In 2007 Exxaro’s leadership decided to deal with energy in its broadest context, including shortages, rising costs, climate change, and environmental concerns. One of Exxaro’s initiatives has come to fruition in the commissioning of the Namakwa Sands Co-generation Plant in December 2013. Board approval was obtained in 2011 for the construction of the 13MW co-generation power plant at the Namakwa Sands operation. Construction began in June 2012, while the ownership and operation was handed over to Tronox Limited, in which Exxaro has a 44,4% equity interest, following the broader deal between Exxaro and Tronox. Design capacity is 1.7MW per Jenbacher gas-engine, while up to 2MW per engine is expected. Target output for the plant is 6GWh per month, and 70GWh per annum.

The overall objective of this project is to minimise energy waste, thus increasing energy efficiency. The carbon footprint of electricity from this co-generation source is virtually zero and is one of the first co-generation projects to qualify under the Clean Development Mechanism project under the Kyoto protocol.

Key Speakers

Peter Haley, Senior Electrical Engineer, Tronox Namakwa Sands

Peter Haley is a Senior Electrical Engineer at Tronox Namakwa Sands.

He holds a B.Sc Electrical Engineering degree from UCT, and a Government Certificate of Competency (Factories). He is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng) and a registered Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

He has over 25 years experience in process automation and electrical engineering in both projects and operations. His portfolio at Tronox Namakwa Sands has included energy reporting and management for a number of years, and he was involved in the feasibility studies for the cogeneration project before taking the role as client manager for the project implementation.

In 2007 Exxaro’s leadership decided to deal with energy in its broadest context, including shortages, rising costs, climate change, and environmental concerns. One of Exxaro’s initiatives has come to fruition in the commissioning of the Namakwa Sands Co-generation Plant in December 2013. Board approval was obtained in 2011 for the construction of the 13MW co-generation power plant at the Namakwa Sands operation. Construction began in June 2012, while the ownership and operation was handed over to Tronox Limited, in which Exxaro has a 44,4% equity interest, following the broader deal between Exxaro and Tronox. Design capacity is 1.7MW per Jenbacher gas-engine, while up to 2MW per engine is expected. Target output for the plant is 6GWh per month, and 70GWh per annum.

The overall objective of this project is to minimise energy waste, thus increasing energy efficiency. The carbon footprint of electricity from this co-generation source is virtually zero and is one of the first co-generation projects to qualify under the Clean Development Mechanism project under the Kyoto protocol.

Key Speakers

Peter Haley is a Senior Electrical Engineer at Tronox Namakwa Sands.

He holds a B.Sc Electrical Engineering degree from UCT, and a Government Certificate of Competency (Factories). He is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng) and a registered Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

He has over 25 years experience in process automation and electrical engineering in both projects and operations. His portfolio at Tronox Namakwa Sands has included energy reporting and management for a number of years, and he was involved in the feasibility studies for the cogeneration project before taking the role as client manager for the project implementation.