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Inversión: $100 millones
Capacidad: 1,000 toneladas al día
Producción Energética: 15 MW
Reabrir vertedero de 50 acres
Planta de Reciclaje: 500 toneladas al día
 

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Dos empresas se unen para desarrollar una incineradora en Yabucoa
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Las empresas Green Energy Renewables Solutions y Landfill Technologies se unieron en sociedad con planes de reabrir el vertedero de Yabucoa y desarrollar instalaciones de reciclaje e incineración.
Por Michelle Kantrow
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La empresa Green Energy Renewables Solution, Inc., un desarrollador y operador de instalaciones de procesamiento de desperdicios y de reciclaje anunció que ha firmado una “Carta de Intención” para formar una empresa conjunta con la compañía Landfill Solutions, LLC de Puerto Rico, para remediar y operar el vertedero municipal de Yabucoa, que cerró en 2011.

Cuando se haya completado el proyecto, con una inversión estimada en $100 millones, la instalación tendrá una capacidad proyectada para procesar por lo menos 1,000 toneladas de desperdicios al día.

Este sería el segundo proyecto a gran escala de energía en Yabucoa, conocida mayormente por su actividad agrícola.

El plan de remediación está diseñado para devolver al vertedero a las normas de funcionamiento vigentes y reabrirlo para operación mientras se desarrollan instalaciones para la incineración de desperdicios y reciclaje, anunció la empresa en un comunicado.

Las dos empresas han estado colaborando en este proyecto desde octubre de 2011, y la firma del acuerdo formal los hace socios con partes iguales en la nueva sociedad. Bajo los términos del acuerdo, la empresa conjunta se encargará de la remediación inmediata del vertedero de Yabucoa, un lote de 50 acres ubicado en el sureste de Puerto Rico.

“Creemos que esta empresa conjunta es una gran oportunidad para utilizar nuestras estrategias de desviación de basura del vertedero y de conversión de energía para atender las necesidades inmediatas de Yabucoa y las comunidades circundantes”, dijo Joe Durant, CEO de Green Energy Solutions Renewables, Inc.

“Creemos que esta instalación demostrará nuestra capacidad para mejorar drásticamente la situación actual de eliminación de residuos en la isla de Puerto Rico, donde actualmente no opera ninguna instalación de ‘waste-to-energy’ (incineración)”, agregó.

Aunque no hay ninguna incineradora en operación en la isla, debido en gran parte al rechazo de las comunidades a este tipo de proyecto, la empresa Energy Answers ha propuesto una instalación de incineración para el Barrio Cambalache de Arecibo que procesaría unas 2,000 toneladas de basura diarias y ya tiene el visto bueno preliminar de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental federal para obtener un permiso de emisiones al aire. Todos los permisos a nivel estatal para el proyecto de Energy Answers ya se han aprobado.

Hay otra incineradora propuesta para el pueblo de Barceloneta, con capacidad para unas 500 toneladas diarias, la cual tampoco ha sido bien recibida por un sector de la comunidad que se teme que las emisiones de las incineradoras afecten la salud de su comunidad.

La fase inicial del proyecto de Yabucoa incluye la estabilización de taludes, la construcción de nuevo acceso vial y caminos internos, y control de los lixiviados, escorrentía y de inundaciones para que el vertedero cumpla con las normas reguladoras de la Autoridad de Desperdicios Sólidos.

La empresa empezará los trabajar en el vertedero de inmediato y se estima que el vertedero se reabrirá dentro de los 120 a 180 días.

Tras la finalización de la fase de remediación, los planes son desarrollar rápidamente la incineradora y una instalación de reciclaje.

El objetivo final es desviar todos los residuos sólidos municipales para la separación y el procesamiento para capturar valiosos materiales de reciclaje y convertir el resto de los desperdicios en energía. La compañía asegura que con las operaciones previstas se reducirá el impacto en el volumen de los vertederos en un 90% o más cuando esté plenamente operativa.

“Nuestro acuerdo es apoyado por contratos a largo plazo que se espera produzcan ingresos estables a corto plazo, mientras que se desarrolla el reciclaje y el ‘waste-to-energy’ tanto para la producir combustible como para producir electricidad”, dijo Durant. “A largo plazo, los acuerdos de compra de energía y una sólida demanda por combustibles en Puerto Rico hacen de este un lugar muy atractivo”.

