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Gas pipeline to link Britain to Belgium

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The United Kingdom–Continent Gas Interconnector has been described as one of the most important European energy infrastructure projects, providing a strategic link between the gas grids of the UK and mainland Europe. The interconnector, with a new 112 MW compression facility located within... 

R7m Phalaborwa project

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Variable-speed drives (VSD) products and system supplier Siemens VSD effected a name change and restructuring of this new division to Drives Systems in March this year. “We have undertaken to segment the group into two sections: one for standard ‘off-the-shelf’ products; the... 

Road-surfacing material breakthrough

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In recent years, Sasol has become an influential and important player in the field of road-surfacing materials through its majority shareholding in Tosas, of Wadeville, Gauteng – a 70:30 joint-venture company formed in conjunction with Total South Africa in the early 1970s. Since its... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Environmental management becomes a gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In line with its commitment to the environment, the gas division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has invested considerably in various programmes and technologies in the last few years to ensure that it can implement and maintain a world-class environmental-management system to ensure its operations have... 

Synfuel expansion project up in the air

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South African synthetic fuels and petrochemicals giant Sasol has announced that its proposed multibillion-rand Sky High expansion project has been put on hold for at least the next two to three years. As a result of the dramatic plunge in the price of crude oil, fuel and chemicals, in conjunction... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

South African flowers blooming in Europe

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Exports of indigenous flowers and plants to Europe are increasingly offering new opportunities to the South African flower industry. In addition to the R204-million-worth of fresh cut flowers and foliage exported from South Africa every year – mainly to the Far East – protea exports... 

World’s most-desirable new natural resource

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Natural gas is fast becoming the world’s most desirable source of future hydrocarbons, and will play a far more important role in the global energy mix. The rationale for this trend is axiomatic, as the globe has abundant reserves of natural gas, and the extent of known reserves is... 

Smelter converts to gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The conversion of Billiton South Africa’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay from oil to Sasol pipeline gas by Gauteng firm The Combustion Group has reached the halfway mark, with completion expected by mid-1999, reports MD Flip du Plessis. The company was awarded the contract last... 

Mozal vs Coega: incentives do count

By: System Author     28th May 1999 WHILE the Mozambican government is making every effort to ensure the success of the Mozal aluminium smelter project, the South African government is less flexible with regard to the proposed Coega zinc smelter in the Eastern Cape. This became clear from comments made at the University of... 

Cape national park to serve as international model

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Established last year, the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) – one of only a few in the world within a metropolitan area of some four-million inhabitants – could serve as an international model for other urban nature areas. Speaking in Cape Town at a biannual evaluation, Francois... 

Mining enterprise reinvents its role in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 From a modest contributor to the profits of the Sasol group, Sasol Mining has reinvented itself as a valuable mining enterprise after committing itself to a series of new initiatives to improve its people, technology, quality, safety, environmental performance and cost-management further, reports... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Sulphur plant dehumidifying a success

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following the dehumidifying of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) sulphur plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by moisture-control firm Munters, of Edenvale, Gauteng, the company was for the first time able to draw up its own timetable for maintenance of its sulphur plant irrespective of weather... 

Company explodes on to global market

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a result of its innovation, and the fast-growing market for explosives-grade ammonium nitrate (Expan) product technology, Sasol Mining Explosives (SMX) has exploded on to the global market, becoming one of the leaders in the industry. From a zero base 15 years ago, this division of Sasol... 

Petchem giant seeks to defy muted market

By: System Author     28th May 1999 How did the group’s performance in 1998 compare to that of 1997, and which factors influenced this performance? In the light of the low to lacklustre international prices for crude oil and many chemicals, the group performed well during its 1998 financial year to June last year compared... 

Brand-new couplings break into market

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A new range of dry- break couplings aimed at a broad spectrum of fluid-transfer applications has been developed by Fulcrum Engineering, of Isando, Gauteng, allowing it to diversify and shift focus partly from its traditional petroleum-handling base. A subsidiary of Sturrock & Robson, the company... 

Industrial development drive for the new millennium

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The Industrial Development Engineering Association (Idea) has embarked on a campaign to promote industrial development in Southern Africa and Africa. This started in October last year with a national conference on innovative concepts in industrial development, and will continue through a series... 

