Golder and Zitholele take top honours at SAICE awards

At the 2013 Project Awards event of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), the Northern Waste Water Treatment Works Biogas to Electrical Energy project for Johannesburg Water was announced as winner of the very strongly contested and most prestigious category for the evening - the Technical Excellence Award.


Johannesburg Water appointed Zitholele in conjunction with Golder to implement a Biogas to Energy Project at its Northern WWTWs. The project, which makes use of a highly-specialised technology called cell lysis, will significantly offset energy costs at the WWTWs and has the potential to easily pay back the capital invested by JW over a short period of time.

The project, which was handed over to the client on time and within budget, saw Zitholele Consulting and Golder provide specialised process inputs and technical reviews on various aspects, including the combined heat and power and biogas scrubbing installations. The use of cell lysis technology in the application of biogas to energy for a WWTWs facility is most certainly unique in South Africa. Johannesburg Water is the first water and sewerage utility in the country to make use of such a ground-breaking technology and to also make the foray into the use of renewable energy (biogas) in their processes.

Golder and Zitholele cleverly managed to incorporate the cutting-edge technology into the utility's processes in order to increase efficiencies of the overall biogas to energy system and to save on electricity costs for Johannesburg Water.

This industry award and recognition once again emphasises the technical excellence that lies within our organisation, making us leaders in our field of expertise.

For more information on this project, click here.

Johannesburg Water Northern Waste Water Treatment Works