Los términos adicionales del acuerdo incluyen un contrato de arrendamiento de 30 años del relleno sanitario sin ningún costo para la empresa inversionista, la cual había asegurado previamente contratos a largo plazo con cuatro municipios que le suministrarían 500 toneladas diarias de desperdicios al vertedero de Yabucoa.

La producción estimada de las operaciones de reciclaje e incineración incluyen 200 toneladas diarias de materiales reciclables (metales recuperados, plásticos, papel y cartón de calidad que pueden ser reutilizados para la fabricación de nuevos productos), 350 barriles de petróleo y hasta 15 megavatios de potencia eléctrica.
 

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Yabucoa to reopen landfill for methane gas, recycling facilities
By : EVA LLORÉNS VÉLEZ
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Edition: July 19, 2012 | Volume: 40 | No: 28

Recycling plant to process 500 tons of trash daily; project proposed by Landfill Solutions, Hinckley Center for Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
Yabucoa plans to build a facility to extract methane gas from its municipal landfill, which was closed in 2011, as well as a recycling plant slated to process 500 tons of trash daily from nearby towns.

The proposed project, which is being developed by a consortium formed by Landfill Solutions Corp. and Hinckley Center for Solid & Hazardous Waste Management, has raised the ire of residents in nearby communities, who are worried about pollution and the possible use of prime agricultural land for the project.

Ángel Javier Rodríguez, president of Tierralinda Community Association, and his wife, Shalimar Montañez, said that although the project has been in the works since January, they found out about it in June because the information was leaked to the Comité Yabucoeño Pro-Calidad de Vida.

Since then, Mayor Ángel S. García, a member of the New Progressive Party, has met with the community twice but hasn't been forthcoming with information, Rodríguez said. He did offer to pay all expenses to two community residents so they could observe a similar project in Florida, Rodríguez said.

Tierralinda residents, however, don't want to relive the pollution the landfill caused until its closing last year. "The mayor insists he isn't going to reopen the landfill, but we don't see how this project is going to operate without reopening it," Rodríguez said.

The proposed recycling project, Rodríguez said, is the third in a series of developments that either use prime farmland or may cause pollution. The municipality plans to allow Ángel S. Nieves, of Western Wind Puerto Rico, to install solar panels in the Yabucoa Agricultural Reserve.

Yabucoa also has plans to build a waste-to-energy plant at the old Union Carbide plant, but García insists the proposed technology aims to create diesel fuel from solid waste.

According to documents obtained by CARIBBEAN BUSINESS, the newest project will not only comprise the town's landfill, but will also require 38.5 acres of adjacent farmland, which is owned by the Land Authority. The additional acreage is for a recycling plant.

A document submitted in January by Landfill Solutions President Jorge Vargas Calimano to the Solid Waste Management Authority states that after the closing of the landfill, officials plan to stabilize the area to avoid exposure to solid waste and cover it with an impermeable material. Afterward, they will build a facility consisting of pipes and sensors to extract methane gas that will then be put up for sale.

Vargas Calimano says in another document that additional acreage is needed for a recycling plant that will process solid waste from Yabucoa, Gurabo, Las Piedras and Humacao.

García has already written to Land Authority Director Frederick Mulach asking him to "urgently" lease the land to the municipality for the proposed recycling plant.

Vargas Calimano says the project will help create 80 jobs at the recycling plant and 15 at the landfill, but that hasn't swayed residents' opinions.

"That landfill is only 20 to 30 acres large, and they are going to bring in trash [for the recycling center]. I don't see how it isn't going to have an impact," Rodríguez said.

Yabucoa is currently taking its trash to a landfill in Fajardo at a cost of $2 million a year. While the newest project has yet to obtain permits, García has already endorsed it, noting it will put Yabucoa "in the vanguard of recycling in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean."
 

