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Sasol and Synfuels

cluster experiences demand 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 The chemicals cluster of petrochemicals giant Sasol had experienced “demand destruction” in the past year, said CFO Christine Ramon, at the group’s annual financial results presentation in Rosebank, in central Johannesburg, last month. 

Supporting 20 years of developing artists

23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is celebrating 2009 as the twentieth year as primary sponsor of the New Signatures art competition together with the Arts Association of South Africa. 

Production at Oryx 
remains firm

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petroleum giant Sasol reported at its annual results presentation, last month that production volumes at the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Qatar were significantly up as 2009 production reached an average of 23 700 bbl/d. 

Tenth advanced synthol 
reactor delivered

23rd October 2009 South African coal-to-liquids company Sasol’s tenth Sasol Advanced Sythol (SAS) reactor has arrived on South African shores. It departed Richards Bay in mid-July for Secunda and reached its destination in the second week of August. 

Competition-related fines dent 2009 profits

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 One-off charges, most notably competition related fines, Inzalo share-based payment expenses and remeasurement items for the Escravos gas-to-liquids project, significantly affected South African petrochemicals giant Sasol’s operating profit figures for 2009. 

Coal-to-liquids to power the future

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s research and development (R&D) departments Setobane Mangena said that coal-to-liquids (CTL) had a role to play in powering the future and was at the centre of the Sasol growth strategy. 

Two challenging years lie ahead at Sasol Synfuels

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2009 Two challenging years lie ahead for Sasol Synfuels, says Sasol Synfuels MD Flip de Wet. “Our main focus will be to achieve stability in both gas production and reformer capacity,” De Wet tells Engineering News. 

Renewed focus on 
energy unit

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has significantly increased the number of staff members working at its new energy unit. 

Focused on sports 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petroleum giant Sasol reports that it is proud to be the sponsor of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks. 

Projects pipeline sees some development despite economic downturn

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 A number of projects have moved fluidly through the progressive phases in South African energy and chemicals group Sasol’s projects pipeline despite a tightened cash flow during the global economic downturn, the group reported at its 2009 annual results presentation, in September. 

Group celebrates 
thirtieth anniversary 
of JSE listing

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of its listing on the JSE at the end of this month. 

Face to face with Pat Davies

23rd October 2009 In an interview with Engineering News, petrochemicals giant Sasol CEO Pat Davies spoke about the group’s current research and development, and the future of transportation mobility. In his discussion with Engineering News publishing editor Martin Creamer, Davies pointed out that capital... 

Plans in place to fix low 
synfuels production volumes

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has seen a significant decrease in production volumes for its synfuels business in the financial year ending June 30, 2009. At the group’s recent annual financial results presentation, in Johannesburg, CEO Pat Davies said that Sasol had a number of plans in place to... 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Group aims to 
curb emissions

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Sasol has set tough targets to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in existing and new coal-to-liquids processes. To achieve these goals, Sasol CEO Pat Davies has indicated that the group would invest significantly in carbon capture and storage... 

$300m project entrenches Mozambique as group’s gas ‘heartland’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2009 The $300-million brownfield expansion of Sasol’s upstream gas production facilities in Mozambique, from the current yearly rate of 120-million gigajoules to 183-million gigajoules, is progressing on schedule for completion in 2011, Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) MD Ebbie Haan confirms. A... 

Lifting company assists with reactor installation

23rd October 2009 South African lifting, rigging and marine and offshore mooring equipment supplier Anchor Industries recently supplied cable laid slings for a heavy lift application for petrochemicals giant Sasol to replace a plant reactor in Johannesburg. 

Carbon capture to be integrated upfront into China project’s design

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) specialist Sasol is including carbon capture and storage (CCS) options in the upfront design of a proposed 80 000-bl/d project it is studying, together with the Shenua Ningxia Coal Industry Group, for possible development in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region... 

Project-delivery concerns as skills stresses remain

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 There may be considerable scepticism about whether Sasol will indeed spend anywhere near the R70-billion in capital expenditure (capex) it is forecasting for the next three years to 2011.  

Greater prudence as financial turmoil and fines bite

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Given the unsettled nature of global financial markets, there is a strong probability that Sasol will pull in its financial horns during 2009, pay down debt and become far more precious with its cash resources.  

