Biogas: credit: EnviTec Biogas AG
Biogas: credit: EnviTec Biogas AG

The operations of South Africa’s first commercial biogas power plant in Bronkhorstspruit has been taken over by Anaergia Africa, with effect from July this year.

According to Engineering News, the two-year management contract has been taken over from Bosch Munitech, who previously managed the day to day operations of the 5MW Bio2Watt biogas plant.

Noting that there is limited skills in SA biogas operation, Bio2Watt managing director Sean Thomas said: “This is the first biogas project on this scale in the country.

“We wanted to draw on Anaergia’s international expertise in operational biogas plants and we were also buoyed by their local presence.”

He added: “We are thrilled to be able to tap into this expertise to help us achieve the highest safety and reliability standards at the Bronkhorstspruit plant.”

SA biogas shows promise

Anaergia CEO Dr Andrew Benedek said: “We believe that there are tremendous opportunities to convert organic waste into clean energy in Africa.

“We are especially pleased to be working with Bio2Watt, as it pioneers the conversion of agricultural waste streams into reliable renewable energy.”

[quote]According to the waste-to-energy company, with the country’s large livestock industry, there is proven commercial amounts of biogas, media reported.

Thomas added: “We are looking at establishing large industrial biogas plants on the periphery of large cities.

“We are also in discussion with industry for on-site co- and tri-generation, modelled on the way we work with BMW in South Africa.”

 

Featured image: EnviTec Biogas AG