Sasolburg, South Africa


Sasolburg, South Africa

175 MW

175 MW of newly installed power, one million ton cut in yearly carbon emissions, high energy efficiency and flexibility, fast-track turnkey delivery including the possibility for future expansions and compliancy with one of the world’s strictest Health, Safety and Environmental regulations at all times. All of this in the challenging location of Sasolburg, South Africa, 1700 meters above sea level. This was Sasol New Energy's (SNE) wish list for Christmas 2012. Impossible? Not when relying on Wärtsilä capabilities and expertise. Actually, Christmas came early for SNE, since the landmark project was completed on 14 December 2012, 9 days ahead of schedule, within budget.

Our old generating equipment was replaced with more efficient units. New power plant technology is used to meet increased demand for electricity. Gas-engine technology allows us to reduce our carbon footprint by more than 40%.
Henri Loubser, Managing Director, SNE

Sasolburg Gas Power Plant


Reduction of carbon footprint

High energy efficiency

Fast implementation


Highly efficiency internal
combustion engines, even in
extreme conditions

Avoidance of the 20% power reduction suffered by gas turbines due to altitude

EPC (i.e. turnkey) solution in which Wärtsilä takes full care of the installation


Reliable operation, low emissions and greatly efficient performance

Solid track record in Africa,
site-specific aspects carefully considered together with customer

Peace of mind for the customer. Completed months ahead of schedule

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Main data

   Customer   SNE (IPP)
   Type   Wärtsilä 34 gas power plant
   Operating mode   Flexible baseload
   Gensets   18 x Wärtsilä 20V34SG
   Total output   175 MW
   Fuel   Natural gas 
   Scope   EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) 
   Delivered   2012

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If you want to know more about the Sasolburg project, please contact

Fabien Cadaut
Area Marketing Manager, Africa
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Tel. +358 40 756 5959

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