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City of Cape Town introduces plastic-to-oil project.

The plant will be able to convert 500kg of plastic into an estimated 500 litres of heating oil daily. The plant will be able to convert 500kg of plastic into an estimated 500 litres of heating oil daily.

The City of Cape Town has implemented a pilot plant in Cape Town focusing on converting plastic into oil.

This innovative project was recently signed into agreement with a Japanese conglomerate to establish a preliminary plant in Cape Town.

The city said that the development and testing of the conversion plant at the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management facility holds "special significance." The facility is a World Design Capital 2014 project, forming part of Cape Town’s efforts "to transform lives through design."

The plant will be able to convert 500kg of plastic into an estimated 500 litres of heating oil daily. Some of the oil will be used to power generators, while the rest will be available for sale as heating oil in industrial processes. This according to Business Day.

The Japanese conglomerate consists of the Japanese firms CFP and Kanemiya; and the Japan International Co-operation Agency. This first-ever project for Cape Town will be made possible through a Japanese government grant of R10m.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for utility services, reported that "The (plastics-to-oil plant) pilot project, if successful, will attract investment that generates economic growth and job creation, ensuring infrastructure-led economic development."

The experimental project will run for six months, after which it will be evaluated. A decision will then be made on the sustainability and affordability of the pyrolysis technology — a higher-end waste-to-energy technology used for waste minimisation. Upon closure of the test phase, the pilot plant will become the property of the city.


By: Kristy Jooste

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