Five landfill gas-to-energy plants will be developed in Johannesburg by a consortium led by Manchester, United Kingdom, based biogas specialist, ENER-G Systems.
The five facilities are expected to produce a total of 13MW of energy and achieve equivalent carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately 542 495 metric tons per year. This was said to be comparable to the environmental benefit of removing 180 832 cars from the roads, or the carbon dioxide that would be offset by a 444 668 acre forest – almost as big as the footprint of South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Development is planned to take three years across the five sites, with the first and largest 5MW facility set to begin operation at Robinson Deep in the summer of 2016. The 3MW Goudkoppies facility is planned to open by late 2016. Plants at Marie Louise and Ennerdale will open in 2017, with the 1MW Linbro Park facility scheduled for completion in the middle of 2018.
Source: Waste Management World