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UK company secures landfill energy deal

UK-based renewable energy firm Ener-g has announced plans for a major sustainable energy project in South Africa designed to generate green electricity from landfill gases.

The company said that it has inked a partnership with South African firm Energy Systems and will begin work on the £1.6m project at Pietermaritzburg, near Durban this February following a public consultation process.

The project is the third such initiative to be undertaken in South Africa and will see harmful landfill gases such as methane captured and used to power an internal spark ignition engine.

Ener-g said the generator would have a capacity of two to three megawatts and would provide power for up to 1,900 households.

Dave Cornish, general manager of Ener-g Systems, the joint venture company formed by Ener-g and Energy Systems to manage the project, said that the technology would also improve air quality for local residents.

"The extraction of methane will dramatically reduce the potential of fires and odours on the site, because there will be active gas management," he explained. "Also, with the extraction of landfill gas, the smelly gas - hydrogen sulphide - is not released because it is captured along with the landfill gas."

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