WASTE-TO-ENERGY TAKES OFF
The Khon Kaen municipality has resolved to switch from landfill-based waste management by building a waste-to-energy power plant which will be equipped with environmentally friendly technology to turn urban refuse into energy.
Alliance Clean Power Co has been contracted to construct the power plant for the municipality. The plant will charge customers 250 baht per tonne of waste for the first three years. The fee will be raised 10% every three years over the 20-year contract.
The power plant will be able to process between 450 and 600 tonnes of waste each day, which will yield 6 megawatts of power — 4.5 megawatts will be sold to the Provincial Electricity Authority and the rest used to power the plant itself.
Thirasak Thikhayuphan, mayor of the municipality, said 25 local administrative organisations and two private companies will supply waste totalling 370 tonnes to the new power plant.
POWER PLANS: A plant in Khon Kaen will recycle waste into energy and sell it to the community.