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Sasol and Synfuels

Company assists in making way for new plants

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Demolition specialist Jet Demolition is assisting energy and chemicals company Sasol with the demolition of redundant equipment at its Sasolburg operations, in the Free State, to create space for new plant systems. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation
CONVEYING COAL The overland belt conveyor is transporting coal mined at the Shondoni shaft to Sasol’s coal supply operations, about 20 km apart

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects in Qatar

     21st October 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin was awarded an engineering consultancy and support services contract by Qatar-based company Oryx Gas To Liquids (GTL), a joint venture between petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (51%) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol (49%) for its... 

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects  in Qatar
KEY CONTRACT SNC-Lavalin has established a five-year agreement with Oryx GTL to provide engineering consultancy services on projects at the Qatar-based GTL facility

Lake Charles is value accretive in the long term

     21st October 2016 Despite the announcement in August revising the cost estimate of its Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) by about $2.9-billion, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol remains confident that the project is value accretive to shareholders in the long term. The project, located adjacent to... 

Lake Charles is value  accretive in the long term
LAKE CHARLES Sasol's Louisianan chemicals project is adjacent to its current chemicals operation

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st October 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks
PRODUCT MODIFICATION A.Hak can now inspect furnace tubes as small as 3” in diameter

Sasol invests in social responsibility initiatives

     21st October 2016 Furthering its social outreach, energy and chemicals company Sasol held its sixteenth flagship career exhibition, Sasol Techno X, from August 16 to 19 at the Boiketlong Sports Centre in Sasolburg. 

Sasol wins tax award in Mozambique

     21st October 2016 Oil and gas company Sasol Petroleum Temane was this year named the best income tax payer for 2015 in the large companies section by Mozambique Revenue Authority. 

Steam traps enhance energy conservation, reduce downtime

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Valve products and services provider Heaton Valves Africa has been contracted to supply steam traps for the seventeenth air separation train that is under way at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga. 

Steam traps enhance  energy conservation,  reduce downtime
ENHANCED ENERGY USE The F46 connector, together with the Quicktrap steam trap range, will ensure efficient use of energy on Sasol’s seventeenth air-separation train

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017

     21st October 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol CFO Paul Victor announced last month that despite the anticipated oil and currency price volatility, the company expects its strong operating performance to continue next year. Speaking at Sasol’s annual results presentation on September 12, Victor pointed... 

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017
SASOLBURG PLANT Sasol CFO Paul Victor stated that the outlook for 2017 remained reasonably positive

Valuable partnership continued with new projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium the Hydra Arc group of companies is continuing its long-term partnership with energy and chemicals company Sasol by assisting it with the construction of an air separation unit, as well as developing... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects
FURTHER EXPANSION (lead pic) A 17th air separation train will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process at its Secunda complex

Another successful year for Sasol Techno X

     23rd October 2015 International integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol hosted yet another successful Techno X exhibition which took place from August 3 and 7 in Secunda, Mpumalanga attracting almost 22 000 people including thousands of learners from various schools in all the provinces of South Africa.... 

Another successful year  for Sasol Techno X
PRACTICAL DEVELOPMENT Sasol Techno X seeks to expose the many facets of technology, encouraging leader to explore a range of disciplines and career choices

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2

     23rd October 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is spearheading a €3.5-million research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that could offer customers the power and performance of modern internal combustion engines, with enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental benefits comparable to... 

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2
Photo by Bloomberg
PROMISING TECHNOLOGY Ford’s project will test the first-ever cars to run on environment-friendly dimethyl ether and oxymethylene ether

Business performance programme saves Sasol R2.5bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the group’s response plan to combat... 

Business performance programme saves  Sasol R2.5bn
Photo by Sasol
CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months

Filteg

     23rd October 2015 Filtration specialist and filtration products provider Filteg boasts a combination if skills, versatility, experience and top-quality equipment that give the company a distinct advantage over other companies handling similar types of equipment. Filteg services a broad range of clients across... 

Filteg

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased

     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces high-purity and ultrahigh-purity... 

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased
Photo by Sasol
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market

GTL base oil receives international acclaim

     23rd October 2015 Based on its recent analysis of the lubricants industry international growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Shell Lubricants was given the 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership, the consultancy announced last month. “This groundbreaking Shell PurePlus Technology... 

Industry body sees drop in PVC production numbers

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62 000 t of PVC powder compounds... 

Local petrochemicals giant turns 65 this year

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and chemicals company, with a... 

Manufacture of GTL reactors and catalyst complete

     23rd October 2015 Smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology provider Velocys announced last month that the manufacture of the full-scale commercial Fischer-Tropsch reactors for hydrocarbon products developer Envia Energy's Oklahoma City GTL project, in the US, is complete. Velocys noted that All American... 

Natural gas diesel reduces GHGs

     23rd October 2015 Gas-to-liquids (GTL) systems developer Greyrock Energy last month announced the performance results from the testing of the company’s ultra-premium, zero sulfur diesel fuel. Greyrock’s fuels are produced from natural gas, natural gas liquids, flare gas and other waste gases using the company’s... 

