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Sasol and Synfuels

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.... 

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

Industry body sees drop in PVC production numbers

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62 000 t of PVC powder compounds... 

Another successful year for Sasol Techno X

23rd October 2015 International integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol hosted yet another successful Techno X exhibition which took place from August 3 and 7 in Secunda, Mpumalanga attracting almost 22 000 people including thousands of learners from various schools in all the provinces of South Africa.... 

Another successful year  for Sasol Techno X
PRACTICAL DEVELOPMENT Sasol Techno X seeks to expose the many facets of technology, encouraging leader to explore a range of disciplines and career choices

Sasol helps improve healthcare in Mabote district

23rd October 2015 As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health centre to government officials... 

Sasol promotes reading through book drive

23rd October 2015 Chemicals and energy company Sasol is set to handover close to 20 000 books to the Maharishi Institute the Girls and Boys Club of Soweto, at the Jabavu Community Library and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in the maiden project of its global ‘Sasol for Good’ initiative. “As our first... 

Natural gas diesel reduces GHGs

23rd October 2015 Gas-to-liquids (GTL) systems developer Greyrock Energy last month announced the performance results from the testing of the company’s ultra-premium, zero sulfur diesel fuel. Greyrock’s fuels are produced from natural gas, natural gas liquids, flare gas and other waste gases using the company’s... 

Filteg

23rd October 2015 Filtration specialist and filtration products provider Filteg boasts a combination if skills, versatility, experience and top-quality equipment that give the company a distinct advantage over other companies handling similar types of equipment. Filteg services a broad range of clients across... 

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Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) last month supplied 14 Titan severe service ball valves for the second phase of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP). The FTWEP involves the construction of a new wax plant at the... 

Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project
SEVERE SERVICE The Titan severe service ball valves, which offer a substantial service life, were supplied with Rotork actuators for use in an extreme slurry application at Sasol

Increased focus on water technology and conservation

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th October 2014 Owing to energy and chemical company Sasol’s water-conservation partnership with the Emfuleni municipality, 4.76-million cubic meters of water, to the value of about R26-million, have been saved in the past year. Speaking during the company’s financial results announcement last month at Sasol’s... 

Progress in foundational business projects

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol continues to diversify its local business portfolio by driving several local chemical projects, including the 334.5 t Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) and the new Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5) that are both located in Sasolburg, in... 

Progress in foundational business projects
SLURRY BED REACTOR Commissioning of Phase 2 of the Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project is on track to take place during the second half of 2016

Uzbekistan, Canada and US GTL projects progress

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Independent research and consulting firm Enerdata’s analyst brief, ‘The future of the GTL industry’, published in August, states that South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, together with Uzbek State-owned oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz and Malaysian State-owned oil and gas company... 

Uzbekistan, Canada and US GTL projects progress
Photo by Uzbekneftegaz
PROJECT SITE The Oltin Yo'l gas-to-liquids plant, with a capacity to produce about 38 000 bbl/d, is scheduled to start operations in August 2017

Fabricator completes retubing project

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Local fabrication company ERD Fab, a division of Gauteng-based structural steel product manufacturer Structa Group, completed a heat-exchanger retubing project in July for energy and petrochemicals group Sasol subsidiary Sasol Polymers at its vinyl chloride monomer plant in Sasolburg, in the Free... 

Fabricator completes  retubing project
TUBE AND SHELL HEAT EXCHANGER The heat exchangers are suitable for use in various industries, including the oil and gas sectors

Nigerian GTL project starts production 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Over the past three years, South African energy and chemicals group Sasol had placed significant focus on developing gas-based opportunities in Africa, which included the $9.5-billion Escravos gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Nigeria, said president and CEO David Constable. Speaking during... 

Nigerian GTL project starts production
Photo by Chevron Nigeria
ESCRAVOS GAS-TO-LIQUIDS PROJECT In June the plant, which Sasol has a 10% share in, achieved first production

GTL project boasts impressive use and safety figures

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 The use rate of the flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project – the joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari State-owned Qatar Petroleum – increased from 81% to 97% over the past three years. Speaking at the group’s year-end financial results last... 

