CEMEX to launch new project

Naga City, Cebu — In line with the national government’s Philippine Energy Plan, a cement company here is set to implement a new waste-to-energy project.

Such project is also expected to reduce the volume of solid waste in Cebu province by 15 percent this year, said Rolando Vera Cruz, sustainability director of CEMEX Philippines.

In a recent environment gathering, Cruz bared that the company has invested in the development of alternative forms of power to replace fossil fuel and coal that are used for cement kilns.

He said the company’s target is to process up to 30 tons of waste – an amount which is equivalent to some 15 percent of total waste generated in Cebu province – daily for conversion to energy.

Cruz said that municipal solid waste will be CEMEX’s number one priority for alternative fuel.

He said the process is “complex” and that it would take different kinds of equipment to separate large organic wastes from small ones.

Cruz said that the ideal types of waste for processing into energy are those with the least moisture and chlorine.

Meanwhile, CEMEX which owns Apo Cement in this city has partnered with material recovery facilities here for the said undertaking.

(This article was written by Phoebe Jen Indino and was published in Manila Bulletin, 01 July 2013.)

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