Waste-toen­ergy plant slated for early 2017

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A POWER plant fu­elled by garbage will add 300 kilo­watts an hour to the Yan­gon city grid, while at the same time re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion, ex­perts say. The waste-en­ergy fac­tory, due to open next April in Shwe Pyi Thar town­ship, is al­ready 80 per­cent complete, said U Aung Myint Maw, as­sis­tant chief en­gi­neer at Yan­gon City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

Test runs will be con­ducted next Fe­bru­ary and March, he said.

The fac­tory will pro­duce 700KW of elec­tric­ity per hour, of which 400KW will be used to run the equip­ment, leav­ing 300KW for city use, he said.

“Now we’re ne­go­ti­at­ing with YESC over the price per unit,” he said, re­fer­ring to Yan­gon Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply Cor­po­ra­tion. En­ergy min­istry spokesper­son U Sann Yu said no agree­ment had yet been reached.

The US$16 mil­lion fund­ing was pro­vided by the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment and the Ja­panese Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the En­vi­ron­ment on a 50-50 ba­sis.

The fac­tory will burn 60 tonnes of rub­bish a day, taken from the Min­gal­adon dump, which grows by 72 tonnes a day.

U Aung Myint Maw said that if left un­burned, the rub­bish would pol­lute the air, earth and sub­soil. Burn­ing the garbage will re­duce air pol­lu­tion by 75pc, he said.

If suf­fi­cient fund­ing can be gen­er­ated, the city would like to build a sec­ond rub­bish-burn­ing fac­tory. YCDC says costs could be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced if sim­i­lar fac­to­ries could be built in all four dis­tricts of Yan­gon.

U Kyaw Tint, chair of the Ecosys­tem Con­ser­va­tion and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive, wel­comed the pro­ject. “Elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion from bio-en­ergy is ex­actly what is needed,” he said.

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