SASOL to Procure 1200MW Renewable Energy from IPP’s Plus Replace Coal With Gas at Secunda Plant

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  • South African petrochemicals giant, Sasol, headed by their CEO, Floodwood Grobler, hosted a Climate Change Roundtable Discussion on the 3 November 2022 at the Sandton HQ.  
  • Their leadership team revealed some serious intent on energy transition to cleaner sources plus ambitious plans for green hydrogen.
  • Sasol is the country’s second biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions after Eskom. Read more

Some key takeaways:

  • Grobler said that the procurement of 600MW of renewable energy from IPP’s by way of wheeling was imminent and is expected to come online in 2025. He said a further 600MW will be procured from IPP’s leading up to 2030.
  • Recent drilling success in Mozambique had resulted in Sasol extending its gas supply plateau to 2028. The company wants to replace coal with gas and reduce coal use through the closure of six coal-fired boilers at their Secunda plant.
  • The group was also investigating several green hydrogen and green hydrogen-derivative opportunities to displace the 2.4-million tons of emissions-intensive ‘grey hydrogen’ it produces at Secunda.
  • “Catalytic” green hydrogen projects wil be implemented during the current decade which  includes the repurposing a 60 MW electrolyser at their Sasolburg plant. The facility will  produce 3.5 t daily.
  • Grobler said that the reduction of electrolyser costs to produce green hydrogen to between $1/kg and $2/kg would be a key trigger for Sasol’s future green-hydrogen strategy.
  • Sasol and ArcelorMittal have signed a JDA to export green hydrogen from Saldanha Bay.
  • Sasol are also leading feasibility studies to export green hydrogen from Boegoebaai. Read more

Link to the full presentation: Sasol Climate Change Roundtable Discussion

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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