Waste-toenergy plant slated for early 2017
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.