Clenergen Corp., www.clenergen.com – pioneers in gasification for clean energy and biomass cultivation technologies, announced today entry into a Memorandum of Agreement with Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation to install some 34MW/h in the Philippines.
Rio Tuba’s mining operations are concentrated in Palawan province, and CRGE is projected to begin on the island of Palawan with the installation of a demo 2MW/h biomass gasification plant to be fed by 400 acres of marginal land growing CRGE’s proprietary bamboo feedstock.
The project as a whole goes a long ways toward satisfying Rio Tuba’s commitment to engaging renewable energy projects that help to remediate mined land while creating jobs for locals and bolstering the local economy.
President and CEO of Rio Tuba, Manny Zamora, knows only too well how vital a robust 24/7 power supply is to any mining operation, and praised the scalability, efficacy and environmentally friendly profile of CRGE’s biomass and gasification technologies.
Access to the technology means Rio Tuba can now go after new investments like the Slake Lime Plant (also in Palawan), and the company has even submitted a proposal to enter into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the supply of renewable energy.
With most of the Philippine islands reliant on $0.26 per KW/h leased diesel generation, the entire market is tied to diesel fluctuations and blackouts are common. CRGE presents a highly scalable, customizable, clean and renewable full-spectrum solution.
Moreover, the Philippine climate and fertile soil are ideal for cultivating feedstocks like CRGE’s proprietary Beema Bamboo, and abundant, naturally-occurring feedstock exists to supplement or even replace its use. CRGE estimates a 30% savings once the energy crop plantations reach productivity.
Trials are planned to remediate mined areas with Beema Bamboo as well, and Rio Tuba will earn carbon offsets for the displacement of power which would otherwise be diesel generated.
Executive Chairman of CRGE, Mark Quinn, noted the ideal fit between biomass power generation and mining, due to the fundamental logistics of the industry, which include plans to remediate mined land with cultivated feedstock to meet the long-term “environmental standards set by the Government of the Philippines”; Quinn also noted how this energy solution brings desperately-needed power to emerging markets.