EPCM completed a Feasibility Assessment for the importation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the port of Saldanha Bay, as part of a gas options initiative to provide gas as a sustainable resource for the Western Cape energy requirements. The study was initiated to fulfill the large energy requirements of Arcelor Mittal Saldanha Steel (AMSS), PPC, Duferco, Tronox and intensive energy users in the Western Cape.
ESKOM, the state-owned power generation company and power grid owner-operator has announced annual increased electricity tariffs not sustainable for Arcelor Mittal Saldanha Steel’s current 160 MW baseload (250 MW peak load) plant operations. This led to the development (co-development between IPCSA and AMSA) of a 1500 MW power generation facility capable of meeting AMSS’s low tariff requirements and supply of lower cost power to surrounding industries.
The most feasible solution; a gas-fired power station (1335 MW CCGT base load and 306 MW peak load) with approximately 90 mmBtu LNG feedstock envisioned to be imported at the Port of Saldanha Bay area. 2 x 4.6 km import gas pipelines will connect into an onshore gas receiving facility from an FSRU/Gravity Float System. LNG is considered to be supplied from the USA with tankers between 120 000 m3 to 180 000 m3.
Scope of Work:
- Market analysis review;
- Re-scoping of work scope;
- Technical design;
- Financial & economic analysis; and
- Assistance during Bankable Feasibility Stage.