Industrial gas major Air Liquide and energy company Sasol have secured the long-term supply of 97.5 MW (megawatts) of renewable power to Sasol’s Secunda site in South Africa after the signing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power.
The deal represents the third set of PPAs signed by Air Liquide and Sasol, adding a total of 580 MW to their renewable power capacity. According to Air Liquide, these contracts aim to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from oxygen production by 30% to 40% by 2031 at Secunda.
Having acquired Sasol’s 16 oxygen production units at the site since June 2021, Air Liquide produces a total capacity of 47,000 tonnes per day of oxygen from 17 units, making it the biggest oxygen production site in the world.
“Together with our long-term partner Sasol, we have secured massive amounts of renewable energy generation capacity,” said Nicolas Poirot, CEO of the Africa Middle East & India hub.
“This will significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of our operations in Secunda and actively support the development of renewable energies in South Africa, for the benefit of the South African electrical system and ultimately of the South African society in the context of a Just Transition.”
The agreement aligns with the company’s ADVANCE strategic plan, which focuses on four key priorities of financial performance, decarbonisation, technological innovation and actively engaging with stakeholders, customers and shareholders.
Renewable energies such as solar PV are set to play a key role in tackling South Africa’s energy crisis as the country’s power network continues to be plagued by persistent power outages – or ‘load shedding’.
Last November the European Investment Bank committed to a $413m investment scheme to support South African renewables development. This followed an announcement by South Africa that it would introduce a host of new measures aimed at tackling the country’s energy crisis.
This involves lifting a threshold for embedded generation, doubling capacity for the next bidding round and introducing a feed-in-tariff for rooftop solar.
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