San Carlos BioPower


SCBPThe project philosophy for SC BioPower is to build and operate a comprehensive fuel harvesting, collection and logistics fuel supply chain capability so as to provide fuel security of supply.

The Plant feedstock will predominantly comprise of sugar cane leaves and residues typically left in the fields after harvest (known as cane trash), as well as woodchips and grasses from dedicated plantations to be developed locally. These principal feedstock sources would be augmented by wood from Current Tree Stands (“CTS”), by locally available coconut palm fronds, husks and shells, rice straw and—if required during unusual circumstances—by imported biomass waste material from other islands.

The sugarcane farming industry on Negros Island produces large quantities of agricultural residue, which is composed of those parts of the sugarcane plant that are not used by the sugar milling industry to produce sugar. Upon harvest of the sugarcane plant, the cane stalk is separated and delivered to the sugar mill. The rest of the plant, composed of the cane top (the growing tip of the plant) and the leaves, are left on the field and burned. This cane residue will be the predominant source of fuel.

In order to provide a reliable and sustainable source of biomass dedicated to the supply of fuel for the Plant that can be a hedge to the cane thrash market, SC BioPower will invest to establish and, in some cases, maintain and operated ECPs (Energy Crop Plantations). These will be both high tonnage perennial grass crops and woody crops that are primarily various species of trees with the ability to coppice.

While the ECPs are being established throughout the Plant’s construction period and initial operating years, biomass will be sourced from existing stands of tree plantations as well as from cane trash. Such plantations abound throughout the island and are mostly of introduced plantation species such as those of the Leucaena, Eucalyptus and Acacia families, as well as Gliricidia sepium and Gmelina.

There are various other types of biomass that can be sustainably sourced locally. These are primarily agricultural residues other than sugarcane residue such as components of the coconut tree (i.e. fronds, husks and shells), rice (i.e. straw and husks), corn (i.e. stalks and cobs) as well as bamboo.