More biogas production registered

October 30th, 2013, Published in Articles: Energize

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has announced that it has approved the registration of six biogas production operations at Izimpongo Village, Melmoth, and Mgwabi Village at Eshowe in rural KwaZulu-Natal. This brings the total number of  gas production operations which have been registered by NERSA to 38 since 2011. Section 28 of the Gas Act of 2001 requires owners of operations involved in the production, importation and transmission of gas for their own exclusive use and small biogas projects not connected to the national gas pipeline grid to register such operations with NERSA. These operations are not required to be licensed, but must be registered with the regulator. The six operations in KwaZulu-Natal come shortly after the registration of 21 similar biogas production operations in Limpopo, and one in Pretoria, in July 2013. The recently registered operations produce biogas from cow dung, pig manure, kitchen waste and agricultural residues through anaerobic digestion. This technology enables people to produce their own energy for cooking, lighting, heating, and to produce their own electricity.

Contact Charles Hlebela, NERSA, Tel 012 401-4600,

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