Wärtsilä has signed an operations & maintenance (O&M) agreement with Sasol New Energy Holdings. The three year agreement covers the company's gas engine power plant project in Sasolburg. By taking responsibility for operating and maintaining the power plant, Wärtsilä will implement its global best practices to ensure that it delivers the design output with maximum efficiency. Local employees of Sasol New Energy will also be trained as part of this agreement. The Sasol New Energy plant is expected to start producing electricity towards the end of 2012. It will be the largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed on the African continent, and because of its low emissions, will be a major advance in developing Sasol's electricity business. The plant has installed capacity of 180 MW and it will provide the energy needed to power the company's major new production facilities, such as the Sasol wax expansion and ethylene purification unit 5 projects, that are currently under construction.
Contact A P Singh, Wärtsilä Solutions Support Services,