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Joint venture formed to develop waste-to-energy power plant in Puerto Rico


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Green Energy Renewable Solutions Inc., a developer and operator of municipal solid waste processing and recycling facilities, has signed a Letter of Intent to form a joint venture with Landfill Solutions LLC of Puerto Rico to remediate and manage the Yabucoa municipal landfill in Puerto Rico that has been closed since 2011. The remediation plan is designed to bring the landfill up to current operating standards and reopen the landfill for operations while developing recycling and a 15 MW waste-to-energy conversion facilities.
Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will provide immediate remediation of the Yabucoa landfill. The initial phase of the project includes slope stabilization, construction of new road access and internal roadways, and leachate, run-off and flood control to bring the landfill site in compliance with regulatory standards of the Autoridad De Desperdicios Solidos (ADS), the environmental control authority in Puerto Rico. The JV expects to begin work on the site immediately and estimates that the landfill will reopen within 120 to 180 days.
Following completion of the remediation phase, plans include rapid development of a waste-to-energy conversion power plant and a recycling facility.
 

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Yabucoa landfill waste-to-energy, recycling project taking shape
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Green Energy Renewable Solutions Inc. and Landfill Solutions of Puerto Rico announced Monday a joint venture to remediate and manage the Yabucoa municipal landfill that has been closed since 2011.
The remediation plan (as reported by CARIBBEAN BUSINESS on July 19) is designed to bring the landfill up to current operating standards and reopen the landfill for operations while developing recycling and waste conversion facilities.

Under terms of the agreement, the joint venture will provide immediate remediation of the Yabucoa landfill located on 50 acres in the southeastern tip of the island of Puerto Rico. The initial phase of the project includes slope stabilization, construction of new road access and internal roadways, and leachate, run-off and flood control to bring the landfill site in compliance with regulatory standards of the Solid Waste Management Authority, the environmental control authority in Puerto Rico. The venture expects to begin work on the site immediately and estimates that the landfill will reopen within 120 to 180 days.

Following completion of the remediation phase, plans include rapid development of a recycling facility and waste-to-energy conversion plant. The ultimate goal is to divert all incoming municipal solid waste for separation and processing to capture valuable recycle materials and convert the remainder to energy and fuels. The company believes the planned operations will reduce the volume impact to landfill by 90% or more when fully operational.

Green Energy and Landfill Solutions, LLC have been collaborating on this project since October 2011, and the signing of the formal agreement will make the two companies 50/50 partners in the venture company.

Additional terms of the agreement provide a 30-year lease of the landfill at no cost to the venture company, which had previously secured long-term municipal contracts to supply 500 tons of solid waste per day to the Yabucoa landfill from four Puerto Rico municipalities.

When completed the estimated $100 million project will have a projected capacity to process at least 1,000 tons of solid waste per day. The estimated output of the recycle and recovery operations include an estimated 200 tons per day of recycle materials (recovered metals, plastics, quality paper and cardboard that can be reused for new product manufacturing) 350 barrels of sweet crude oil equivalent and up to 15 megawatts of electrical power output.

“We believe this joint venture is a tremendous opportunity to use our unique landfill diversion and energy conversion strategies to address the immediate needs of Yabucoa and the surrounding communities,” said Green Energy Renewable Solutions CEO Joe DuRant. “It is our belief that this operating facility will demonstrate our ability to dramatically improve the current waste disposal situation on the island of Puerto Rico.”

DuRant stressed that the agreement is supported by long-term contracts that are expected to provide short-term, stable revenues while the joint venture develops recycling and waste-to-energy plant capacity for both fuel and electrical output.

“Long-term power purchase agreements and robust demand for fuels in Puerto Rico make this a very attractive location,” he said.

The deal marks another chapter in efforts to improve the island’s dismal recycling rate and tap waste-to-energy (WTE) technology to take pressure off Puerto Rico’s landfills.

New York-based Energy Answers plans to build a WTE plant in Arecibo that would have the capacity to burn more than 2,000 tons of trash daily, producing some 80 megawatts of alternative energy in the process.

Energy Answers says the plant would pump nearly $500 million into the island economy, and create 3,800 jobs during the construction phase and 150 permanent jobs once in operation.

After decades of discussion and little action about an impending solid waste crisis, Puerto Rico is finally cleaning up its own garbage. That’s not only great news for the environment but for the economy as well.

By October 2014, most of the island’s landfills could be shuttered, with only the few able to meet federal operating standards expected to remain open, according to an order issued last fall by the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB).

