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South Africa: Energy Committee Welcomes Government-Private Sector Partnerships
Source: Issued by: Parliament of South Africa
Source Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 27, 2013

The SACC co–generation project is valued at R105 million is financed by IDC. The project generates electricity from waste gas (which is carbon monoxide). The results are that the project produced 8MW of electricity, which equates to 20% savings of the SACC’s electricity consumption and 10% of Newcastle Municipality electricity generation. SACC uses 50% electricity that is generated by the municipality.
Another feature of the co-generation plant is that it is currently being registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a clean development mechanism initiative as it will save 35 000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. As a result of the briefing, the Committee has decided to hold public hearings on co-generation in the third term (of Parliament).
The Committee also expressed interest in what incentives the government has for similar initiatives because experts claim that 3500MW of electricity can be generated through co-generation of electricity from waste heat fuel thus making the relevant industry more efficient in reducing electricity costs.
For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:
Yoliswa Landu, Parliamentary Communication Services
Tel: 021 403 8203
Cell: 073 738 0182
E-mail: ylandu@parliament.gov.za
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