Energy Saving in Soap Production Tanzania 1993 Full scale



Shivji and Sons Ltd., located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, manufactures laundry soap. The soap is made from fat through a saponification process that utilizes caustic soda. After a separating process the so-called "neat soap" is taken to a crusher, where it is mixed with pigment, perfume and other additives. The soap is then transferred to an intermediate tank from which it is fed into a vacuum flash cooling system. The cooled soap is then extruded in the form of bars, cut into size and packed in cartons. Shivji has a capacity of five tons of bar soap per hour. The company has 45 permanent staff members and 20 seasonal employees.

Cleaner production initiatives at the industry were assisted by National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC)

Cleaner Production Principle

Housekeeping; Recovery, reuse and recycle

Cleaner Production Application

The principal source of process energy is steam, which is generated from the combustion of industrial diesel oil in the boiler furnace burners. Steam is used throughout the whole process and for materials handling (unloading of fat from truck tankers, fat storage heating).

The CP assessment revealed leakage of steam from some of the valves and inefficient use of steam. The unloading of fat delivered to the factory resulted in spillage of 3,000 kilos per annum. The spilled fat was absorbed by the soil.

In an effort to conserve steam energy and curb spillage of raw material, the project team recommended the implementation of the following CP options:

Replace leaking steam valves and traps with certified products;
Reduce the time required for heating the fat storage tank from the initial 6-7 hours to three hours;
Incorporate the right amount of water during saponification, minimizing steam consumption during the cooling stage; and
Recover the spilled, soiled fat at the material handling section by treatment with steam, followed by separation.

Environmental and Economic Benefits

The only option that needed some investment was the installation of steam valves, costing US$ 830. All steam saving measures together resulted in annual savings of US$ 185,700. The pay-back time was only two days. Recovery of the spilled fat requires virtually no energy input realizing a saving of US$ 2,400 per year.

The boiler furnace consumption of industrial diesel oil was reduced by 54 percent to only 30 liters per ton of laundry soap produced, saving 415,800 liters per year. This measure also resulted in a considerable decrease in the emission COx, SO2 and NOx. The recovery of spilled fat also made a significant improvement to the direct environment of the factory.


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Mr. V. Sinha, Plant Manager
Mr. G. Njiamoja, Maintenance Engineer
Shivji and Sons Ltd.
P.O. Box 9946
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 51 72378/73651; Fax: +255 51 113549
Cleaner Production Center of Tanzania
Prof. C.L.C. Migiro, Director
Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization
P.O. Box 23235
Dar es Salaam, U.R. of Tanzania
Tel: +255 51 668105/668979; Fax: +255 51 668147
NCPC Program
Environment and Energy Branch
P.O. Box 300
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 26026 4696; Fax: +43 1 26026 6803
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Cleaner Production Program
Tour Mirabeau
39-43, quai Andrť-CitroŽn
75739 Paris Cedex 15, France
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Review Status

This National Cleaner Production Center case study was presented in the document "NCPC Case Studies" available from UNEP IE or UNIDO (addresses above). It was formatted and edited for the ICPIC diskette in August 1997.

Subsequently the case study has undergone a technical review by Dr Prasad Modak at Environmental Management Centre, Mumbai, India, in September 1998.