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Sasol and Synfuels

Technical portion of feasibility study on track

21st October 2011 Engineering and construction contractor Foster Wheeler reports that the technical portion of a feasibility study for a planned gas-to-liquids (GTL) study, in Canada, is on track and is expected to be complete during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Synfuels technology developing at a rapid pace

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 Synthetic fuel (synfuel) technology is being developed at a rapid pace as the demand for synfuels increases, says technology innovator for clean synfuel production, Oxford Catalysts Group business development manager Tad Dritz. 

Sasol confident about advancing growth opportunities

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 International investment research firm Zacks states that, given petrochemicals group Sasol’s strong balance sheet and net cash positive status, the company will be able to pursue an aggressive coal-to-liquids and gas-to-liquids (GTL) growth programme. 

SA scientists to showcase hybrid energy processing plant prototype at COP 17

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 Scientists from the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS), together with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), will exhibit a prototype of its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis-based mobile conversion technology unit that converts biomass to electricity and crude synthetic... 

Synfuels production shifting from petroleum to biomass

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 There is increasing interest in the use of biomass for the production of synthetic fuels (synfuels), as opposed to the use of petroleum or coal, says Université Lille Nord de France professor Franck Dumeignil. 

Shale gas could provide sustainable feedstock

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 A discovery of large recoverable shale gas reserves in the Karoo could stimulate the development of the gas infrastructure in South Africa, and give the country the opportunity to develop and grow new markets. 

127 000 carbon credits worth $130 000 donated

22nd October 2010 In support of South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, petrochemicals giant Sasol donated over 127 925 carbon credits, worth about $130 000, to the 2010 FIFA World Cup local Organising Committee (2010 LOC) South Africa to help offset the soccer tournament’s carbon footprint. 

KZN oil company acquires fuel distribution depot

22nd October 2010 Oil company Chevron South Africa has concluded the sale of its Empangeni fuel distribution depot, in line with its global optimisation strategy, to 100% black-owned fuel and lubricant supplier KZN Oils. 

Redundant I/H converters for Oxygen East

22nd October 2010 Hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems specialist Voith Turbo has secured three orders from Sasol Synfuels for the supply of five redundant I/H converters and seven trip shut-off modules for the protection and control of steam turbines on the company’s Oxygen East plant, in Secunda. 

Ranked as oil and 
gas leader

22nd October 2010 Petrochemicals giant Sasol was ranked as the oil and gas global sector leader in the yearly Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) 2010. 

Gearboxes for Thubelisha colliery

22nd October 2010 Gearbox manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa, the local subsidiary of the Belgium-based Hansen Industrial Transmissions, received an order for the supply of nineteen gearboxes to petrochemicals group Sasol’s Thubelisha colliery. 

A roadmap to cleaner fuels

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 South Africa’s fuel has a sulphur content of up to 500 ppm and, compared with some countries in Africa where there is a fuel sulphur content of up to 5 000 ppm, it is not classified as the dirtiest fuel in the world. 

Commission refers and settles polymers collusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 The South African Competition Commission has referred, in August 2010, its complaints of excessive pricing of polypropylene and propylene in the domestic South African market against Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) and of price fixing in respect of polypropylene, against SCI and polyethylene... 

Nitro to divest five fertiliser blending plants

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 Division of Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), Sasol Nitro, is divesting itself of five of its regional fertiliser blending plants, as part of an agreement settled in July with the Competition Commission. 

Management changes 
at Sasol

22nd October 2010 In a drive for transformation, petrochemicals group Sasol has made some management changes and shifts. 

PhDs at the forefront of R&D

22nd October 2010 The term tetramisation may not mean much to the average individual, but synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol believes that its advances in this field may soon improve the quality of many everyday items used by people all over the world, owing to innovative research and development... 

Synfuels group stresses operational efficiency

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 South African synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals manufacturer Sasol can only continue on its strategic growth path if its current business units are operating at optimal efficiency, CEO Pat Davies reports. 

Carbon capture remains a challenge for CTL development

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 The importance of establishing carbon capture storage (CCS) facilities in South Africa was emphasised when synthetic fuels (synfuels) producer Sasol announced, in September, that, owing to a lack of financially viable methods of CCS, it had decelerated the construction of its Mafutha... 

