The Saigon Times Daily 11/6/2009 2:29:36 PM
HCMC – San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam Company Limited in the southern province of Binh Duong is cooperating with the Philippines-based SURE Company to install a power generating facility to convert biogas collected from the company’s wastewater reservoirs, said an official of the province’s Department of Planning and Investment.
Le Viet Dung, deputy director of the department, said related agencies of the province had agreed for San Miguel and SURE to invest some US$10 million into the power generation project in a move to help treat wastewater discharged from pig breeding-farms in Lai Hung Village, Ben Cat District.
Dung told the Daily that San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam and its Filipino partner were completing final procedures to benefit by selling carbon credits from developing this project in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism.
“Electricity generated from biogas will be sold back for San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam’s production activities, and this project will also help the company limit bad smells into the nearby environment,” Dung said.
In July, local environmental inspectors discovered a broken embankment of a wastewater reservoir of San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam and some 230,000 cubic meters of wastewater in nearby Ben Suc Spring and Thi Tinh River.
HCMC-based Saigon Agriculture Inc. (Sagri) is investing some US$1 million to install electricity generators using biogas collected at its Phuoc Long pig breeding farm in Pham Van Coi Ward in HCMC’s Cu Chi District.
Bui Ninh Son, manager of Sagri’s Office of Projects Management, told the Daily that the Phuoc Long pig breeding farm was breeding some 17,000 pigs. Wastewater at the farm releases large amounts of biogas every day that could be collected for power generation.
Huynh Kim Tuoc, director of the HCMC Energy Conservation Center, said the city had a potential source of biogas from pig farms in Hoc Mon and Cu Chi which could be collected to produce 50 megawatts.
However, Tuoc told the Daily the city had no overall project to collect biogas for power production.