In East Africa, a UK-based waste-to-energy company, Cambridge Industries, announced this week that it will start to generate power from its landfill-to-enegy project in Ethiopia in the next seven months.
The company has been involved in transforming a landfill in Addis Ababa to a power plant, which is expected to generate 50MW of electricity.
Landfill-to-energy project – 75% complete
The managing director of Cambridge Industries in Ethiopia, Samuel Z. Alemayehu, confirmed to local media that the $120 million waste-to-energy project has currently reached 75% completion level and is expected to begin operations by 2016.
Alemayehu stated that the project is estimated to produce 1.5 million kilograms of waste daily in the Repi landfill, located around Ayer Tena area, west of the capital town, according to The Reporter.
Additionally, the project will convert some 500 million kilograms of waste into ash annually, which in turn will be used to manufacture interlocked bricks.
Balancing annual carbon emissions
According to The Reporter, one kilogram of waste daily gathers on the streets in Addis Ababa, which could reportedly generate 20% of the power that can be produced from one litre of diesel oil.
Therefore, 1.4 million kilogram of processed waste would generate power equivalent to 380 thousand litres of diesel oil.
The landfill project will be responsible for collecting 10 million kilograms of scrap metals out of the waste.
Alemayehu said that the new facility also has the potential to offset annual carbon emissions of 1.5 million tons, which will reciprocally enable the country to generate revenues between $15 and 30 million from carbon trade.
He further revealed that turbines, turbine generators, boilers, and fluid gas treatment systems are on the way to be shipped into the project site.
He added that equipment and machinery need to be modified in line with the nature of the waste disposal in the capital.