INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC POWER HAITI
Project Phoenix offers numerous environmental, social and economic benefits, not the least of which is the creation of over 1,500 permanent and skilled jobs that include a robust training and educational program. The project will eliminate open, low temperature burning of waste and canal clogging caused by years of uncollected plastics. The result is a vast improvement in air and water quality and the resulting improved health of Haitian citizens.
International Electric Power (IEP), in partnership with the Government of Haiti (GOH), has executed a Master Services Agreement / Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide 50MW of reliable, base-load electric power fueled by municipal solid waste and supplemented by coal. IEP and the GOH have agreed to form a Public-Private Venture, which will own and operate the project for a period of 20 years.
Project Phoenix will remove 2,000 tons of municipal solid waste produced daily from the streets of Port au Prince, St. Marc and Gonaives, while decreasing Haiti’s long dependence on imported fuel. The combined waste and coal fuels will be processed at a state-of-the-art integrated waste-to-energy facility, situated on 400 acres of land approximately 18 kilometers north of Port au Prince, where other by-products will also be produced through recycling.
Project Phoenix is comprised of two related operations that will be managed under two separate businesses – IEP Waste Management S.A. (IEPWM) for waste removal and processing and IEP Haiti Power S.A. (IEPHP) for power generation. IEPWM will work in concert with the government’s national waste collection company, Service Métropolitain de Collecte des Résidus Solides (SMCRS), Multilateral Donors and private collectors to assure that all waste removal objectives are achieved.
Project Phoenix responds directly to Haitian and Multilateral Donor priorities for sustainable development, population decentralization, capacity building and the encouragement of foreign investment. IEP’s total investment is expected to be $325 Million. The cost of the waste collection, processing and power generation system combined is anticipated to 30% less expensive than diesel-powered plants currently operating in Haiti.
In 2014, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) completed its independent review of Project Phoenix on behalf of the GOH and in support of Multilateral Donor objectives to assure transparency and technical viability.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
IEPWM has partnered with Ros Roca of Spain, one of the world’s leading waste technology companies. Together with IEP’s local waste collection partners, Boucard Waste Management and SMCRS, IEP will introduce a waste collection strategy. The partnership will employ 115 new refuse collection vehicles, 10,000 new collection bins, 20 neighborhood waste collection stations and 5 equipment maintenance and waste transfer stations. The system is designed to collect and process up to 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste so that it may accommodate anticipated population growth.
ABOUT POWER GENERATION
The Project Phoenix waste-to-energy plant is capable of producing 1,200MWh of dependable and sustainable electricity per day - the equivalent of 50MW for every hour, enough power for more than 100,000 Haitian households. The facility has been designed to meet or exceed the strictest international environmental compliance standards. By thermally destroying refuse in a controlled high temperature environment, Project Phoenix will eliminate the slow, low temperature incineration of waste in the streets, eliminating cancer causing dioxins, furans and other poisons from the air around Port au Prince. This alone will not only save hundreds of Haitian lives every year, but will make Port au Prince a more livable city that encourages responsible and sustainable growth.