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Barloworld Power has been awarded a contract by Bosch Projects to supply equipment for a 4MW biogas-to-power project that is being built near Bronkhorspruit, 78km north-east of Boksburg.
The Bronkhorspruit Biogas Power Plant is an independent power producer (IPP) being developed by Bio2Watt, which has a contract for the purchase of waste from Beefcor, a cattle feedlot in Boschkop, Bronkhorstspruit. Approximately 40 000 tonnes per annum of cattle manure will be the primary waste-stream feeding two anaerobic digesters that will produce the biogas for a combined heat and power application using Cat internal combustion gas generator sets.
The project has attracted significant co-funding from the Industrial Development Corporation and other foreign and domestic investors. An industrial manufacturer in Pretoria will be the end-user of the electricity via a power purchasing agreement (PPA). Given South Africa’s power crisis, engine-based technology for power plants has been selected with various fuel gas applications for export to the national grid as part of renewable and clean energy alternatives.
Barloworld Power will supply four 1MW Cat CG170-12 generator sets to be sourced from Caterpillar Energy Solutions in Mannheim, as well as site supervision for the relevant scoping and commissioning. This contract was finalised after 18 months of focused teamwork within Barloworld Power’s Electric Power division.