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Sasol and Synfuels

C3 project on track to meet schedule

25th October 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s R1.3-billion C3 stabilisation project, in Secunda, is on track to begin commercial operation, scheduled for the middle of 2014. 

Research and technology boost in South Africa 

25th October 2013 Petrochemical's group Sasol's business unit Sasol Technology is currently executing capital projects worth more than R 450-million to support its development activities. Sasol’s current combined capital and operational expenditure for Sasol Technology’s research and development function is over... 

Petrochemicals company operations on track globally

25th October 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol continues to grow both locally and internationally as it experiences growth globally in its operations. 

Sasol puts Karoo shale gas exploration on hold

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Although government has lifted the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo, petrochemicals giant Sasol is not planning on further pursuing shale gas opportunities in the area at this stage, as its acreage is not promising from a geological perspective, Sasol Technology executive manager... 

Sasol sees viable opportunities in building GTL plants

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 With the abundance of gas currently available at a low price, especially in North America, the future of energy looks bright for petrochemicals group Sasol, CEO David Constable said at the company’s 2012 financial results presentation last month. He stated that growing demand for oil underpinned... 

Sasol a target for nationalisation, windfall tax

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 In the minds of many South Africans, petrochemicals group Sasol must give back to the country through extra taxation or nationalisation because government established it, says XMP consulting owner Xavier Prevost, reflecting on a comment made by the South African Communist Party in July that... 

Global chemicals output to increase

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The value of chemicals production is estimated to grow to $720-billion in the European Union, $565-billion in the US and $605-billion in China by 2020, petrochemicals group Sasol executive manager for research and technology Sven Godorr told a South African Institution of Chemical Engineers... 

Sasol invests in local CSI initiatives

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 As part of its long-term commitment to corporate social investment (CSI), energy and chemicals group Sasol, in collaboration with the Department of Health, unveiled a series of community projects in August that the group’s corporate affairs team has been working on since 2010. 

Sasol supports local artists

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Business was a natural partner of many great initiatives and art was no exception because it helped to progress South Africa’s development into a nation that embraced diversity across all platforms, petrochemicals group Sasol executive director Nolitha Fakude said in August at Sasol’s New... 

Electricity business development under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The three-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for petrochemicals giant Sasol New Energy’s gas engine power plant project in Sasolburg, which was signed in May this year, will open many doors for power plant solutions and services provider Wärtsilä, says Wärtsilä Solutions Support... 

Communities drive Sasol CSI plans

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The starting point for all of petrochemicals group Sasol’s corporate social investment initiatives are the communities in which it operates, Sasol group corporate marketing GM Vusi Cwane stated at the opening of Sasol Techno X 2012, in Sasolburg, in August.  “Our total capital spend in South... 

Company providing fire protection for fuel depot

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The installation of fire-protection technology provider DoseTech’s largest foam- dosing pump at petrochemicals company Sasol’s Alrode fuel storage depot, in Alberton, Johannesburg, is being finalised, says DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. DoseTech supplies developed product variants under the FireDos... 

Major fireproofing contract secured

26th October 2012 South African passive fireproofing contractor BICS Fireproofing has secured a contract to insulate and fireproof six large storage vessels, with a total suface area of just under 7 000 m2, for petrochemicals group Sasol’s C3 Stabilisation project, in Secunda. BICS Fireproofing managing member Jim... 

Sasolracing confident for last leg of the national championship

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 With the last leg of the South African National Rally just around the corner, Sasolracing Rally driver Mark Cronje and codriver Robin Houghton are confident in their ability to win this year’s championship. 

Decision to exit GTL project does not reflect on viability – Talisman

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Canada's fifth-largest independent oil explorer, Talisman Energy, states that, despite its decision to exit its joint venture (JV) gas-to-liquids (GTL) feasibility study with energy and chemicals group Sasol Canada in June, it continues to examine gas monetisation options, including liquefied... 

Small-scale synfuels production here to stay

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 While global petrochemicals groups Shell and Sasol have dominated the commercialisation of synthetic fuels (synfuels) for years, other gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and associated synfuels businesses are advancing on a broad front, says clean synfuels production technology innovator Oxford... 

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues. Addressing delegates at the fifth South Africa Innovation... 

Sasol’s impact on local business ‘cannot be underestimated’ says financial services firm

26th October 2012 While JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is a significant competitor in the global market – owing to its established international operations – the petrochemicals giant’s impact on local suppliers, developing markets and new technologies cannot be underestimated, states funding solutions... 

Graduate development programme closing the skills gap

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The concept of hydraulics is not well understood by engineering graduates, according to petrochemicals firm Sasol Technology chief process engineer Ralph Grob. At the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2012 conference, in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month, he noted... 

