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Sasol and Synfuels

Prestigious tech earns awards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Sasol has developed and commercialised the Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) process for converting synthesis gas into petrol and light olefins. This process can be used to manufacture liquid fuels and chemicals from natural gas in a manner similar to the Sasol slurry-phase distillate process. This... 

Simulation tool designed for inland refinery

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africa’s only inland oil refinery, National Refiners of South Africa (Natref), could save thousands of rands in running costs following the installation of a simulation model for the effective planning of shutdowns and transfer capacities between units. The logistics tool was... 

Mining enterprise reinvents its role in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 From a modest contributor to the profits of the Sasol group, Sasol Mining has reinvented itself as a valuable mining enterprise after committing itself to a series of new initiatives to improve its people, technology, quality, safety, environmental performance and cost-management further, reports... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

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’... 

Gauteng pipe maker set to take on world

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the Blohm and Voss spiral mill and electric resistance welding (ERW) mill at its Wadeville, Gauteng, facility having been commissioned as part of a R100-million production-facility upgrade, pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is gearing up for participation in the international petrochemical... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Big order placed for distillation equipment

By: System Author     28th May 1999 To ensure the quality of its products, Sasol Solvents, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), has ordered distillation equipment from Gauteng testing-equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific & Precision Equipment. The Herzog MP627 automatic distillation apparatus and the Herzog HFP364... 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 

Secure data-integrity system is designed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Industrial information systems supplier Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, has been contracted to design and implement a data-integrity system (DIS) for Sasol. The petrochemical company required an integrated system that would ensure the overall data integrity of production data at one of its... 

Increased product range

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With an increased product range to supply pressure-reducing stations, controls, metering, boiler controls, compressed-air equipment and various other quality products, Gauteng industrial-equipment supplier Spirax Sarco has demonstrated its commitment to supply knowledge, service and products to... 

R260m joint venture completed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 joint venture of about R260-million between Linde and Krupp Uhde to engineer and install a 1-octene plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ alpha-olefins division in Secunda, Mpumalanga, has been completed successfully, reports Krupp Uhde South Africa GM Mark Otto. Although time constraints... 

R1,2bn IT outsourcing

By: System Author     28th May 1999 An agreement valued at about R1,2-billion for the purchase of the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division has been signed with Q Data Consulting, the professional services division of PQ Africa. This comprehensive outsourcing agreement, which will span ten years,... 

Sulphur plant dehumidifying a success

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following the dehumidifying of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) sulphur plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by moisture-control firm Munters, of Edenvale, Gauteng, the company was for the first time able to draw up its own timetable for maintenance of its sulphur plant irrespective of weather... 

Marketing campaign initiated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A MEMBER of the SMX group of companies, Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) has embarked on a full-scale marketing programme for its revolutionary new electronic initiator system (see page 24). The core of the system is the state-of-the-art SMI*IN*IT microchip technology used to initiate a unique... 

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... 

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... 

Significant R&D achievements highlighted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 lthough virtually impossible to single out Sasol’s greatest research and development (R&D) of the last year, considering the nature and scope of its various programmes, some achievements are worth highlighting, communications manager Alfonso Niemand tells Engineering News. Besides 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... 

Environmental management becomes a gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In line with its commitment to the environment, the gas division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has invested considerably in various programmes and technologies in the last few years to ensure that it can implement and maintain a world-class environmental-management system to ensure its operations have... 

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... 

Frothers and collectors developed for mining

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE Sasol Mining Chemicals plant at Sasolburg manufactures a range of alcohol-based frothers and sodium dithiophosphate collectors from Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) and imported feedstocks. The mining chemicals are used to recover copper ores, platinum and other platinum-group minerals such as... 

Road-surfacing material breakthrough

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In recent years, Sasol has become an influential and important player in the field of road-surfacing materials through its majority shareholding in Tosas, of Wadeville, Gauteng – a 70:30 joint-venture company formed in conjunction with Total South Africa in the early 1970s. Since its... 

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... 

Technical-achievement award

By: System Author     28th May 1999 recipient of several major international awards for excellence in the field of innovating improved Fischer-Tropsch process technologies Sasol Technology has received yet another coveted technical-achievement award. This time the company clinched a Thomas Kuhn bronze candidate award at the 1998... 

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... 

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