16 May 2007 - 11:43
  • News Code: 104796

Tehran Municipality is planning to collect methane gas emitted from garbage for conversion to energy, an advisor to Tehran mayor said Sunday.

Mohammad Hadi Heidarzadeh elaborated that the two-phase pilot plan is being implemented with World Bank assistance.

In July 2005, TM signed a memorandum of understanding with the top UN banking body on a multimillion dollar project to recycle the metropolis garbage.

Under the MoU, the WB allocated some $20 million for collecting methane gas from Kahrizak landfill on the outskirts of Tehran.

“The first phase of the plan (collecting methane gas) was completed in the year to March 2007,“ he said, adding that in the second stage, the methane is to be converted to energy.

Under the scheme, it was planned to collect close to 10 million CO2 equivalent tons of methane emitted from more than 20 million tons of waste buried in the landfill over the past years.

Heidarzadeh explained that the municipality, in cooperation with a number of research centers, conducted studies on generating electricity from methane--also called biogas.

Electricity produced from methane gas will be used in power plants to be constructed by the private sector, the official noted.

Recalling that average 7,000 tons of waste are produced in the capital per day, he stated that majority of them are household garbage generating juice.

The garbage juice is a sustainable source for producing energy, he pointed out.

Heidarzadeh contended that generation of energy from garbage juice that drains downward and pollute underground water is an economically viable and environmentally-friendly.

 

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