Packaged heating system to reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity

     23rd October 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies this month commissioned a packaged heating system for a local oil storage facility upgrade – the first type of this installation for the oil storage facility. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is stored in large tanks at the local oil storage... 

Packaged heating system to  reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity
VISCOSITY REDUCTION The high-temperature temper packaged heating system will be used to heat up the heavy fuel oil from 20 ˚C to 80 ˚C

Petrochemicals giant maintains focus on US

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, Constable... 

Petrochemicals giant  maintains focus on US
Photo by Sasol
PROGRESSING INVESTMENT Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work at the ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Louisiana have been under way since 2014

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 In addition to being involved in close to 20 projects a year for a local petrochemicals manufacturer, transport and heavy-lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa has noted a marked demand for its transportation, lifting, rigging and installation services in the petrochemicals industry.... 

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand
DELIVERY CAPABILITY Mammoet Southern Africa uses several crawler cranes and jacking and lifting methods to ensure the most significant time-saving solutions for customers

Phase 2 of wax expansion project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has started the second phase of its Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg, Mpumalanga, following the commissioning of the first phase of the project at the end of May. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, president and CEO... 

Phase 2 of wax expansion project under way
Photo by Sasol
MILESTONE PHASE Phase 1 of the Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project saw 7 200 t of steel erected and nearly 600 km of piping used

Qatar GTL plant sustains solid performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility has sustained a solid performance, with an average use rate of 90% for the 2015 financial year. The Oryx GTL plant, a joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari... 

Qatar GTL plant  sustains solid  performance
Photo by Sasol
SOLID PERFORMANCE Sasol’s Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility’s average use rate of 90% for the 2015 financial year was in line with market guidance provided

Sasol helps improve healthcare in Mabote district

     23rd October 2015 As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health centre to government officials... 

Sasol improves volumes, predicts strong 2016 output

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Despite a highly volatile and uncertain macroeconomic environment, exacerbated by lower global oil prices, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has registered a strong operational and cost performance for the 2015 financial year. The company released its full-year results for the year... 

Sasol improves volumes,  predicts strong 2016 output
Photo by Sasol
BOOSTING ELEMENTS Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins

Sasol promotes reading through book drive

     23rd October 2015 Chemicals and energy company Sasol is set to handover close to 20 000 books to the Maharishi Institute the Girls and Boys Club of Soweto, at the Jabavu Community Library and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in the maiden project of its global ‘Sasol for Good’ initiative. “As our first... 

Sasol submits affidavit to Constitutional Court

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol submitted an affidavit in August to the Constitutional Court in response to an application made by the Competition Commission in July for leave to appeal the Competition Appeal Court’s (CAC’s) June ruling to overturn a Competition Tribunal finding, which resulted in... 

Sasol’s new office construction progressing

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 More than 3 000 of integrated energy and petrochemicals major Sasol’s personnel will move to the group’s new headquarters in Katherine street, Sandton, Gauteng – a consolidation of the group’s 17 offices currently located in Rosebank, Randburg and Bryanston – in the second half of 2016.... 

Sasol’s new office  construction progressing
Photo by Sasol
SHOWCASING VALUE The new building’s look has been designed to link to Sasol’s logo, encapsulating the company’s values, such as stability and strength through synergy

Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) last month supplied 14 Titan severe service ball valves for the second phase of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP). The FTWEP involves the construction of a new wax plant at the... 

Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project
SEVERE SERVICE The Titan severe service ball valves, which offer a substantial service life, were supplied with Rotork actuators for use in an extreme slurry application at Sasol

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy

     23rd October 2015 Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses Sunfire’s PTL technology to... 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy
Photo by Sunfire
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE The power-to-liquids plant transforms water and carbon dioxide to high-purity synthetic fuels with the aid of renewable electricity

Company assists nitrogen project

     24th October 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco, played a significant role in the recent timely delivery of mission-critical equipment as well as services to petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ nitrogen project. Sasol Synfuels is... 

Company assists  nitrogen project
CREATIVE COMPRESSOR SOLUTION The compressors were initially designed as oil-free air compressors, and had to be modified to accommodate the flow of nitrogen

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors

     24th October 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management solutions to hydrocarbon... 

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors
EXPANDED OFFERING ImproChem concluded the purchase and integration of Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant’s African water treatment business on July 1

Environmental organisations seek amici curiae

     24th October 2014 Two groups of environmental rights organisations have given notice of their intention to seek consent to be admitted as friends of the court (amici curiae), in court proceedings launched in May by energy and chemical company Sasol and crude oil processing and refining company the National... 

Fabricator completes retubing project

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Local fabrication company ERD Fab, a division of Gauteng-based structural steel product manufacturer Structa Group, completed a heat-exchanger retubing project in July for energy and petrochemicals group Sasol subsidiary Sasol Polymers at its vinyl chloride monomer plant in Sasolburg, in the Free... 

Fabricator completes  retubing project
TUBE AND SHELL HEAT EXCHANGER The heat exchangers are suitable for use in various industries, including the oil and gas sectors

Football talent programme launched

     24th October 2014 Petrol and chemicals company Sasol, in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), launched a football talent development programme in the Fezile Dabi district, at the Harry Gwala Sport Centre, in June. This is the second leg of the partnership that impacts the local football... 

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