A 25MW electricity-generation biomass project is to be erected at the company’s Ngodwana Mill in Mpumalanga, according to Sappi. The biomass will be sourced from local commercial forestry plantations.
“Project partners are Sappi Southern Africa, KC Africa and Fusion Energy. Broad-based participation [is] assured through the Ngodwana Energy Employees Trust and the Ngodwana Energy Community Trust which will each hold a 5% stake in the project,” said Sappi in a statement.
Energy from the biomass project will be fed into the national power grid from a point near the project’s location within Elands Valley, between Emgwenya and Mbombela.
“Sappi is pleased to be able to contribute to the increased availability of renewable energy in South Africa,” said Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel.