The Sasol Gas Engine Power Plant, the largest power plant running on gas engines in Africa, will be inaugurated today, Wednesday 10th July. Wärtsilä supplied the plant on a fast-track basis with performance guarantees.
Situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres, the plant will be powered by 18 Wärtsilä 34SG generating sets running on natural gas with an operating capacity of 140MW. The plant’s closed-loop cooling system imposes a minimal demand for water, which is vital in such areas, where water resources are limited.
The electricity produced by the plant will be used by Sasol’s adjacent chemical factory, with about half of the production being fed into the national power grid.
Wärtsilä will operate and maintain the plant under a 3 year agreement, ensuring that it delivers the design output with maximum efficiency.
Southern Africa is gaining importance for Wärtsilä as the region is increasing the use of natural gas as fuel. In December 2012, Wärtsilä signed a contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant in Mozambique. The power plant is scheduled for completion by May 2014.