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Conforzi Cogen/Sustainable Energy Feasibility Study

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Executive Summary

The 5,000Ha Conforzi plantation is located in Thyolo District in the Southern region of Malawi has the following production activities: a) Tea production in seven tea estates covering 1400Ha and a central tea manufacturing unit (Mboma Tea Factory) producing 3.5 million kg of tea annually. b) Poultry feed mills that produce 28 to 38 ton of feed daily. c) Glenae Poultry farm which slaughters an average of 5,000 chicken per day. d) Four macadamia estates covering 350Ha with a macadamia factory that produced 360Ton of Knut in shell in 2018. e) Blue gum tree plantations covering 1,500Ha for boiler operations and bamboo plantation of unknown hectarage for fencing and making baskets for tea plucking) f) Blanket factory which is currently not operated.

Energy Demand and Supply Scenarios

The annual energy consumed at Conforzi Plantations Ltd in the baseline period (Sep 2017 to August 2018) consisted of 2,630,015 Kwh/yr. of electricity and 47,653 Liters of Generator diesel per year. Firewood usage during the baseline year was 10,185 cubic meters per year. In the face of rising energy costs and grid outages in Malawi, Conforzi Tea Plantations Ltd is keen to implement measures that can lead to efficient use of energy and exploitation of renewable energy resources. The scope of the study included assessment of overall power consumption, lighting systems, boilers, steam distribution system and process machines. Conforzi Plantation would like to identify the best renewable energy options (ranging from biomass cogeneration to solar) that would reduce its energy costs and enhance electricity supply reliability. Conforzi has commissioned a feasibility study (and associated studies/documentation on feedstock assessment, scoping work, heat/power demand profile assessments, electricity regulatory policy review, power purchase agreement, etc) required to determine the viability of developing appropriate renewable energy options that meet the company current and future requirements.

The study was started by a desk study late September followed by a five day site study at Conforzi from 1st to 5th October 2018.

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