Anaerobic digestion project planned in Philippines

By Gazasia Ltd. | January 02, 2014

U.K.-based Gazasia Ltd. recently signed an agreement outlining the services it will provide to its joint venture vehicle, Philippine corporation Aseagas, during the next stage of the partnership’s project. This will see the development of an anaerobic digestion plant in the Philippines, to be based in Lian Batangas. The plant will be the first biomethane plant in the country and will produce biogas from organic waste, which in turn will be processed to generate liquid biomethane to be utilised as a clean, renewable, carbon neutral, road transport fuel.

Road transport is one of the largest sources of harmful air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions globally.  In the Philippines air pollution has reached critical levels, exceeding the World Health Organisation air quality limits. By replacing diesel with biomethane, Aseagas is playing an important role in reducing air pollution and improving public health.

Following the announcement of the agreement, which was widely covered in the Philippines, Richard Lilleystone, CEO of Gazasia commented, “Gazasia is committed to improving air quality and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Our specialist team has the knowledge and experience to work with Aseagas, our joint venture with Aboitiz Equity Ventures, to enable the successful development of this first biomethane plant.”

“This new undertaking is part of Aboitiz’s commitment to its sustainability platform of people, planet and profit. Aseagas focuses on all three,” said Sabin Aboitiz, president of Aseagas.

The initial $47 million project is to be situated next to Absolut Distillers Inc., a subsidiary of the Lucia Tan Group. Aseagas will be taking the effluent waste water produced from the distillery process and running the raw material through the anaerobic digestion facility. The waste water will then be further processed to remove the remaining pollutants. Figures released by Aboitiz Equity Ventures estimate that the facility will have an annual capacity of 8,000 metric tons of biomethane, fueling up to 200 buses or heavy trucks per year.