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SA's first wind farm to get going in Sept

6th June 2002 The first phase of South Africa’s only wind farm will be operational by September. Situated on the Windhoek Farm in Darling, in the Western Cape, the 10 MW demonstration wind farm will commission its first 5 MW phase after a feasibility study was completed last month. 

US energy secretary to attend Africa summit

4th June 2002 US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will hold talks next week with African energy ministers during a summit to promote business opportunities and energy technology between the US and the continent. 

Jannie van der Westhuizen Sasol Mining

31st May 2002 Jannie van der Westhuizen Sasol Mining Leader of 8 200 

Norway oil minister to visit Angola

28th May 2002 Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Einar Steensnaes will visit Angola from May 30 to June 4 for talks on oil and gas reserves in the African nation, the ministry said. 

Nigeria approves 18 private oil refinery licences

27th May 2002 The Nigerian government said it had granted 18 preliminary licences for the setting up of private oil refineries in the country in further deregulation of its energy sector. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

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. 

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. 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

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 diesel fuel extends engine life

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Earlier this year, a new diesel was launched in South Africa, to improve engine performance, extend engine life, decrease the number of oil changes and contribute to a cleaner environment. 

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. 

Solar power biggest in 2050

By: Karel Smrcka     24th May 2002 In the US, Europe and to a lesser extent, Asia, manufacturers of solar cells, wind turbines, fuel-cells and microturbines are reporting booming sales. 

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. 

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. 

Malawi enters the oil-exploration dash

By: Marcel Chimwala     24th May 2002 Malawi – The Malawi government has set up a firm to engage in the exploration of crude oil in the country. 

How story is being 'sold', not just 'told'

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 South Africa’s indigenous petrochemical giant Sasol wants to increase its foreign shareholding from the current 25% to 40% in the next two 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. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

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. 

New GTL alliance with Japanese

24th May 2002 Sasol Technology has formed a groundbreaking alliance with a Japanese fabricating consortium for the design, fabrication and supply of the Sasol slurry phase Fishcer-Tropsch reactors to be incorporated in the South African petrochemical giant’s new-generation gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

Purchasing initiative update

24th May 2002 Sasol launched the NetGain project in 1998, aimed at maximising the company’s purchasing power by pooling purchases across different units, regions and countries. 

Empowering South Africans for greater prosperity

24th May 2002 Sasol regards itself as a responsible corporate citizen and will contribute R25-million to corporate social investment programmes in South Africa this year. 

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