Sep 18, 2012
Western Cape restaurant used cooking oil turned into biodieselBack
Engineering|SECURITY|Western Cape|Africa|Culemborg Cargo|Diesel|Education|Envirodiesel|PROJECT|Security|Spur Corporation|Waste|Africa|South Africa|Security|Equipment|Food Chain|Food Security|Mining|Oil|Oil Going|Product|Security|Virgin Oil|Environmental|Joe Stead|John Dory|Michael Shuttleworth|Panarottis Pizza Pasta|Security|Spur Steak Ranches|Waste|BIOFUELS|Diesel
© Reuse this
Western Cape-based Envirodiesel produces about 20 000 l of biodiesel each month from oil collected from Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis Pizza Pasta and John Dory’s Fish & Grill restaurants in the province, owner Michael Shuttleworth said on Tuesday.
Production runs at a recovery rate of between 87% and 94%.
Envirodiesel’s principle of using only used cooking oil eradicated environmental concerns over the impact of biofuels production on food security. “We only manufacture biofuel from used cooking oil, no virgin oil is used. We do not infringe on the food chain,” he told Engineering News Online.
In addition to the benefit of being cleaner and providing better engine lubrication, Shuttleworth said biodiesel could also alleviate the pressure on the supply side of the local fuel sector. “If more biodiesel is used, more fossil diesel will be available for a longer period.”
But despite biodiesel being on average about R1/l cheaper than conventional diesel, he said it was unlikely to completely substitute conventional diesel in the long run.
“The European and American markets have a law against used cooking oil going back into any food chain; unfortunately South Africa does not have that law yet or the required level of education. Therefore, a lot of oil gets wasted - it goes back into animal feeds and people throw it down their drains,” Shuttleworth said.
“So, yes it [biodiesel] is sustainable, but will it replace fossil diesel? I doubt it.”
To date, the company has collected one-million litres of used oil in restaurant operator Spur Corporation’s oil recycling initiative that has been running for the past six years.
This has resulted in some 870 000 l of biodiesel having been produced, translating into a saving of 3.1-million kilograms of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions.
Shuttleworth said the biodiesel is sold to a mining company, as well as a fishing company which runs its vehicles on ‘small blends’, which refers to a fuel blend consisting of 90% conventional diesel and 10% of biodiesel.
Fuel is also sold to trucking company Culemborg Cargo, which uses a mostly biodiesel blend and consumed between 8 000 l/month and 10 000 l/month.
Spur Corporation group environmental manager Joe Stead said the biofuel methodology has taken long to be accepted by users, but that concerns were subsiding.
“Biofuel is a food waste product that does not take away from food security,” she noted.
Stead indicated that biofuel would have to be viewed as a long-term solution, as fossil fuels reserves would not last forever.
Although Spur Corporation had similar programmes running across the rest of the country, she said the Western Cape project was particularly successful.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Energy News
Updated 5 hours ago South Africa’s national oil company PetroSA produced 14% less refined product in 2013/14 than budgeted, owing to diminishing gas feedstock. The State-owned group also warned that that inadequate feedstock would remain a constraint on its future performance. The...
Updated 3 hours ago The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has outperformed its targets over the past financial year and contributed R3.1-billion to the gross domestic product in the 2013/14 financial year. CTICC CEO Julie-May Ellingson said the convention centre had been...
Updated 3 hours ago Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has released details of the remuneration of the chairpersons and nonexecutive directors of the various State-owned company boards falling under her Ministry. The remuneration figures, which are attached, are based on figures...
Updated 3 hours ago Installed wind power capacity could swell by 530% to 2,000 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, supplying up to 19% of global electricity, a report from a trade association and Greenpeace said on Tuesday. It said installed wind energy capacity totalled 318 GW at the end of last...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...