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Power From Wärtsilä Coming To South Africa

Posted on July 5, 2011

Wärtsilä, a global supplier of flexible power plants and services to the global power generation market, will supply and construct a complete power plant in South Africa for Sasol New Energy Holdings, the company responsible for Low Carbon Electricity in Sasol, a global energy and chemical company.

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply consists of the turnkey delivery of the complete power plant, including engineering, procurement and contracting. It will be powered by 18 Wärtsilä 20V34SG generating sets running on natural gas with an output of 180 MW. The order is included in Wärtsilä’s order book during the second quarter 2011.

The turnkey power plant will be installed at the company’s facilities in Sasolburg, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. It will generate baseload electricity for the company’s own use, with excess production eventually going through the national grid. The power plant will help reduce operating costs for the customer, as well as the company’s carbon footprint, Wärtsilä said. The plant also operates with a closed circuit cooling system, meaning that no water is consumed, Wärtsilä said.

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