Sasol in bid to supply Eskom with temporary power

Sasol can generate power at its Sasolburg and Secunda plants from gas, as well as from steam turbine generators integrated within its operations.
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South Africa‘s Sasol will bid to provide struggling state-owned utility Eskom with temporary supplies of power, the petrochemical producer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Eskom generates more than 90% of the electricity in Africa‘s most industrialised economy but has grappled with faults at its coal-fired power plants, forcing it to implement power cuts that have weighed on economic growth.

On Monday, Eskom published a request for proposals (RFP) on a government tender website inviting bids from existing generating plants with at least 5 megawatts (MW) of spare capacity to supplement its own supplies.

Sasol, the world’s top manufacturer of motor fuel from coal, said it could supply Eskom with up to 50 MW of power, subject to maintenance requirements and natural gas availability.

“Sasol will respond to this RFP with an offer to supply incremental generation from the Sasol Gas Engine Power Plant,” it said in a statement.

Sasol can generate power at its Sasolburg and Secunda plants from gas, as well as from steam turbine generators integrated within its operations.

The RFP stated that the maximum contract period for the power purchase agreement with Eskom would be 36 months. Eskom has previously procured power from companies including Sasol during times of crisis.

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Opportunity for Sasol to take over Electricity generation and supply….

Eskom … can go to bed.

50MW, you must be kidding, thats extremely negligible compared to what Eskom produces or would require to even tickle the shortages we have. This is sensational journalism to try and make Sasol look important and hype up its share price.

50MW is better than 0MW. First start off with some gratitude. Then go on with your unhappy attitude.

Sasol is still a dog.

The current Sasol share price belies the underlying value of this blue chip company.One of the worlds most outstanding companies

Keep telling yourself that.

I totally agree. IF the fuel price remains where it is now, Sasol is toast. Sasol has a better chance of taking the Saudi oil minister to Teasers, get him drunk and ask him to cut the supply of oil to get the price back up.

The only way this will happen is if they make it “worthwhile” for someone at Eskom.

COAL IS ILLEGAL TO BE MANUFACTURED BY THE COURTS OF JUSTICE ! GLOBAL BLACKOUT EUTHANASIA – NO APOCALYPSE !

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