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Sasol and Synfuels

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. 

Increased sulphur production

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol is in the final stages of implementing an environmentally driven R360-million project to reduce hydrogen sulphide (H2S) emissions from its synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today report. 

New era on-site waste handling

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Construction of a R520-million waste recycling facility (WRF) at Sasol’s synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is well under way. 

300 petrol stations operative by July

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol Oil will have 300 retail convenience centres (RCCs) operative by July, Engineering News can today report. 

How network is being primed for natural gas

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Gas is an energy source that can be used as a chemical feedstock. 

Biodiesel blueprint

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Soya bean may be the most appropriate crop for the production of biodiesel in South Africa. 

BEE KEEPER

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Freedom fighter, politician, macro-economist and now group GM of the high-technology South African petrochemicals giant, Sasol Limited, he once targeted – that’s Max Sisulu, a person with one of South Africa’s most illustrious surnames, who spent 27 years in exile fighting... 

Stringent enviro specs for petrol stations

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol Oil has introduced stringent specifications to environmentally protect its retail convenience centres (RCCs). 

5 600 outside of South Africa 40% of leaders in South Africa from designated group by next year

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 40 % of leaders in South Africa from designated group by next year 

From good to great

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The business book From Good to Great has become an important inspiration for new Sasol Synfuels MD Marinus Sieberhagen, now ten months into the job. 

Gas conversion on the home stretch June 5 is new ready-for-operation date for Sasolburg’s gas project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Natural gas from Temane, Mozambique, has come on line and the SCI conversion project is very much on the home stretch, overall construction being within a whisker of completion. 

The prince of GTL projects

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Qatar Petroleum and Sasol Synfuels International had no hesitation in deciding to locate their new facility in the Ras Laffan Industrial City development in north-east Qatar on the Arabian Gulf, Oryx-Sasol manager GTL international projects Kobus Swanepoel tells Engineering News from Rome. 

Investment receives government grant

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved Sasol Dia Acrylate’s application for a strategic industrial programme (SIP) grant. ?SIP is an incentive programme designed to encourage investments. 

Chemicals projects under way in three countries

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Several notable greater-than-€2m Sasol chemicals projects outside of South Africa are at an advanced stage of implementation in the US, Italy and Germany at a total cost of some R5 487-million (€72m). 

The business Joe’s building

21st May 2004 One of Sasol’s best employment equity (EE) successes is Joe Makhoere, the MD of Merisol RSA, a joint venture that South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol has with Merichem of the US. 

Big Project Turbo 15% complete

21st May 2004 The R12-billion Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, is already 15% complete, Engineering News can today report. 

Textbook timing

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 South Africa’s new acrylic acid and acrylates (AAA) complex in Sasolburg is making a textbook-style entry. 

Positioning of AAA project

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The chemicals industry has a tradition of seven-year cycles, two good years and five lean ones. 

The inextricable AAA-butanol link

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The normal (n)-butanol plant in Sasolburg commissioned this year is inextricably linked to the acrylic acid acrylates (AAA) project, which is on track to reach ready-for-operation stage in the first week of next year. 

World beaters

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The new acrylic acids and acrylate (AAA) project in Sasolburg is on track to beat the world construction norm for plants of this kind, Engineering News can today report. 

This train is on time

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is putting the finishing touches to the world’s largest air-separation unit (ASU), constructed at its synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Electrical engineering firm in installation contract

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 Secunda-based electrical engineering company Energotec reports that it has completed a multimillion rand contract as part of the construction of Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU). 

Company supplies 250 t of local steelwork to project

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 The detailed drawings, fabrication, corrosion-protection, erection and painting of part of the total structural steel needs for Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU) were supplied by Harrington Steel of Vereeniging, Gauteng. 

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