Sasol dumps holding in Mozambique gas project as asset offloading continues


Johannesburg -Sasol has entered into a $145 million sale-agreement of its shareholding in a gas-to-power plant in Mozambique, as the company continues its assets offloading drive in an attempt to boost its financial position.

The company announced on Monday that the divestment in Central Termica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG), which is located on the border between South Africa and Mozambique is subject to regulatory approvals. Sasol owns a 49% stake in the project, and Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), the country’s state-owned electricity company holds 51%.

It plans to sell its stake to Azura Power, one of the prominent Independent Power Plants operator in the continent.

The transaction is part of Sasol’s “ongoing, strategy aligned, asset divestment programme” – and the company stated that it remains fully committed to upstream operations in Mozambique, which continues to be integral to its plans.

The project was inaugurated in August 2014, and has a 175 MW capacity.

The company has been on an asset selling spree since the beginning of the year, in at attempt to plug its debt hole and a shore up its balance-sheet. In November, a 50% interest in its US-based Gemini high-density polyethylene joint venture was sold to its partner INEOS for $404 million.

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