28 Oct '13, 2pm

South Africa Utility to Expand Biogas Plant for Power

South Africa Utility to Expand Biogas Plant for Power

Johannesburg, South Africa -- Johannesburg Water SOC Ltd., which provides sanitation to South Africa’s biggest city, plans to expand power capacity from a biogas plant almost fourfold, cutting reliance on electricity from the state utility. The combined heat and power generation plant at the Northern waste water treatment works uses sewage sludge and has 1.2 megawatts of generation capacity, reducing Johannesburg Water’s need for power from provider Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. by 15 percent, Karl Juncker, managing director of WEC Projects (Pty) Ltd., which designed and built the plant, told reporters in the city yesterday. “We plan to build more plants and expand to about 4.5 megawatts in the next four to five years,” which could cut Johannesburg Water’s electricity requirement from Eskom by as much as 60 percent, Junker said. One megawatt is enough to power about 500 to 1,000...

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