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Global interest in proprietary technology

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Worldwide interest in the commercial application of Fischer-Tropsch technology to monetise natural gas is at a high at the moment, said Sasol Technology (Sastech) manager: Fischer-Tropsch technology PR Heydenrich in a paper presented at the AIChe spring meeting held in Houston, Texas, in March.... 

R14bn, five-year capex spend

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With plans to invest an estimated R14-billion over the next five financial years in significant capital-investment projects, Sasol is continuing its focus on the production and marketing of higher-value chemicals, reports communications manager Alfonso Niemand. During the 1996, 1997 and 1998... 

Prestigious tech earns awards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Sasol has developed and commercialised the Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) process for converting synthesis gas into petrol and light olefins. This process can be used to manufacture liquid fuels and chemicals from natural gas in a manner similar to the Sasol slurry-phase distillate process. This... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Big order placed for distillation equipment

By: System Author     28th May 1999 To ensure the quality of its products, Sasol Solvents, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), has ordered distillation equipment from Gauteng testing-equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific & Precision Equipment. The Herzog MP627 automatic distillation apparatus and the Herzog HFP364... 

Technical-achievement award

By: System Author     28th May 1999 recipient of several major international awards for excellence in the field of innovating improved Fischer-Tropsch process technologies Sasol Technology has received yet another coveted technical-achievement award. This time the company clinched a Thomas Kuhn bronze candidate award at the 1998... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

Petchem giant seeks to defy muted market

By: System Author     28th May 1999 How did the group’s performance in 1998 compare to that of 1997, and which factors influenced this performance? In the light of the low to lacklustre international prices for crude oil and many chemicals, the group performed well during its 1998 financial year to June last year compared... 

Stray-current damage combated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Gauteng firm Westward Electric has embarked on an exercise with Sasol Synthetic Fuels to monitor the company’s rotating machines on all electrical equipment in the gas circuit, air-separation and oxygen plants, reports technical director Sherwin Jerrier. The company will assist the... 

Smelter converts to gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The conversion of Billiton South Africa’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay from oil to Sasol pipeline gas by Gauteng firm The Combustion Group has reached the halfway mark, with completion expected by mid-1999, reports MD Flip du Plessis. The company was awarded the contract last... 

Mining enterprise reinvents its role in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 From a modest contributor to the profits of the Sasol group, Sasol Mining has reinvented itself as a valuable mining enterprise after committing itself to a series of new initiatives to improve its people, technology, quality, safety, environmental performance and cost-management further, reports... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

Gauteng pipe maker set to take on world

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the Blohm and Voss spiral mill and electric resistance welding (ERW) mill at its Wadeville, Gauteng, facility having been commissioned as part of a R100-million production-facility upgrade, pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is gearing up for participation in the international petrochemical... 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 

Secure data-integrity system is designed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Industrial information systems supplier Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, has been contracted to design and implement a data-integrity system (DIS) for Sasol. The petrochemical company required an integrated system that would ensure the overall data integrity of production data at one of its... 

Increased product range

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With an increased product range to supply pressure-reducing stations, controls, metering, boiler controls, compressed-air equipment and various other quality products, Gauteng industrial-equipment supplier Spirax Sarco has demonstrated its commitment to supply knowledge, service and products to... 

R260m joint venture completed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 joint venture of about R260-million between Linde and Krupp Uhde to engineer and install a 1-octene plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ alpha-olefins division in Secunda, Mpumalanga, has been completed successfully, reports Krupp Uhde South Africa GM Mark Otto. Although time constraints... 

R1,2bn IT outsourcing

By: System Author     28th May 1999 An agreement valued at about R1,2-billion for the purchase of the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division has been signed with Q Data Consulting, the professional services division of PQ Africa. This comprehensive outsourcing agreement, which will span ten years,... 

Sulphur plant dehumidifying a success

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following the dehumidifying of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) sulphur plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by moisture-control firm Munters, of Edenvale, Gauteng, the company was for the first time able to draw up its own timetable for maintenance of its sulphur plant irrespective of weather... 

