Amrei facility to ‘attract investments’-A A +A
Thursday, February 20, 2014
WITH Canadian firm Aquilini Mactan Renewable Energy Inc. (Amrei) being operational in the first quarter of 2015, officials from environmental agencies believe this will attract more investors in Cebu, especially in time with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations integration.
Engineer Antonio Atillo, board director of the Pollution Control Association of the Philippines (PCAP) 7, said the opening of Amrei in the Cebu Light Industrial Park in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City will be an asset to Cebu as investors will now be considering to invest in the area with a ready facility in Cebu’s economic zones capable of converting industrial waste to energy.
“(With) Aquilini coming in with their expertise and technology, we can benefit from it,” Atillo said.
John Negrin, Aquilini Renewable Energy-Canada president, said in earlier interviews that the project is the first of the company’s investments in the country that is expected “to generate over $200 million or P8.5 billion in economic benefits over a period of 30 years.”
Jesus A. Jayme Jr., Amrei president, said the company invested $20 million for its facility in Mactan. The construction of the plant will start next week.
Amrei adopts the thermal oxidation process system (TOPS) to convert waste to energy.
Its 1.2-hectare plant in Mactan, can accommodate 75 tons of garbage per day which can then be converted to 2.5 megawatts to three megawatts of electricity.
The facility will benefit the more than 165 locators based in the area. Jayme said the electricity will be sold back to locators at a lesser price.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.