Wärtsilä has signed three year Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Sasol New Energy Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, the integrated global energy and chemical company.

The agreement covers the company’s gas engine power plant project in Sasolburg, South Africa.

The Sasol New Energy plant is expected to start producing electricity towards the end of 2012. It will be the largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed on the African continent, and because of its low emissions, will be a major advance in developing Sasol’s electricity business.

The plant has 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 1 million tons per annum. In addition, it also generates electricity at a higher efficiency,” says Kribs Govender, General Manager, Low Carbon Electricity, Sasol New Energy.

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