Innovative engineering feats are promoted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s part of a greater operational aim of optimising plant operations further to ensure suitable throughputs, optimum plant stability, reduced downtime and maintenance, Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) has continued to promote innovative engineering thinking and practices. This trend, which has the... 

First octene from R369-million plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The first shipment of octene from Sasol Alpha Olefins’ new R369-million, 48 000 t/y octene plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, was expected to reach customers in Europe, the US, Argentina and Thailand this month. The plant, which reached full production in March, produces high-purity octene from... 

Tank farm control system in final stages

By: System Author     28th May 1999 new control system supplied, engin- eered and installed by Honeywell Southern Africa, of Midrand, is in its final stages of commissioning at Sasol’s tank farm in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Known as an oil movement and storage system, the new controls will facilitate the automatic and optimised... 

VR mining training programme

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a result of costly real-world training for trainee continuous-miner operators in underground mines, Sasol Mining Projects and Research Services has been able to co-develop an interactive training programme based on virtual reality (VR) technology. The programme was co-developed with hi-tech... 

R2,2bn projects

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Projects forming part of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) R2,2-billion capital-investment programme are on track with the R317-million, phase-two gas-expansion project at the SSF East site due for commissioning before December this year. The capital-investment programme is focused mainly on... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Synergy points to strong new SA oil firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Malaysian firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) and Sasol are exploring several options for co-operation between them following the announcement that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in March. The two companies are exploring options to exploit fully the existing and... 

Oxo-alcohol projects

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE key to what could be a sizeable portion of Sasol’s future chemical beneficiation and product development over the next few years lies in Oxo process technology, report senior process-technology specialists at Sasol Technology in Johannesburg. Currently under advanced investigation is... 

Supply-chain management optimised

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Engaged in the supply of material on a number of Sasol projects directly through Sasol Technology, and in association with the group’s engineering contractors, Van Leeuwen Pipe & Tube South Africa, of Alrode, Gauteng, sees itself playing a significant role in integrating the process of... 

New-generation catalysts developed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 New-generation catalysts, developed by Sasol scientists and process engineers for Fischer-Tropsch and downstrean chemical processes, have helped to improve production efficiencies, product yields and catayst production management systems, enabling operations to achieve cost savings and greater... 

New R167-million organic-acid plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE considerable percentage of useful products in Sasol wastewater streams at Sasolburg, and especially Secunda, has also inspired creative initiatives to extract and upgrade some organic acids. A notable recent project was the design, construction and commissioning of Sasol Solvents’... 

Company explodes on to global market

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a result of its innovation, and the fast-growing market for explosives-grade ammonium nitrate (Expan) product technology, Sasol Mining Explosives (SMX) has exploded on to the global market, becoming one of the leaders in the industry. From a zero base 15 years ago, this division of Sasol... 

Unleaded fuel advance hastened

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The decision has been taken to speed up the introduction of 93 octane unleaded fuel in South Africa, following bold ‘market tests’ in Gauteng by Shell Petroleum of its 95 octane fuel. “Based on earlier negotiations between government, the South African Petroleum Industry... 

Hard times energise changes in SADC

By: System Author     14th May 1999 NAMIBIA’s Fuel Rationalisation Plan (Ratplan) is to be deregulated over the next two months and abolished as soon as the Petroleum Products and Energy Amendment Act 1999 has been approved by the country’s Parliament. Namibian deputy director of energy Markus von Jeney says this will... 

Fledgeling company pumping black gold

By: System Author     14th May 1999 As Exel Petroleum celebrates the opening of its 30th retail service station after only two years of operation, the company seems on track to become a significant player in the South African oil industry. The company’s commercial expansion has exceeded industry expectations, recording 92%... 

SA moves to revamp world dumping rules

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African government is still mulling over the possibility of taking the US Commerce Department to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its decision to impose countervailing duties on Columbus Stainless earlier this year – the ruling has far-reaching implications for a number of... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

Electronic rotary hammer

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Industrial power-tool company Metabo Power Tools, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Metabo Germany – which has just purchased four stationary woodworking companies, making Metabo the largest woodworking-tool company in the world – has launched a new product in its cordless range in... 

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