(Agence Ecofin) – In Nigeria, energy scarcity and optimal solid waste management are two major challenges at the national level. Capegate Investment decided to offer a beginning solution to both problems by generating electricity from plastic waste.
Capegate Investment Limited, a waste management company in Kano, announced yesterday that it plans to generate 150 megawatts of electricity from waste over five years for the state. Three months ago, the company signed a 20-year public-private partnership with the Kano government and took over waste management in the state.
According to Bello’s COO Abba Yakasai, the company will convert high-density waste into electricity. “We will turn high-density plastics (HDP) and tires into flammable oil. LDP plastic will be used for recycling “– he declared. In addition, Capegate Investment plans to use biodegradable waste in two ways. The waste will be burned to produce gas, which will then be used to make steel. This energy will also be used to rotate turbines, which will then generate electricity.
The company’s goal is to generate 10 MW of electricity from Kano waste by the end of next year. Capegate Investment hopes to generate 30 MW over the next few years, depending on the evolution of the waste type. “We hope to produce 150 MW at Kano in five years. We also plan to produce 2 MW of solar energy to power Kano streetlights. “– continued Bello Abba Yakasai.
According to him, the company employs more than 2,000 employees and has already accepted 200 new graduates. The recycling company aims to employ over 5,000 people in the long term.
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