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Waste-to-Energy Plant Coming to South Africa


imageExciting news coming from South
Africa: a renewable energy project is underway that will provide electricity to households through waste management.

The engineering company Black & Veatch, which originates from the U.S. and has existed for over 50 years, will be assisting the upcoming waste-to-energy (WTE) plant that will be stationed in Drakenstein.

Sub-Saharan Africa is in desperate need of electricity solutions. The U.S. Government has a goal of generating over 30,000 MW of cleaner electricity generation capacity. In addition, the government wants 60-million home and business connections as a target.

It is expected that the plant will contribute 10 MW to the power grid. The wet organic fraction of waste will be used to produce biogas, while municipal waste will be used for natural gas energy.

Although waste management is the top priority of the project, being that landfills are overburdened, the project will ultimately rid waste by environmentally-friendly means.

Webb Meko, Black & Veatch’s managing director, stated, “This landmark project will play a critical role in boosting power supply and available electricity to households.”

The project is expected to reduce waste volume by 90 percent, and as much as 500 t of waste daily.

Karen Daniel, chief financial officer of Black & Veatch’s sub-Saharan Africa growth initiative, is upbeat about the project’s potential, “The completed project will address this issue while also providing a sustainable energy solution to meet growing electricity demand.”

Absent from mainstream news is the fact that other Black & Veatch projects have been instituted in Africa as well, such as The Ghana Takoradi Power Facility and the Sere Wind Energy Project.

Sounds like the U.S. has catching up to do for home-based renewable energy projects, although wind energy is an appreciable solution for generating electricity.

Waste management should be a viable solution as well.

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