.”

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other industries could use biomass gasification to generate their own electricity and this would help industries avoid the negative impact of the power crisis, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2013.


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Growing Interest in Waste Gasification Reported in U.S.

Growing Interest in Waste Gasification Reported in U.S.

27 September 2013

By Ben Messenger
Managing Editor

There are currently 21 demonstration scale waste to energy gasification facilities operating in the U.S. and further 17 commercial scale facilities under development, according to a report compiled on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

The report also found that energy-rich non-recycled plastics are an attractive feedstock for a range of technologies collectively called ‘gasification processes’. ACC said that the aim of the research, carried out by consultants, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, was to evaluate how an emerging set of technologies that could potentially convert large-scale municipal solid waste into energy could fit into waste management planning in North America.

According to the consultants, although full-scale commercial gasification facilities are not yet in place in the U.S., these technologies are receiving growing interest from policymakers and entrepreneurs because of the versatility of their energy outputs, which include steam, electricity, ethanol, and diesel along with chemical intermediates.

“Despite rapid increases in recycling in recent years, a significant amount of energy-rich waste still goes to landfill in this country,” said Harvey Gershman, president of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton

“Gasification is one of a growing number of exciting new technologies under development that may one day harness the potential of waste as an abundant source of domestic energy.”

According to the report, which was written with municipalities, investors and waste managers in mind, there are currently 21 demonstration facilities being operated in the U.S. and another 17 commercial-scale facilities under development.

“Plastics are a valuable resource, and we need to recycle them whenever it makes sense to do so,” urged Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council.

“But not all plastics can be recycled in a way that’s economically and environmentally efficient. Emerging technologies that can convert waste into electricity, higher value fuels and chemicals can help us capture plastics’ high-energy value and put it to work to help power communities across America,” he added.

The report, ‘Gasification of Non-Recycled Plastics from Municipal Solid Waste in the United States’ offers an overview of gasification technologies, feedstock flexibility, outputs and economics, licensing companies, experience with gasification technologies, opportunities and barriers to commercialization, and the potential role of gasification in integrated waste management systems.

Key Findings

• There are 147 companies offering gasification technologies in different stages of development worldwide, most of which market in the U.S. through licensees

• Mass burn starved-air, two-stage combustion systems have a first stage gasification process. This (starved-air two-stage combustion) is a proven technology with several operating facilities in the U.S.

• The high BTU value of non-recycled plastics makes them attractive feedstock components for gasification processes

• Gasification is a mature technology and is proven for applications such as in the petrochemical industry

• Gasification is attractive because of the versatility of its final marketable products such as steam, electricity, ethanol and other chemicals

• Gasification facilities processing mixed solid wastes have limited experience in scaling up from the pilot or demonstration scale to the commercial scale in North America

• No specific regulatory standard exists for gasification in all states or Canadian provinces now (as opposed to European standards that differentiate gasification from incineration, and have permitting requirements that are stringent but acceptant of scientifically advanced technology); the use of solid waste as a feedstock and close association with mass burn technologies has led to gasification plants being regulated as waste to energy facilities.

• Gasification as a disposal option may not be cost-competitive to current landfill gate fees in certain regions of the U.S.

• Facility development is challenged by public acceptance, perceived risk, and the challenge of having predictable economics comparable to current costs

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POLL: Is waste Gasification Coming of Age
With an increasing number of projects globally, are waste gasification technologies coming of age?

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£30m to Boost Recycling, Waste to Energy & Gasification at London Eco Industries Park

5 September 2013

By Ben Messenger
Managing Editor

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London Sustainable Industries Park £30m to Boost Recycling, Waste to Energy & Gasification

The London Sustainable Industries Park, which includes the capital’s first organic waste recycling facility, is to receive £30 million of investment under a plan outlined by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

According to Johnson the investment will support his aim of creating over 1200 jobs at the site in Dagenham, which is located on land owned by the Mayor’s office.

The new investment includes a £21 million anaerobic digestion organic waste recycling facility to be built and run by the TEG Group.

It is one of the first sign-ups to what is London’s first business park for the growing number of low carbon industries.

