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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

R1m tank investment

9th August 2002 Polyurethane specialist Industrial Urethanes has increased bulk storage capacity at its polyols plant in Umbogintwini south of Durban by 150 t with the addition of three new storage tanks requiring an investment of R1-million. 

S African tanks bound for a Zanzibar sewage plant

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 East Rand-based vessel and tank manufacturer Famsystems has been awarded a R1,5-million contract to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission tanks for a sewage plant in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

Ghanaian gold-mines order SA vessels

9th August 2002 South African mixing technology company Lightnin Africa has been involved in three contracts in the gold-mining sector for vessels and mixing equipment. 

New scrubbing vessels for chemical manufacturer

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 Two air-scrubbing vessels fabricated by Wynberg-based company SG Plastic Construction will be installed at a chemical manufacturer on the East-Rand by the end of this month. 

Chemicals giant reports explosive results

31st July 2002 South African chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI has achieved a strong set of results, benefiting from the completion of the transformation strategy and stronger than expected demand in most domestic markets. 

Drinking-water plant cuts costs at gold-mine

26th July 2002 In the past Gold Fields’ Driefontein gold-mine, in the North West Province, used mine fissure water blended with Rand Water Board water to produce the correct water chemistry for drinking water. 

Impact of chemicals classification studied

26th July 2002 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting interested parties to participate in a research study into the implications of implementing the global harmonized system (GHS) of chemical hazard communication and development in South Africa. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

SA exports to US surge 83%

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 South African exports to the US under the latter’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) jumped by 83% in the first quarter of this year in comparison to the same quarter last year. 

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). 

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