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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Police probing alleged government

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The nine recipients of non-repayable grants granted under the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation which subsequently cancelled projects prior to completion, will not be requested to pay back the money. 

Promise of battery factory for South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The introduction of rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries into the South African market will not only give sustainable renewable energy to the population but also energise the local economy to the tune of US$25-million within three years. 

Scientists to make diamonds from light

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 THE cultivation of extremely pure diamonds, not for use in jewellery but to be employed in the ever-growing computer industry, might become a reality in a few years with the help of locally-developed laser technology. South Africans could witness the local construction in the next five years of a... 

The ins and outs of blast-furnace operation

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The purpose of a blast-furnace is to chemically reduce and physically convert iron oxides into liquid iron called ‘hot metal’. A blast-furnace is a huge steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top, and preheated air is blown into... 

Future of fuel-cell technology looks good

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The future of the fuel-cell, touted as the answer to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, hinges on the technology ultimately chosen. Fuel-cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical energy in a highly-efficient manner, still need fuel to operate, and commonly use hydrogen. But non-petrol... 

Good chrome-chem output from new plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R700-million sodium dichromate and chromic acid manufacturing plant, a joint-venture project between Bayer and Dow-Sentrachem, located in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is operating satisfactorily at about 70% of capacity. The plant, on which construction began in 1997, was officially opened in... 

Hi-tech plant on Garden Route

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant is situated 11 km west of Mossel Bay on a 410 ha site on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. A modern solid-waste disposal facility is situated next to the main plant on a property of 360 ha. This high-technology plant has a design production capacity of 30 200 barrels of... 

South Africa enters global herbicide market

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R100-million brownfield project to upgrade Sanachem’s tebuthiuron-producing plants, initiated by parent-company Dow AgroSciences, of the US, is expected to open up the international herbicide market for South Africa. The two-part project involves upgrading the efficiency, health, safety... 

SA chemical industry is largest in Africa

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product, and about 22% of its manufacturing sales. The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa, and is highly complex and widely diversified, with... 

Green light for group’s global compliance

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Every plant we build will represent not only the best operating technology, but the best environmental technology available at the time, no matter where it happens to be, and what the local politics or regulations are,” said Dow Chemical CEO and chairperson Frank Popoff in an interview with... 

Key contract under way

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A key Mossgas contract for the new condensate top-up is currently under way by a top international alliance. A division of Krupp Engineering and a subsidiary of its German parent, Krupp Uhde is undertaking the project in joint venture with Parsons Energy & Chemicals, part of global giant Parsons... 

R20-million speed-balancing facility unveiled

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turbo machinery maintenance and repair company Turborep Demag Delaval unveiled a new operating speed balancing and over-speed test facility valued at R20-million earlier in June. The company mainly services industrial turbo machinery equipment such as that used in the chemical, petrochemical and... 

Taiwanese aluminium cladding for industry

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The sole agent for world-class cladding product Alucomat is Norma Building Elements, of Southdale, Gauteng. Sourced from Jyi Shyang Industrial of Taiwan, the product has been hailed as a revolutionary and versatile decorative composite panel, developed for use in curtain-wall and cladding... 

Ultrafiltration unit for Pretoria plant

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Pall South Africa has designed, installed and commissioned a three-bank ultrafiltration unit for the e-coat plant at Samcor, Pretoria, to remove water from the electrocoating liquid into which vehicle bodies are immersed in the painting or coating process. After the immersion and... 

Enviro impact assessment process optimised

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Quick handling and storage of chemicals and other hazardous materials has been encumbered by the Environment Conservation Act, as it requires an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to be performed before any of these materials are permitted on to a site. This particularly adds to the... 

Local chemical industry is in transition

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The chemical industry in South Africa is in transition, with many manufacturers looking to penetrate the speciality-chemicals market after years of focusing mainly on commodity-chemicals manufacturing. “We have been manufacturing commodity chemicals in moderately large tonnages, aimed... 

‘Green’ message spreads to associated industries

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Environmental awareness in the South African chemical industry is improving drastically, with not only chemical-manufacturing companies, but also associated industries, becoming signatories of the worldwide environmental initiative dubbed Responsible Care (RC). “The latest move in South... 

