By Tony Carnie
Durban is raking in about R54-million a year by converting foul-smelling gases into electricity and selling "carbon credits", but residents are unlikely to see any drop in their rates or electricity bills.
Launching the second phase of the R100-million Bisasar Road gas-to-electricity project in Durban on Thursday, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the eThekwini Municipality hoped to raise about R4.5-million a month from a combination of electricity and carbon credit sales to a British emission trading company.
The scheme involves collecting methane gas from decomposing rubbish at the Bisasar Road landfill dump and burning it to produce electricity.
Peters said burning gas from the Bisasar Road and Mariannhill landfill sites would produce about 7.5 megawatts of electricity a month.