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Wärtsilä Signs O&M Agreement With Sasol Subsidiary

Posted on May 14, 2012

Wärtsilä has signed an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Sasol New Energy Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, the integrated global energy and chemical company. The three-year agreement covers the company's gas engine power plant project in Sasolburg, South Africa, as well as training local employees of Sasol New Energy.

The Sasol New Energy plant is expected to start producing electricity towards the end of the year. The plant, which will run exclusively on gas engines, has an installed capacity of 180 MW and it will provide the energy needed to power the company’s major new production facilities – such as the Sasol Wax Expansion and Ethylene Purification Unit 5 projects – that are currently under construction.

“The gas engine power plant employs a cleaner fossil fuel based technology than traditional coal based technology and will reduce the CO2 emissions by approximately (907 000 tonnes) per annum,” said Kribs Govender, General Manager, Low Carbon Electricity, Sasol New Energy. “In addition, it also generates electricity at a higher efficiency.”

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