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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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Control choice for natural-gas project

24th May 2002 Alpret Control Specialists, a member of Grinaker-LTA, has been awarded the contract for the design, supply, and commissioning of a DeltaV distributed control system for Sasol’s Temane Pande Development Project in Mozambique. 

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. 

Many heat exchangers required

24th May 2002 GEA Aircooled Systems is currently manufacturing heat exchangers for Sasol with a combined heat exchange capacity of more than 90 MW. 

A bit about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th May 2002 For obvious reasons people always think that acoustics is a branch of architecture and that the best acousticians are in fact architects. 

John Baird (III)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th May 2002 In previous columns I wrote how John Baird, the inventor of television, had begun life as a tech student, municipal mains engineer, sock supplier, jam maker and soap trader until when at 35 he started on his invention of television. 

Conference centres: the key to SA hotel industry's oversupply dilemma?

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 Making new tourism projects financially viable is not an easy feat in the current South African climate, maintains Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein Tourism Hospitality and Leisure Principal Gillian Saunders. 

Engineering council moves to allay public fears

13th May 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) – which represents the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), the Institution of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa (Imesa), and the Institute of Timber... 

Nanotech - innovation driver

By: Karel Smrcka     19th April 2002 Nanotechnology has left its ivory tower behind and is set to have a massive influence in altering future economic reality. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

New home for antenna maker

16th April 2002 SATCOM antenna supplier Omnipless opened its new facility in Westlake Business Park in the Western Cape on April 10. 

Remembering Spike Milligan (II)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th April 2002 WG: “Part two: Looking for diamonds Neddy is finding being in the desert somewhat arduous . . .” 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Big solar plan for Northern Cape

12th April 2002 By 2005, South African power utility Eskom could be operating the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. 

Alstom South Arica

5th April 2002 Mark Wilson Alstom South Africa Leader of 4 000 

Study to seek ways of securing engineering jobs

5th April 2002 A tender for a study to facilitate the formulation of an integrated strategy for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry has been invited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Strike threat hangs over engineering sector

3rd April 2002 If a meeting between the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the South African Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) on April 12 fails to provide a concrete solution to a dispute, more than 200 000 workers in the local engineering industry will down tools. 

Study to seek ways of securing engineering jobs

27th March 2002 A tender for a study to facilitate the formulation of an integrated strategy for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry has been invited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Techno giant mum on debt facility

27th March 2002 Swiss engineering group ABB declined to give details of talks it is holding with creditor banks on terms of $3-billion in short-term loans it drew amid a squeeze in the commercial paper market. 

Global fair a measure of growing hydrogen, fuel-cell interest

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd March 2002 What began at Hanover Fair 1995 as a special-interest event with just ten exhibitors has grown to become the world’s biggest display of hydrogen and fuel-cell technology, which took place at the Hanover Fair last year. This year, the contingent at the Germany fair – to be held in... 

A lot for a little?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd March 2002 Not too long ago I wrote that standby diesel gensets were frequently oversized. I implied that one of the reasons for their oversizing was that the consulting engineers who specified them specified bigger engines no only to “be on the safe side”, but to increase their fees, these... 

Engineering privatisation being reviewed

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2002 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and Eskom Enterprises (EE) are reviewing the necessity of involving a strategic equity partner (SEP) in State-owned engineering group Rotek Industries, following substantial changes in the viability of the organisation. 

Investment rating downgrade for engineering group

20th March 2002 Industrial engineering group ABB said it did not expect a big rise in its interest costs even though Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its rating. 

Strike threat in metals sector

19th March 2002 f a dispute between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Steel, Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) is not resolved on Wednesday, 200 000 workers in the local engineering industry will embark on a legal strike. 

Klaus Döring Siemens

15th March 2002 Klaus D 

Cracking the 'code of life'

15th March 2002 TWENTY bioinformatics specialists met in Cape Town last month to advance the tools critical to cracking the code of life. 

Former CEOs in pension payback

11th March 2002 Engineering group ABB said two former top executives will repay some 137-million Swiss francs out of 233-million in controversial pensions and benefits. 

SA consulting sector begins to fire

1st March 2002 Members of the consulting engineering sector reported that the industry performed better than expected in the period January to June 2001 with an increase in income of 5,7% over the same period last year. 

Engineering firm's strategy shift pays off

28th February 2002 Engineering group Murray & Roberts continued its turnaround in the six months to December 31, 2001, delivering excellent results that exceeded market expectations. 

24/7 customer access on way as new paperless era dawns

22nd February 2002 ABB-Reyrolle is an electrical engineer and manufacturer of medium-voltage power technology products, including medium/high-voltage switchgear and systems such as turnkey substations, electrical distribution solutions. 

UK engineering group to sell two divisions

21st February 2002 The British engineering group that has axed thousands of jobs in a battle to restore its fortunes, Invensys, said it would chop $2- billion from its debt pile by selling two divisions. 

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