Ngodwana Energy Project gets the notice to proceed
ELB GROUP LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration number 1930/002553/06)
JSE Code: ELR
(“ELB” or “the Company”)
NGODWANA ENERGY PROJECT GETS THE NOTICE TO PROCEED
ELB is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, ELB Engineering Services Proprietary
Limited (“Engineering Services”), together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received
the notice to proceed with the build of a 25MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy
following the successful bid in terms of the South African Government’s renewable energy
independent power producer programme.
Engineering Services, together with KC Cottrell, will design, procure, construct and
commission a wood-chip biomass power plant at Sappi’s Ngodwana Mill in Mpumalanga.
The project will use biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste
material from the mill production process. The power plant will burn up to 35 tons per hour of
biomass in a boiler in order to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity,
which will be fed into the grid.
The project is expected to generate in excess of 2500 man-months of employment for South
African citizens during the project phase, whilst the biomass recovery process lends itself to
sustainable job creation and skills development over the life of the plant. The project is also
expected to make a meaningful contribution to the South African economy through the
significant level of local procurement required.
The plant design, specification and application is unique to biomass power producers and
entities within the timber industry and represents an exciting opportunity for Engineering
Services to deliver what ELB believes will become a reference biomass power plant for
The project is expected to take up to twenty-seven months to complete. Engineering
Services looks forward to working with its project partners and to the successful undertaking
of such a renewable power project in South Africa.
16 April 2018
Questco Corporate Advisory Proprietary Limited
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