In the Picture – Ms Busi Mabuza – CEF Group Chairperson, Karel Siegel, MBH Executive; Dr Phindile Masangane – Project Manager CEF and Mr Mputumi Damane – CEF Group CEO with some of the equipment for the proposed green energy to electricity project.
George Municipality could be the first municipality in South Africa to buy privately generated electricity. The news was revealed at a site inspection on 25 October 2010 of the R200-million green energy to electricity project, between the state owned Central Energy Fund (CEF), Carbon & Environmental Options (C&EO) and other stakeholders.
According to CEF project manager Dr Phindile Masangane, the plant will produce a maximum of 8.8 megawatts electricity (MWe) and could export a maximum of 7.5 MWe into George’s electricity grid by 2012. This would provide George with about 10 percent of its electricity requirements.
George Municipality will not be making a capital investment in the plant as it will be funded by CEF and its partners.
George Executive Deputy Mayor Lionel Esau, councillors and the electro-technical department paid a visit to the site with Dr Masangane, CEF chairman Busi Mabuza, chief executive Mputumi Damane and MBH Energy executive Karl Siegal to inspect equipment that has been imported from India.
MBH Energy will build the air-cooled power island that will convert the green waste to electricity.
The plant requires 110 000 tonnes of green waste, such as forest and sawmill waste, woodchips, bark and sawdust to generate the required electricity per annum. Siegel said the waste would be burnt in a boiler which would generate 4 000 tons of steam that would then turn the turbine that powers the alternator to produce the electricity.
Masangane said that 75% of the main equipment is already on site, which stands on the former Sonae Novabord property in George Industria.
Construction of the plant could start in August 2011 and if plans go according to schedule, the plant could be commissioned within nine months.
Source – George Municipality