Sasol inaugurates R1.5bn gas-fired power plant

Joanne Taylor | 10th July 2013 | Engineering News

Sasol New Energy on Wednesday inaugurated South Africa’s first gas engine power plant at its Sasolburg site, in the Free State.

The facility, which was built at a cost of R1.5-billion, represented the largest single investment in gas engine technology in Africa. It has an operating capacity of 140 MW, enough to power 200 000 households.

Half of the electricity generated by the plant will be used by Sasol’s adjacent chemical factory, Sasol Infrachem, with the remainder to be fed into the national power grid.

The plant has been producing above its operational capacity at 152 MW since commissioning in December and will operate at 175 MW over its first year of operation. Thereafter, it would operate at 140 MW, owing to an ongoing maintenance schedule. Continue reading.

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