South Africa’s coal-dependent Sasol signs 289 MW wind power deals

HARARE, Jan 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s petrochemical company Sasol (SOLJ.J) announced on Tuesday that it has signed three wind power purchase agreements as it transitions to renewable energy to meet its carbon emissions targets.

The world’s largest producer of coal-derived fuel products and chemicals is moving away from fossil fuels as part of its plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Sasol said in a statement that it is partnering with French gas company Air Liquide (AIRP.PA) to source 220MW of renewable electricity from two wind energy projects being developed by Enel Green Power, a unit of Italian company Enel (ENEI). are to be developed. MI).

The two projects will power Sasol’s Secunda site, where Air Liquide also has oxygen production operations.

The 220MW wind power projects are scheduled to come online in 2025 and are part of a plan to procure 900MW of renewable energy for Secunda, Sasol said.

“Sasol and Air Liquide’s efforts to source a total of 900MW of renewable energy to decarbonize our respective operations in Secunda is another step towards Sasol’s goal of sourcing 1,200MW of renewable energy capacity from independent power producers by 2030,” said Priscillah Mabelane, Executive Vice President of Sasol’s Energy business.

Sasol also said it has signed a long-term agreement with Msenge Emoyeni wind farm in the Eastern Cape to supply 69MW of wind power to its chemical manufacturing operations in Sasolburg, where it plans to produce green hydrogen.

Produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, green hydrogen is considered a potentially cleaner energy source of the future.

The Msenge wind power project is expected to deliver energy in the first quarter of 2024.

Reporting by Nelson Banya; Editing by Alexander Smith

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