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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Hotter the better for this rare pair

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 Exactly ten years go to the month, Andr 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

New building block in unleaded chain

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The completion in September of the R280-million C5 skeletal isomerisation (SI) plant at Secunda prepares Sasol for the anticipated future increase in unleaded petrol demand. 

First butanol in January

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The first butanol will be produced at Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) in Sasolburg in January next year and downstream of the butanol plant, the acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) project will soon take shape. 

World's largest air-separation plant

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol’s planned 15th air separation unit (ASU) will be the largest single oxygen producing unit in the world, and will confirm the company’s status as the world-leader in this arena. 

A second detergent alcohols plant is mooted as possible

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The new billion-rand detergent alcohol plant in Secunda will begin producing next month – and market talk is that the building of a second detergent alcohol plant alongside the first is not out of the question, even in the relatively short term. 

R500m for R&D in the next 12 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Synthetic chemicals and fuels giant Sasol is to spend some R500-million on research and development (R&D) at its corporate R&D facilities during the 12 months to June next year, Engineering News has been told. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Comonomer focus shifting from hexene to octene

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The past year has seen petrochemical prices weakening, yet Sasol’s Chemical Industries (SCI) division has come up trumps, growing its operating profits with 78% in the six-month period preceding December 31, 2001. 

Billion-rand project at halfway stage

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The construction of Sasol Solvent’s billion-rand butanol project in Sasolburg has reached the halfway stage, Engineering News can today report. German multinational company, Krupp Uhde of Sunninghill, Gauteng, is the managing contractor for the R829-million butanol-specific portion of the... 

New face of petrochem communication

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Brenda Kali is the new face of communication for South Africa’s largest petrochemicals company, Sasol Limited. As the new corporate communications manager, Kali intends putting emphasis on the manner in which South Africa’s indigenous chemicals producer touches the lives of South... 

Conversion from coal to natural gas

24th May 2002 A detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract has been awarded to Fluor South Africa to convert the Sasol Infrachem Plant (SCI) in Sasolburg from a coal to a natural gas based feedstock. 

Three-year alliance with technology division

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 As one of the world leaders in the global engineering industry, Halliburton KBR (Engineering) delivers a complete product to its customers using its technology development, engineering, project management, fabrication, integration, installation, operations and maintenance expertise. 

Heating tapes, temperature controllers

24th May 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian is to manufacture, supply, install and commission surface heating tapes and temperature controllers for the multi-million rand outside extension of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants’ new detergent alcohol project at Secunda, Engineering News can report. 

Positioning for any future oil scenario

24th May 2002 Sasol Synfuels at Secunda, the biggest operating company in the Sasol group, has the ambition to grow its output by at least 20% in the next six years while simultaneously reducing its cash cost by 2% a year. 

New system to maximise alcohol-recovery process

24th May 2002 Sasol Chemical Industries has appointed Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions to install an advanced process control (APC) system on one of its alcohol recovery units. The new system will maximise the recovery processes of alcohol-related co-products. 

New technology a first for South Africa

24th May 2002 Leading edge phase-two foundation fieldbus technology will be used for the first time in South Africa at Sasol Technology’s hydroformylation pilot plant in Secunda. 

Alliance sealed to reduce pump costs

24th May 2002 UK company John Crane has been a preferred mechanical seal supplier to Sasol since the fifties when the Sasol One complex was built in Sasolburg. 

Mike Bee Industrial Urethanes

24th May 2002 Mike Bee Industrial Urethanes 

Pollution control with new gas-measurement device

By: nkolola halwindi     10th May 2002 There is now a need for devices that can measure chemicals in humid applications as government has tightened legislation on the release of toxic gasses into the air. 

The dilemma of dioxins

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th May 2002 There are chemicals called Dioxins that regularly make themselves evident in the popular press. By and large people have no idea what dioxins are even though they are spoken about with authority. 

SA firm to sell stake in pigment producer

12th April 2002 South African chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI and Huntsman Tioxide of the UK have reached agreement, in principle, for Huntsman to acquire AECI’s 40% minority shareholding in Huntsman Tioxide Southern Africa (HTSA). 

Chemicals industry cleans up its act

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

$340-million investment in South African chemical plants

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In what is a first for Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), the company has given the go-ahead for a $200-millon acrylic acid project at its Midland site, in Sasolburg, Sasol Solvents divisional MD Anton Putter reports. 

Corrosion protection for concrete and steel

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In the chemical industry, concrete and steel are to attack by various chemicals, especially acids. 

Group rises above struggling chemicals market

29th March 2002 Chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI produced solid results for its first financial year since buying back 40% of its shares from Anglo American, with headline earnings per share increasing by 32% on the previous year. 

Growth on gypsum front for SA firm

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 As the industrial chemical division of the Omnia Group, Intaba Chemicals has been targeted as an important growth facilitator for the group within the next two years, MD Tony Winter reports. 

Chemical dosing pump now in SA

29th March 2002 Jesco reciprocating chemical dosing pumps, manufactured in Germany and marketed in South Africa by Howden-Orbit, are used to introduce precise quantities of reagent into chemical manufacturing processes at specific periods. 

Sulphuric acid dominates product offering

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Chemserve, Chemical Initiatives, is a leading supplier of industrial chemicals in Southern Africa. 

Chemical imports from China, India climb

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 The consolidation of the global chemical manufacturing industry has resulted in the worldwide growth of the chemical distribution industry, particularly in Southern Africa, Protea Chemicals executive director Peter Gubb reports. 

Weak rand and restructuring boosts explosives, chemicals firm

27th February 2002 The sharp decline in the rand coupled with a successful restructuring programme is beginning to have a profound impact on the earnings of South African explosives, chemicals and fibres group AECI Limited. 

Good chemistry surrounds chemicals deal

8th February 2002 Within the last 18 months, sulphuric acid and sulphur-based chemical supplier Kynochem has been bought by Chemserve, merged with Akulu Marchon and now exists as Chemical Initiatives. 

SA animal-feed firm up for sale

4th December 2001 Chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI has concluded a Heads of Agreement in terms of which it will dispose of its animal feeds business, Kynoch Feeds, to Kemira, of Finland, with effect from April 1, 2002. 

Chemicals group has growth 'Bee' in its bonnet

14th September 2001 In its first year as part of Chemical Services (Chemserve), the largest speciality chemicals operation in Southern Africa, local polyurethane specialist Industrial Urethanes has significant plans for the future, says MD Mike Bee. 

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