Angola: German group wants to turn garbage into energy

15 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 15 Jan – German group Branco Ferreira Management Services wants to find an Angolan partner to set up a unit in Angola to use garbage to produce energy, Adão Branco Ferreira told Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola.

“We have the funding, the technology and the know how. We are merely looking for a credible Angolan partner to start setting up the unit,” Ferreira said adding that the project was part of a German company specializing in the sector.

The project is expected to provide 150 direct jobs and around 250 indirect jobs, considering the people involved in garbage collection and separation. The minimum amount of garbage needed is 200,000 tons.

The newspaper added that the technology was already being used in Poland and this year was expected to arrive in China.

Studies carried out in Brazil, where the technology has been used for over a year,, showed that it was possible to produce 2.6 megawatts of power from 150 tons of garbage, depending on the quality of the garbage used.

In Luanda, the 2,500 tons of garbage produced every day could result in generation of 43 megawatts of energy, or 2.5 times the capacity of the Chicapa hydroelectric dam, in Lunda-Sul province, which supplies the city of Saurimo (4 MW) and the Catoca mine (12 MW). (macauhub)