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Sasol and Synfuels

Water-treatment plant handed over fully commissioned

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Paris based water services specialist Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies (VWS) has recently handed over a fully commissioned water treatment plant to Sasol at its Synfuel factory in Secunda. 

Steps towards countering a serious skills shortage

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Petrochemicals giant Sasol will be investing R140-million into a skills development programme focused on combating the drastic artisan shortage. 

Reliability in fire protection

9th December 2005 Fire protection of structural steel has become an integral part of plant design. 

Supplying pipes, fittings and flanges to Project Turbo

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Being the leading supplier of carbon steel pipes, fittings and flanges (PFF) in South Africa, Alberton-based company, the Rare Group was awarded its single-largest project for the supply of PFF to Sasol’s Project Turbo in November last year. 

Project empowering local idler manufacturer

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 The first idler-manufacturing company in South Africa to embrace the principles of black economic-empowerment (BEE) back in 1998, Africa Roller, continues pursuing its policy of transformation and empowerment. 

French group responsible for EPCM contract

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Last year Technip was awarded the contract to perform detailed engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPCM) services for and onbehalf of Sasol. 

Automation and control solutions to Secunda plants

9th December 2005 When Sasol embarked on Project Turbo as part of its clean-fuels programme, it turned to its automation and control alliance partner, Honeywell Process Solutions to assist with various projects to modernise and implement new control systems on several plants in Secunda. 

Over schedule and above budget

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 The good news is that Sasol’s R13-billion Project Turbo will be 90% complete by Christmas and will reach its obligatory January 1 clean-fuels deadline comfortably. 

Satisfying Project Turbo’s water needs

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Bigger water recycling processes required to provide water for the expansion projects at Sasol’s Secunda factory will be completed by Veolia Water Systems (VWS) shortly. 

New stretch in the market

By: peter cromberge     10th December 2004 Just like octene is used to give plastic its elastic and flexible qualities, Sasol's planned 1-octene plant is expected to stretch and flex the company's reach in the global market. 

Civils firm implements several contracts for oil giant

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 The civil, industrial and mining arm of construction company Group Five has been involved with civil work for Sasol at its Secunda and Sasolburg plants for some time. 

Project will gulp down 20-million litres of water daily

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 Project Turbo requires 20-million litres of various qualities of water daily but, because of persistent droughts in Southern Africa, an innovative solution had to be found to supplement the existing raw-water supply. 

East Rand firm delivers specialised pumps

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 The first consignment of API610 eighth-edition pumps from East Rand-based APE Pumps was due to be on site at Project Turbo by the end of last month. 

Switchgear orders come in at R32m

3rd December 2004 Local switchgear company RBF Technology was awarded with various orders to supply low and medium-voltage electrical switchboards to Sasol for different plants within Project Turbo. 

Gauteng firm wins order to supply 1 200 t of steel

3rd December 2004 Gauteng company Cosira International has secured its first project in the petrochemicals field with the award of a contract to detail, fabricate and erect some 1 200 t of steelwork at Sasol’s Secunda works. 

Construction firm clinches phase two of Secunda project

3rd December 2004 As a result of the success of the first phase of the building works at Sasol Secunda, which are part of Project Turbo, WBHO Construction has been awarded the second phase of the project. 

Biggest industrial project on course for completion by 2006

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 With a price tag of R12,2-billion, Project Turbo is regarded as one of the highest-value projects in South African industrial history. 

The most complex petrochemicals project - managing contractor

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 On track and on target. 

Fully-automated warehouse for Sasolburg plant

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 Engineering company Siemens Southern Africa is involved in the building a fully-automated warehouse for Sasol as part of the petrochemicals giant’s Project Turbo. 

Johannesburg's conversion to natural

By: Nicola Mawson     29th October 2004 The first sector of conversion to natural gas in Johannesburg, concluded at the end of September, went according to plan, says Egoli Gas MD Quintus Joubert. 

French firm awarded contract

29th October 2004 French engineering firm Technip has been awarded a contract by Sasol worth approximately R380-million for the large capacity polypropylene plant to be built at Secunda. 

Ultrahigh-pressure water jetting

29th October 2004 Granular abrasives supplier Blastrite has expanded its product range to include a rental fleet of Ultra High Pressure Water (UHPW) blasting units, trade named ‘Striprite’, which are currently in use at Sasol. 

SA technology fuels China’s large coal-to-liquids plans

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Two synfuels plants together size of Secunda operation 

Sevenfold GTL expansion is expected in Qatar

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Plans also under discussion to add base oils to the product bouquet 

$900m polymers project is well-advanced in Iran

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol is participating in a $ 900-million Iranian polymer joint venture, construction of which is now well advanced. 

Tenders in for Nigerian GTL

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids for Nigeria’s Escravos gas-to-liquids (EGTL) have been received. 

Polymer market hits fly-up

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 The international polymer market has hit a price fly-up, with strong global demand for polymers exceeding supply, Sasol Polymers MD Terry Bates tells Engineering News in an interview at the company’s corporate offices in Bryanston. 

Industrial municipality

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 An industrial municipality is what a South African company has in effect become in the industrialised Free State town of Sasolburg. 

First natural-gas offshoot planned

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 A study is under way into the economic feasibility of creating the first commercial offshoot from Sasol Gas’s new natural gas network, Sasol Gas MD Hans Naude tells Engineering News in an interview at the company’s corporate office in Randburg. 

Sasol's safety

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sept 1, the time 9:40 am, there's an explosion 

First World share with the Third World rating

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sasol’s challenge is to increase its percentage of foreign shareholders, says Andisa non-mining resources analyst David Brennan. 

Upstream production up

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sasol has increased gross oil production at the Etame oil field, offshore southern Gabon in West Africa, from 15 000 to greater than 22 000 barrels of oil a day (bbl/d) through the successful completion of an additional production well, and also the discovery of two promising new oil fields nearby. 

Downstream hopes rise

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 The placing by National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), of an R800-million-a-year petroleum-products contract on Sasol and its Namibian black economic-empowered (BEE) partner, Namibia Liquid Fuels (NLF) is raising the hopes of further downstream activity in Namibia’s domestic... 

R50 000 to promote 'playing for peace'

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Duze Primary School in the Mbumbulo area south of Durban has inaugurated a R50 000 basketball court donated to engage learners in ‘playing for peace’. 

Pipe supplier gets another crack at cost-cutting whip

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 An Alberton pipes, flanges and fittings (PFF) company, which is 17 months into its second Sasol Netgain contract, is confident that it will be able to take the petrochemicals giant further down the PFF cost curve during the period to May 2008 when the contract is up for review. 

Get cracking on GTL, analyst urges

By: Ollie Madlala     29th October 2004 Leading Johannesburg petrochemicals analyst Leila Reddy of Barnard Jacobs Mellet is optimistic about Sasol’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) prospects, but is keen to see the group accelerate the global rollout of the technology. 

The value of the long value chains

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and therefore it is important for a business with several diverse parts to ensure that it obtains the full value that is inherent in it as a whole. 

Building 54 km pipeline in Germany

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol plans to begin building a 54 km ethylene pipeline in Germany next year. 

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