Cape Town con­verts waste to en­ergy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Joseph Booy­sen

A MULTI-mil­lion rand wasteto-en­ergy plant in Cape Town is set to make a big en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact by lim­it­ing the amount of house­hold waste at land­fill sites around the city and also cre­ate much­needed jobs. Premier Helen Zille launched the R400 mil­lion waste-to-en­ergy plant in Athlone In­dus­tria, Cape Town, yes­ter­day. Zille was joined by City of Cape Town Mayor Pa­tri­cia De Lille.

The New Hori­zons En­ergy plant will process more than 500 tons of mu­nic­i­pal solid waste, wet trade waste and pure or­ganic waste into en­vi­ron­men­tally con­sid­er­ate en­ergy and re­cy­cled bio-prod­ucts daily. The pro­ject, a first of its kind in Africa, will cre­ate an es­ti­mated 500 in­di­rect and 80 di­rect jobs.

Col­lected waste from across the city will be con­verted into bio­gas (meth­ane) and 18 000 litres of diesel equiv­a­lent a day would be used by JSE-listed gas and weld­ing prod­ucts com­pany Afrox. The pro­ject will also sell car­bon diox­ide to Afrox.

Green Cape, a Western Cape gov­ern­ment-funded en­tity es­tab­lished to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of the green econ­omy in the prov­ince, pro­vided tech­ni­cal sup­port to New Hori­zons En­ergy.

Zille said the pro­ject was aligned with the prov­ince’s “en­ergy se­cu­rity game changer”, which fo­cused on cre­at­ing the en­ergy se­cu­rity needed for eco­nomic growth.

“South Africa’s en­ergy cri­sis re­quires a sus­tain­able, di­verse en­ergy mix. We are aim­ing to make our vi­sion of an en­ergy-se­cure prov­ince a re­al­ity by 2020. It is a four-fold win: cheaper elec­tric­ity prices, lower car­bon emis­sion, more for­eign in­vest­ment and more in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion. This ul­ti­mately means more lo­cal jobs.”

Zille said the Western Cape was home to nine out of 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with ap­proved tar­iffs for res­i­dents to feed power back into the grid. A fur­ther goal is to pro­mote the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar wa­ter heat­ing de­vices in homes and busi­nesses across the prov­ince.

She said 60 000 so­lar wa­ter heaters and heat pumps had been in­stalled so far.

“There are enor­mous eco­nomic ad­van­tages to re­new­able tech­nolo­gies, com­bined with nat­u­ral gas. We will keep mak­ing progress on this cru­cial game changer.”

De Lille said grow­ing the green en­ergy in­dus­try pre­sented new op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prov­ing re­source re­silience and stim­u­lat­ing in­clu­sive growth.

“In grow­ing the green econ­omy, there are roles for… the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor, both of which are called upon to in­no­vate. It is an hon­our for Cape Town to be the lo­ca­tion of this new wasteto-en­ergy plant, devel­oped by New Hori­zons En­ergy.”

De Lille said the R400m in­vest­ment would con­vert solid waste into bio-gas with waste that might oth­er­wise have gone to land­fill sites in Cape Town. She said con­vert­ing waste to gas would ex­tend the life­span of the city’s land­fills.

De Lille said Cape Town had moved from just dis­tribut­ing elec­tric­ity to gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity as well, “thereby giv­ing res­i­dents a greater choice of what kind of en­ergy they want to use and how much they want to pay for it”.

Clean En­ergy Africa chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­cel Stein­berg said Cape Town would set the bench­mark for how waste man­age­ment would be in 10 years’ time.

Mar­cel Stein­berg, of Clean En­ergy Africa, Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Pa­tri­cia De Lille in Athlone yes­ter­day.

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