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Sasol and Synfuels

New octene train plant by September 2004

23rd May 2003 The basic engineering phase is due to be completed this month for the R870-million second octene train project, Sasol Technology project manager Fritz Weilbach tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Students mentored on new pipeline

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Nine young engineers from previously-disadvantaged communities have been mentored during the construction of a new R49-million steam pipeline in Sasolburg, Engineering News can today report.? 

New truck-stop centre in Sasolburg

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A new truck-stop centre is being built in Sasolburg for opening in October this year, Engineering News can today exclusively report.? 

Government asked to stagger lead-free petrol introduction

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 The government should consider delaying the introduction of regulations to enforce the use of lead-free petrol and lower-sulphur diesel in South Africa to ensure that there are sufficient skilled human resources and manufacturing capacity within the country to cope with the capital projects that... 

New South African alcohols plant fills gap in global market

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 Detergent alcohols have become a key product for South Africa’s Sasol, particularly since its acquisition of Condea of Germany, which is now trading as Sasol Chemie. 

Fabricator supplies eight process columns to the Secunda plant

31st January 2003 As one of the few fabricators in South Africa that has the ability and expertise to design and build large and heavy process columns, DB Thermal was awarded the order for a total of eight process columns by Krupp Uhde for Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Investing in people key, believes firm

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 MD Gottfried Pogats believes Energotec’s success on Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant, in Secunda, Mpumalanga, must be attributed to its strategy of investing in people, involving the local community and recognising superior performance. 

Firm supplies 56 heat exchangers to project

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 Fifty-six heat exchangers were supplied by a Gauteng-based designer and manufacturer to South Africa’s first detergent alcohols plant commissioned this year in Secunda, Mpumulanga. 

Legislative trends set to boost SA engineering firms

31st January 2003 One of Sasol’s main contractors at the petrochemical giant’s new detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is Uhde South Africa. 

Steel fabricator delivers and erects more than a thousand tons of steel

31st January 2003 East-Rand based Genrec Engineering, a Murray & Roberts company, has supplied and erected 1 050 t of steel for Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant, in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

R16m civils contract demanded innovation

31st January 2003 One of Sasol’s main contractors at the petrochemical giant’s new detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is Uhde South Africa. 

Nineteen kilometres of surface-heating pipes installed

31st January 2003 A section of the oxo plant at Sasol Olefins and Surfactants’ new detergent alcohol extension project in Secunda, Mpumalanga, was serviced by Bartec Barlian. 

Construction company wrapping up work in April

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The civil works and pipe racks for what will be the world’s largest air separation plant will be carried out by Group Five Civils. 

World's biggest air-separation unit to be completed in Feb 2004

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The world’s largest air separation unit, being established by Sasol, is scheduled to be in operation by February 2004. 

Cryogenic storage vessels largest for manufacturer

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The two large low-temperature horizontal double-walled cryogenic storage vessels which will be used to store liquid oxygen at Sasol’s fifteenth air separation unit (ASU) are being manufactured by Johannesburg-based Rand Air & Gas. 

Large-scale project proves challenging

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 Technology managers in the civil and structural engineering environment Lategan Bouwer has been appointed to carry out contracts on two sides and for two different companies for work on Sasol’s fifteenth air separation unit (ASU). 

Piling work for unit completed

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The piling work for Sasol’s newest air separation unit (ASU) was completed in October this year with more than 220 piles installed on site. 

How story is being 'sold', not just 'told'

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 South Africa’s indigenous petrochemical giant Sasol wants to increase its foreign shareholding from the current 25% to 40% in the next two years. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

New building block in unleaded chain

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The completion in September of the R280-million C5 skeletal isomerisation (SI) plant at Secunda prepares Sasol for the anticipated future increase in unleaded petrol demand. 

First butanol in January

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The first butanol will be produced at Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) in Sasolburg in January next year and downstream of the butanol plant, the acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) project will soon take shape. 

World's largest air-separation plant

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol’s planned 15th air separation unit (ASU) will be the largest single oxygen producing unit in the world, and will confirm the company’s status as the world-leader in this arena. 

A second detergent alcohols plant is mooted as possible

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The new billion-rand detergent alcohol plant in Secunda will begin producing next month – and market talk is that the building of a second detergent alcohol plant alongside the first is not out of the question, even in the relatively short term. 

R500m for R&D in the next 12 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Synthetic chemicals and fuels giant Sasol is to spend some R500-million on research and development (R&D) at its corporate R&D facilities during the 12 months to June next year, Engineering News has been told. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Comonomer focus shifting from hexene to octene

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The past year has seen petrochemical prices weakening, yet Sasol’s Chemical Industries (SCI) division has come up trumps, growing its operating profits with 78% in the six-month period preceding December 31, 2001. 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

New GTL alliance with Japanese

24th May 2002 Sasol Technology has formed a groundbreaking alliance with a Japanese fabricating consortium for the design, fabrication and supply of the Sasol slurry phase Fishcer-Tropsch reactors to be incorporated in the South African petrochemical giant’s new-generation gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. 

Billion-rand project at halfway stage

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The construction of Sasol Solvent’s billion-rand butanol project in Sasolburg has reached the halfway stage, Engineering News can today report. German multinational company, Krupp Uhde of Sunninghill, Gauteng, is the managing contractor for the R829-million butanol-specific portion of the... 

New face of petrochem communication

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Brenda Kali is the new face of communication for South Africa’s largest petrochemicals company, Sasol Limited. As the new corporate communications manager, Kali intends putting emphasis on the manner in which South Africa’s indigenous chemicals producer touches the lives of South... 

New diesel fuel extends engine life

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Earlier this year, a new diesel was launched in South Africa, to improve engine performance, extend engine life, decrease the number of oil changes and contribute to a cleaner environment. 

Conversion from coal to natural gas

24th May 2002 A detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract has been awarded to Fluor South Africa to convert the Sasol Infrachem Plant (SCI) in Sasolburg from a coal to a natural gas based feedstock. 

Three-year alliance with technology division

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 As one of the world leaders in the global engineering industry, Halliburton KBR (Engineering) delivers a complete product to its customers using its technology development, engineering, project management, fabrication, integration, installation, operations and maintenance expertise. 

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