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Sasol and Air Liquide PPAs with Enel Green Power RSA reach renewable energy deal

SASOL South Africa Ltd (Sasol) and Air Liquide have concluded three Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Enel Green Power RSA for the long-term supply of 330 MW of renewable power to Sasol’s Secunda site in South Africa after the signing of a third 110 MW-agreement that followed the first two PPAs announced in January 2023.

The 330 MW wind facility, located close to Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape will be one of the largest wind-powered facilities in Southern Africa and will provide annual production of more than 1,100 GWh of clean energy.  

The wind farms are scheduled to be operational by 2026.

This brings the total PPA’s contributing to renewable energy capacity secured by Sasol and Air Liquide to around 690 MW.  

Of that, approximately 430 MW have now achieved financial close.

Priscillah Mabelane, executive vice president of Sasol Energy Business said: “We have reached a further milestone today with our announcement of the second Secunda decarbonisation renewable energy projects reaching financial close. This is significant progress towards Sasol’s ambition to reduce its absolute scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 30% off a 2017 baseline. Sasol is committed to pursue renewable energy procurement as a key lever for reducing GHG emissions, and the 690 MW procured with Air Liquide to date speak to that commitment.”

Air Liquide acquired Sasol’s 16 oxygen production units in Secunda and has been operating them since June 2021, in the framework of a long-term supply contract with its partner. Including another Air Separation Unit (ASU) it already operated for Sasol, Air Liquide operates a total of 17 ASUs in Secunda, with a total capacity of 47,000 tonnes/day of oxygen. Air Liquide plans to reduce by 30 % to 40 % the CO2 emissions (Scope 2) arising from the 16 oxygen production units it acquired from Sasol through a multi-year investment and modernization plan and a steep increase of the site’s procurement in renewable energies.

 Enel Green Power RSA is the joint venture that represents partnership between Enel’s renewable arm Enel Green Power (EGP) and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to build and operate renewable plants in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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