GE’S Jenbacher Gen-Sets to Power Methane Plants in South Africa

South Africa’s first landfill methane gas-to energy projects, powered by GE Energy’s Jenbacher generator sets, will be commissioned at two sites near the city of Durban on the country’s east coast in early 2007.

The plants are in the municipal region of eThekwini, which in Zulu means “in the place of the bay.” The plants, at the La Mercy and Mariannhill landfills, will serve as renewable energy reference projects, providing much-needed electricity to the municipal grid. Meanwhile, funds from the sale of carbon credits — which was the key to making the project economically viable –also will be used in part for community upgrades. For the La Mercy and Mariannhill power plants, GE supplied two containerized gen-sets to the projects’ contractor, Envitech Solutions (Pty) Ltd of Benoni, South Africa. “GE Energy is honored to provide the gas engine equipment for South Africa’s inaugural landfill energy projects and to support the country’s strong commitment to expanding the production and use of renewable energy,” said Prady Iyyanki, CEO of GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine business.

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