The order followed years of threats by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close down Puerto Rico’s municipal trash sites because of shoddy management, substandard design and disappearing storage capability that has made them among the island's greatest environmental threats, blamed for polluting underground water supplies and the air, and for devouring acres of precious land on this 100-by-35-mile island, acreage that remains unfit for most activity even decades after closure.

The local Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) says that unless something is done, Puerto Rico will run out of space to dispose of its trash by 2018. There are currently 28 landfills on the island, with four in the process of being closed. Most of the remaining landfills are expected to be shuttered over the next three years.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s recycling rate remains a miserably low 11.31%, despite a law calling for a 35% recycling rate by 2006, six years long past. Over the years, there have been numerous private-sector proposals for new, state-of-the-art landfills and waste-to-energy plants, but few new solid waste management infrastructure projects have been built over the years, a result of a lack of political will and the “not in my backyard” opposition that such projects generate.

Increased recycling could create an additional 1,300 jobs in that sector, according to official estimates.
 

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$100M recycling facility and WTE plant planned for Yabucoa
Written by Michelle Kantrow // August 6, 2012 // Environment // No comments

Green Energy Renewable Solutions Inc., a developer and operator of municipal solid waste processing and recycling facilities announced it has entered into a “Letter of Intent” to form a joint venture with Landfill Solutions, LLC of Puerto Rico, to remediate and manage the Yabucoa municipal landfill that has been closed since 2011.

When completed the estimated $100 million project will have a projected capacity to process at least 1,000 tons of waste per day. It will also be the second large-scale green energy project targeting the town mostly known for its agriculture activity.

The remediation plan is designed to bring the landfill up to current operating standards and reopen the landfill for operations while developing recycling and waste conversion facilities, company officials said.

Green Energy and Landfill Solutions, LLC have been collaborating on this project since October 2011, and the signing of the formal agreement will make the two companies equal partners in the newly formed company.

Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will provide immediate remediation of the Yabucoa landfill located on 50 acres in Puerto Rico’s southeastern tip.

“We believe this joint venture is a tremendous opportunity to use our unique landfill diversion and energy conversion strategies to address the immediate needs of Yabucoa and the surrounding communities,” said Joe DuRant, CEO of Green Energy Renewable Solutions, Inc. “It is our belief that this operating facility will demonstrate our ability to dramatically improve the current waste disposal situation on the island of Puerto Rico, where there is currently no operating waste-to-energy plant.”

The initial phase of the project includes slope stabilization, construction of new road access and internal roadways, and leachate, run-off and flood control to bring the landfill site in compliance with regulatory standards of the Solid Waste Authority.

The venture company expects to begin work on the site immediately and estimates that the landfill will reopen within 120 to 180 days.

Following completion of the remediation phase, plans include rapid development of a recycling facility and waste-to-energy conversion plant.

The ultimate goal is to divert all incoming municipal solid waste for separation and processing to capture valuable recycle materials and convert the remainder to energy and fuels. The company believes the planned operations will reduce the volume impact to landfill by 90 percent or more when fully operational.

“Our agreement is supported by long-term contracts that are expected to provide short-term, stable revenues while we develop recycling and waste-to-energy plant capacity for both fuel and electrical output,” DuRant said. “Long-term power purchase agreements and robust demand for fuels in Puerto Rico make this a very attractive location.”

Additional terms of the agreement provide a 30-year lease of the landfill at no cost to the venture company, which had previously secured long-term municipal solid waste contracts to supply 500 tons of MSW per day to the Yabucoa landfill from four Puerto Rico municipalities.

The estimated output of the recycle and recovery operations include an estimated 200 tons per day of recycle materials (recovered metals, plastics, quality paper and cardboard that can be reused for new product manufacturing), 350 barrels of sweet crude oil equivalent and up to 15 Megawatts of electrical power output.
 

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Development in Yabucoa WTE project
By CB Online Staff | Sept. 26, 2012 | [email protected]

plan to reopen the Yabucoa landfill for operations while developing recycling and waste conversion facilities continues to gain ground with the formation of a joint venture corporation to handle the first phase of the project.
Green Energy Renewable Solutions Inc. , a developer and operator of municipal solid waste processing and recycling facilities announced Wednesday that its project with Landfill Solutions LLC of Puerto Rico has moved forward with the formation of Yabucoa Recycling Company Inc. The new corporation is owned on a 50/50 basis by Green Energy and Landfill Solutions.

