Kibo extends power purchase agreement on its energy-from-plastic project to 20 years

JSE-outlined Kibo Vitality has extended its conditional 10-yr choose-or-pay power order agreement (PPA) for a 2.7 megawatt (MW) plastic-to-syngas power plant in Gauteng, to 20 decades.

Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee notes that the eco-friendly electrical power improvement company was nevertheless conducting its specialized optimisation of the plant when it signed the original 10-12 months settlement in February.

“We’ve subsequently noticed that we are ready to optimise it to a level exactly where the economics of it become more desirable for equally us and the customer,” he suggests, adding that with balance and transparency on value projections it made more perception to go into a more time-term agreement.

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Kibo will fund the power plant, developed for an industrial business park developer, with a beginning amount of money of a lot more than R11 million as an fairness personal loan.

The project is one of 7 waste-to-power initiatives to be created at distinct locations beneath Kibo’s joint undertaking – regarded as Sustineri Electricity – with Industrial Environmentally friendly Vitality Remedies.

In whole, the ability vegetation are anticipated to deliver much more than 50MW of electrical energy for industrial people in South Africa.

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Coetzee states prospective financial debt and undertaking funders had currently shown “significant interest” prior to the time period extension. He thinks the extension “will make the already advanced system of securing personal debt and project funding appreciably smoother and quicker”.

Coetzee signifies that the corporation is hoping to access its fiscal near on the project in direction of the conclude of 2022, which should really see the very first commercial creation about 14 months from then.

The enterprise suggests the project will use domestically-equipped pyrolysis technological innovation to convert non-recyclable plastics to syngas for the generation of power. Syngas will be saved on site and fed into gasoline engines to additional create electrical electric power.

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“In the procedure of converting plastic into electrical power, warmth is created as a by-solution, which can be employed for basic heating functions in a variety of producing procedures – specially in food items production,” claims Coetzee. “The steam from the heat can also be made use of in the course of these procedures.”

Kibo states the 1st venture, which is the most sophisticated in the portfolio, will involve the improvement, development and operation of an 8MW baseload waste-to-energy technology facility.


It notes that a gas feedstock provide arrangement has been signed with a squander administration operator for 100% of the project’s gasoline necessity, with the intention of working from a nine- to 12-thirty day period stockpile.

Kibo suggests the land acquisition and waste licensing is total, although the air emissions licence for the job is awaiting grid approval.

“The technology capability of this plant is totally scalable,” states Coetzee.

“In principle there are no restrictions, but in reality you have to have sufficient feedstock – the plastic – which is the largest constraint.

“Although it may perhaps seem as if there is an endless offer of plastic all over us, that is not normally the case.”

Coetzee says utilizing plastics that can’t be disposed, recycled or dumped in landfill parts is an option that can make makers more self-reliant in conditions of their electrical power needs.

“Our major contribution with this undertaking is the capacity to stabilise our economic climate by operating on a reliable, inexpensive and sustainable power offer due to the fact obtaining a regular provide of energy is a main enabler of the financial state,” he adds.


Nondumiso Lehutso is a Moneyweb intern.