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