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Sasol girds for enduring rand strength, warns of lower synfuels output

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2010 Rand-sensitive energy and chemicals group Sasol says that the global environment has created “strong tailwinds” for the South African currency and that it is preparing its business for continued rand strength over the “medium term”. The company has reported previously that, for every 10c change... 

Chemicals industry makes some safety, cleaner-production progress

By: Petronel Smit     26th November 2010 While South Africa’s chemical industry has made significant strides in “greening” business processes and continues to perform well against global safety, health and environmental (SHE) benchmarks, road deaths in the transport of chemicals are on the rise. 

Partnership lays foundation for success in Africa

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 A partnership agreement between leading South African chemical distributor Protea Chemicals and global water, air and energy solutions firm Nalco Company is set to pave the way for the new entity to become a formidable force on the African continent. 

Global technology for sustainability

26th November 2010 The global Nalco Company spends more than $90 million on research and development each year, and with the re-entry of the group to South Africa earlier this year, its leading-edge technologies are now available to the local market. 

Fifty-one years of service to the Southern African market 

By: sue charlton     26th November 2010 Dow Southern Africa has been operating in South Africa for 51 years and currently has a commercial and manufacturing presence in eight locations, employing nearly 200 people. Dow Southern Africa is part of the global Dow Chemicals Company, which has a presence in 160 countries. Dow is renowned... 

Zungu's Zico positions itself as ‘empowerment consolidator'

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2010 Investment holding company Zico Capital, which is chaired by black business personality Sandile Zungu, is positioning itself as an "empowerment consolidator" with the announcement that it plans to acquire 75% of VUYA! Investments, a black women-owned investment company. VUYA!'s key investment is... 

Omnia expects improved half-year results

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th November 2010 JSE-listed Omnia said on Monday that its interim earnings and headline earnings a share would be at least 220% higher than those of the first half in 2009. However, this improvement was off a low base. The company posted a diluted loss a share of 217c for the six months ended September 2009.... 

Southern Africa plastics packaging market seen growing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2010 The Southern African plastics packaging market was likely to earn revenues of $1,41-billion by 2016, up from the $1-billion in 2009, as this market continues to grow, consultancy Frost & Sullivan said on Tuesday. The consultancy noted that the plastic packaging market in Southern Africa recorded... 

Sasol Synfuels completes world's biggest plant shutdown

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st November 2010 Petrochemicals company Sasol Synfuels executed the largest shutdown of its kind in the world, when it decommissioned a portion of its Secunda operations on August 27, for a period of three weeks. The Secunda shutdown created 14 500 temporary jobs and injected more than R500-million into the... 

support lead-free paint

29th October 2010 New support for the South African Paint Manufacturing Association’s (Sapma’s) drive to remove paints containing lead from the coatings industry, has come from paint contractors.  

A roadmap to cleaner fuels

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 South Africa’s fuel has a sulphur content of up to 500 ppm and, compared with some countries in Africa where there is a fuel sulphur content of up to 5 000 ppm, it is not classified as the dirtiest fuel in the world. 

Commission refers and settles polymers collusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 The South African Competition Commission has referred, in August 2010, its complaints of excessive pricing of polypropylene and propylene in the domestic South African market against Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) and of price fixing in respect of polypropylene, against SCI and polyethylene... 

Nitro to divest five fertiliser blending plants

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 Division of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), Sasol Nitro, is divesting itself of five of its regional fertiliser blending plants, as part of an agreement settled in July with the Competition Commission. 

127 000 carbon credits worth $130 000 donated

22nd October 2010 In support of South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, petrochemicals giant Sasol donated over 127 925 carbon credits, worth about $130 000, to the 2010 FIFA World Cup local Organising Committee (2010 LOC) South Africa to help offset the soccer tournament’s carbon footprint. 

Management changes 
at Sasol

22nd October 2010 In a drive for transformation, petrochemicals group Sasol has made some management changes and shifts. 

Closing the 
skills gap

22nd October 2010 asol Synfuels, in Secunda, embarked on a dedicated pressure-equipment inspector training programme in conjunction with the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), in 2007, to deal with the chronic shortage of certified inspectors throughout industry. 

PhDs at the forefront of R&D

22nd October 2010 The term tetramisation may not mean much to the average individual, but synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol believes that its advances in this field may soon improve the quality of many everyday items used by people all over the world, owing to innovative research and development... 

Ranked as oil and 
gas leader

22nd October 2010 Petrochemicals giant Sasol was ranked as the oil and gas global sector leader in the yearly Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) 2010. 

Gearboxes for Thubelisha colliery

22nd October 2010 Gearbox manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa, the local subsidiary of the Belgium-based Hansen Industrial Transmissions, received an order for the supply of nineteen gearboxes to petrochemicals group Sasol’s Thubelisha colliery. 

Redundant I/H converters for Oxygen East

22nd October 2010 Hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems specialist Voith Turbo has secured three orders from Sasol Synfuels for the supply of five redundant I/H converters and seven trip shut-off modules for the protection and control of steam turbines on the company’s Oxygen East plant, in Secunda. 

