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Key Service Facilities
for Tenants

  • Solid-waste Management: Municipal type solid-waste generated within the LEIP will be collected at a nominal fee and sent to the Coal Gasifier in the CTL plant as biomass feedstock and blended with coal, to produce a high value syngas. Hazardous waste such as dehydrated chemical sludge/cake waste as well as any other solid hazardous and radioactive waste will be removed to the Plasma Waste Gasification Plant (PWGP) for vaporisation at extremely high temperatures, with virtually zero emissions to be treated. Even Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Nuclear Waste generated by national laboratories, industrial research facilities, educational and medical institutions, electrical power utilities, medical diagnostics facilities and various manufacturing processes can also be vaporised in the PWGP. The LEIP solid-waste management system will render the LEIP one of the world’s first zero solid-waste eco-industrial parks. The vitrified slag that is a product of the gasification process will be used in construction and concrete materials, thereby converting solid-waste material into valuable resources.
     

  • Bulk Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment: The LEIP will abstract 20 million m3 per annum bulk water supply from the Limpopo River, to be stored in two man-made earth dams, from where the water is distributed to all tenants located within and neighbouring the LEIP. The tenant’s waste water will be collected and sent back to the LEIP treatment facilities in a closed loop system. The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) will be designed to enhance the eco-industrial aspect of the LEIP, through the use of wetlands and filtration ponds distributed strategically along existing riverbeds and water courses. Solids that are filtered and dehydrated from waste water will be dried and sent as waste to the PWGP to be gasified with other hazardous materials.
     

  • Power Generation and Distribution: The LEIP will install 1 MW base load Fuel Cells at start of construction in 2017. Additional 50 MW power to be used specifically for start-up only of heavy industrial plants will be provided from a boiler, as the LEIP customer base expands and power requirements in the LEIP increases. Furthermore, a 200 MW power plant will be built by the LEIP utilising Naphtha, which is a product of the CTL plant, as primary fuel. Once the major heavy industrial plants come online, the LEIP will also purchase approximately 30 MW electricity from the CTL plant, to sell and redistribute to its tenants as well as to the Musina Municipality and other neighbouring users, thereby rendering the entire LEIP energy positive. The LEIP may therefore also export power to the Musina Municipality and nearby industries, if required.
     

  • Carbon Capture and Utilisation: CO2 will be captured and piped from the gasification island and from the CTL project to the Nitrogen Complex plant as feedstock. Depending on the availability and price of carbon credits, coupled with the South African government’s plans to implement a carbon tax, the LEIP may decide in future to build a methanol plant that will convert the CO2 into methanol, and the methanol would be used to produce Formalin for the market and for the production of formalin-urea resin. Thus, the carbon footprint of the LEIP would be further reduced and an atmospheric pollutant and contributor to climate change will be converted into a valuable resource.

     

Other key components of the LEIP include:
 

  • A SMME Business Incubation Centre to facilitate both the ideas and the opportunities for new businesses to start-up and operate within the park. The incubation centre will provide support to entrepreneurs, as well as office space and facilities within the LEIP.
     

  • An independently run Eco-Tourism Nature Park, the extent of which can only be determined during the the 2-year construction phase, when the residual impacts will be quantified using a carbon balance accounting tool. The nature park will incorporate approximately 80 chalets, most of which will be sold to the business owners within the LEIP. The approximately 4 500 hectares nature park area serves to offset any unavoidable environmental impacts associated with
    the LEIP.
     

  • EIS will implement a comprehensive Skills Development Programme for local inhabitants in and around the Musina area. The programme will focus on developing artisans as well as other skilled and semi-skilled workers for businesses in the LEIP. In addition, the LEIP will provide 3D computer based simulation facilities for training of factory operators, maintenance staff and
    plant managers.
     

  • A Research and Development Industrial Ecology Faculty will be provided for postgraduate students, where engineering and natural science graduates will be required to work together on their research. The faculty will spearhead innovation and challenge students to devise theories and develop practical solutions for the industrial-environmental challenges facing humanity today and in future.
     

  • LEIP will develop the Musina Eco-Housing Estate for managers and workers consisting of at least 3,500 units, as well as the Singelele Eco-Housing Equestrian Estate for executives and workers, consisting of at least 800 units. Many of the Musina Eco-Housing Estate units will initially be built for the temporary accommodation of construction workers. The LEIP will supply the housing facility with power; water, communal infrastructure maintenance and waste management services.
     

  • Green Star: The Green Building Council of South Africa Green Star Rating Tools will be applied to administration and industrial buildings, thereby ensuring energy efficiency and other forms of sustainability within the buildings.
     

  • Incorporation and preservation of sensitive environmental aspects thereby integrating the physical environment with an industrial development.

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