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Sasol and Synfuels

Communities drive Sasol CSI plans

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The starting point for all of petrochemicals group Sasol’s corporate social investment initiatives are the communities in which it operates, Sasol group corporate marketing GM Vusi Cwane stated at the opening of Sasol Techno X 2012, in Sasolburg, in August.  “Our total capital spend in South... 

Company providing fire protection for fuel depot

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The installation of fire-protection technology provider DoseTech’s largest foam- dosing pump at petrochemicals company Sasol’s Alrode fuel storage depot, in Alberton, Johannesburg, is being finalised, says DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. DoseTech supplies developed product variants under the FireDos... 

Major fireproofing contract secured

26th October 2012 South African passive fireproofing contractor BICS Fireproofing has secured a contract to insulate and fireproof six large storage vessels, with a total suface area of just under 7 000 m2, for petrochemicals group Sasol’s C3 Stabilisation project, in Secunda. BICS Fireproofing managing member Jim... 

Sasolracing confident for last leg of the national championship

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 With the last leg of the South African National Rally just around the corner, Sasolracing Rally driver Mark Cronje and codriver Robin Houghton are confident in their ability to win this year’s championship. 

Decision to exit GTL project does not reflect on viability – Talisman

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Canada's fifth-largest independent oil explorer, Talisman Energy, states that, despite its decision to exit its joint venture (JV) gas-to-liquids (GTL) feasibility study with energy and chemicals group Sasol Canada in June, it continues to examine gas monetisation options, including liquefied... 

Small-scale synfuels production here to stay

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 While global petrochemicals groups Shell and Sasol have dominated the commercialisation of synthetic fuels (synfuels) for years, other gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and associated synfuels businesses are advancing on a broad front, says clean synfuels production technology innovator Oxford... 

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues. Addressing delegates at the fifth South Africa Innovation... 

Sasol’s impact on local business ‘cannot be underestimated’ says financial services firm

26th October 2012 While JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is a significant competitor in the global market – owing to its established international operations – the petrochemicals giant’s impact on local suppliers, developing markets and new technologies cannot be underestimated, states funding solutions... 

Graduate development programme closing the skills gap

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The concept of hydraulics is not well understood by engineering graduates, according to petrochemicals firm Sasol Technology chief process engineer Ralph Grob. At the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2012 conference, in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month, he noted... 

Sasol implements integrated operational, tactical planning platform

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Sasol Oil, part of petrochemicals group Sasol, in June started the implementation of supply chain solutions provider WAM Systems’ Picaso integrated planning solution (IPS) to support its supply chain planning and optimisation initiative. The business has achieved successful results with the... 

Expo contributing towards skills development

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The Department of Education supported petrochemicals giant Sasol’s various initiatives to advance mathematics, science and technology in South Africa, Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe said at the Sasol Techno X 2012 exhibition, in August. “Sasol Techno X, the most acclaimed career guidance... 

US to develop low-cost technology

21st October 2011 The US Department of Energy has announced the selection of six projects aimed at developing technologies to lower the cost of producing electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants using carbon capture, while maintaining the highest environmental standards.  

Renewed interest in waste-to-energy plants worldwide

21st October 2011 Increased demand for alternatives to fossil fuels, and efforts to balance energy demand and supply, have created renewed interest in the waste-to-energy plant market, reports research consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Company to build combined-cycle power plant for gas synthesis

21st October 2011 Clean energy solutions provider Rentech will construct the world’s first biomass Integrated gasification combined cycle (BIGCC) plant, for the production of electric power at it’s Port St Joe Renewable Energy Centre, in Florida, in the US. 

Louisiana chosen as site for proposed GTL facility

21st October 2011 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has chosen the south-western region of the State of Louisiana as the site for the first proposed gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the US to produce GTL transportation fuels and other products. 

Company awarded R43m switchgear supply contract

21st October 2011 Power and automation technology group ABB has won a R43-million contract from petrochemicals group Sasol, for the supply of a gas insulated switchgear (GIS) for its Sasolburg plant, in the Free State. 

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. 

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