Energy and chemical company Sasol is now testing an on-site 140 MW gas-fired combined heat and power plant at its facility at Sasolburg in South Africa’s Free State.

The plant is described by the company as South Africa’s largest gas engine plant. It replaces coal-derived grid power and is due to hit full capacity by year-end, one quarter ahead of schedule.

Sasol CHP plant

Sasol plans to increase its power generation capacity to 60 per cent by 2013 and aims to cut its emissions by 15% from a 2005 baseline by 2020.

“Sasol partners with government to deliver solutions and this latest investment is part of our significant capital expenditure programme in South Africa,” said Sasol New Energy’s managing director, Henri Loubser

Sasol is a signatory to the South African Energy Efficiency Accord, an agreement between government and industry leaders to take voluntary measures to increase energy efficiency.

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