GE, Sasol Team Up on Water-Treatment Pilot Plant in South Africa

General Electric Co. and Sasol Ltd. are collaborating on a water-technology pilot project that will clean wastewater from plants producing synthetic fuels and chemicals and supply biogas as a byproduct for power generation.

The anaerobic membrane technology will be developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s research campus in Sasolburg in Free State province, the companies said today in a statement without disclosing terms.

The development, and expected commercialization, increases the efficiencies of Sasol’s gas-to-liquids operations, said Ernst Obersholster, group executive for Sasol’s international energy division. Sasol expects the technology to be commercially available in 2015.

The companies said the effort also aims to help limit the negative impact that South Africa’s water scarcity is having on the economy. Sasol, based in Johannesburg, is the world’s biggest producer of motor fuel from coal.

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