Sasol implements integrated operational, tactical planning platform

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 Sasol Oil, part of petrochemicals group Sasol, in June started the implementation of supply chain solutions provider WAM Systems’ Picaso integrated planning solution (IPS) to support its supply chain planning and optimisation initiative. The business has achieved successful results with the... 

Expo contributing towards skills development

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The Department of Education supported petrochemicals giant Sasol’s various initiatives to advance mathematics, science and technology in South Africa, Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe said at the Sasol Techno X 2012 exhibition, in August. “Sasol Techno X, the most acclaimed career guidance... 

US to develop low-cost technology

21st October 2011 The US Department of Energy has announced the selection of six projects aimed at developing technologies to lower the cost of producing electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants using carbon capture, while maintaining the highest environmental standards.  

Renewed interest in waste-to-energy plants worldwide

21st October 2011 Increased demand for alternatives to fossil fuels, and efforts to balance energy demand and supply, have created renewed interest in the waste-to-energy plant market, reports research consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Company to build combined-cycle power plant for gas synthesis

21st October 2011 Clean energy solutions provider Rentech will construct the world’s first biomass Integrated gasification combined cycle (BIGCC) plant, for the production of electric power at it’s Port St Joe Renewable Energy Centre, in Florida, in the US. 

Louisiana chosen as site for proposed GTL facility

21st October 2011 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has chosen the south-western region of the State of Louisiana as the site for the first proposed gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the US to produce GTL transportation fuels and other products. 

Company awarded R43m switchgear supply contract

21st October 2011 Power and automation technology group ABB has won a R43-million contract from petrochemicals group Sasol, for the supply of a gas insulated switchgear (GIS) for its Sasolburg plant, in the Free State. 

Company provides one-stop facility during shutdown

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 Gasket manufacturer Klinger and its sister company Klinger Mzansi supplied petrochemicals group Sasol with a one-stop site facility during its solvent shutdown in September. 

Texan contractor to construct tetramerisation plant

21st October 2011 Texas-based engineering, procurement and construction management company S & B Engineers and Constructors has been awarded a contract by South African energy and chemicals group Sasol to construct its ethylene tetramerisation plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Wax expansion project on schedule

21st October 2011 Petrochemicals group Sasol reports that its Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) is currently in the construction phase and is on schedule for commissioning of Phase 1 in 2012. 

Questions raised over petrochemicals group’s participation at COP 17

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 The inclusion of global energy and chemicals corporation Sasol in the South African national delegation to the seventeenth United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 17) has been called into question by environmental organisation Earthlife Africa.  

Australia working towards enhancing energy security

21st October 2011 As part of the Australian government’s commitment to enhance the country’s energy security, it has collaborated on the establishment of the A$5-million Synfuel and Catalysis Research Facility (SynCat). 

Synthetic fuels producer secures funding

21st October 2011 Environmental energy company USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation (USFC) has signed an agreement with New York-based institutional investor Kodiak Capital Group, in terms of which Kodiak has committed to invest up to $20-million over a six-month period, subject to certain conditions, at the company's... 

Techno X teaches science

21st October 2011 Petroleum company Sasol’s Techno X exhibition, which was held from August 16 to 19, this year, attracted about 23 000 visitors and over 300 schools. 

Feasibility study set for large-scale plant in China

21st October 2011 Synthetic fuel (synfuel) producer Accelergy Corporation, in partnership with coal company Yankuang Group, is set to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a large-scale, low-carbon, hybrid coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in China’s Inner Mongolia province, that will produce approximately... 

Technology provider receives funding for proof-of-concept projects

21st October 2011 Hydrogen fuels technology provider Cella Energy has received a further $1-million investment by space industry agency Space Florida to further advance development of its technology. 

US GTL technology to be commercialised

21st October 2011 Texas-based holding company UMED Holdings has obtained an exclusive licensing agreement from gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology developer 1st Resource Group (1RG) for the commercialisation of 1RG’s natural gas-to-synthetic fuel proprietary technology.  

Atomic resolution HR-TEM critical to SA’s R&D

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 The first high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) with atomic resolution to be employed on the continent is critical to South Africa's research and development (R&D), says Dr Tracy Bromfield, R&D manager for applied research at Sasol Technology. 

Disappointing result for sponsored rally team

21st October 2011 Sasol-sponsored rally drivers Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton emerged from the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally in a disappointing ninth place, after dropping 13 points below rally winner Conrad Rautenbach, while their teammates, Sasol-sponsored drivers Jon Williams and Cobus Vrey, drove the second Sasol... 

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