By Nasi Hako Jul 6, 2022
The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) has selected Vikinduku Engineering & Projects as the preferred service provider to design, build, deliver, operate, and maintain their 20MW Gas to Power Generation Plant.
TASEZ is Africa’s first automotive city, located in Gauteng Province. The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a driver of employment, transformation, and socioeconomic growth. The new Ford Manufacturing plant and Ford Suppliers for the next-generation Ford Ranger are housed here.
President Cyril Ramaphosa established the Special Economic Zone in 2019 as part of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development’s growth ambitions and it has so far enabled more than R20.3 billion in manufacturing investment.
The gas to power project is expected to assist the SEZ in its aims to create more than 20,000 new jobs once fully financed and operational in 2024. TASEZ CEC will also provide year-round energy equivalent to over 200,000 homes while producing 70% less carbon emissions than Eskom’s (coal-based) electricity.
This will also assist Ford in becoming the cleanest car manufacturing plant with the lowest carbon emissions in South Africa. The expected gas power plant’s total carbon footprint reduction is 142,500 tons of CO2e annually and 4.27MTons CO2e over the CEC lifetime.
The embedded TASEZ CEC located at SEZ makes the site energy self-sufficient, with increased energy security. The plant might in future be able to switch to use hydrogen as a fuel instead of methane-based natural gas.
The future of gas and gas masterplans in Southern Africa was discussed at the recent Enlit Africa conference.
Source: ESI Africa
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