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Sasol and Synfuels

Financial results exhibit value-based growth

     27th October 2017 In the 2017 financial year, energy and chemicals company Sasol’s results portrayed value-based growth on a robust foundation owing to a strong business performance across most of the value chain. 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges
MEASURING HYDROGEN The Hy-Optima 2700 series hydrogen analysers uses a solid-state, non-consumable sensor that is configured to operate in process gas streams

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says it will be beneficial being a local distributor and service provider for Italy-based specialised equipment manufacturer VRV, to local refineries and petrochemicals companies in particular.  

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry
UNDER PRESSURE Energas' core focus is supplying systems and equipment for natural gas and petrochemical industries

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

     27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

CTL beneficial as a synfuel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Depending on market forces and subsequent regulations, coal-to-liquids (CTL) as a fuel alternative could be beneficial for the synfuels industry, especially for companies that diversify outside of conversion processes to include other capabilities, says synfuel company Synfuels Americas.  

CTL beneficial  as a synfuel
JUDD SWIFT The cost of cleaner resources and technology makes conversion unreasonable for developing economies

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020

     27th October 2017 The mass production of the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude will become a reality from 2020, says research and development company Sunfire.  

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020
GOING BLUE Refineries can use Blue Crude as a raw material for waxes, and petrol, diesel, kerosene and even rocket fuel

Initiatives aim to reduce carbon footprint and production costs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Current initiatives in the global synthetic fuels (synfuels) industry are focussing on using coal feedstock more efficiently to reduce operational and capital costs of production, states chemicals process engineering company Holland and Hausberger CEO Dr Brendon Hausberger. 

Initiatives aim to  reduce carbon footprint and production costs
GENERAL PUBLIC PERCEPTION The general public perception is that coal is a dirty and undesirable environment-costly option

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017

     27th October 2017 To mitigate material matters that could substantially affect its ability to create value in the short, medium or long term, as a result of not being able to execute its strategy and the impact thereof on its ability to stay competitive, petrochemicals giant Sasol has outlined a five-step process... 

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017
MANAGING MATTERS Sasol reviews and monitors material matters through stakeholder inclusiveness always keeping a sustainability context in mind

Supplier prepares for maintenance shutdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Specialist valve, overpressure, combustion, pipeline, and product storage equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) is gearing up for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s major plant maintenance shutdown, planned for September next year in Secunda, Mpumalanga, which will also affect Sasol’s Sasolburg... 

Supplier prepares for maintenance shutdown
SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE Sasol’s Secunda plant shutdown every eight years gives many suppliers the opportunity to do maintenance and replacements

Euro Steel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2017 Part of AFMETCO Group of Companies, Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributors and exporters. The company operates predominantly in all major cities in South Africa, but also has... 

Euro Steel

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium the Hydra Arc group of companies is continuing its long-term partnership with energy and chemicals company Sasol by assisting it with the construction of an air separation unit, as well as developing... 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects
FURTHER EXPANSION (lead pic) A 17th air separation train will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process at its Secunda complex

Company assists in making way for new plants

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Demolition specialist Jet Demolition is assisting energy and chemicals company Sasol with the demolition of redundant equipment at its Sasolburg operations, in the Free State, to create space for new plant systems. 

Company assists in making way for new plants
SAFETY IS KEY Cold-cutting equipment and high-reach excavators reduce the safety risks to personnel involved in the demolition of large plants

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks
PRODUCT MODIFICATION A.Hak can now inspect furnace tubes as small as 3” in diameter

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation
CONVEYING COAL The overland belt conveyor is transporting coal mined at the Shondoni shaft to Sasol’s coal supply operations, about 20 km apart

Steam traps enhance energy conservation, reduce downtime

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Valve products and services provider Heaton Valves Africa has been contracted to supply steam traps for the seventeenth air separation train that is under way at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga. 

Steam traps enhance  energy conservation,  reduce downtime
ENHANCED ENERGY USE The F46 connector, together with the Quicktrap steam trap range, will ensure efficient use of energy on Sasol’s seventeenth air-separation train

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects in Qatar

     21st October 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin was awarded an engineering consultancy and support services contract by Qatar-based company Oryx Gas To Liquids (GTL), a joint venture between petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (51%) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol (49%) for its... 

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects  in Qatar
KEY CONTRACT SNC-Lavalin has established a five-year agreement with Oryx GTL to provide engineering consultancy services on projects at the Qatar-based GTL facility

Sasol wins tax award in Mozambique

     21st October 2016 Oil and gas company Sasol Petroleum Temane was this year named the best income tax payer for 2015 in the large companies section by Mozambique Revenue Authority. 

Sasol invests in social responsibility initiatives

     21st October 2016 Furthering its social outreach, energy and chemicals company Sasol held its sixteenth flagship career exhibition, Sasol Techno X, from August 16 to 19 at the Boiketlong Sports Centre in Sasolburg. 

