Cape Dairy Biogas Plant (Pty) Ltd
In the wake of its success with the first South African biogas project in Bronkhorstspruit, Bio2Watt will build, own and operate a second commercial biogas project in the country. Situated in Malmesbury in the Western Cape, the project is housed in a special purpose vehicle – the Cape Dairy Project (Pty) Ltd.
The Cape Dairy Biogas Project is located on one of SA’s biggest dairy farms, Vyvlei Dairy farm owned by Morester, with its principal business being the supply of milk to Clover from an estimated 7,000 dairy cows permanently residing on the farm. The project makes use of considerable quantities of slurry manure with a mix of other waste streams available within the surrounding region. The location provides the plant with proximity to key fuel supplies, grid access and sufficient water from water collection dams, boreholes and small streams.
Pre-feasibility commenced late in 2010 with the signing of an exclusivity agreement with the farm owner and the start of an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”). It has been submitted to the Renewable Energy IPP program under the Expedited RFP 11 November. As the plant is fully licensed, should the project be announced preferred bidder, the construction will start in April 2016.
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