Air Liquide and Sasol signed PPA with Enel Green Power for 220 MW Wind Power for Secunda Site

  • Air Liquide and Sasol have signed two Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Enel Green Power for the long-term supply of a total capacity of 220 MW of renewable power to Sasol’s Secunda site, in South Africa, where Air Liquide operates the biggest oxygen production site in the world.
  • These PPAs are the first results of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process launched jointly by Air Liquide and Sasol in April, 2021, for the procurement of a total capacity of 900 MW of renewable energy. They will significantly contribute to the decarbonization of the Secunda site, and in particular to the targeted reduction by 30 % to 40 % of the CO2 emissions associated with the oxygen production by 2031.

Within the framework of these agreements with Air Liquide and Sasol, two local majority owned wind projects will be created by Enel Green Power. The 220 MW wind powered renewable electricity production capacity is scheduled to be operational in 2025 and delivered through a wheeling scheme. This agreement is subject to regulatory and financial approvals.

Related news: SASOL reaches new fronteirs in air pollution

The renewable energy will be supplied by two Enel Green Power wind projects, located in the Eastern Cape and have an expected annual production of more than 800 GWh. Within the framework of the agreements with Air Liquide and Sasol, the two wind projects will be implemented through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) dedicated to each project, which will be local majority-owned.

In April 2021, Air Liquide and Sasol launched the largest corporate effort in South Africa to procure a total of 900 MW of renewable energy for their operations in Secunda, with an allocation of 500 MW to Sasol and 400 MW to Air Liquide. The two companies are negotiating with the remaining preferred bidders to this RFP to complete the balance of the renewable energy requested within the coming months.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: SASOL

2 Comments

  1. Hello Bryan.

    Thank you again for your efforts. How does this wheeling agreements affect the transmission networks in terms of capacity from the eastern cape to secunda. I believe there are already issues with transmission capacity from the northern cape?

    • Green Building Africa - Net Carbon Zero Buildings and Cities on

      I stand to be corrected but from what info I have is that this capacity was booked a few years back with Eskom. So it was already allocated before grid feed in saturation for that region. There are many wind and solar projects with allocated transmission capacity that have switched from REIPPPP to private sector offtaker. We will see over 9000MW come online in the next three years – all private sector PPA’s. I hope this answers your question Rikus.

Leave A Reply

About Author

Green Building Africa promotes the need for net carbon zero buildings and cities in Africa. We are fiercely independent and encourage outlying thinkers to contribute to the #netcarbonzero movement. Climate change is upon us and now is the time to react in a more diverse and broader approach to sustainability in the built environment. We challenge architects, property developers, urban planners, renewable energy professionals and green building specialists. We also challenge the funding houses and regulators and the role they play in facilitating investment into green projects. Lastly, we explore and investigate new technology and real-time data to speed up the journey in realising a net carbon zero environment for our children.