24-MW biomass plant rising in Bataan

by Myrna Velasco, February 22, 2015
from Manila Bulletin

A two-phased biomass power plant with an aggregate capacity of 24 megawatts will be developed by local firm Cleangreen Energy Corp. (CEC) in Bagac, Bataan – coming with a distinctive project feature of having its dedicated feedstock plantation.

The initial development will be for 12MW and the next phase of the same capacity to be pursued after the completion of the first phase.

The developer firm CEC has stipulated in a media statement that it “expects to commence phase 1 of construction of the 12MW biomass plant this year, with a plan to increase the capacity to 24MW for its phase 2.”

The renewable energy operating contract for the project was just awarded early this month by Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla.

“The 12MW biomass power plant will rise on a 6.0-hectare property in Bagac, Bataan,” project firm CEC has noted.

The facility will be utilizing giant napier grass (GNG) as its primary feedstock, according to the company, and such shall be sourced “from a new dedicated plantation” to be managed by CEC’s sister firm Greenday Agri Farm.

GNG is a fast-growing grass that fully matures within 6 months and has high calorific value compared to other biomass, making it an ideal feedstock for power generation.”

It was emphasized that “with the plantation, CEC will have constant supply of primary feedstock,” hence, the plant’s anticipated electricity generation can be relied upon for steady capacity addition to the grid.

According to CEC president and chief executive officer Francisco Dayrit Jr., they are expecting that “the power plant would not only augment power supply in Luzon but would also help contribute to the preservation of the environment as its output is carbon-neutral.”

CEC further noted the plant would be equipped with “proven direct fired boiler technology that utilizes state of the art engineering to achieve a very high efficiency of 90-percent.”

Additionally, the technology “is designed to handle the corrosive matter of the biomass feedstock.”

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