JGC Wins EPC Contract to Build One of Japan’s Largest Biomass Power Plants

Muroran Biomass Power Generation GK is planning a biomass power generation plant in Muroran City, Hokkaido, Japan. The EPC contract for the same is awarded to JGC Corporation – which is a lump-sum turn-key contract.

Expected to have a capacity of 74.9 MW – the Muroran City biomass power plant will be one of the largest biomass-fueled power generation plants in Japan.

Utilizing renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiT), the plant is said to be built in the idle land owned by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K.  The plant will be fueled by palm kernel shells and is estimated to be commissioned in autumn, 2019.

As per the contract, JGC will be responsible for uploading the feedstock, as well as its storage and transport, and the supply of other necessary equipment together with the power generation unit.

More on Japan’s biomass power projects at 8th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power on 15-18 May, 2017 in Tokyo.

For more information about the conference, contact Ms. Hafizah Adam at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218.

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2 MW Biogas plant launched in Kenya – Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant

Gorge Farm – owned by the Vegpro Group, has begun a biogas plant that produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Located approximately 76km northwest of Nairobi, the Gorge Farm Energy Park has become the first biogas electricity producer in Africa that is selling its surplus electricity to the national grid.

Independent power producer – Biojoule Kenya is responsible for operating the Gorge Farm plant.

Biojoule Kenya has an agreement with Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) – the country’s sole power distributor – to sell the electricity produced by Gorge Farm.

The surplus electricity produced at the plant can meet the power needs of 5,000-6,000 rural homes.

The plant produces biogas through anaerobic digestion. The biogas produced is burned in two engines, producing both electricity and heat in a process called cogeneration.

However, biogas power is yet to set off in a big way in Kenya. Currently, cogeneration adds only a small fraction in Kenya’s renewable power mix – at 0.7 percent in 2015, according to the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN), the country’s biggest power company.

Some analysts say biogas could generate between 29 and 131 MW of power in Kenya. However, challenges such as low tariffs for biogas power are hindering investor interest. Moreover, biogas power feedstock such as agricultural and municipal waste is already in demand for other end uses such as fertilisers.

More about the prospects of biogas power projects in Africa will be discussed at Africa Biomass & BioEnergy Summit on 28-29 September, 2017.

For more information, email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.

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Jakarta City to Convert Waste to Thermal Energy

Indonesia produces 64 million tons of waste annually. Jakarta itself produces 6,600 to 6,700 tons of garbage per day. The capital city needs at least three waste-to-energy plants – as per 2012- 2023 master plan for garbage management. Currently, Jakarta has only Bantar Gebang waste treatment facility in Bekasi, West Java to treat its waste. Jakarta city administration spends Rp 133,000 (US$9.77) for every ton of waste that is processed at Bantar Gebang.

Jakarta is expected to construct intermediate treatment facilities (ITF) to process waste into energy in four areas of the capital.

The plants will be located in – Sunter with a capacity to process 1,000 tons of waste per day, Cakung Cilincing (with 1,500 tons per day capacity) and Marunda (capacity for 2,500 tons per day) and another in Duri Kosmabi, West Jakarta.

The facilities are expected to use incinerating machines to produce thermal energy.

PT Jakarta Propertindo will develop the ITF in Cakung Cilincing and Marunda while ITF in Sunter and Duri Kosambi is said to be developed by the Jakarta Sanitation Agency.

Although tenders for the projects were offered in 2012 and foreign companies were selected, no winners are announced yet – due to the change in political leadership.

More on ‘Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Energy – Techno-Economics For Growth in Indonesia’ will be discussed by Made Wahyu Wiratma, Growth & Strategy Director, Gas Engine, General Electric Company (GE Indonesia) at CMT’s 3rd Biomass & BioEnergy Asia on 27 February- 1 March, 2017 in Jakarta.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call 65 6346 9218.

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