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Sasol and Synfuels

Bumper financial year for SA energy cluster

24th October 2008 The South African energy cluster of petrochemicals giant Sasol has reported an overall turnover of R104,7-billion for the year ended June 30, 2008, a 35,9 % increase on the previous year. 

Global group wins EPC contract for chemicals project in SA

24th October 2008 The South African subsidiary of global engineering and construction group Foster Wheeler, Foster Wheeler South Africa, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Senmin International for a new facility to produce carbon disulphide and recover sulphur from... 

GTL catalyst manufacturing facility receives environmental approval

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 The International GTL subsidiary of petrochemicals giant Sasol, Sasol Synfuels International (SSI), has been granted permission to build a GTL catalyst manufacturing facility on the Sasol One Complex.  

Crude constraint leaves door open for CTL technology push

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2007 In the next ten years, the demand for oil from growing economies such as China and India is expected to rise to about 14-million barrels of oil a day, exceeding the production capability of Saudi Arabia, synfuel producer Sasol's CE Pat Davies said at the Pittsburgh Coal Conference earlier this year. 

Growth ready

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 A philosophy of the 'whole being greater than the sum of the parts' has already had a profound influence on the performance of Sasol's South African energy cluster and has also strengthened the ability of business to respond to a surge in demand for its products, cluster head Dr Benny Mokaba avers. 

Gaining prominence

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 In a country where the 'inferiority complex' is the default national persona, South Africans often require outsiders to tell them that that not all bad. 

GTL ramp-up lessons being transferred to Nigerian venture

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 All the lessons learned during the construction and ramp-up of the $1-billion Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL), in Qatar, are immediately transferred to the $3-billion Escravos GTL (EGTL) joint venture currently under construction in Nigeria. 

Big exploration push for yet more Mozambique gas

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Upstream oil and gas business Sasol Petroleum International has completed a large part of its well drilling campaign in Mozambique and is planning to drill another 27 wells by April 2008, in a programme that includes development appraisal and exploration wells. 

China's growing attraction to coal-to-liquids offering

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Until relatively recently, the internationalisation of Sasol's coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology has played a definite second fiddle to its sister fischer-tropsch technology, gas-to-liquids (GTL). But over the past couple of years the balance has shifted slightly, particularly in light of strong... 

'The technology works'

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Apart from safety, Sasol has identified the ramp-up of the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Qatar, as its main priority for the short- to medium-term. The $1-billion, 34 000 bbl/d investment, which is being pursued in joint venture with Qatar Petroleum, is to showcase the promise and... 

Tight margins, specification uncertainties a concern

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 It is common cause, that the South African refining industry will, in the next few years, be confronted by some tough challenges. 

A fine development

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Some 5%, or 7 500 bbl/d, within a larger approximately 30 000bbl/d, or 20%, brownfield expansion planned for Sasol's Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga, is likely to arise from the deployment of a world-first technology able to convert coal fines into high-value liquid fuels. 

Company Cameo

26th October 2007 A snapshot of the Sasol group. 

Mafutha a 'when' not an 'if' - Mokaba

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 The head of Sasol's South African energy cluster says the global coal-to-liquids (CTL) leader is doing everything in its power to fast-track studies into a proposed 80 000 bbl/d greenfield inland refinery, dubbed 'Project Mafutha', particularly in light of rampant demand growth for transport... 

Teething problems

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 The technical problems that afflicted Sasol's high-profile Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) joint venture, in Qatar, sent jitters through the market earlier this year. 

Chemically balanced

26th October 2007 The Sasol global chemicals cluster consists of four core businesses namely Polymers, Solvents, Olefins and Surfactants, and Other. Sasol Polymers reported an increased operating profit despite the impacts of shutdowns. Operating profit increased by 32%, to R1 089-million on the back of higher... 

Creating energy

26th October 2007 The Sasol energy cluster is defined by operations in four sectors namely Sasol Mining, Sasol Gas, Sasol Synfuels, and Sasol Oil. In the record results for the year ended June 2007, the operating profit of Sasol Mining was at R1 171-million, about 5% lower than the prior year, owing primarily to... 

Going global

26th October 2007 Sasol Petroleum International reports that operating profit declined by 50%, to R300-million for the year, primarily owing to a significant increase in exploration costs offset by higher selling prices, a weaker rand/US dollar exchange, and increased sales volumes. 

