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Sasol and Synfuels

Plans in place to fix low 
synfuels production volumes

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has seen a significant decrease in production volumes for its synfuels business in the financial year ending June 30, 2009. At the group’s recent annual financial results presentation, in Johannesburg, CEO Pat Davies said that Sasol had a number of plans in place to... 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 
responsibility

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Group aims to 
curb emissions

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Sasol has set tough targets to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in existing and new coal-to-liquids processes. To achieve these goals, Sasol CEO Pat Davies has indicated that the group would invest significantly in carbon capture and storage... 

$300m project entrenches Mozambique as group’s gas ‘heartland’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2009 The $300-million brownfield expansion of Sasol’s upstream gas production facilities in Mozambique, from the current yearly rate of 120-million gigajoules to 183-million gigajoules, is progressing on schedule for completion in 2011, Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) MD Ebbie Haan confirms. A... 

Lifting company assists with reactor installation

23rd October 2009 South African lifting, rigging and marine and offshore mooring equipment supplier Anchor Industries recently supplied cable laid slings for a heavy lift application for petrochemicals giant Sasol to replace a plant reactor in Johannesburg. 

Carbon capture to be integrated upfront into China project’s design

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) specialist Sasol is including carbon capture and storage (CCS) options in the upfront design of a proposed 80 000-bl/d project it is studying, together with the Shenua Ningxia Coal Industry Group, for possible development in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region... 

Project-delivery concerns as skills stresses remain

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 There may be considerable scepticism about whether Sasol will indeed spend anywhere near the R70-billion in capital expenditure (capex) it is forecasting for the next three years to 2011.  

Greater prudence as financial turmoil and fines bite

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Given the unsettled nature of global financial markets, there is a strong probability that Sasol will pull in its financial horns during 2009, pay down debt and become far more precious with its cash resources.  

Historic, but still controversial

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Over the years, Sasol has had various run-ins with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) - the owner of about 15% of its stock - mostly over what the State-owned enterprise saw as the group's transformational tardiness. 

Fuel imports fall as output rises, demand weakens

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2008 Sasol, South Africa’s biggest fuel supplier, said imports plunged in its most recent financial year as production rose and demand slowed.  

More domestic gas for Mozambique - reports

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2008 Mozambique wants the allocation of six-million gigajoules of natural gas supplied to its industrial city of Matola increased to meet demand from industry, Agencia de Informacao de Mozambique (Aim) gas reported The gas from Temane in Mozambique's Inhambane province is pumped by Republic of... 

Going for Gas

24th October 2008 In a recent interview with Creamer Media Television, Sasol CEO Pat Davies spoke about the group’s upstream gas ambitions. In a discussion with Terence Creamer, Davies said access to additional natural gas would help it more fully exploit its gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology. To watch the video... 

Twin Challenges

24th October 2008 In a recent conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer, Sasol CEO Pat Davies explained why improving the environmental performance of its coal- and gas-conversion technology was so key to its further use domestically, as well as to its internationalisation.  

Group backs carbon-storage atlas project

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 Several carbon-heavy South African corporates, including Sasol, have thrown their collective weight behind a R2-million initiative to develop a so-called ‘South African Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage Atlas'. 

Sasol seeks greater upstream independence

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 The shift in strategic emphasis by alternative-energy group Sasol towards the discovery, development and even possible acquisition of natural gas reserves is being viewed as a signal, albeit a subtle one, that the South African group is keen take hold of its own gas-to-liquids (GTL) destiny. 

Solid coal-to-liquids progress out of China

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 South Africa’s Sasol continues to pursue a twin-technology globalisation agenda, involving both coal-to-liquids (CTL) and gas-to-liquids (GTL).  

Jet-fuel breakthrough

24th October 2008 Earlier this year, synthetic fuels producer Sasol reported that it had become the first company worldwide to receive international acceptance for its fully synthetic jet fuel, produced through its proprietary coal-to-liquids (CTL) process, to be used by commercial airliners. For the last nine... 

Opinion divided on whether Mafutha will proceed

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 A coalfield in the western part of South Africa’s Limpopo province has been selected by Sasol as part of its prefeasibility study into the proposed Mafutha coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, which is being studied together with State-owned development financier the Industrial Development Corporation... 

GTL teething problems ‘in hand'

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 South African petrochemicals group Sasol claims that the "majority of teething problems" related to its Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Qatar, were in hand, with the ramp-up now meeting its revised expectations. During June, the plant operated at an average of above 22 000 bl/day and since... 

