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 220MW of renewable power to Sasol’s Secunda site, in South Africa, where Air Liquide operates the biggest oxygen production site globally.
The 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 900MW of renewable energy. They will significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of the Secunda site, and in particular to the targeted reduction by 30-40% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the oxygen production by 2031.
Within the framework of these agreements, two local majority owned wind projects will be created by Enel Green Power, the Enel Group subsidiary dedicated to the development and management of power generated from renewable resources worldwide. The 220MW wind powered renewable electricity production capacity is scheduled to be operational in 2025, subject to regulatory and financial approvals.
Ronnie Chalmers, Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Air Liquide Group, in charge of Africa Middle East & India, said by signing these long-term PPAs with Enel Green Power, Air Liquide and Sasol actively support the development of renewable energies in South Africa, for the benefit of the South African electrical power system and fight against global warming.
He said, “This will also contribute to the South African social transformation and a ‘Just Transition’, and more generally to South Africa’s economy and environment. In line with Air Liquide’s Sustainable Development objectives, and its ADVANCE strategic plan, which include reducing its absolute CO2 emissions starting around 2025 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, these PPAs also demonstrate the Group’s capacity to collaborate with its customers to provide solutions which contribute to the decarbonisation of its assets as well as of its clients.”
Priscillah Mabelane, Executive Vice President of Sasol’s Energy Business, said Sasol and Air Liquide’s efforts to procure a total of 900MW of renewable energy to decarbonise its respective operations at Secunda is another step towards Sasol’s aim to procure 1.200MW of renewable energy capacity from IPPs by 2030, representing one of the largest renewable energy procurement programmes from the private sector in South Africa.
She said, “Sasol’s Renewable Energy Programme is aligned to the government’s REIPPP programme and plays a key role in creating alternative sources of energy for grid expansion to address South Africa’s current energy capacity constraints. Our work in the renewable energy space to secure PPA partners demonstrates the real progress Sasol is making towards its decarbonisation and ultimately, the development of a green economy.” Coal is the mainstay of South Africa’s energy, meeting around 70% of installed power generation capacity. Its overall policies and action rating is “insufficient” according to Climate Action Tracker.
In April 2021, Air Liquide and Sasol launched the largest corporate effort in South Africa to procure renewable energy for their operations in Secunda, with an allocation of 500MW to Sasol and 400MW 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.
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 long-term partner.
Including another Air Separation Unit (ASU) it already operated for Sasol, Air Liquide now operates a total of 17 ASUs in Secunda, with a total capacity of 47,000 tonnes/day of oxygen.
Air Liquide’s Autothermal Reforming (ATR) technology was recently selected for the first low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production in Japan.
ATR will be part of the development of the Kashiwazaki Clean Hydrogen and Ammonia Project in the Hirai area of Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture. The overall project will be Japan’s first demonstration project integrating low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production with carbon capture.