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017

     21st October 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol CFO Paul Victor announced last month that despite the anticipated oil and currency price volatility, the company expects its strong operating performance to continue next year. Speaking at Sasol’s annual results presentation on September 12, Victor pointed... 

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017
SASOLBURG PLANT Sasol CFO Paul Victor stated that the outlook for 2017 remained reasonably positive

Lake Charles is value accretive in the long term

     21st October 2016 Despite the announcement in August revising the cost estimate of its Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) by about $2.9-billion, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol remains confident that the project is value accretive to shareholders in the long term. The project, located adjacent to... 

Lake Charles is value  accretive in the long term
LAKE CHARLES Sasol's Louisianan chemicals project is adjacent to its current chemicals operation

Sasol improves volumes, predicts strong 2016 output

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Despite a highly volatile and uncertain macroeconomic environment, exacerbated by lower global oil prices, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has registered a strong operational and cost performance for the 2015 financial year. The company released its full-year results for the year... 

Sasol improves volumes,  predicts strong 2016 output
Photo by Sasol
BOOSTING ELEMENTS Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins

Business performance programme saves Sasol R2.5bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the group’s response plan to combat... 

Business performance programme saves  Sasol R2.5bn
Photo by Sasol
CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased

     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces high-purity and ultrahigh-purity... 

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased
Photo by Sasol
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market

Sasol’s new office construction progressing

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 More than 3 000 of integrated energy and petrochemicals major Sasol’s personnel will move to the group’s new headquarters in Katherine street, Sandton, Gauteng – a consolidation of the group’s 17 offices currently located in Rosebank, Randburg and Bryanston – in the second half of 2016.... 

Sasol’s new office  construction progressing
Photo by Sasol
SHOWCASING VALUE The new building’s look has been designed to link to Sasol’s logo, encapsulating the company’s values, such as stability and strength through synergy

Qatar GTL plant sustains solid performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility has sustained a solid performance, with an average use rate of 90% for the 2015 financial year. The Oryx GTL plant, a joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari... 

Qatar GTL plant  sustains solid  performance
Photo by Sasol
SOLID PERFORMANCE Sasol’s Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility’s average use rate of 90% for the 2015 financial year was in line with market guidance provided

Local petrochemicals giant turns 65 this year

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and chemicals company, with a... 

Sasol submits affidavit to Constitutional Court

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol submitted an affidavit in August to the Constitutional Court in response to an application made by the Competition Commission in July for leave to appeal the Competition Appeal Court’s (CAC’s) June ruling to overturn a Competition Tribunal finding, which resulted in... 

Manufacture of GTL reactors and catalyst complete

     23rd October 2015 Smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology provider Velocys announced last month that the manufacture of the full-scale commercial Fischer-Tropsch reactors for hydrocarbon products developer Envia Energy's Oklahoma City GTL project, in the US, is complete. Velocys noted that All American... 

Phase 2 of wax expansion project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has started the second phase of its Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg, Mpumalanga, following the commissioning of the first phase of the project at the end of May. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, president and CEO... 

Phase 2 of wax expansion project under way
Photo by Sasol
MILESTONE PHASE Phase 1 of the Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project saw 7 200 t of steel erected and nearly 600 km of piping used

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy

     23rd October 2015 Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses Sunfire’s PTL technology to... 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy
Photo by Sunfire
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE The power-to-liquids plant transforms water and carbon dioxide to high-purity synthetic fuels with the aid of renewable electricity

GTL base oil receives international acclaim

     23rd October 2015 Based on its recent analysis of the lubricants industry international growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Shell Lubricants was given the 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership, the consultancy announced last month. “This groundbreaking Shell PurePlus Technology... 

Petrochemicals giant maintains focus on US

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, Constable... 

Petrochemicals giant  maintains focus on US
Photo by Sasol
PROGRESSING INVESTMENT Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work at the ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Louisiana have been under way since 2014

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 In addition to being involved in close to 20 projects a year for a local petrochemicals manufacturer, transport and heavy-lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa has noted a marked demand for its transportation, lifting, rigging and installation services in the petrochemicals industry.... 

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand
DELIVERY CAPABILITY Mammoet Southern Africa uses several crawler cranes and jacking and lifting methods to ensure the most significant time-saving solutions for customers

Packaged heating system to reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity

     23rd October 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies this month commissioned a packaged heating system for a local oil storage facility upgrade – the first type of this installation for the oil storage facility. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is stored in large tanks at the local oil storage... 

Packaged heating system to  reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity
VISCOSITY REDUCTION The high-temperature temper packaged heating system will be used to heat up the heavy fuel oil from 20 ˚C to 80 ˚C

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2

     23rd October 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is spearheading a €3.5-million research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that could offer customers the power and performance of modern internal combustion engines, with enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental benefits comparable to... 

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2
Photo by Bloomberg
PROMISING TECHNOLOGY Ford’s project will test the first-ever cars to run on environment-friendly dimethyl ether and oxymethylene ether
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