Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fez Biogas to Light the City

Soon the street lights of Fez will be powered by electricity from an new environmentally friendly biogas plant

The Minister for the Environment, Hakima El Haite, will tomorrow inaugurate the new Fez biogas power plant built to utilise the domestic waste discharge in the city. The project that will light the spiritual capital's streets was set up as part of a national programme to deal with household waste management.

Minister Hakima El Haite
It is hoped the project will partly solve local environmental problems, including those related to vegetable oil mills and pottery kilns.

At present Fez produces 800 tons of municipal waste every day. The new plant is equipped with an enclosed flare and a capacity of 2,000 m3/h and a one megawatt generator. Hopefully, the plant should be an example for other cities of the kingdom.

This is one of Minister Hakima El Haite's pet projects as she has a long standing interest in the area, having worked as an expert for the World Bank in charge of the monitoring waste projects for the MENA Regional Project for Solid Waste Management in Mashreq and the Maghreb-METAP Project. She holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne (France) and a Diploma in Political Communication, University of Washington (Washington DC).

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