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Call for fresh cogen hearings after lawmakers hear litany of concerns

The chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy has called for a fresh set of public hearings into the issue of cogeneration in South Africa after various frustrations and concerns were raised during hearings, which took place last week.

Cogeneration could include the generation of electricity from industrial waste heat and flue gases, plants that produce both heat and power and biomass sources, such as from waste produced in the sugar and forestry sectors.

Lawmakers were told that there was potential for South Africa to produce as much as 3 500 MW of electricity through the cogeneration of electricity from waste heat fuels.

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