The Hygiène et salubrité du Cameroun (Hysacam), an African multinational cleanliness company, reports that it has started three electricity production projects that have no equivalent in sub-Saharan Africa.
The first project called “Landfill Gas and Use” is located at the landfill of Nkolfoulou, a suburb of Yaoundé. The idea is to build a power plant that will operate on the gas generated by the 360,000 tonnes of waste that is dumped there every year.
Until now, the gas from the landfill was captured and burned in a flare. “ The various administrative reforms of the energy sector in Cameroon make it possible to envisage another way out for this landfill gas: the production of electricity, ” explains Hysacam. At the end of the process, this plant, with an installed capacity estimated at 10 MW, will connect on average 580,000 households in Yaoundé and its surroundings.
The second gasification project is located in Douala at PK 10. It is built on the same model as the “Landfill Gas and Use” project in Yaoundé-Nkolfoulou. Its capacity is estimated at 60 MW.
Finally, the Biomethanization Project in the West Cameroon region, with a capacity of 2 MW, is based on a proven technique according to which the biodegradable material is extracted from household waste to integrate a controlled process anaerobic digestion in tanks called oligoteurs.
“The degraded matter will produce combustible gas, the most preponderant of which, methane (CH4), will be used in a heat engine coupled to an alternator to produce electricity, ” explains Hysacam.
However, the company does not indicate where it is with these projects.
Source: Agence Ecofin