Company receives preferred supplier of the year award

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 South African fluid conveyance products and systems provider Rare was awarded local liquid fuels and chemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ Luminous Award 2010 for being its preferred suppli 

Strong rand restrains profit margins 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 The strong rand is restraining local synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals producer Sasol’s ability to realise potential profit margins, CFO Christine Ramon reports. However, despite the strong performance of the local currency and global markets still being volatile, following the economic... 

The future of biofuels in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 Prefeasibility studies for three South African biofuel projects, each producing about 100-million litres a year, show that it will cost at least R5,1-billion to develop them, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said in a written reply to Parliamentary questions 

Setting its sights 
on natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 An arbitrage between the oil price and that of natural gas has spurred significant interest from synthetic fuels and chemicals producer Sasol to expand and further invest in natural gas resources, the company reports. 

From parastatal to private fuel and chemicals giant

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2010 Synthetic fuels (synfuels) and chemicals producer Sasol has devoted years of research and development (R&D) to optimising its chemical processes, resulting in a number of groundbreaking industry firsts and innovations. 

Race day at Zwartkops

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has been involved in various sponsored races with vehicles using the company’s fuels. On September 11, the company sponsored a Sasol Race Day at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria, in which one of its sponsored vehicles, a Sasol turbo fuels plus Subaru Impreza STI, which... 

Valves contract awarded for new cobalt plant

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd October 2010 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist, Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) has secured an order for all safety relief valves and commodity valves for synthetic fuels producer Sasol’s latest development, a cobalt catalyst plant, the Meerkat II, HVA engineered products divisional manager... 

Valve manufacturer's products receive SIL 3 certification

22nd October 2010 Equipment manufacturer Virgo Engineers reports that several of its products, such as floating and trunnion-mounted soft- and metal-seated ball valves and TriTork triple offset valves, have received safety integrity level (SIL) 3 certification – safe for installation in plant such as Sasol’s –... 

Chemicals 
cluster experiences demand 
destruction

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 The chemicals cluster of petrochemicals giant Sasol had experienced “demand destruction” in the past year, said CFO Christine Ramon, at the group’s annual financial results presentation in Rosebank, in central Johannesburg, last month. 

Supporting 20 years of developing artists

23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is celebrating 2009 as the twentieth year as primary sponsor of the New Signatures art competition together with the Arts Association of South Africa. 

Production at Oryx 
remains firm

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petroleum giant Sasol reported at its annual results presentation, last month that production volumes at the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Qatar were significantly up as 2009 production reached an average of 23 700 bbl/d. 

Tenth advanced synthol 
reactor delivered

23rd October 2009 South African coal-to-liquids company Sasol’s tenth Sasol Advanced Sythol (SAS) reactor has arrived on South African shores. It departed Richards Bay in mid-July for Secunda and reached its destination in the second week of August. 

Competition-related fines dent 2009 profits

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 One-off charges, most notably competition related fines, Inzalo share-based payment expenses and remeasurement items for the Escravos gas-to-liquids project, significantly affected South African petrochemicals giant Sasol’s operating profit figures for 2009. 

Coal-to-liquids to power the future

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s research and development (R&D) departments Setobane Mangena said that coal-to-liquids (CTL) had a role to play in powering the future and was at the centre of the Sasol growth strategy. 

Two challenging years lie ahead at Sasol Synfuels

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2009 Two challenging years lie ahead for Sasol Synfuels, says Sasol Synfuels MD Flip de Wet. “Our main focus will be to achieve stability in both gas production and reformer capacity,” De Wet tells Engineering News. 

Renewed focus on 
energy unit

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has significantly increased the number of staff members working at its new energy unit. 

Focused on sports 
development

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd October 2009 Petroleum giant Sasol reports that it is proud to be the sponsor of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks. 

Projects pipeline sees some development despite economic downturn

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 A number of projects have moved fluidly through the progressive phases in South African energy and chemicals group Sasol’s projects pipeline despite a tightened cash flow during the global economic downturn, the group reported at its 2009 annual results presentation, in September. 

Group celebrates 
thirtieth anniversary 
of JSE listing

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of its listing on the JSE at the end of this month. 

Face to face with Pat Davies

23rd October 2009 In an interview with Engineering News, petrochemicals giant Sasol CEO Pat Davies spoke about the group’s current research and development, and the future of transportation mobility. In his discussion with Engineering News publishing editor Martin Creamer, Davies pointed out that capital... 

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