The Mmamabula Energy Project is anticipated to be the first major coal-fired power station in Africa to meet best practice environmental standards�- the Equator Principles.� These principals are a voluntary set of guidelines based on the IFC�s* environmental and social standards, which are considered to be the highest standards for projects in developing countries.
Some of the environmental best practices that the Mmamabula Energy Project will implement include:
Water conservation:� In this arid region where water is a valued resource, air rather than water will be used to cool the power station. This will result�in the project using six times less water. In addition, all wastewater will be recycled.
Air quality: �The MEP will meet the IFC�s new more stringent air quality standards. By partially washing the coal and installing a state-of-the-art flue gas desulphurization system in the power station, sulphur-related emissions will be significantly reduced.� The power station has been carefully designed to reduce all other airborne emissions.
Carbon capture and storage ready:� Along with designing�the MEP to be carbon capture and storage ready to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, CIC Energy has commissioned what is believed to be the first feasibility studies on potential carbon storage sites in Botswana. Also supercritical boilers�will be used in the power station to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CIC Energy, together with independent environmental consultants has conducted a comprehensive Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) of the MEP. The process included extensive stakeholder consultation with over 2,000 people directly involved in local communities, government and other areas.��
*The IFC is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.