The coal-to-liqiuds technology edge

26th October 2007 Sasol Secunda operates the world's only coal-based synthetic fuels manufacturing facility, which uses unique Sasol Fisher-Tropsch technology to manufacture synthesis gas from low-grade coal. This is converted into a large range of petrochemicals. 

Gas-to-liquids technology in snapshot 

26th October 2007 The Sasol gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology uses three chemical processes to convert natural gas, or a similar gaseous hydrocarbon, into liquid fuels and related petrochemicals. The heart of the GTL technology is the conversion of synthesis gas (syngas) into waxy syncrude, which is a form of... 

Broad support for group's empowerment approach, despite early concerns

26th October 2007 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently reiterated the fact that it was in full support of the black economic empowerment (BEE) deal which Sasol initiated in September this year. 'Given Sasol's status as the largest industrial investor in the South African economy, the department... 

Proudly SA and sports mad

26th October 2007 Sasol reports that it is an enthusiastic sponsor of football, rugby, motor sport and Paralympics. Through its commitment, the company promotes its brand and more importantly, plays a vital role in promoting prowess, and nation building in South Africa. 

New international welding standard designed to ease stresses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2007 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) conducted its first ISO 3834 certification process in September this year, in accordance with the International Institute of Welding and the European Federation for Welding certification system, awarding local manufacturer Stainless Fabricators... 

Seeing opportunity beyond immediate skills threat

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Possibly more than any other South African company, Sasol, which has been built on the unique application of science and technology, is reliant on having the right skills at the right place and at the right time. 

Supporting the pipeline industry

26th October 2007 The availability of pipeline gas is a significant stimulus to the economy of a country on local, regional, national and international level, reports the South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga). 

Chemicals unit expands Chinese operations

26th October 2007 Petrochemicals group Sasol announced last month the opening of an office in Shanghai to market its diverse range of chemical solvents in China. 

Women play leading role in mining empowerment

26th October 2007 A women-led black economic empowerment (BEE) vehicle and Sasol Mining in October announced a transaction, which should see thousands of rural and periurban women participating in a major BEE transaction for the first time. 

Bursting at the borders

26th October 2007 Sythetic fuel (synfuels) producer Sasol reports that it will be expanding its synfuels production capacity in South Africa, on a brownfields basis, by 20%, over the next nine years. During the planning phase, it was thought that about half of the planned expansion would come from additional... 

Sealing solutions improve the environmental performance of petrochemical plants

26th October 2007 Global manufacturer and distributor James Walker supplies a range of standard and specialised products and services to virtually every industrial sector. James Walker South Africa has become known for its high performance sealing solutions, which meet stringent quality standard expectations. The... 

Upscaling gas for Secunda

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2007 Seventy-five percent of the feedstock for the Natural Gas and Secunda Growth Programme will be natural gas. 

Continuous evaluation of strategy to curb project slippage, budget overruns

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2007 Sasol continuously evaluates its project strategy to curb the current global project phenomenon of schedule slippage and budget overrun, resulting from abnormally high demand and inadequate supply. 

'Year of delivery' for polymer unit

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 After a couple of tough years, during which some R14-billion has been spent to effectively double Sasol's polyethylene and polypropylene capacity in the next year to 18 months, the newly installed head of the group's polymers unit says it is now the 'year of delivery'. 

Chemicals enabling capture of full FT value

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Despite a fall-off in the percentage contribution from Sasol's chemicals businesses to group turnover and earnings over the last few years as the synfuels business rides high on strong oil prices, the head of the group's chemicals cluster insists that the twin fuels and chemicals strategy remains... 

SLGas a 'new generation' leader in gas

26th October 2007 From small beginnings, SLGas (SLGas) started trading in piped gas in 2002 - focusing on areas such as Mobeni, Merebank, Clairwood, Prospecton Umbogintwini, in the South of Durban. 

Turbo’s drive pumps

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Pump manufacturer KSB, commissioned six pump units for Sasol’s Project Turbo in September. 

New-generation device for the refinery industry

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 One of buurner specialist The Combustion Group’s (TCG’s) principle product range agents - Fireye, has launched a new generation of device for the refinery industry. 

Supply contract for Mozambique gas line

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Wholly-owned Murray & Roberts company Hall Longmore has had a continued relationship with Sasol for nearly four decades. 

South African pipeline association draws up more stringent criteria

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 The South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga) has instituted an updated registration process, with more stringent criteria, that calls for a selected membership to the individuals particular area of expertise. 

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