18 February 2016

South Africa Gets Its First Refuse-Derived Fuel Plant


Earlier this month, the very first processing plant was launched for Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) in South Africa. RDF has been used for some time abroad, and now that we've joined the party, the technical team operating the plant says our fuels are cleaner and of better quality than the equivalents being made in Europe. Although there is currently only one plant in operation locally, plans are underway to expand to four. For cash-strapped South Africans facing multiple price hikes and a long-term energy crisis, this could be good news. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.

Just over a fortnight ago, Interwaste - a JSE-listed South African waste management company - announced that it had launched South Africa's first Refuse-Derived Fuel plant. The plant, it said, aimed to reduce waste to landfill and pioneer general, industrial and municipal waste to alternative fuels, ensuring less reliance on South Africa's vital resources and resources that are carbon intensive.

The current plant, which is the first of four lines, is expected to see a minimum of 12,000 tonnes of waste converted to alternative fuel annually for use in the South African manufacturing sector, said Taki Simeli, spokesperson for the company. In future, as the project...

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