Fujita Corp (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) announced Oct 30, 2017, that it has launched a biomass power generation project in Myanmar.
Fujita formed Myaung Mya FM Biomass Power Co Ltd jointly with Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO) Ltd, which deals with agricultural businesses. And Fujita will start a power generation business using rice hulls, which are not effectively used now, through the new company.
The biomass power plant will be built in Ayeyarwaddy Region, Myanmar. Rice cultivation (Myanmar's major industry) is flourishing in the region. However, there are problems related to the stable operation of rice milling plants and product quality due to chronic power shortage because the region is located at the end of a power grid.
Moreover, there are environmental problems caused by (1) abandoned rice hulls generated at rice milling plants and (2) toxic substances generated by out-of-date private power generation facilities that use rice hulls as fuel.
In the project, an efficient biomass power plant using rice hulls as fuel will be built. The output of its power generation facilities is 1.816MW, of which 201kW will be consumed in house and 1.615MW will be sold.
The plant will generate 38,760kWh of electricity by using 55.2t of rice hulls per day. Every year, the plant will use 18,216t of rice hulls and sell 12,790,800kWh of electricity. Fujita will provide engineering and construction services.
The power producer, Myaung Mya FM Biomass Power, is 80% owned by Fujita and 20% owned by MAPCO. The project is subsidized by the Subsidy for Projects to Reduce CO2 Emissions (Facility Support Project of Bilateral Credit System Financial Support Projects) of Japan's Ministry of the Environment for fiscal 2016-2018. The project will contribute to forming a low-carbon community in Ayeyarwaddy Region, Fujita said.