Race day at Zwartkops

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has been involved in various sponsored races with vehicles using the company’s fuels. On September 11, the company sponsored a Sasol Race Day at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria, in which one of its sponsored vehicles, a Sasol turbo fuels plus Subaru Impreza STI, which... 

AECI sees higher 2010 earnings, despite strong rand

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th October 2010 Industrial explosives and chemicals company AECI said on Thursday that it expected its 2010 financial year earnings to be 40% higher than last year's earnings. However, the company warned that the stronger forecast could be adversely affected if the rand strengthened any further on current levels.  

Emergency response team fights gulf oil spill

1st October 2010 Pump developer and supplier Thompson Pump mobilised its emergency response team (ERT) to provide pumping equipment, supplies, work power and tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, within a few days of the incident on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. 

Sasol says it is ready to produce ‘greener’ fuels, but requires regulatory certainty

By: Loni Prinsloo     23rd September 2010 There has been much criticism of South Africa's introduction of a vehicle-emissions tax in September ahead of the introduction of newer-generation transport fuels that can help reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other pollutants. However, petrochemicals company Sasol tells Engineering... 

Sasol makes world's first fully synthetic fuel-powered flight  

By: Loni Prinsloo     21st September 2010 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol on Tuesday took to the skies the world's first passenger flight powered with only synthetic jet fuel, which was produced from coal. The South Africa-developed fuel, produced by the coal-to-liquids (CTL) process, is the only fully synthetic jet fuel to... 

Construction of Sasolburg power project could start in 2012 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2010 South African fuels and chemicals producer Sasol could start construction of a 140-MW power generation plant in Sasolburg by mid-2012 should the project receive board sanction in the first quarter of 2011, as is currently anticipated. The company has confirmed with Engineering News Online that,... 

Omnia raises over R2bn, earmarks R1,4bn for nitric acid plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2010 Chemicals, explosives and fertiliser group Omnia plans to use R1,4-billion of the R2-billion in capital it raised in a recent rights offer to construct a nitric acid complex in Sasolburg. The group reported on Monday that the rights offer, in which it offered 20-million additional shares to... 

US chemicals giant weighing long-term BEE options

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2010 The Southern African unit of US chemicals giant Dow has set a target of realising a ‘level four’ black economic-empowerment (BEE) status by 2015, notwithstanding the fact that it, like many other American multinationals, is constrained from selling an equity position in the business. MD Sazi... 

Sasol Nitro sets fertiliser disposal process in motion 

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2010 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has formally initiated a process to sell five of its regional fertiliser blending plants as part of the restructuring exercise triggered by an agreement with the Competition Commission in July. Sasol Nitro, which is a unit of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), said... 

Chemicals giant delivers heat transfer fluid to solar energy facility

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     3rd September 2010 Chemicals company Dow is set to deliver 2 000 t of its specialised heat transfer fluid, Dowtherm A, to international solar energy producer Andasol’s solar energy plants, in Guadix, in southern Spain. 

Excessive pricing to come under spotlight again as Sasol faces polymer charge

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2010 Lingering doubts about what constitutes excessive pricing in the South African context could finally be resolved, following a decision by the Competition Commission to refer complaints of collusion and excessive pricing against Sasol in the polymers market to the Competition Tribunal for... 

Recession, rand exact heavy toll on Foskor

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2010 South African phosphate rock miner and fertiliser producer Foskor reported a sharp fall in revenue and earnings for the year ended March 31, 2010, on the back of a recession-linked pullback in prices and demand, as well as lower production and a strong appreciation of the rand against the US... 

Commission settles excessive pricing case with Foskor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2010 The Competition Commission has entered into a consent agreement with Foskor regarding a phosphoric acid excessive pricing complaint, but would not ask for a financial penalty, it reported on Wednesday. This followed on an investigation into a 2007 complaint against Foskor and JSE-listed... 

Sasol sees stronger FY earnings on higher output, cost savings

4th August 2010 Petrochemicals group Sasol expects to report higher basic and headline earnings a share for the year ended June 30, on the back of improved market conditions, higher production volumes and effective cost containment measures. Headline earnings a share (HEPS) would be up to 8% higher... 

AECI in mood to harvest recent investments worth R2bn 

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th July 2010 South African chemicals and explosives group AECI reported a near doubling of interim profits to R484-million for the six months to June 30, 2010, and reported a 127% rise in headline earnings to 238 c/share when compared with the corresponding period in 2009. Revenue from continuing operations... 

Tribunal confirms Sasol’s fertiliser settlement

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2010 The Competition Tribunal on Tuesday confirmed a settlement agreement with petrochemicals group Sasol, after delaying the process by a week to consider written objections submitted by AECI subsidiary African Explosives and Omnia Fertilisers. The tribunal had made two addenda to the July 5... 

Tribunal postpones decision on Sasol fertiliser settlement

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th July 2010 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday postponed its confirmation of the settlement agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Sasol, relating to allegations of abuse of dominance in the JSE-listed company's fertiliser business. Sasol spokesperson Jacqui O'Sullivan said that the... 

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