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New gas-fired power generation plant planned for Sasolburg, South Africa for undisclosed value
Foster Wheeler AG recently announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has received an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) services contract from Sasol New Energy Holdings (Proprietary) Limited for the outside battery limit (OBL) portion of a new gas-fired power generation plant at Sasolburg, South Africa. Sasol has stated that this project is expected to raise its electricity self-sufficiency to 840 megawatt electric (MWe) or 60 per cent of its overall power draw, and forms part of a broader plan within the Sasol group to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and bolster power self-sufficiency in the light of South Africa's tightening electricity supply/demand balance.
The Foster Wheeler contract value for this project was not disclosed and will be included in the company's third-quarter 2011 bookings.
Foster Wheeler's scope will include the earthworks for the entire outside battery limit site; an access road; utility connections; 15/88kV step-up transformers and an 88kV substation with associated electrical infrastructure and network system. Foster Wheeler's workscope is scheduled for completion during the third quarter of 2012.
Confidence in Africa
"We executed the feasibility study for this project and are very pleased that Sasol has now awarded us this EPCm contract," said Umberto della Sala, Chief Operating Officer of Foster Wheeler AG. "This award, which follows our recently announced EPCm win for the Sasolburg Utilities Expansion, is not only significant in that it highlights Sasol's continued confidence in our South African operation but it also demonstrates our expertise in power generation projects and confirms our ability to provide comprehensive support to our clients in meeting their objectives in all aspects of their business."