The initial phase of the Yabucoa development project work will be the construction of new road access and internal roadways, leachate, run-off and flood control and slope stabilization, which will bring the landfill site in compliance with regulatory standards of Puerto Rico’s Solid Waste Authority.

The remediation plan (as reported by CARIBBEAN BUSINESS on July 19) is designed to bring the landfill up to current operating standards and reopen the landfill, which was shuttered last year, for operations while developing recycling and waste conversion facilities.

Green Energy has separately incorporated a wholly-owned Puerto Rico subsidiary, Green Renewable Solutions Inc., to develop and manage the second phase of the Yabucoa project, which plans to convert the municipal waste material to energy and fuels after separation and capture of valuable recyclable materials in the waste stream.

“We are extremely pleased with the rapid progress we’ve made on this project with our joint venture partners to date. We look forward to working with the Yabucoa municipal authority and the Solid Waste Authority to complete the landfill remediation plans as quickly as possible and advancing the diversion and recycling operations to the next stage, which will develop the very first waste-to-energy plant on the island of Puerto Rico,” Green Energy CEO Joe DuRant said.

Additional terms of the agreement provide a 30-year lease of the landfill at no cost to the venture company, which had previously secured long-term municipal contracts to supply 500 tons of solid waste per day to the Yabucoa landfill from four Puerto Rico municipalities.

When completed the estimated $100 million project will have a projected capacity to process at least 1,000 tons of solid waste per day. The estimated output of the recycle and recovery operations include an estimated 200 tons per day of recycle materials (recovered metals, plastics, quality paper and cardboard that can be reused for new product manufacturing) 350 barrels of sweet crude oil equivalent and up to 15 megawatts of electrical power

The deal marks another chapter in efforts to improve the island’s dismal recycling rate and tap waste-to-energy (WTE) technology to take pressure off Puerto Rico’s landfills.

New York-based Energy Answers plans to build a WTE plant in Arecibo that would have the capacity to burn more than 2,000 tons of trash daily, producing some 80 megawatts of alternative energy in the process.

Energy Answers says the plant would pump nearly $500 million into the island economy, and create 3,800 jobs during the construction phase and 150 permanent jobs once in operation.

After decades of discussion and little action about an impending solid waste crisis, Puerto Rico is finally cleaning up its own garbage. That’s not only great news for the environment but for the economy as well.

By October 2014, most of the island’s landfills could be shuttered, with only the few able to meet federal operating standards expected to remain open, according to an order issued last fall by the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB).

The order followed years of threats by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close down Puerto Rico’s municipal trash sites because of shoddy management, substandard design and disappearing storage capability that has made them among the island's greatest environmental threats, blamed for polluting underground water supplies and the air, and for devouring acres of precious land on this 100-by-35-mile island, acreage that remains unfit for most activity even decades after closure.

The local Solid Waste Authority says that unless something is done, Puerto Rico will run out of space to dispose of its trash by 2018. There are currently 28 landfills on the island, with four in the process of being closed. Most of the remaining landfills are expected to be shuttered over the next three years.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s recycling rate remains a miserably low 11.31%, despite a law calling for a 35% recycling rate by 2006, six years long past. Over the years, there have been numerous private-sector proposals for new, state-of-the-art landfills and waste-to-energy plants, but few new solid waste management infrastructure projects have been built over the years, a result of a lack of political will and the “not in my backyard” opposition that such projects generate.

Increased recycling could create an additional 1,300 jobs in that sector, according to official estimates.
 

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Green Energy pulls out of $100M Yabucoa landfill, WTE plant

Written by Michelle Kantrow // May 2, 2013 // Environment



Green Energy Renewable Solutions Inc. announced Thursday it has decision to step back from the proposed $100 million landfill and renewable energy project it planned to build in Yabucoa, along Puerto Rico’s southeastern flank, due to lack of funding.

The company said it had received commitments for funding that were expected to close in 2012 for this project, but because they fell short in coming through and unsuccessful attempts at securing alternative funding in a timely manner, it would “table pursuit of this venture for the time being.”

“We’re very disappointed that what we thought were solid funding commitments were not consummated. This left us in a very difficult position as we had already made material commitments to other projects,” said Joseph DuRant, CEO of Green Energy.”

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