The Federal Government of Nigeria has opened discussion with a private investment group led by Strancton Limited to build the first-ever waste-to-power plant in Nigeria.
The discussions held with key government agencies like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministries of Power and Environment, as well as Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), in Abuja.
If plans sail through, the plant could become Africa’s second large scale waste-to-power plant, the first being that of New Horizons Energy in Athlone, Cape Town South Africa.
Speaking shortly after the discussion, the Chief Executive of Strancton, Edozie Njoku, stated that the plan was to convert Nigeria’s huge waste into power for economic development.
Edozie said the company’s research on Nigeria’s waste deposits indicate it would be sustainable to run a waste-to-power plant.
He stated that Nigeria, which generates a lot of waste would have to consider making the most of this. He said he made a presentation to the power ministry in 2016, and it was agreed that relevant stakeholders in the sector should converge to explore the potentials of waste-to-power plants in Nigeria.
According to him, the recent meeting was a follow up to the 2016 agreement and initiation of an advance action plans for the convergence of an international investment seminar on waste-to-power in Nigeria which is expected to hold in June 2017.
The seminar, he noted would bring investors and project contractors to further assess and invest in waste-to-power in Nigeria, while Strancton advances its project plans with its foreign development partners comprising Inter Engineering and Solventure GmbH (Ltd) of Germany.
Edozie, however, did not disclose the template for the plant, as well as its possible site, but said that modalities on these were being worked out.
“The raw materials – Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are everywhere in Nigeria. The technology we are deploying also produces fertilisers as waste product which is another value addition for us,” Edozie said, adding that a couple of government’s agencies have approached it for further discussion on deployment of standalone off-grid waste-to-power systems for them.
Cities in Nigeria face significant difficulties related to management, collection and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), and this is following their increasing sizes and population with poor infrastructure development.