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Black & Veatch picked for South African waste-to-energy scheme

3 Aug 16 A South African developer of renewable energy has appointed Black & Veatch to provide technical assistance for the country’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant.

MBHE African Power’s new energy plant will be located in the Drakenstein Municipality, near Wellington in the Western Cape.

The plant will use both wet organic matter to produce biogas and the dry fraction of locally available municipal waste to provide clean burning natural gas energy region. It will contribute 10MW to the nation's power grid – enough to power more than 10,000 South African homes. “This landmark project will play a critical role in boosting power supply and available electricity to households,” said Webb Meko, managing director at Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa.

Black & Veatch will serve as owner’s engineer to provide fuel characterisation, front-end engineering and design and tender support for the engineering, procurement and construction, operations and maintenance contracts.

In addition to providing a renewable energy resource, the waste management project will help address limited landfill availability by diverting up to 500t of municipal waste per day from landfill to the new plant, reducing the waste volume by 90%.

“Partnering with MBHE on this project will help address an increasingly critical waste management challenge facing the community,” said Karen Daniel, chief financial officer and executive leader of Black & Veatch’s Sub-Saharan Africa growth initiative. “The completed project will address this issue while also providing a sustainable energy solution to meet growing electricity demand.”

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