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Poyry wins 25-MW biomass construction job in Philippines

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North Negros Biopower Inc. (NNBP) has tapped Helsinki-based consulting and engineering company Poyry to design and build a 25 megawatt biomass power plant in Negros Occidental.

In a statement last week, Poyry said it was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the biomass power plant, which will be built on a 300,000 square meter property near Victorias City.

Located in Barangay Sta. Teresa in Manapla municipality, the power plant will be fuelled with sugar cane trash, described as a “residual biomass remaining on the fields after the sugar cane has been harvested.”

Poyry did not disclose the value of the NNBP contract.

“Poyry is very active in the bioenergy sector around the world, but especially in the Philippines. With our deep knowledge of the challenges involved in implementing bioenergy projects, we are excited to be a part of the realization of the NNBP project,” Poyry Senior Vice President, Contracting, Energy Business Group Peter Heinzelmann was quoted as saying in a statement.

NNBP is one of three plants under Negros Island Biomass Holdings, Inc., which was acquired by Ayala-led AC Energy’s unit Presage Corp.

“We are proud that NNBP has seen great value in our unique EPC+ System Methodology, an approach which provides full transparency to the client throughout the project execution and the sharing in any savings from the agreed ceiling price at the close-out of the project. We continue to see great interest in our EPC+ approach as an alternative to the traditional EPC implementation approach, particularly in the bioenergy sector,” Richard Pinnock, president of Poyry’s Energy Business Group, said.

Groundbreaking for the NNBP power plant was held in November 2017. When completed, the plant is expected to generate 185 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per annum

NNBP is a ThomasLloyd SICAV-SIF – Cleantech Infrastructure Fund project. — Cathy Rose A. Garcia