Wärtsilä, the multinational specialists in gas to power, welcomed the Department of Energy’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in particular its recognition of the need for a mix of gas and renewable power, business development manager Wayne Glossop said on Monday. The department is holding public hearings this week on the IRP, which sketches scenarios for SA’s energy mix to 2050. The process will culminate in a final recommended plan. Two months ago, the department’s Independent Power Procurement unit issued a preliminary memorandum on a gas to power programme based on an initial two gas-fired power plants at Coega and Richards Bay served by imported liquefied natural gas (LNG). It has suspended the process, pending the completion of the IRP studies. Wärtsilä, which is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and generates about €5bn revenue a year, focuses on integrated LNG to power projects in SA. It supplied 180MW gas-fired power plants to Sasol at Sasolburg and Ressano Garcia in Mozambi...

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