Bangkok Post - - URBAN LIFE -

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.

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