An energy-from-waste (EfW) power plant, which was built by renewable energy firm New Horizons Energy Ltd. and gas company Afrox, was inaugurated for operation in Athlone, South Africa.
This new plant was specifically designed to create usable biomethane from organic waste. Then, the biogas will be used to make products, such as fertilizers and liquid carbon dioxide, which will be used in farming, wastewater treatment and in other industries. It will also be marketed as an alternative to diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
According to the executives of both companies, the plant will start producing biomethane by the middle of this year. Egmond Ottermann, CEO of New Horizons, stated that the facility costs around 400 million rands, with 60% of the amount being funded by the Industrial Development Corporation.
The plant was planned over the years with strategic partnership agreements, which include waste producers delivering tons of organic waste to the plant each month, while the plant distributes biomethane to users as an alternative to other traditional fuels.
Sharing his opinion about the importance of this new power plant, Heinrich Uytenbogaardt of Afrox said: