Aboitiz Power subsidiary Aseagas Corporation, which focuses on renewable energy solutions, signed an agreement with GE’s Distributed Power business to power its first waste-to-electricity project in Lian in the Province of Batangas, Philippines.
The 8.8MW facility, the first ‘greener’ energy venture of Aboitiz, will be a biomass power plant running with GE’s ecomagination-approved Jenbacher gas engines. The Batangas plant will utilise organic waste from sugar cane and molasses from a nearby alcohol distillery. Aside from electricity, the plant will have by-products of fertilizer and CO2 that can be sold to farmers and beverage companies, respectively – achieving complete ‘no additional waste’ production. The plant will be able to generate power for an estimated 22,000 homes.
GE’s innovative gas engines technology will ensure the Aseagas power plant’s high levels of efficiency, modularity and reliability in supplying power to the Philippine grid. Seven of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, four J420 and three J320 units, will be delivered to Aseagas by October 2015 for the first of three phases of the project, targeting the power plant to go online before year’s end. The second phase commences early in 2016. DESCO – GE’s authorised distributor for Jenbacher gas engines in the Philippines – will be in charge of the installation and maintenance of the units.