Petramas set to begin waste-to-energy operations

Friday, October 14, 2011

Peruvian solid waste management company Petramas on October 28 will begin operations of a waste-to-energy plant at the Huaycoloro sanitary landfill in Lima region, announced general manager Jorge Zegarra.

Petramas was one of two biogas/biomass developers that picked up contracts last year in energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin's auction to supply 500MW from renewables for 20 years. The company's 4.4MW project won with a price of US$0.11/kWh.

The project will be Peru's first power plant to use sanitary landfill biogas, according to a presentation by Zegarra.

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The plant will supply 28.3GWh/y to the national grid and reduce CO2 emissions by 14,486t/y. Project components include 250 biogas capture wells and a 15km gas pipeline.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change registered Petramas' project as a CDM in 2007.