Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has supplied the largest gas engine power plant of its kind to Sasolburg, south of Johannesburg, in South Africa. The turnkey package is the biggest on the continent.
Wärtsilä has engineered, provided and constructed the power plant, which runs on 18 34SG generating sets that are powered by natural gas, giving a capacity of 140MW.
The Sasol Gas Engine Power Plant will provide power to both the neighbouring Sasol chemical factory and the National Grid.
“Never before has a power plant of this size running exclusively on gas engines been installed on the African continent, and we see this as an important achievement on the road to cleaner and more efficient electricity production. We are proud to have worked closely with Sasol to develop this highly efficient and environmentally sustainable facility,” said Tony van Velzen, Wärtsilä’s Regional Director for Africa.
This first Sasol power generation site is guaranteed by Wärtsilä for three years, during this time maintenance and operation is provided by Wärtsilä.