Sasol's gas engine power plant goes live

Sasol's R1.9 billion gas engine power plant in Sasolburg went live recently and began producing electricity as part of the facility's test phase. The plant, using natural gas as feedstock, has an operating capacity of 140 MW and is the largest power plant using gas engines installed in South Africa.

mso-bidi-font-family:Arial\">The facility will be fully commissioned and is expected to reach full capacity before the end of December 2012, one quarter ahead of schedule. This marks a significant step for the company in boosting its power generation capacity, while reducing carbon emissions.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial\">Sasol aims to reduce its emissions intensity by 15 percent in all its operations (off a 2005 baseline) by 2020, measured as CO2 equivalent per ton product. The combined heat and power facility will replace coal-fired power generation, reducing Sasol's South African greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one million tons per annum. It will also improve air quality through reductions in nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and particulate emissions.12.0pt\">