Green steam ahead for SASOL Chemicals in Germany but price volatility in South Africa


Sasol Chemicals plans to double its use of green steam from what it claims is a first-of-a-kind biomass cogeneration facility next to its Brunsbüttel facility in Germany.

Sasol Chemicals will lease land adjacent to its plant to Hamburger Energiewerke, Hamburg’s municipal utility, which plans to build the facility by the end of 2024. When fully operational in 2025, the plant will supply at least 70,000MWh of steam to Sasol each year, enabling the company to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from the plant by approximately 13,000MT annually. In addition to green steam, the plant will produce more than 90,000MWh of sustainable electricity annually.

Jens Straatmann, Senior Vice President, Eurasia Chemicals, said, “Increasing the use of green steam is a key enabler of further reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and will get us closer to our goal of reducing our scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 30% by 2030.”

The facility will be the first large–scale power generation plant to operate almost exclusively with well-pressed or dried fermentation residues.

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