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Sasol and Synfuels

Company provides one-stop facility during shutdown

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 Gasket manufacturer Klinger and its sister company Klinger Mzansi supplied petrochemicals group Sasol with a one-stop site facility during its solvent shutdown in September. 

Texan contractor to construct tetramerisation plant

21st October 2011 Texas-based engineering, procurement and construction management company S & B Engineers and Constructors has been awarded a contract by South African energy and chemicals group Sasol to construct its ethylene tetramerisation plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Wax expansion project on schedule

21st October 2011 Petrochemicals group Sasol reports that its Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) is currently in the construction phase and is on schedule for commissioning of Phase 1 in 2012. 

Questions raised over petrochemicals group’s participation at COP 17

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 The inclusion of global energy and chemicals corporation Sasol in the South African national delegation to the seventeenth United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 17) has been called into question by environmental organisation Earthlife Africa.  

Australia working towards enhancing energy security

21st October 2011 As part of the Australian government’s commitment to enhance the country’s energy security, it has collaborated on the establishment of the A$5-million Synfuel and Catalysis Research Facility (SynCat). 

Synthetic fuels producer secures funding

21st October 2011 Environmental energy company USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation (USFC) has signed an agreement with New York-based institutional investor Kodiak Capital Group, in terms of which Kodiak has committed to invest up to $20-million over a six-month period, subject to certain conditions, at the company's... 

Techno X teaches science

21st October 2011 Petroleum company Sasol’s Techno X exhibition, which was held from August 16 to 19, this year, attracted about 23 000 visitors and over 300 schools. 

Feasibility study set for large-scale plant in China

21st October 2011 Synthetic fuel (synfuel) producer Accelergy Corporation, in partnership with coal company Yankuang Group, is set to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a large-scale, low-carbon, hybrid coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in China’s Inner Mongolia province, that will produce approximately... 

Technology provider receives funding for proof-of-concept projects

21st October 2011 Hydrogen fuels technology provider Cella Energy has received a further $1-million investment by space industry agency Space Florida to further advance development of its technology. 

US GTL technology to be commercialised

21st October 2011 Texas-based holding company UMED Holdings has obtained an exclusive licensing agreement from gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology developer 1st Resource Group (1RG) for the commercialisation of 1RG’s natural gas-to-synthetic fuel proprietary technology.  

Atomic resolution HR-TEM critical to SA’s R&D

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 The first high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) with atomic resolution to be employed on the continent is critical to South Africa's research and development (R&D), says Dr Tracy Bromfield, R&D manager for applied research at Sasol Technology. 

Disappointing result for sponsored rally team

21st October 2011 Sasol-sponsored rally drivers Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton emerged from the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally in a disappointing ninth place, after dropping 13 points below rally winner Conrad Rautenbach, while their teammates, Sasol-sponsored drivers Jon Williams and Cobus Vrey, drove the second Sasol... 

Technical portion of feasibility study on track

21st October 2011 Engineering and construction contractor Foster Wheeler reports that the technical portion of a feasibility study for a planned gas-to-liquids (GTL) study, in Canada, is on track and is expected to be complete during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Synfuels technology developing at a rapid pace

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 Synthetic fuel (synfuel) technology is being developed at a rapid pace as the demand for synfuels increases, says technology innovator for clean synfuel production, Oxford Catalysts Group business development manager Tad Dritz. 

Sasol confident about advancing growth opportunities

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 International investment research firm Zacks states that, given petrochemicals group Sasol’s strong balance sheet and net cash positive status, the company will be able to pursue an aggressive coal-to-liquids and gas-to-liquids (GTL) growth programme. 

SA scientists to showcase hybrid energy processing plant prototype at COP 17

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 Scientists from the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS), together with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), will exhibit a prototype of its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis-based mobile conversion technology unit that converts biomass to electricity and crude synthetic... 

Synfuels production shifting from petroleum to biomass

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 There is increasing interest in the use of biomass for the production of synthetic fuels (synfuels), as opposed to the use of petroleum or coal, says Université Lille Nord de France professor Franck Dumeignil. 

Shale gas could provide sustainable feedstock

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 A discovery of large recoverable shale gas reserves in the Karoo could stimulate the development of the gas infrastructure in South Africa, and give the country the opportunity to develop and grow new markets. 

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. 

KZN oil company acquires fuel distribution depot

22nd October 2010 Oil company Chevron South Africa has concluded the sale of its Empangeni fuel distribution depot, in line with its global optimisation strategy, to 100% black-owned fuel and lubricant supplier KZN Oils. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Management changes 
at Sasol

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

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... 

Synfuels group stresses operational efficiency

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 South African synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals manufacturer Sasol can only continue on its strategic growth path if its current business units are operating at optimal efficiency, CEO Pat Davies reports. 

Carbon capture remains a challenge for CTL development

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 The importance of establishing carbon capture storage (CCS) facilities in South Africa was emphasised when synthetic fuels (synfuels) producer Sasol announced, in September, that, owing to a lack of financially viable methods of CCS, it had decelerated the construction of its Mafutha... 

Company receives preferred supplier of the year award

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 South African fluid conveyance products and systems provider Rare was awarded local liquid fuels and chemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ Luminous Award 2010 for being its preferred suppli 

Strong rand restrains profit margins 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 The strong rand is restraining local synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals producer Sasol’s ability to realise potential profit margins, CFO Christine Ramon reports. However, despite the strong performance of the local currency and global markets still being volatile, following the economic... 

The future of biofuels in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 Prefeasibility studies for three South African biofuel projects, each producing about 100-million litres a year, show that it will cost at least R5,1-billion to develop them, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said in a written reply to Parliamentary questions 

Setting its sights 
on natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 An arbitrage between the oil price and that of natural gas has spurred significant interest from synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol to expand and further invest in natural gas resources, the company reports. 

From parastatal to private fuel and chemicals giant

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 Synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals producer Sasol has devoted years of research and development (R&D) to optimising its chemical processes, resulting in a number of groundbreaking industry firsts and innovations. 

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... 

Valves contract awarded for new cobalt plant

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd October 2010 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist, Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) has secured an order for all safety relief valves and commodity valves for synthetic fuels producer Sasol’s latest development, a cobalt catalyst plant, the Meerkat II, HVA engineered products divisional manager... 

Valve manufacturer's products receive SIL 3 certification

22nd October 2010 Equipment manufacturer Virgo Engineers reports that several of its products, such as floating and trunnion-mounted soft- and metal-seated ball valves and TriTork triple offset valves, have received safety integrity level (SIL) 3 certification – safe for installation in plant such as Sasol’s –... 

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