GTL project boasts  impressive use and  safety figures
SAFE OPERATIONS Oryx GTL recorded about 16-million work hours without a lost-time incident

Repositioning results in sale of Iranian and German businesses

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol completed the disposal of its German and Iranian assets in the past year to “strategically reposition” its global operations. Speaking at the company financial results announcement last month in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Sasol president and CEO David... 

Repositioning results in sale of Iranian and German businesses
SASOL SOLVENTS GERMANY The 76% decrease in operating profit of Sasol’s solvents unit was as a result of the negative impact of the sale of its Solvents Germany operations

Largest career expo in SA draws significant crowd

24th October 2014 Sasol Techno X, the largest career expo in the country, drew 20 023 learners in its effort to inspire and enthuse grade 9 to grade 12 learners. Held from August 11 to 15, at the Sasol ChemCity Eco-Industrial Park, in Sasolburg, the exhibition attracted visitors from seven provinces and learners... 

Football talent programme launched

24th October 2014 Petrol and chemicals company Sasol, in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), launched a football talent development programme in the Fezile Dabi district, at the Harry Gwala Sport Centre, in June. This is the second leg of the partnership that impacts the local football... 

Environmental organisations seek amici curiae

24th October 2014 Two groups of environmental rights organisations have given notice of their intention to seek consent to be admitted as friends of the court (amici curiae), in court proceedings launched in May by energy and chemical company Sasol and crude oil processing and refining company the National... 

Petrochemicals company gains international recognition

24th October 2014 Energy and chemicals company Sasol and safety, health, environment and quality specialist Unplugged Communications had a clean sweep at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards, on March 21 – held at the IABC World Conference in Toronto, Canada – claiming... 

R100 000 invested into Nelson Mandela Bay

24th October 2014 Through Sasol Oil, chemical and energy company Sasol’s fuels marketing and sales business, R100 000 will be invested in the Nelson Mandela Bay and George areas. This will be implemented through the company’s Friendly Neighbour initiative that will see Sasol’s retail outlets in the area take an... 

Company assists nitrogen project

24th October 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco, played a significant role in the recent timely delivery of mission-critical equipment as well as services to petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ nitrogen project. Sasol Synfuels is... 

Company assists  nitrogen project
CREATIVE COMPRESSOR SOLUTION The compressors were initially designed as oil-free air compressors, and had to be modified to accommodate the flow of nitrogen

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors

24th October 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management solutions to hydrocarbon... 

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors
EXPANDED OFFERING ImproChem concluded the purchase and integration of Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant’s African water treatment business on July 1

Realignment of operational focus and practices drives success 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Last month South African energy and chemicals group Sasol highlighted at its full-year financial results briefing for the year ended June 30 that the organisation intended to continue improving operational efficiencies in line with its group-wide change programme. Speaking at the company’s head... 

Realignment of operational focus  and practices drives success
Sasol president and CEO David Constable discusses the state of Sasol's operations at the company's financial results announcement function, in Johannesburg

School competes against universities in solar race

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th October 2014 Maragon Private Schools Olympus pupils competed at energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which entailed driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. The race is held in South Africa every two years, in collaboration... 

New gas-to-power plant in Moz inaugurated 

24th October 2014 The Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) gas-to-power plant was inaugurated in August. This is Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa. The CTRG power plant is a partnership between Mozambican... 

Annual report ranked best in the world

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 South African petrochemicals company Sasol's 2012 annual integrated report has received an award for its level of transparency from report monitoring, scanning, scoring and rating company ReportWatch at its 2013 Best Annual Reports 2013 awards. The corporate watchdog surveyed the reports of more... 

New group executive appointed at Sasol

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol’s New Business Development group executive Ernst Oberholster began his duties in his new position this month, which entail overseeing Sasol’s current largest projects such as the Canadian gas acquisitions and the Uzbeksitan gas-to-liquids (GTL) project. 

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