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Plastics and Synfibres

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. 

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’. 

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. 

New safety solution for plastics industry

25th October 2004 Liquid packaging solutions supplier Nampak Liquid broke the plastic industry's safety and quality mould when its Industria plant became the first plastics plant in South Africa to receive Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) accreditation last week. 

New plant for service centre

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Stainless-steel engineering service centre, Plasma Cut, has received new equipment to the value of R2,5-million. 

SA polyurethane users in for price shock

8th October 2004 South African users of polyurethane chemicals face steep price increases during the final quarter of 2004, local polyurethane chemicals supplier Industrial Urethanes MD Mike Bee reports. 

Caltex awards $32m low-sulfur diesel contract

15th September 2004 Engineering company Foster Wheeler South Africa has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Caltex Oil South Africa, part of the ChevronTexaco group, for its low-sulfur diesel project. 

Petrol price surges by 23 cents a litre

1st September 2004 The retail price of petrol has increased by 23 cents a litre at midnight last night, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) said. 

Nondisruptive repair of deteriorating sewers

By: Karel Smrcka     13th August 2004 Most metropolitan sewage infrastructures are now between one and two centuries old and their brick, glazed clay, concrete and steel sewers are showing their age. 

Sasol to double octene output as demand surges

12th August 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced construction of a new 1-octene production plant at Secunda to meet growing global demand from plastics manufacturers for this hydrocarbon molecule that imparts special performance features such as elasticity, flexibility, impact resistance and... 

Petroleum products sales up 4,1% in 2003

29th July 2004 Following a number of years of slow growth, overall sales of petroleum products performed considerably better in 2003, exceeding those in 2002 by 4,2%. 

Fuel group awards forecourt-services contract

By: Jill Stanford     22nd July 2004 A Cape Town company which provides forecourt and retail information technology to the petrochemical industry, Intaba Technologies, has been awarded a multi million rand site support and maintenance contract from BP Southern Africa. 

Sasol awards big polyprop-plant contract

21st July 2004 Petrochemical group Sasol has awarded a €47-million contract for a large-capacity polypropylene plant to be built at Secunda, Mpumalanga, to energy construction and services group Technip of France. 

Scribing laser is launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A new scribing laser using a special wavelength CO2 laser beam that produces a more crystalline and, therefore clearer code than ‘standard’ lasers on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging has been introduced to the South African market by Coditech, the variable data coding and... 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

Plastics group adds new packages to its portfolio

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since Astrapak’s last significant acquisition in March 2002, South Africa’s largest plastic packaging group has recently made a few more acquisitions. 

Investment fruits seen by year-end

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 This year South Africa’s largest packaging group, Nampak, will be investing R300-million locally in new equipment and technology, says Nampak Africa MD Neil Cumming. 

Redline Urethane Moulded Products

9th July 2004 Redline Urethane Moulded Products is the manufacturer of a variety of polyurethane components for some of South Africa’s largest mining firms, and is also venturing into the oil and gas industry. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

20% of R12-billion project budget spent

25th June 2004 Some 20% of the R12-billion capital for Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, has already been spent, Engineering News can today report. 

Lead in paint is dangerous for children

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 High blood-lead levels found in South African children have been attributed to, among other sources, the use of lead in paint. This finding is based on a study conducted by the Medical Research Council (MRC). 

Vuvuzela set to become soccer World Cup icon

By: Zonika Botha     28th May 2004 With the 2010 FIFA World Cup coming to South Africa, the well-known vuvuzela horn could well become the official icon of the famous football tournament. 

Max Sisulu: fighting for sustainable BEE

By: Martin Creamer     24th 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... 

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... 

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. 

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 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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