The factory is expected to be operational in July 2021

Coega Biomass Centre is an existing pellet plant situated in the Special Economic Zone, in Coega, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and 7 km from the deep-sea port facility in Coega. It is capable of processing 180.000 tons of wet biomass and outputting 120.000 ton pellets per annum. The plant has been in care and maintenance by the DTI since 2014, after a 4 years of operation.

The partners will undertake a full refurbishment of the mothballed factory. The factory is expected to be operational in July 2021, with full capacity – 120,000 tons annually – being reached before the end of 2021.

Goals

  • Recommission the white wood pellet facility in 9 months
  • Supply into export markets
  • Diversify into local markets (i.e. electricity, steam and cooking stove market)
  • Demonstrate a feasible biomass model in South Africa

When operational, Coega Biomass Centre will provide about 100 jobs directly with another 200 jobs indirectly, related to the collection, pre-processing and transportation of biomass residues.