NBL harvests invader bush for biomass boiler

28 Jul 2016 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) will next month for the first time harvest invader bush at Farm Teufelsbach near Okahandja to fuel the company’s biomass boiler.
The country's biggest brewery invested N.dollars 50 million in a biomass boiler at its Windhoek production plant. The boiler, which was imported from Austria, will allow the brewery to replace 80 per cent of the 3 600 tonnes of heavy fuel currently being used per year with wood chips available in abundance in Namibia.
Invader bush, if used as a source of biomass energy, can provide electricity.
In an invitation to the viewing of the harvesting slated for 10 August on the farm, the company noted that it will be the first of its kind for Namibia and plays a very important role in the company’s processing of products.
“NBL has installed Namibia’s first biomass boiler which will make use of invader bush as opposed to heavy fuel oil to generate energy. This investment is significant as it reduces the company’s carbon footprint and takes Namibia a step closer to the provision of sustainable energy solutions. At the same time, it also reduces bush encroachment which presents a significant problem to agricultural activity in Namibia with more than 26 million hectares of land being affected by invader bush.”
The company announced earlier this year that the acquiring of the boiler is in line with the Ohlthaver and List Group's strategy to move towards renewable energy and to continue finding solutions that are more environmentally friendly and enhance sustainability. Breweries use boilers for various reasons but primarily for steam heating and to sanitise equipment and bottles.
Wood harvesting will be done by an O&L subsidiary, Organic Energy Solutions. The project started last June.