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New energy plant launched in Cape Town

New energy plant launched in Cape Town


On the 25 January 2017, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), working with other partners, Clean Energy Africa, WasteMart and Afrox launched the multi-million rand New Horizons waste-to-energy plant in Athlone, Cape Town.  

The IDC provided 60% funding towards the R400 million plant, of which half was provided by KfW, the German Development Bank as a Green Fund.

The plant will process over 500 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, about 10 % of the waste generated in Cape Town.  This will be recycled and converted into various products, including organic fertiliser, liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) and compressed biomethane.

Lizeka Matshekga, divisional executive of Agro, Infrastructure and New Industries, said the plant had numerous benefits. According to Matshekga, it will address the county’s landfill challenges. 

The plant will create just under 100 direct jobs and reduce costs associated with importing polluting fossil fuels, namely LPG, and petrol and diesel.  

“We intend to promote and support similar projects across the country to propel South Africa to a more clean and efficient energy status,” Matshekga said.

Egmont Ottermann, chief executive of New Horizons, said that when fully functional, the facility is expected to divert up to 90% of the received waste away from landfill.  “This will change the renewable energy landscape as far as waste management and energy recovery from underutilised resources are concerned,” said Otterman. 

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