Posted on: March 30, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

South Africa. The first pilot plant for capturing and storing emissions is expected to be built by 2020 in South Africa which is the largest carbon dioxide emitter in Africa.

South Africa which is often commended for actively fighting climate change among developing countries, has set targets to cap emissions by between 2020 and 2025, and to reduce emissions by 2050.

One of the methods identified to lessen South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions is carbon capture storage.

Buyelwa Sonjica, Minerals and Energy Minister, reported that funds would be made available by government to ensure that the pilot plant is realised, coupled with support from the industry and the international community.

The South African National Research Institute (SANERI) is a government led agency in charge of the carbon capture storage center that will drive research and progress in carbon capture storage.

Acting Chief Executive of the South African National Research Institute (SANERI) Tony Surridge reported that the 25 million rand that had been secured for running the center for the next five years would not be enough to build the plant or do the test injection; the money would however be adequate to get the plant up and running and complete the capacity building component.

Source: miningmx