The Mayor added that he has also committed £10.3 million for a works programme which is transforming a disused brownfield site into a thriving new business quarter to attract up to 750 jobs and 500 construction jobs.

The London Sustainable Industries Park has been designed to create a cluster of environmentally focused enterprises such as low-carbon energy from waste plants, innovative waste facilities and other CleanTech infrastructure such as recycling, renewable energy, wind power, solar power, biomass.

It is hoped that the site, which is already occupied by Closed Loop Recycling and will be joined by the TEG Group and other potential occupiers, will become the largest of its kind in the UK.

Finance & jobs

The TEG Group waste plant has been part-funded by Foresight Environmental Fund, part of the Mayor’s London Green Fund, which aims to provide financing for low carbon infrastructure across London. It is also supported by the London Waste and Recycling Board.

Once complete is expected that the facility will divert over 49,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year creating renewable heating and power for use on the site.

Mick Fishwick, CEO of The TEG Group commented: “This is our first major plant in the South East and the first anaerobic digestion development facility to be created within the M25.”

The Mayor Boris Johnson added: “This exciting new project is set to bring hundreds of much needed new jobs into Dagenham, an area that has suffered from a decline in traditional industries.”

I am investing more than £10 million into this site owned by City Hall to create a vibrant new destination for innovative businesses. Low carbon industries represent a growth market, which will support a new generation of jobs for Londoners but also bring cleaner, energy efficient businesses that contribute to a better quality of life,” he added.

waste to energy gasification londonThe first phase of infrastructure works at the London Sustainable Industries Park will provide the amenities to support businesses locating to the site.

A £4.5m contract has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick to install roads, footpaths and cycle ways, utilities, drainage and landscaping. This is expected to complete in February 2013.

Waste gasification

The Mayor also revealed that the GLA is in talks with another major potential occupier to build one of the largest industrial gasification plants in the UK on the park.

The proposed facility would process municipal and industrial waste to produce energy from waste which the Mayor claimed would have an overall carbon-negative footprint.

The plans for the plant would potentially see an 18,400 square metre building on an 8.3 acre site, with construction planned to begin in January 2013.

The London Sustainable Industries Park has been developed in collaboration with Barking and Dagenham council.

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Subsidy for 1500 TPD Waste to Energy Plant Extension in China – Waste Management World

CLEAR THE AIR comments: Everbright personnel accompanied Edward Yau on his Europe junket last year.

We wonder how they can manage a ‘Zero waste to Landfill’objective ? since incineration thermally converts the feedstock approx 70% to airborne gases with suspended pollutants and toxins

and 30% bottom/ fly ash that needs landfilling per day where will they dump and treat the ash ?



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Subsidy for 1500 TPD Waste to Energy Plant Extension in China – Waste Management World

Tue, 20 Aug 2013

China Everbright International  Subsidy for 1500 TPD Waste to Energy Plant Extension in ChinaHong Kong based China Everbright International (SEHK: 257), which develops environmental service infrastructure, has secured RMB30 million ($4.9 million) subsidy for Phase III of its Suzhou Waste to Energy Project.

Phase III of the project is a 1500 tonne per day waste to energy plant that was completed in January this year, bringing total capacity at the Suzhou facility to over 3500 tonnes per day.

In total the three phase project is estimated to represent an investment of around RMB750 million ($122 million).

According to China Everbright it has secured the subsidy for Phase III of the project as part of the government’s 2013 Central Budgetary Investment Plan, which is jointly organised by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and other national ministries.

“In order to accelerate the construction of facilities for waste water treatment projects and waste processing projects in urban and rural areas and to effectively protect and improve the environment, the NDRC allocated special funds for waste water treatment projects and construction of recycling facilities and the non-hazardous waste treatment facilities in urban and rural areas under the scheme of the “2013 Central Budgetary Investment Plan,”  explained Chen Xiaoping, chief executive officer of Everbright International.

According to Xiaoping this is the fourth subsidy obtained by the Group from the NDRC, following the subsidies granted to our Jiangsu Zhenjiang waste to energy Project, Suqian waste to energy Project and Changzhou Equipment Manufacturing Project in 2012.

The company added that Suzhou is the largest waste to energy project to date in China and will help Suzhou towards its zero waste to landfill objective.