‘Chemical-city’ project reflects changes

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The scope of the ChemCity initiative in Sasolburg, Free State, has changed drastically since August last year when the company was created. Initially the concept focused on the establishment of industrial parks aimed at the fine and speciality-chemicals industry (Engineering News, July 31, 1998).... 

Boost for chemical-freight transport sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A provider of freight logistics solutions to the chemicals and various other industries Spoornet committed itself to the international Responsible Care (RC) initiative last month. RC is the international chemical industry’s initiative for continuous improvement of performance in health,... 

R140-million project on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R140-million high-purity ethanol plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ Sasol Solvents division is on schedule for completion in September. The lump-sum turnkey contract to construct the plant, which will produce 85 000 t/y of 99,99% pure ethanol, was awarded to Krupp Uhde... 

‘Mock’ hazchem accident tests mettle

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Plastics, chlor-alkali chemicals and mining reagents manufacturer Polifin staged one of two yearly mock incidents at an intersection just outside Fochville in the North West Province last month to ensure it maintains high safety and environmental standards in line with its Responsible Care... 

Household chemicals a potential timebomb

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Most South Africans are aware of the potential damage industrial chemicals can cause to the environment, but are ignorant as to the damage caused by household chemicals, warns Safic operations director Fred Platt. “We believe that few people realise the impact that the day-to-day use of... 

Bid to expand higher-value chemical products

By: System Author     11th June 1999 In a bid to expand its product range to include higher-value chemicals and to improve its overall operations, Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) maintains a highly-focused capex programme for new, expanded and improved chemical plants. Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) and Sasol Technology (Sastech)... 

R18m polyurethane facility being built

By: System Author     11th June 1999 n R18-million poly- urethane-manufac- turing plant and warehouse facility is being built by CH Chemicals (CHC) in Germiston, on the East Rand, and is expected to be completed and in full production by September. The company, formed in 1987 when Dow Chemical disinvested, is its appointed... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

Global strategy for chem firms

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A strategy to enable chemical companies to achieve a maximum return on their investment in information technology (IT) has, for more than two years, been consistently worked through and executed by SAP, a developer of enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems. At present, more than 12 000... 

Lasers throw light on pollution

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Ultraviolet lasers are being used to determine levels of pollution in English rivers and to monitor discharges from chemical works and sewage into the country’s waterways. The laser technique, which has so far been successfully tested in river trials, has been developed by Dr Rafi Ahmad of... 

Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

World-first medicinal plant facility for SA

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa will now be able to harness its vast wealth of indigenous flora with the opening of CSIR Foodtek’s clinical supplies unit, believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The unit will be dedicated to the supply of botanical extracts from indigenous South African plants and... 

Lack of unity drags out export councils

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s unco-operative culture is dragging out the process of forming export councils in the textiles, clothing, chemical products, plastics, furniture and food product industries. Capital Equipment Export Council (CEEC) manager Sybil Rhomberg tells Engineering News that the only... 

South African firm clinches Norway fertiliser deal

By: System Author     4th June 1999 CHEMICAL giant AECI has entered into an agreement with Hydro Agric International, a division of Norsk Hydro of Norway, to acquire a 50% interest in Knynoch Fertilizer. The cash consideration receivable is estimated to be about R140-million, being 50% of the net working capital of the business on... 

SA set to be global polypropylene hub

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Global chemicals company Dow, of the US, will be investing ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to manufacture its polypropylene and polyethylene products locally, Dow global vice-president for engineering plastics Dick Sosville reveals to Engin-eering News. Dow acquired Sentrachem in a... 

Unified SA engineering body on the cards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Companies and professions in South Africa have been bracing themselves against globalisation by consolidating and unifying, but our otherwise forward-thinking engineers seem to be a step behind. After 18 months, a steering committee charged with finding a method of unifying the profession has... 

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... 

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.... 

Big order placed for distillation equipment

By: System Author     28th May 1999 To ensure the quality of its products, Sasol Solvents, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), has ordered distillation equipment from Gauteng testing-equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific & Precision Equipment. The Herzog MP627 automatic distillation apparatus and the Herzog HFP364... 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 

Increased product range

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With an increased product range to supply pressure-reducing stations, controls, metering, boiler controls, compressed-air equipment and various other quality products, Gauteng industrial-equipment supplier Spirax Sarco has demonstrated its commitment to supply knowledge, service and products to... 

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