Durban waste to electricity project receives global recognition

KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice has named six African infrastructure projects among the 100 most innovative global infrastructure projects that make cities liveable and sustainable. One of these is Durban’s waste to electricity project.

The six projects were the BRICS Cable Project in South Africa and Mauritius, the Djibouti Railway in Ethiopia, the Lagos Metro Blue Line in Nigeria, the Durban Waste to Energy Project in South Africa, the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Lesotho and the O3b Networks project being rolled out across the whole continent.

The projects showcased in the Infrastructure 100 are made up of approximately 20 projects selected by judging panels of industry experts from five regions of the world, namely Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Projects were then sorted into 10 project categories, including: Urban Mobility, Global Connectivity, Urban Regeneration, Education, Healthcare, Water, New and Extended Cities, Recycling and Waste Management, Urban Energy Infrastructure, and Communications Infrastructure.

Five regional judging panels assessed hundreds of submissions on the following criteria: feasibility, social impact, technical and/or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society.

South Africa’s Durban Waste to Energy Project was named in the Recycling and Waste Management category. It is a model for the continent, as it converts methane gas derived from household waste into electricity. Energy is transferred through the city’s existing grid, and supplies roughly 5,000 to 6,000 low-income households per day. It will generate money for Durban through the sale of electricity and carbon credits.

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