- Ethiopia has reportedly built an energy plant which converts waste to electricity
- The country's largest rubbish dump was used as the site for the plant which is built to provide Ethiopians with 30% of their household electricity needs
- The project was made possible by the Ethiopian government in partnership with a consortium of international companies
As Nigeria battles with electricity problem and waste management challenges particularly in the cities, an African country has unveiled a waste-to-energy initiative worthy of emulation.
According to Face 2 Face Africa, the Ethiopian government is turning the country's largest rubbish dump named Koshe in Addis Ababa into a new waste-to-energy plant. The initiative is tagged the Reppie plant project.
The initiative described as the first of its kind in Africa has two major advantages. It will help address the hazards caused by the heaps of waste as well as provide another sustainable means of generating electricity.
The energy plant located on the rubbish dump which is said to be the size of 36 football pitches was expected to have started operation in January 2019.
Legit.ng cannot immediately verify whether the plant has commenced operation as the report states.
The plant is expected to incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day; about 80% of the city’s waste generation.
It is also built to provide Ethiopians with 30% of their household electricity needs.
The project was made possible by the Ethiopian government in partnership with a consortium of international companies.
In 2016, the Lagos state government announced that it was planning to convert waste from abattoirs into electricity.
Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwole Onasanya who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture said the state was planning to convert waste from abattoirs into electricity.
He said at a one day workshop on food safety in the Nigerian meat industry in Lagos.
The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in collaboration with the Animal Science Association of Nigeria.
He explained that new abattoirs may have biogas producing facilities which would disseminate cheap and relatively clean energy throughout the facilities.
He said this would also improve waste management at the abattoir.
Onasanya noted that managing waste was difficult but explained that the government is taking steps to improve sanitary control in slaughtering, processing and commercialisation of meat at Oko-Oba Abattoir in Agege to prevent food safety risks.
He said over 6000 cattle, 10,000 sheep and goat are slaughtered daily in Lagos and that there was one approved abattoir, eight approved slaughter slabs and more than 15 illegal slaughtering slabs including slaughtering facilities located within the military barracks.
Legit.ng cannot verify the current status of the project.
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