R/€ = 15.26Change: -0.01
R/$ = 14.44Change: -0.06
Au 1063.37 $/ozChange: 5.49
Pt 830.50 $/ozChange: -5.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Sep 08, 2008

Sasol chooses Limpopo for Mafutha coal-to-liquids project

© Reuse this

Transport fuel-from-coal manufacturer Sasol had selected a coalfield in the western part of South Africa’s Limpopo province as part of its prefeasibility study into the proposed Mafutha coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, Sasol executive director Benny Mokaba said on Monday.

Mokaba said – during question time after Sasol CEO Pat Davies had presented yet another set of outstanding annual financial results, in which operating profit soared 32% to a record R34-billion – that Sasol was also looking into the option of using coalbed methane gas as a feedstock for Mafutha, the prefeasibility study for which was at an advanced stage.

Sasol would also be looking at carbon capture and storage (CCS) options to determine whether CCS was “practical and doable”.

“The intent is to build a plant as carbon-capture ready as possible,” Mokaba said.

“We are also open to the use of coalbed methane and we are looking at all options,” Mokaba said.

Steps were being taken to determine the volumes of available coalbed methane gas.

The coal reserves in west Limpopo were applied for with a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner.

“As it stands at the moment, we do have a partner and it is a significant South African partner with coal reserves. It’s a BEE partner and let’s leave it at that,” Mokaba said.

“Our drilling programme continues. We have actually drilled more holes in order to avoid situations that may be similar to what happened at Majuba power station to ensure that we know exactly what the lay of the land looks like.

“We have also done community assessment, we have engaged the community and we have had meetings to ensure that we do not start planning to put things where it would not be morally or communally feasible to do that.

“The programme continues. We have had an extension on our drilling programme, which the government approved, and we are engaging in a continuous drilling process,” Mokaba told Mining Weekly Online.

Indications so far were that the coal could be useful and, if economically feasible, Mafutha would come on stream in 2016.

In the region around western Limpopo, the border of South Africa and Botswana is a CTL initiative Toronto-listed CIC Energy is planning.


Completed in Secunda was the new Rooipoort coal mine, which was built at a cost of R1-billion.

Rooipoort was both a synfuels and an export mine.

Mokaba said that Sasol had reserves in Secunda for more than 35 years of synfuels production.

The company also has coal assets in the Free State, the location of the original Sasol One in 1950.


Davies said that the company was undertaking a baseline impact study in the Limpopo for Mafutha, which was an 80 000 bbl/d project. The next step would be to initiate an environmental-impact assessment.

Mafutha is tantamount to a fourth Sasol, the main existing one being the enormous 160 000 bbl/d Secunda operation, where a 4% increase in capacity is on its way based on natural gas from Mozambique, with another 16% increase in capacity part of a prefeasibility study.

Mafutha is a greenfields project that Mokaba said would access “vast reserves of coal” in the area.

In India, Sasol was working with Tata on possible CTL opportunities, while it was also advancing what was likely to be its first CTL plant outside of South Africa in China.

Edited by: Martin Creamer
Creamer Media Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Energy News
Updated 2 hours 5 minutes ago The 865 km gas pipeline from the central processing facility (CPF) in Temane, Mozambique, to Secunda, South Africa, is to undergo a further $210-million expansion, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) confirmed on Monday. Rompco is a joint...
AfriForum has taken its fight against fracking a step further. The group released a statement on Friday saying it had‚ together with the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG)‚ submitted documentation at the North Gauteng High Court “challenging the regulations with...
Nigeria's Oando plans to build a gas plant for up to $350-million as it focuses on integrating gas production with its supply business, the head of the gas and power unit said on Thursday. Bolaji Osunsanya, MD of Oando Gas and Power said the plant, with a capacity to...
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 38 minutes ago The tide has turned for South African ports and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is pressing ahead with its investment under Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) notwithstanding poor economic growth. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told a TPA...
Updated 2 hours 8 minutes ago A 7 500 m2 rooftop solar system has been installed on several buildings at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town. The powering of several buildings on the iconic property will result in an estimated 1 640 000 kWh/y of clean energy. So far, 900 kW have been successfully...
Updated 2 hours 21 minutes ago The 865 km gas pipeline from the central processing facility (CPF) in Temane, Mozambique, to Secunda, South Africa, is to undergo a further $210-million expansion, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) confirmed on Monday. Rompco is a joint...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96