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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... 

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... 

South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

Pumps for trucks

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A FURTHER seven progressing-cavity pumps have been delivered to Sasol Mining Explosive (SMX) of Witbank, Mpumalanga, for installation in the company’s down-the-hole explosive trucks. The pumps will be used for on-site mixing and dispensing of an emulsion-type explosive directly in to... 

R50m-worth of SA-made transformers destined for Nigeria

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R50-million order for the supply of 21 power transformers totalling 1 140 MVA for installation at various substations within Nigeria has been awarded to South African transformer manufacturer ABB Powertech Transformers by the Nigerian Energy Power Authority. All 21 transformers are scheduled to... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

South African oil plant for Saudi Arabia

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R2,6-million order from Saudi Arabia for a mobile transformer oil regeneration plant is being completed by South African company Fluidex Engineering, Engineering News can today report. “The plant, which employs our unique technology, is currently at sea, and will be commissioned for the... 

Oil-filtration benefits are punted

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry needs to be made aware of the monetary and other advantages of oil filtration instead of simply throwing out used oil, reports Chemilite GM Craig Allport. He explains that the company applies a process whereby machines are used to recycle and purify oil by removing solids,... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

R40-million coker plant revamp plan

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for the R40-million revamp of the delayed coker plant in Secunda is under way at present. Awarded in October last year, Lummus-EMS, in conjunction with Sastech, is the contracting party, providing project management, project controls, procurement and process engineering. ABB Lummus... 

More developed land for Free State industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Through an unusual public–private partnership (PPP), a solution has been found to develop large portions of land for industrial and other use, which have come to a halt in many regions as local authorities’ and developers’ budgets and resources diminish. With 13 of the 280... 

State loosening oil grip

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE first steps in the restructuring and possible privatisation of parts of the controversial Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been taken. It is understood that moves are under way to separate the strategic, regulatory, promotional, administrative and commercial aspects of the fund so as to... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

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