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Energy footprint and energy savings potential study for heavy industry in South Africa

Client: Aveng EPC (project lead) for the Department of Energy

Period: December 2013 – July 2015

Project leader: Richard Larmour

Project team: Richard Larmour, Andrew Hibberd, Bryce McCall, Adrian Stone, Alison Hughes

This project, initiated by the Department of Energy, will focus on the four heavy industry sectors in South Africa with the highest energy intensities.  These are: iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, non-metallic minerals, and chemicals.

The study consists of three main sub-studies:

  • An energy footprint study reporting on the energy flow and usage of a facility, enabling the evaluation of various energy consumption reduction interventions.
  • An energy savings potential study reporting on the energy savings potential within a particular industry, outlining the analysis of current installed capacity of energy consuming technologies against best available technology internationally.
  • Development of technology improvement cost curves indicating cost of saving one unit of energy due to either retrofitting or replacing existing technology.

The study will determine future targets from 2015 to 2030 which will be in line with the national development plan and the national climate change response white paper and will include clear implementation plan guidelines within each of the key sectors of heavy industry.

This project (which includes the involvement of members of other groups within ERC) is being undertaken in collaboration with Aveng EPC engineering consultants who are the project lead.