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Division is set to generate 50% of petrochemical giant’s income

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Final approval granted for R998-million alcohol plant

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Improved performance from four divisions

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Turnover increases by 5%

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

R2,5-billion in projects in progress

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Gas deposit, Northern Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Exploratory drilling off the Northern Cape coast has located a massive natural gas deposit. 

Production up from carbon dioxide plant

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A multimillion-rand carbon dioxide plant, which has been erected a third time by Afrox, this time in Sasolburg, Free State, is realising 20% increased production, while implementing new technology that brings it in line with a global trend towards greater automation. 

R1,4-billion acid plant design near completion

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Basic engineering of Sasol Chemical Industries’ R1,43-billion acrylic acid and acrylates complex in Sasolburg, Free State, is nearing completion. 

Seven distributor options for large energy users

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Large energy consumers will be able to choose from a group of seven distributors, including Eskom’s retailing arm, as the electricity distribution industry is restructured over the next few years. 

Petroleum industry’s black- empowerment well-founded

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Five of the six established petroleum companies operating in South Africa have handed confidential documents to Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, containing proposals for the black-empowerment of the sector. 

Oil exploration, Tanzania

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Energy Africa Tanzania has signed a farm-in agreement with Dublin International Petroleum, whereby it will participate at a 25% level in a first test well to be drilled on the onshore Mandawa concession in Tanzania this month. 

State pipeline firm eyes Pande

By: System Author     10th November 2000 State-owned pipeline management business Petronet is attempting to become part of the joint venture between the South African government and petrochemical firm Sasol for the development of the long-awaited 900-km-long, natural-gas pipeline from the Pande gasfield, in Mozambique, to Sasol’s... 

Progress and promise with syngas

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Spells it Out 

New equipment market emerging

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 With an ever-brightening future for the oil and gas production sector in Southern Africa, resulting from significant discoveries in and off Mozambique, Namibia and, potentially, South Africa, markets are emerging for specialist equipment hardly needed in the region before, and consequently not... 

Scots eye African oil, gas projects

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Scottish downstream petroleum engineering design consultancy is hoping, in conjunction with a local project management company, to use this country as a hub for oil and gas related projects in English-speaking Africa and Mozambique. 

Dutch believe South Africa can be FDI ‘country of choice’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 South Africa’s position as a prime destination for foreign direct investment received a welcome boost this month following a visit to the country from a Dutch business delegation led by Dutch Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs Annemarie Jorritsma. 

New processes increase efficiency

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Stainless Steel 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

Scots eye SA opportunities

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Scotland has identified South Africa as a priority area for the development of trade and co-operation. 

Gas-to-liquids, worldwide

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol and Chevron have signed final agreements for the creation of a new company as part of their 50/50 global joint venture founded on gas-to-liquids technology 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

Hydrogen-recovery system contract has been awarded

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Technology drives globalisation

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

25% of oil resources for black empowerment

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Co-ordinated efforts by oil refineries to manage environmental issues

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Air-sampling highlights health risks near Durban refinery

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Gas-supply agreement signed

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Clean-up calls for large capex

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

Market growth at last for pump

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

Laser technology on the increase in welding and cutting applications

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Welding & cutting 

B2B e-commerce . . . Is the B for Boom or Bust?

By: System Author     6th October 2000 As South African companies cautiously begin embracing the e-commerce revolution, business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce revenues will exceed that of business-to-consumer (B2C) for the first time this year. 

Come hither, Mpumalanga beckons

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The province of Mpumalanga is intent on encouraging investment within its borders. 

Small power goes big

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Developments to Watch 

Jump in oil-exploration spend

By: System Author     29th September 2000 The opening up of oil- and gas-exploration blocks off the coast of South Africa to local and international companies has seen exploration-spend in the region soar from close to zero to R1,2-billion in less than five years. 

Fuel service station, Mozambique

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Sasol Oil has opened its first retail fuel service station in Mozambique, the first country outside South Africa where Sasol Oil has established a retail service station for the marketing of a full range of automotive fuels and lubricating oils. 

Renewable energy advocates unite

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The renewable energy industry is set to get one voice, following the launch of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Council of Southern Africa this month. 

Mozambique gas in South Africa by 2004

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The long-awaited gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa is likely to receive the nod next year as petrochemical firm Sasol prepares to make natural gas an integral part of its hydrocarbon feedstock mix. 

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