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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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... 

R260m joint venture completed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 joint venture of about R260-million between Linde and Krupp Uhde to engineer and install a 1-octene plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ alpha-olefins division in Secunda, Mpumalanga, has been completed successfully, reports Krupp Uhde South Africa GM Mark Otto. Although time constraints... 

Significant R&D achievements highlighted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 lthough virtually impossible to single out Sasol’s greatest research and development (R&D) of the last year, considering the nature and scope of its various programmes, some achievements are worth highlighting, communications manager Alfonso Niemand tells Engineering News. Besides the... 

First octene from R369-million plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The first shipment of octene from Sasol Alpha Olefins’ new R369-million, 48 000 t/y octene plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, was expected to reach customers in Europe, the US, Argentina and Thailand this month. The plant, which reached full production in March, produces high-purity octene from... 

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... 

Frothers and collectors developed for mining

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE Sasol Mining Chemicals plant at Sasolburg manufactures a range of alcohol-based frothers and sodium dithiophosphate collectors from Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) and imported feedstocks. The mining chemicals are used to recover copper ores, platinum and other platinum-group minerals such as... 

Oxo-alcohol projects

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE key to what could be a sizeable portion of Sasol’s future chemical beneficiation and product development over the next few years lies in Oxo process technology, report senior process-technology specialists at Sasol Technology in Johannesburg. Currently under advanced investigation is... 

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... 

Hemp industry hits a high note

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A DIAGNOSTIC field tool has been developed by the CSIR which may be key in unblocking legislation which currently outlaws the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. CSIR programme manager Dr Lawrance Hunter reports that the tool takes the form of an on-the-spot clinical evaluation using... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

World congress for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The 500-member Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (Cisa) is to receive a massive boost as it plays host to the fourteenth International Corrosion Congress in Cape Town from September 26 to October 1, an honour which has been shared by London, Melbourne, Florence and Houston in past years.... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Polyester reinforcing shows its strength

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A new type of rein- forcing material constructed from polyester has been developed that is suitable for embedding in a bitumen, coal-tar enamel or resin protective system for steel and other pipes. This type of material can be described as a random polyester-fibre mat reinforced by stitching with... 

South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

South Africa is casting its influence abroad

By: System Author     30th April 1999 International pump manufacturers have identified South Africa as a competitive source of stainless-steel castings in their global sourcing programmes, Steloy MD Danie Slabbert tells Engineering News. He maintains that South African foundries have the production facilities, the people skills and... 

New pump-sealant system is developed

By: System Author     30th April 1999 What is believed to be a unique pump-sealant system has been developed by South African company Chemplast to replace gland-packing rings in most applications. The Easi-feed system feeds a packing sealant directly into a pump’s stuffing box with a simple but effective system, maintains... 

Dutch pumps for local platinum mines

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Pumps designed originally for use in dykes in Holland are finding new applications in South African platinum mines. Bredel pumps have already been successfully installed by Walter Becker SA in the flotation plants of platinum mines near Rustenburg and Potgietersrus in the North West Province. The... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Fire-retardant thatch is hot new roofing

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Fire-retardant specialist Micon Coatings of Lonehill, Gauteng, is all fired up about its newest brainchild. Thatch grass is ordinarily coated with a fire-retardant once the thatch roof has been erected, and this coating is generally applied to the exposed internal and external surfaces. The... 

Pultrusion process to combat corrosion

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Water quality is critical to the quality of our future, and today engineers look more and more to lifecycle costs in specifying materials for design and construction of new and upgraded water-treatment facilities. Lower installation and maintenance costs and long-term performance are factored... 

Employment shrinks in rubber-products sector

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The spate of legislation promulgated by the present government in an attempt to redress the legacy of the past has presented the opportunity for creative management in the industrial rubber products sector of the chemicals industry, Industrial Rubber Industry Employers’ Organisation (Irieo)... 

Black-empowerment water-care initiative

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A joint venture (JV), known as Water- care Africa, has been formed between wholly-owned AECI subsidiary Kynochem and Lupoid International, a black-empowerment consortium. The new company will supply a range of chemicals supported by technical service, installation of tanks, operation of plants,... 

Monitoring-systems division is established

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Adivision has been formed by Bartec Barlian Technik to provide solutions for control systems applications, and to market its range of Modex components and Ex personal computers (PCs) for hazardous areas in refineries, petrochemical, chemical, paint manufacturing and other plants. All the... 

Research in chemical and biological defence

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Centurion company Protechnik Laboratories conducts research and development in all the main areas of chemical and biological defence, as well as quality control and quality assurance of chemically protective materials, systems and equipment, and provides technological support and advisory service... 

R80m plant a first

By: System Author     12th March 1999 WHAT is thought to be only malic, tartaric and fumaric acidulants plant in the southern hemisphere has been built and is being commissioned in Durban by leading chemicals concern NCP, a division of Sentrachem Dow Chemicals. The R80-million plant, situated at the company’s Isipingo complex,... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

200 km pipeline supply network the key

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Successes achieved by industrial and speciality gas and chemical supplier Air Products can be attributed to its extensive pipeline supply network stretching over more than 200 km underground, reports Air Products deputy MD Michael Gaade. This enables the company to supply five industrial gases... 

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