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Enel Green Power, the Enel Group subsidiary dedicated to the development and management of power generated from renewable resources worldwide, has signed two long-term Power Purchase Agreements with Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (Air Liquide) and Sasol South Africa (Sasol) to supply a total capacity of 220 MW of renewable energy to Sasol’s Secunda site, where Air Liquide operates the world’s largest oxygen production facility.
The PPAs represent the first results of a joint Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated by Air Liquide and Sasol in April 2021 for the procurement of a total capacity of 900 MW of renewable energy, the largest corporate effort in South Africa to procure renewable energy for their operations.
The renewable energy will be supplied by two Enel Green Power wind projects, located in the Eastern Cape and have an expected annual production of more than 800 GWh.
“We are proud to partner with Sasol and Air Liquide on their sustainability journey. The deal will significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of the Secunda site, reducing CO2 emissions that arise from the oxygen production process by between 30% to 40% by 2031,” says Manuele Battisti, Country Manager for Enel Green Power South Africa.
Within the framework of the agreements with Air Liquide and Sasol, the two wind projects will be implemented through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) dedicated to each project, which will be local majority-owned.