City launches landfill gas-to-power project

The City of Cape Town’s Department of Solid Waste Management on Friday launched its gas extraction and flaring project at the Coastal Park landfill facility.

The process destroys the methane gas present in landfill waste. The gas is converted into carbon dioxide and water or is burned to produce electricity.

The City's Xanthea Limberg says the project will help offset carbon emissions, while also saving the municipality money.

Limberg explains that the electricity generated will be used to power a wastewater treatment plant and will help reduce the operating cost for bulk electricity purchases.

The project will soon operate at three separate landfill sites in the city, including the Vissershok South landfill and the Bellville South landfill.

Also read: The Science of Waste-to-Energy: Producing 5% of Cape Town's gas

R50 million has been invested in the poject, which Xanthea says will pay off in the long-term.

This project is the first of many. We are going to roll out the same project at two other landfill sites.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

The project is a great achievement.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Not only is the project allowing us to offset carbon emissions and destroy the harmful methane gas, it helps us convert that into power.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

This will have multiple financial cost-benefits for us.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

In the long run, it is definitely going to pay off.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Take a listen to the City official explain:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : City launches landfill gas-to-power project


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