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Sasol, Air Liquide Intensify Decarbonization of Secunda with New PPA

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South African integrated energy company Sasol has intensified efforts to decarbonize its operations at its Secunda plant with the firm signing a new renewable power purchase agreement for the provision of 260 MW of clean capacity.

The agreement, signed by Sasol and its partner at the Secunda facility, industrial gasses and services supplier Air Liquide, will see global integrated energy firm TotalEnergies and its partner Mulilo develop a 140 MW wind energy project and a 120 MW solar facility to power Secunda operations.

The deal with TotalEnergies and Mulilo will further increase renewable energy capacity 480 MW, following Sasol and Air Liquide signing a 220 MW supply agreement with multinational renewables firm Enel Green Power in late January, 2023.

TotalEnergies and Mulilo’s facilities are expected to be brought online by 2025 and form part of efforts by Sasol and Air Liquide to procure 900 MW of renewable energy to decarbonize the Secunda site in the Mpumalanga province.

Of the 900 MW capacity, 500 MW will be directed towards Sasol operations while 400 MW will power Air Liquide’s operations at the Secunda facility which also houses the world’s largest oxygen production plant.

Priscillah Mabelane, Executive Vice President of Sasol’s Energy Business, stated “Sasol and Air Liquide have made another giant leap towards our goal of procuring renewable energy to decarbonize our respective operations at Secunda. This also puts Sasol well on its way to achieving its ambition to procure 1200 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The five PPAs that we have signed this year demonstrates the real progress Sasol is making towards its decarbonization and ultimately, the development of a green economy,” adding that “Sasol’s Renewable Energy Program, representing one of the largest renewable energy procurement programs from the private sector in South Africa, is aligned to the government’s REIPPP program and plays a key role in creating alternative sources of energy to address South Africa’s current energy capacity constraints.”

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.