Four sites investigated for aluminium smelter

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Four sites have been identified as potential locations for a multibillion-dollar aluminium smelter being studied for Beira in central Mozambique. Known as the Beira aluminium smelter study (Bass), it is being supported by the US Technical Development Agency (USTDA) and is being undertaken by... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

Africa’s first private-equity RDP fund a success

By: System Author     14th May 1999 To date, the South Africa Infrastructure Fund has invested in, or has committed to invest in, seven reconstruction and development programme (RDP)-related projects totalling R250-million, reports MD Philip Chen. The first private-equity infrastructure fund of its kind in Africa, the fund was... 

Mentorship infuses process industry with new blood

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) has introduced a mentorship programme aimed at giving young graduates, and even pregraduates, practical experience in the measurement and control industry, president John Immelman tells Engineering News. He continues that the... 

Genetic modification may hold the key to Africa’s food-production dilemma

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Within the next five to ten years, 95% of South Africa’s processed foods will be derived from genetically-modified sources. Far from rejecting this trend, however, South Africans should embrace the idea of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), if only for the simple reason of all the good... 

African radiation protection centre set up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South Africa is set to strengthen its position at the forefront of global radiation protection following a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS), with strong support from parastatal power... 

Big industrial push mooted for Durban

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The combination of a new container port and a petrochemical hub is just one of the findings contained within a draft South Durban Basin strategic environmental assessment (SEA), to be handed over to the Durban Metro Council by June this year. The study was commissioned more than two years ago by... 

Decision looms for new Cape dam

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is on the brink of appointing advisers to assist it to arrange an R760-million build, operate and transfer (BOT) dam and supplement scheme for Cape Town. Director-general Mike Muller tells Engineering News exclusively that its demand studies... 

One of world’s longest conveyors is coated

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Corrosion-resistant coatings for one of the world’s longest mine conveyor systems, provided by South African conveyor fabricator, Lorbrand, have been sandblasted and painted by Robo Blasting, of Germiston, Gauteng. Coatings for the 24 km conveyor, which runs through the Rockies in Colorado... 

Cracking the problem of caustic corrosion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Corrosion by caustic materials (sodium or potassium hydroxide) at all concentrations is easily handled at room temperature with a variety of metals and alloys, including carbon steels, reports The Hendrix Group Reporter. It becomes increasingly more corrosive with increasing temperature and... 

SA to receive R15m in foreign aid

By: System Author     7th May 1999 South Africa is to receive a total of US$2,5-million (about R15-million) from the World Bank this year for projects to help bring efficient lighting technology to consumers. This will assist the international community to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse emissions, but, more importantly,... 

SA moves to revamp world dumping rules

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African government is still mulling over the possibility of taking the US Commerce Department to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its decision to impose countervailing duties on Columbus Stainless earlier this year – the ruling has far-reaching implications for a number of... 

Environmental management reaps the rewards

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A study undertaken by KPMG to trace the development of environmental management systems (EMS) in South Africa, identified problems, benefits and trends for future development that companies considering such a system can benchmark against. The study was undertaken with the responses of 72% of 112... 

New airport project cleared for take-off

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The project to construct a R250-million international airport for the lowveld at Primkop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has received approval from all relevant provincial and national government departments and agencies and now is awaiting only the closure of the necessary financial package,... 

‘Smart’ pigging and partnerships

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Partnerships with local and foreign companies are the key point of CSIR’s strategy to secure large contracts both in South Africa and abroad, metallurgical and corrosion services manager Hans Schollenberger tells Engineering News. In the cathodic-protection field, significant strides have... 

Participation in expo opens floodgates

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Submersible-pump distributor ABS has made major advances in its drive to expand its market outside South Africa through its participation in the Water Africa exhibition held in Kenya. The entire range of ABS products was on show at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. Special... 

Liquid-ring vacuum pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 iquid-ring vacuum pumps and compres- sors from Nash have been in existence for more than 85 years. High reliability, ease of operation, low power requirements and environmental acceptability ensure that this type of pump is widely used in a broad range of industrial applications worldwide. Main... 

SA power innovations galvanise the world

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South African technology for innovative applications and developments in the electric power-generation and transmission industry is typically leading-edge and highly-regarded internationally, says South African Institute of Electrical Engineers president Alf Schulze. “These latest... 

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