EDF Trading signs ERPA for the first trigeneration CDM project in Africa

EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., has signed an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with MTN which will see EDF Trading purchasing the credits from the installation of an energy-efficient 2MW trigeneration plant at MTN’s commercial site in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The plant will see the simultaneous production of electricity, cooling and heating from a single fuel source (natural gas sourced from the Egoli gas pipeline). This will displace grid electricity from Eksom to meet part of the onsite energy requirements, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing up to 85% efficiency on fuel. 

This is the first time that a trigeneration plant has been set up in Africa and the first time the technology is being registered as a CDM project. 

“We are delighted to be working alongside MTN on this very exciting project. This innovative technology will present attractive opportunities for us and is a welcome addition to our project portfolio,” said François Joubert, Global Head of Environmental Products at EDF Trading. 

“Identifying new business opportunities and new partners is an important part of what we do. I look forward to continuing to develop our environmental products business in Africa and globally,” said John Rittenhouse, Chief Executive of EDF Trading. 

For further information, please contact: 
EDF Trading 
Michele Reid, Head of Communications 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232 

About EDF Trading 
EDF Trading is a leader in the international wholesale energy markets. It has its own portfolio of assets which give it the ability to source, supply, transport, store, blend and convert physical commodities around the world. These capabilities enable EDF Trading to deliver essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to the EDF Group and its third party customers, helping them to realise the value inherent in their asset portfolios. 

EDF Trading is one of the largest participants in the global power, gas, coal, freight and environmental products markets. It is one of the top buyers of carbon credits from global CDM projects and has one of the most mature portfolios in the market. It is the largest importer of coal into Europe, a pioneer in the biomass market, a recognised leader in weather derivatives, one of the largest providers of market services to the wholesale gas and power sectors in North America with 20,000 MW of generation under management and the leading electricity trader in Europe. 

EDF Trading is a 100% owned subsidiary of EDF, Europe’s leading electricity producer, a major player in renewable energies, a significant participant in the worldwide revival of nuclear energy with a growing presence in the natural gas industry. 

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