Prime Infra forms unit for waste-to-fuel project

19 May 2021

Metro Manila, Philippines – Prime Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (Prime Infra) has established a new subsidiary for its waste-to-fuel project being developed in partnership with US-based WasteFuel Global.

The new company, WasteFuel Philippines, is evaluating the feasibility of putting up a biorefinery in Luzon that would convert over one million tons of municipal waste into 30 million gallons of low-carbon synthetic crude oil (syncrude) annually.

The biorefinery plant is eyed to be operational by 2025.

“The Philippines’ capital region alone generates around 10,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day, equivalent to the weight of approximately 17 Airbus A380 planes. At WasteFuel Philippines, our goal is to turn waste into a valuable source of clean energy, thus improving waste management processes and reducing carbon emissions from transportation,” says Prime Infra President Guillaume Lucci.

NetJets, a leader in private aviation, has committed to purchase a minimum of 100 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from WasteFuel over the next ten years.

Utilizing the most effective technologies available, WasteFuel will produce fuels that burn up to 80 percent reduction in carbon compared to fossil-fuel based aviation fuels.

WasteFuel Global Chairman and CEO Trevor Neilson said the project will help solve the municipal waste problem and minimize methane emissions from landfills.

“This is addressing sustainability in a whole different way and creates a profound social and environmental impact,” Neilson said in an interview with GreenAir.