MACAO, Dec 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao made a special visit to a waste treatment center after his arrival to Macao Saturday, highlighting his attention to environment issues.
President Hu arrived in Macao by special plane to attend the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the city's return to the motherland. This is the second time the president came to Macao.
Knowing that Macao faces more and more pressure in environmental protection because of limited land and increasing population, Hu made the special visit to the Macao Incineration Plant (MIP), which was located on Taipa island.
Since the implementation of the old solid waste incineration plant in 1992, Macao has been focusing on "incineration as the primary method regarding solid waste and landfill as secondary" to deal with household waste.
Upon completion of expansion work of the MIP last year, the maximum daily capacity for solid waste treatment increased from 864tons to 1,728 tons, which is expected to meet the waste treatment requirement of Macao till 2025.
President Hu Jintao looked carefully at the sandbox and poster, following an introduction about the MIP and asking questions occasionally.
According to staff of the plant, the waste heat produced by the incineration plant can be converted into electricity. The MIP can produce 21,000 kilowatt-hour of electricity every hour, which amounts to the total use of electricity of 33,000 households.
Impressed with the advanced waste-to-energy technology, President Hu Jintao said he expected the plant and all of its staff to continue their efforts in building a Macao that is more eco-friendly.