The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is calling for projects on energy from waste for cities in the member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Public and private stakeholders interested in the call for expressions of interest have until August 28, 2020 to submit their projects.
According to the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in West Africa, municipalities with the task of keeping cities clean face many challenges in collecting, transporting and disposing of waste, which is either incinerated in open (and often indiscriminate) landfills or left in the open without any appropriate management system. This can be a source of groundwater contamination/pollution, methane emissions, attraction of flies and mosquitoes that can transmit diseases to people living near landfills.
Created under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the ECREEE wants to contribute to solving waste management problems in West African cities. This is why the centre is launching a call for expressions of interest for municipal waste-to-energy projects. In concrete terms, these are public promoters of PPP (public-private partnership) projects or public projects; mainly municipalities with the involvement of the ministry responsible for Energy and the ministry responsible for Public Health according to the institutional frameworks of the countries.
Private project proponents with municipal waste management agreements may also apply to the ECREEE call for expressions of interest before August 28, 2020. Their projects may consist of the direct combustion of waste to generate steam in boilers for electricity production, the use of gasification/pyrolytic furnaces to generate steam in boilers for electricity generation.
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) initiative also covers the use of landfill gas and biogas from biodigesters from sorted vegetative waste. The gas can be used for electricity generation or otherwise. At least six projects will be selected under this initiative. Their promoters will receive technical assistance from a consultancy firm. The firm hired by the ECREEE “will carry out a pre-feasibility or feasibility study if necessary”.
For more information on the call for proposals, click here.
Jean Marie Takouleu