Foster Wheeler has won an engineering, procurement and construction management contract from Sasol for the Sasolburg utilities expansion project, which includes raising the facility’s gas fuelled generation capacity by about 140 MW.

The project is set to complete by the second quarter of 2012, said Foster Wheeler.

Sasol had indicated previously that it planned to invest 1.8 billion rand ($240m) in a facility at Sasolburg to produce electricity from Mozambican natural gas to supply its own needs. The group has initiated several own-generation electricity projects to curb the impact of Eskom’s rising power prices and to lower its carbon dioxide emissions.

Sasol already generates 200 MW from Mozambique natural gas at the Secunda coal-to-liquids complex, in Mpumalanga, where the installation of a combined cycle gas turbine will add 80 MW.

Together with the 140 MW Sasolburg plant, Sasol’s gas-based capacity could soon reach 420 MW. Together with its coal fired stations, the projects would raise the group’s electricity self-sufficiency to 840 MW, about 60 per cent of its total power consumption, by 2013.

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