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Ohorongo Cement partners with Rent-A-Drum to use RDF

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Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon. Pohamba Shifeta, has inaugurated the country’s first Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) processing plant at Rent-A-Drum.

The waste management company’s newest plant was constructed following an agreement with Ohorongo Cement, in 2016, for the supply and delivery of non-recyclable material for use during the cement manufacturing process.

About 12 000 tpy of non-recyclable material will be collected by Rent-A-Drum and used at Ohorongo Cement’s plant, along with other alternative fuels, to fire the kiln.

Hon. Shifeta praised the two companies for their initiative to create much needed employment opportunities, while also ensuring a cleaner and safer environment.

“Your determination will ensure that our ecological process and systems are protected from pollution and contamination by waste. This will also promote the Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring that the current and future generations enjoy a clean natural environment,” said Hon. Shifeta.

“It is imperative that we have to effectively implement and enforce this Act in line with NDPs, Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan as we continue with our economic growth and development. The Act also contains provisions which promote the reduction, re-use and recycling of waste, famously known as the 3Rs,” he said. Gys Louw, CEO of Rent-A-Drum said: “It is with great appreciation to Ohorongo Cement that the RDF plant became a reality. The RDF can ensure that less waste is sent to landfills, while at the same time creating employment, and has tremendous benefits for the environment.”

“The usage of alternative fuels was already considered during the planning phases of the plant, and that is why technical equipment including the filtering system have been installed in the plant’s mechanism,” said Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement.

Ohorongo Cement aims at replacing up to 80% of the imported coal with alternative fuels by 2019.

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