Construction on Bronkhorstspruit biogas plant to start in June

Idéle Esterhuizen | 16 Apr 2013 | Engineering News

Construction on the Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant (BBP) would start in June and be completed in the first quarter of next year, the project developer Bio 2 Watt says.

Founder Sean Thomas told Engineering News Online that the project, with an initial installed capacity of 3 MW, would reach financial close by the end of May and eventually ramp up to a 5 MW capacity.

He explained that the plant would make use of technology supplied by Danish company ComBigaS to generate energy through anaerobic digestion. Cattle manure will be the primary feedstock of the plant, with the rest consisting essentially of food waste.

Further, consulting engineering company Bosch Projects would provide engineering support for the project.

Thomas noted that the plant would be connected to State utility Eskom’s grid and the power sold to a large industrial offtaker in Pretoria.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) this week cancelled the public hearing on the project’s generation licence application, which was scheduled to take place on April 16.

This came as Nersa had received no comments or objections to the project and no members of the public had registered to present or attend the public hearing.

In October 2011, Bio 2 Watt submitted a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) carbon credit project description of BBP to the South African carbon credit authority, Designated National Authority (DNA) within the Department of Energy.

The following month, the DNA provided Bio 2 Watt with a letter of no objection, stating the project does not show conflict with the sustainability development criteria for CDM carbon credit projects.



SA’s businesses to turn to new emissions markets

Business Day Live 3 December 2012.

DOHA — South African businesses are soon likely to have access to a wider range of market mechanisms that can be used to trade “certifiable emission reductions” (CERs) with developed countries that want to offset their emission of greenhouse gases linked to climate change by funding clean development in non-industrialised regions.

Developing and approving new market mechanisms is part of the task that delegates from almost 200 nations have set themselves at the United Nations climate-change talks in Doha, Qatar, which end this weekend.

Africa and South Africa have up to now largely missed out on the developing world’s most commonly used market mechanism, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and access to the most established market for CDM credits closes to South African companies on December 31…

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Global carbon trading system has ‘essentially collapsed’

The Guardian 10 September 2012.

The world’s only global system of carbon trading, designed to give poor countries access to new green technologies, has “essentially collapsed”, jeopardising future flows of finance to the developing world.

Billions of dollars have been raised in the past seven years through theUnited Nations‘ system to set up greenhouse gas-cutting projects, such as windfarms and solar panels, in poor nations. But the failure of governments to provide firm guarantees to continue with the system beyond this year has raised serious concerns over whether it can survive…

Promethium launches initiative to consolidate carbon projects

Engineering News 7 June 2012.

Carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon has announced an initiative to consolidate carbon projects to eliminate the need to resubmit similar projects to the United Nations (UN) for validation.

The mechanism, known as a Programme of Activities (PoA), is based on writing the documentation and submitting it to the UN for verification once. When approved, similar projects can be included in the PoA programme and replicated under a single project umbrella.

The carbon credits are then pooled and sold collectively…

Carbon debate heats up

Times Live, Crispian Olver 5 June 2012.

Johannesburg hosted the last of the African consultations on the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the UN’s global carbon trading system.

Carbon markets have been in crisis this year, with the price of carbon offsets issued under the CDM reaching all-time lows.

CDM has also received bad press over the last year, primarily because the mechanism has funded large industrial gas projects in India and China with questionable emissions, reductions and limited benefits for sustainable development. As a consequence, the CDM executive board appointed a high level panel to investigate the impact of the CDM, and make recommendations about its future. The panel is chaired by Valli Moosa, South Africa’s former environment minister, who has roped me in to provide technical support to the work of the panel…


Omnia CDM project to receive over a million emission credits

Engineering News 26 March 2012.

Chemicals producer Omnia has been issued more than a million emission credits for the clean development mechanism (CDM) project at its nitric acid production facility, in Sasolburg.

The JSE-listed company reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions from the plant by 98%, after the incorporation of the EnviNOx technology in 2008…


Cloud over carbon trading

Mail and Guardian 20 March 2012.

Is the clean development mechanism working? Crispian Olver gives a view of a debate that is relevant in developed and developing countries.
Opinions are mixed about what actually happened at the COP17 global climate change conference in Durban late last year. In the run-up, we heard all kinds of hyperbole about the possible outcomes…