Path to South African markets business trip

Clean water
South Africa

Join Cleantech Finland and waste to energy (W2E) growth programs on a trip to Cape Town and Pretoria/Johannesburg on 13.-17.2.2107 as part of a path to South African markets. 

There will be a preliminary meeting in January to work on the subjects and pilot projects to sharpen the needs and goals. A local consultant will arrange the relevant meetings and work on the possible pilots. These costs are covered by Finpro programs. Each company is to cover only their own costs like flights, hotels, transportations etc. You can read further on the opportunities in both water sector and waste to energy sector below.


Opportunities in the water sector
There is a clear need of water in general but also treatment and management of water treatment.

Deputy minister Matti Anttonen was leading a business delegation trip of in October 2016. With him there was some Finnish water and energy companies who met officials, investors, engineers, development companies and naturally also municipal water utilities. We got a good insight to South African water treatment environment and the needs of big cities. The needs are very versatile from renewing of equipment to increasing the efficiency of the plant and management. We also gained a clear vision on how to enter the markets. If you are interested to know more about the October trip you can contact Nina Jacoby at Finpro (, Hannu Turunen at Econet ( or Harry Ylikangas at Aquamatters (

Next step is the trip in February to open the paths to business in South Africa and further on to other southern African states. The program includes:

  • Working with customers on solutions of recognized pilots
  • Deepening relations to potential customers
  • Meeting local partner candidates
  • Widening of customer and stakeholder base

Read further on the Finpro verified business opportunity here

Opportunities for waste to energy and bioenergy companies
Interest in the use of municipal solid waste (MSW) for energy production is constantly increasing. The first bigger waste incineration project (10 MW) was completed this year in the Western Cape. The project is a "public-private partnership" where Interwaste acts as private party. The project is considered an important pilot and Interwaste has plans to set up similar facilities elsewhere in the country. The project was carried out by MBHE African Power and designed by Black & Veatch. Interwaste and Enviroserv, who is operating the first landfill gas project, are leading waste management companies in South Africa, where municipal institutions are typically progressing slowly and where the private sector has often been the initiator.

Johannesburg is running a project to build five landfill gas power plants. In addition, Pretoria is planning to build seven landfill gas power plants and a number of biogas projects in connection with waste water treatment plants. The use of waste water sludge in production of biogas seems to be popular at the moment but also the incineration has been considered in Pretoria.   

Several South African cement plants have plans to introduce municipal solid waste and tires in their energy production. The goal is to replace 20% of coal by alternative fuels. PPC is a leading company in this (pilot project in De Hoek with used tires), but also the NPC, AfriSam and Lafarge are planning the same.

Please register here to make sure that your wishes will be heard in early stage.

Feb 13th - Feb 17th, 2017

Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa


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