August 19, 2016

MCDC to turn trash into electrcity

MCDC workers sweep garbage from which electricity will be generated. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing
MCDC workers sweep garbage from which electricity will be generated. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing

Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is reported to invite interested entrepreneurs to submit tender for generating electricity from disposed waste this month. Both local and foreign companies have the chance to bid for the project that will convert daily disposed waste weighing more than 700 tonnes into electricity.
MCDC had the coordinating meetings with local joint ventures with Thailand to implement the project under the previous governments but the project was not realized even after a feasibility study was conducted, because generation of electricity from garbage is found not to be cost-effective.
“I want to get rid of the enormous garbage dump more then making a profit from generation of electricity,” said Dr. Ye Lwin, Mandalay Mayor.
Currently, waste is disposed of at dump in South and North Lake of Kyarnika village, causing fires and smells that is harmful to human health, apparently burning it to create electricity is the solution.
“Foreign companies teamed up with local companies will only be allowed to participate in the project,” said Dr Thwin Kyaw Kyaw, a MCDC member.
15 mega watts should be generated from 700 tonnes of garbage, according to a previous survey. This project was not submitted to the previous regional government.
The project has to be submitted to the Union Attorney-General through regional authorities after approval from Myanmar Investment Commission. If the volume of electricity that will be produced is under 30 MW, the approval does not need to be sought from Union government but from regional government only.
As part of the first 100-day plan of the government, Mandalay Regional Government has spent more than Ks910m on upgrading power supply facilities in the region.


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