Hi­tachi Zosen keen on Thai­land’s waste-to-en­ergy in­dus­try

Business Mirror - - ASEANMONDAY -

HI­TACHI Zosen Corp., a Ja­panese provider of industrial plants and waste-treat­ment sys­tems, is break­ing into the Thai waste-to-en­ergy in­dus­try to cap­i­tal­ize on the gov­ern­ment’s pro­mo­tions.

Ken Okubo, Hi­tachi Zosen gen­eral man­ager, said the com­pany ex­pects to pro­vide tech­ni­cal sys­tems in Thai­land, tar­get­ing two to three pro­duc­tion plants a year in the next few years.

The com­pany aims to han­dle more cus­tomers, as the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grow.

“Hi­tachi Zosen pro­vides a wide range of industrial ser­vices but right now the waste-to-en­ergy busi­ness is our main fo­cus,” Okubo said.

He added that the com­pany en­tered Thai­land in 1994 as a lead­ing firm in industrial waste treat­ment.

For the en­ergy busi­ness, the com­pany’s first client has or­dered an incin­er­a­tor and flue gas- clean­ing sys­tem for a waste-to- en­ergy plant in Nong Khai. The plant is owned by Nongkhainayu Co., which will han­dle waste from nearby com­mu­ni­ties, with a ca­pac­ity of 370 tonnes per day and power- gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 6 megawatts.

The value of the project was not re­vealed.

Okubo said Hi­tachi Zosen has pro­vided over 800 waste-to- en­ergy projects world­wide. “We can pro­vide tech­nol­ogy suit­able for high­hu­mid­ity waste in Thai­land, which is harder to burn,” he added.

He said the com­pany’s sys­tems are proven to pro­duce low emis­sions, match­ing Thai and Euro­pean Union reg­u­la­tions if nec­es­sary.

Hi­tachi Zosen posted rev­enue of $3.5 bil­lion last year, with 62.4 per­cent from industrial plants.

Okubo said Thai­land and Malaysia will be its two focal points in Asean be­cause of the size of their economies. He said Thai­land has an ad­van­tage as its gov­ern­ment sup­ports waste-to- en­ergy busi­nesses as a way to tackle trash over­load.

The En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion said a new round of li­cens­ing for waste- to- en­ergy projects with a com­bined power- gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 50 MW is ex­pected to open this month.

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