Amid a growing migration to gas-to-power solutions in South Africa, leading supplier of high-end and specialised equipment to the oil and gas industries in sub-Saharan Africa, Energas Technologies, is supplying three gas generators to a new residential development.
Amid an incessant energy crisis in South Africa, Energas has seen a growing appetite for gas-to-power solutions as property developers are increasingly looking for reliable and environmentally-friendly options. Due to an unreliable grid, increasing tariffs and the growing drive towards cleaner energy solutions, Energas product manager Laetitia Jansen van Vuuren says there is a big drive towards gas-to-power solutions by developers and end-users alike.
A developer in Gauteng has recently taken the gas-to-power route, initially installing a single genset supplied by Energas on a new residential development, before adding two more. “The initial scope of the project entailed the supply of one 500 kW R Schmitt Enertec gas generator pre-installed in a 6 m steel container with the necessary sound insulation,” explains Van Vuuren, adding that two more 500 kW containerised gensets will be installed to increase total generation capacity.
The first genset has been installed, and the additional two will arrive in South Africa this September. Commissioning of the project is expected before the end of 2021. The gensets will be synchronised to the grid and a solar plant. There are plans to add more gas gensets in future as demand increases.
One of the major talking points is the containerised nature of the gensets, which simplifies installation. “The engines are pre-assembled and tested in Germany, before being shipped as a complete unit. On site, auxiliary components such as chimneys and fans can be mounted on top of the container within two days. No building work is required for this solution, except for a foundation on which the containers are mounted,” concludes Van Vuuren.