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Plastics and Synfibres

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. 

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). 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

Miniature proportional valves introduced

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The VP12 miniature proportional valve has recently been launched by Norgren, which is locally distributed by Ernest Lowe, in response to a market demand. 

Manufacturer continues to expand valve offerings

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 For more than 35 years, Industrial and Petroleum Valves (IPV) has been supplying high-quality ball valves in a variety of materials and pressure ratings to the South African petrochemical, mining and process industry, says marketing manager Bill Devy. 

Revised levy on plastic bags

7th May 2004 Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has approved a revised levy on plastic bags. 

Polyurethane investment to improve blending accuracy

By: Helene Le Roux     30th April 2004 Local company Redline Urethane Moulded Products, of the East Rand, has installed and commissioned the first Baul 

South Africa's import parity pricing war

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Price Wars

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import-parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Oil sector moves to boost BEE procurement

23rd April 2004 A declaration of intent has been signed by liquid-fuels stakeholders outlining the development of an empowered supplier database and a proposed study into the creation of the a supplier development agency. 

Sasol to use BP technology in polyprop expansion

21st April 2004 Process technology developed by the UK energy giant BP will be employed by petrochemical group Sasol at Secunda, where a new polypropylene production plant is to be built. 

Sasol commissions a R2,2bn acrylics complex

By: Laura Franz     9th April 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has successfully commissioned a R2,2-billion acrylics and acrylates complex at Sasolburg, and has started exporting product on the back of growing international demand. 

BEE consortium buys 25% of Astrapak subsidiary

8th April 2004 A black economic empowerment consortium has acquired just over 25% of Astrapak’s subsidiary, Pak 2000, South Africa's leading manufacturer of plastic containers for the petrochemical industry. 

Refiner in sulphur-reduction project

By: Jill Stanford     2nd April 2004 Oil company Caltex is proposing to modify the diesel hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Milnerton, in Cape Town, to decrease the sulphur content of its diesel. 

Mobile fuel station finds niche in Africa 

By: candice haase     19th March 2004 A South African company which supplies petrol pumps and petroleum equipment to the retail petrol market exported its fourth movable fuel station to Uganda earlier this month. 

Work on R11,9-billion Project Turbo kicks off

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th March 2004 Civil construction has started on petrochemicals giant Sasol’s multibillion-rand Project Turbo, which has been necessitated by a government directive that lead-free petrol and low-sulphur diesel be introduced in South Africa from January 1, 2006. 

Oiling change

By: Zonika Botha     12th March 2004 While industry observers first believed that the proposed merger between Sasol and Malaysian firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s (Petronas’) South African liquid-fuels businesses could face some competition hurdles, the general feeling now seems to be that, taking in account the... 

Oil major seeks consortia to build Nigeria plant

By: laurian clemence     11th February 2004 International petrochemical giant Shell has invited major contractors and suppliers to pre-qualify for a contract to design and construct an oil and gas plant in Gbaran, Nigeria. 

Mine caters for plastic sector demand

By: lauren rota     30th January 2004 A local mining and chemicals manufacture company intends scaling up its production of magnesium oxide by a third to reach target levels of production of hydrotalcite by 2007, in its novel and environment-friendly manufacture process. 

CSIR plastics research focuses on food, pharmaceuticals and biology

By: lauren rota     30th January 2004 What links muscle pain, pig liver cells, beer and ears? 

SA plastics demand has growth potential

By: lauren rota     30th January 2004 The performance of the plastics industry, like many others, is a reflection of the state of the economy. 

Energy bodies sign cooperation agreement

30th January 2004 The African Mineral Forum (Amef) and the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) jointly announced last week that they had concluded a cooperation agreement, following a series of exploratory discussions. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Resources giant seeks partner for offshore project

21st November 2003 BHP Billiton Petroleum is farming out an equity interest of up to 45% in Block 3B/4B located in the Orange Basin, offshore South Africa.?The company holds a 90% equity interest and operates the block. 

Luminescent plastics – revolution in microelectronics

By: Karel Smrcka     14th November 2003 The displays of the future will be extremely thin, flexible and will consume little energy. 

Economist urges rethink on unleaded petrol deadline

14th November 2003 A leading South African economist last week suggested that government should consider a phased introduction of unleaded petrol beyond the current January 1, 2006, deadline. 

Stone-laying for pioneering Middle Eastern gas project

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 The stone-laying ceremony for the world’s pioneering gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in the Middle East is scheduled to take place on December 7, Engineering News can today report. 

A stab from LAB

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 Linear alkylbenzene (LAB) is an important detergent intermediary that has contributed nearly a quarter of the turnover of Sasol’s olefins and surfactants division. 

Vision for petroleum company of future

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 An enlightened approach to business processes with enabling technologies can dramatically improve downstream company competitiveness. 

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