A R3,8bn ‘tough knock’

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 If it weren’t for the ongoing financial-market turmoil and the business connotations associated with South Africa’s own political turmoil - which have all of us distracted to the point of despair - it would probably have been South Africa’s business story of the 2008.  

Chemicals unit focuses on volumes as price outlook weakens

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2008 The contribution from Sasol's chemicals cluster was buoyed in 2008 by strong global demand and healthy margins. Operating profit from the unit, which includes polymers, solvents, olefins and surfactants and a range of other chemicals, rose 54% to R6,6-billion making a 20% contribution to the... 

Improved flare design benefits local community

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 The Sasol Polymers Monomers business unit has introduced a new initiative, the totally enclosed ground flare (TEGF), which will replace the elevated ground flare at the Monomer ethylene plant, in Sasolburg, with an enclosed 30-m tower in April 2009. 

Sasol cracks Dow Jones sustainability world index list

24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI). The index comprises the leading 10% of the largest 2 500 global companies in terms of corporate sustainability. 

'Bottom-up' BEE model widens group's shareholder base

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol took a major step forward with regard to transformation during 2008 with the deployment of its Sasol Inzalo black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, which would cost about R7,5-billion to implement.  

Brilliance, courage and commitment

24th October 2008 The South African wheelchair basketball team inspires creativity and innovation in South Africa, which is why Sasol, which views itself as an innovation leader, has moved to associate its brand with the paralympians.  

Double production of hard waxes in South Africa

24th October 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has approved R558-million for its Sasol Wax operation to complete basic engineering for a project that will double its production of hard wax.  

Bumper financial year for SA energy cluster

24th October 2008 The South African energy cluster of petrochemicals giant Sasol has reported an overall turnover of R104,7-billion for the year ended June 30, 2008, a 35,9 % increase on the previous year. 

Global group wins EPC contract for chemicals project in SA

24th October 2008 The South African subsidiary of global engineering and construction group Foster Wheeler, Foster Wheeler South Africa, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Senmin International for a new facility to produce carbon disulphide and recover sulphur from... 

GTL catalyst manufacturing facility receives environmental approval

By: Liam Morrison     24th October 2008 The International GTL subsidiary of petrochemicals giant Sasol, Sasol Synfuels International (SSI), has been granted permission to build a GTL catalyst manufacturing facility on the Sasol One Complex.  

Crude constraint leaves door open for CTL technology push

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2007 In the next ten years, the demand for oil from growing economies such as China and India is expected to rise to about 14-million barrels of oil a day, exceeding the production capability of Saudi Arabia, synfuel producer Sasol's CE Pat Davies said at the Pittsburgh Coal Conference earlier this year. 

Growth ready

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 A philosophy of the 'whole being greater than the sum of the parts' has already had a profound influence on the performance of Sasol's South African energy cluster and has also strengthened the ability of business to respond to a surge in demand for its products, cluster head Dr Benny Mokaba avers. 

Gaining prominence

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 In a country where the 'inferiority complex' is the default national persona, South Africans often require outsiders to tell them that that not all bad. 

GTL ramp-up lessons being transferred to Nigerian venture

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 All the lessons learned during the construction and ramp-up of the $1-billion Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL), in Qatar, are immediately transferred to the $3-billion Escravos GTL (EGTL) joint venture currently under construction in Nigeria. 

Big exploration push for yet more Mozambique gas

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Upstream oil and gas business Sasol Petroleum International has completed a large part of its well drilling campaign in Mozambique and is planning to drill another 27 wells by April 2008, in a programme that includes development appraisal and exploration wells. 

China's growing attraction to coal-to-liquids offering

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Until relatively recently, the internationalisation of Sasol's coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology has played a definite second fiddle to its sister fischer-tropsch technology, gas-to-liquids (GTL). But over the past couple of years the balance has shifted slightly, particularly in light of strong... 

'The technology works'

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Apart from safety, Sasol has identified the ramp-up of the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Qatar, as its main priority for the short- to medium-term. The $1-billion, 34 000 bbl/d investment, which is being pursued in joint venture with Qatar Petroleum, is to showcase the promise and... 

Tight margins, specification uncertainties a concern

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 It is common cause, that the South African refining industry will, in the next few years, be confronted by some tough challenges. 

A fine development

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Some 5%, or 7 500 bbl/d, within a larger approximately 30 000bbl/d, or 20%, brownfield expansion planned for Sasol's Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga, is likely to arise from the deployment of a world-first technology able to convert coal fines into high-value liquid fuels. 

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