The project aims to alleviate the burden of depleting landfill airspace while simultaneously easing constraints on South Africa’s electricity supply. The project has the potential to divert up to 500 t/d of solid waste from the landfill to the plant, which is expected to produce around 12.6 MW of electricity.
The public–private partnership, including Drakenstein municipality and waste management company Interwaste, with MBHE as joint developer, will implement the project.
This partnership supports the goals of Power Africa, a US government-led initiative to increase electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30 000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60-million new home and business connections.
“USTDA is pleased to support US private-sector participation in what is anticipated to be South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. In addition to increasing local access to affordable, reliable electricity and reducing landfill waste, the project will help create clean energy jobs in both the US and South Africa,” says USTDA sub-Saharan Africa regional director Lida Fitts.