Local firm, Ark Industries Namibia has signed a Public Private Partnership agreement with the Ondangwa Town Council for the construction of a 5MW power plant using Anearobic Digestion (AD)/Biomas and Combined Heat and Power Technology.
The company is planning to utilise the municipal sewer waste water mix with energy crops (that it will grow) to generate electricity using the AD technology.
Ark Industries Namibia is in the process of applying for the Independent Power Producing License with ECB and is also negotiating terms with NORED.
Using this advanced waste/biomass-to-energy conversion technology, the power generated should be available more predictably and consistently for 24 hours unlike solar or wind forms of renewable energy.
The project is expected to cost around N$300 million and may generate at least 50 temporary and 27 permanent jobs during the operation period.
“This project marks the pivot for Namibia into the new sustainable power generation age. We applaud the Ondangwa Town Council for entering into a PPP project that may not only bring more modern energy generation technology to the country, but also contribute to job creation, technology transfer, and more importantly, environmental enhancement for the Ondangwa town,” Ark Industries Managing Director, Iyaloo Nangolo, said last week during the launch in Ondangwa.
Explaining how the project operates, Nangolo said Anearobic Digestion (AD) is a series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. One of the end products is biogas, which is combusted to generate electricity and heat, or can be processed into renewable natural gas and transportation fuels.
Unlike fossil fuels, biogas from AD is permanently renewable, as it is produced from readily and consistently available biomass.
“Biogas from AD will not only improve the energy balance of a country, but also make an important contribution to the preservation of the natural resources and to environmental protection,” Nangolo said.
He said the benefits of the project include reduced greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation of global warming.
The other benefits can include reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels and contributing to Namibia’s energy and environmental targets.
“With this project Namibia stands to join other developed and developing countries in saving the planet from harmful greenhouse gases,” Nangolo said.
The ore, according to the documents, will be exported through the port of Walvis Bay, approximately 400 km west of the mine.