Poland’s JSW to work with South Africa’s Sasol on new plant

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To launch a synthetic fuel plant in Poland, JSW, the European Union’s biggest coking coal producer, has agreed to cooperate with South African petrochemicals group Sasol.

JSW Chief Executive, Daniel Ozon said “Poland is an ideal place for launching a coal fuel plant. We have available coal deposits and a climate policy that affects coal usability”. Poland which is trying to reduce its reliance on gas supplies from Russia, generates most of its electricity from coal and has to face rising costs of carbon emissions.

Ozon said “we could say that polish coal will make us less dependent on Russia”. He also added that the establishment of plant processing coal for gas and fuels was in line with the Polish government’s policies and interests.

JSW said its representatives have been to Secunda, South Africa where they visited Sasol’s plants and watched their technologies used in gas production from coal. The company said the next step would be to sign an agreement with Sasol.

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