Minister Edna Molewa to inaugurate the World’s First Largest Oxygen Production plant in Secunda

23 March 2018


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa together with SASOL and Air Liquide will officially inaugurate the World’s First Oxygen Production Plant worth EUR200m (R2.9 billion) on Monday, 26 March 2018, in Secunda Mpumalanga.

The project is the largest investment of its nature by Air Liquide outside Europe. The company designed and built the oxygen unit, and will also operate it. The unit is the largest Air Separation Unit (ASU) ever built. The ASU design is based on Air Liquide proprietary technologies including several first of their kind innovations in the air compression process, which allow for an annual electricity consumption reduction of more than 20% (compared to the first generation of Air Separation Units).

For the first time, SASOL is outsourcing oxygen supply over long term to a specialist of industrial gas production at Secunda. The socio-economic benefits include: 3.7 million hours spent by contractors working on site; more than 20 highly qualified direct jobs to operate and maintain the plant; network of local companies to provide maintenance services and Air Liquide to provide more than R30 million in corporate social responsibility initiatives over the duration of this contract.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event as per the details below:

Date: 26 March 2018

Venue: Graceland Hotel in Secunda

Time: 10:00

Please note that Sasol will provide transport to and from Secunda on the day for all Johannesburg-based media.

Departure time: 07h30

Venue:  Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Sandton (parking available on P1 via Katherine street)


Matebello Motloung, Specialist: Media Relations:
Cell: 082 773 9457 /
Tel: 010 344 9256 /

To RSVP, contact:

Peter Mbelengwa
Cell: 082 611 8197 /

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871