Historic, but still controversial

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Over the years, Sasol has had various run-ins with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) - the owner of about 15% of its stock - mostly over what the State-owned enterprise saw as the group's transformational tardiness. 

Fuel imports fall as output rises, demand weakens

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2008 Sasol, South Africa’s biggest fuel supplier, said imports plunged in its most recent financial year as production rose and demand slowed.  

More domestic gas for Mozambique - reports

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2008 Mozambique wants the allocation of six-million gigajoules of natural gas supplied to its industrial city of Matola increased to meet demand from industry, Agencia de Informacao de Mozambique (Aim) gas reported The gas from Temane in Mozambique's Inhambane province is pumped by Republic of... 

Going for Gas

24th October 2008 In a recent interview with Creamer Media Television, Sasol CEO Pat Davies spoke about the group’s upstream gas ambitions. In a discussion with Terence Creamer, Davies said access to additional natural gas would help it more fully exploit its gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology. To watch the video... 

Twin Challenges

24th October 2008 In a recent conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer, Sasol CEO Pat Davies explained why improving the environmental performance of its coal- and gas-conversion technology was so key to its further use domestically, as well as to its internationalisation.  

Group backs carbon-storage atlas project

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Several carbon-heavy South African corporates, including Sasol, have thrown their collective weight behind a R2-million initiative to develop a so-called ‘South African Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage Atlas'. 

Sasol seeks greater upstream independence

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 The shift in strategic emphasis by alternative-energy group Sasol towards the discovery, development and even possible acquisition of natural gas reserves is being viewed as a signal, albeit a subtle one, that the South African group is keen take hold of its own gas-to-liquids (GTL) destiny. 

Solid coal-to-liquids progress out of China

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 South Africa’s Sasol continues to pursue a twin-technology globalisation agenda, involving both coal-to-liquids (CTL) and gas-to-liquids (GTL).  

Jet-fuel breakthrough

24th October 2008 Earlier this year, synthetic fuels producer Sasol reported that it had become the first company worldwide to receive international acceptance for its fully synthetic jet fuel, produced through its proprietary coal-to-liquids (CTL) process, to be used by commercial airliners. For the last nine... 

Opinion divided on whether Mafutha will proceed

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 A coalfield in the western part of South Africa’s Limpopo province has been selected by Sasol as part of its prefeasibility study into the proposed Mafutha coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, which is being studied together with State-owned development financier the Industrial Development Corporation... 

GTL teething problems ‘in hand'

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 South African petrochemicals group Sasol claims that the "majority of teething problems" related to its Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Qatar, were in hand, with the ramp-up now meeting its revised expectations. During June, the plant operated at an average of above 22 000 bl/day and since... 

A R3,8bn ‘tough knock’

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 If it weren’t for the ongoing financial-market turmoil and the business connotations associated with South Africa’s own political turmoil - which have all of us distracted to the point of despair - it would probably have been South Africa’s business story of the 2008.  

Chemicals unit focuses on volumes as price outlook weakens

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 The contribution from Sasol's chemicals cluster was buoyed in 2008 by strong global demand and healthy margins. Operating profit from the unit, which includes polymers, solvents, olefins and surfactants and a range of other chemicals, rose 54% to R6,6-billion making a 20% contribution to the... 

Improved flare design benefits local community

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 The Sasol Polymers Monomers business unit has introduced a new initiative, the totally enclosed ground flare (TEGF), which will replace the elevated ground flare at the Monomer ethylene plant, in Sasolburg, with an enclosed 30-m tower in April 2009. 

Sasol cracks Dow Jones sustainability world index list

24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI). The index comprises the leading 10% of the largest 2 500 global companies in terms of corporate sustainability. 

'Bottom-up' BEE model widens group's shareholder base

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol took a major step forward with regard to transformation during 2008 with the deployment of its Sasol Inzalo black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, which would cost about R7,5-billion to implement.  

Brilliance, courage and commitment

24th October 2008 The South African wheelchair basketball team inspires creativity and innovation in South Africa, which is why Sasol, which views itself as an innovation leader, has moved to associate its brand with the paralympians.  

Double production of hard waxes in South Africa

24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has approved R558-million for its Sasol Wax operation to complete basic engineering for a project that will double its production of hard wax.  

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