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Sasol and Synfuels

Company Cameo

26th October 2007 A snapshot of the Sasol group. 

Mafutha a 'when' not an 'if' - Mokaba

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 The head of Sasol's South African energy cluster says the global coal-to-liquids (CTL) leader is doing everything in its power to fast-track studies into a proposed 80 000 bbl/d greenfield inland refinery, dubbed 'Project Mafutha', particularly in light of rampant demand growth for transport... 

Teething problems

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 The technical problems that afflicted Sasol's high-profile Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) joint venture, in Qatar, sent jitters through the market earlier this year. 

Chemically balanced

26th October 2007 The Sasol global chemicals cluster consists of four core businesses namely Polymers, Solvents, Olefins and Surfactants, and Other. Sasol Polymers reported an increased operating profit despite the impacts of shutdowns. Operating profit increased by 32%, to R1 089-million on the back of higher... 

Creating energy

26th October 2007 The Sasol energy cluster is defined by operations in four sectors namely Sasol Mining, Sasol Gas, Sasol Synfuels, and Sasol Oil. In the record results for the year ended June 2007, the operating profit of Sasol Mining was at R1 171-million, about 5% lower than the prior year, owing primarily to... 

Going global

26th October 2007 Sasol Petroleum International reports that operating profit declined by 50%, to R300-million for the year, primarily owing to a significant increase in exploration costs offset by higher selling prices, a weaker rand/US dollar exchange, and increased sales volumes. 

The coal-to-liqiuds technology edge

26th October 2007 Sasol Secunda operates the world's only coal-based synthetic fuels manufacturing facility, which uses unique Sasol Fisher-Tropsch technology to manufacture synthesis gas from low-grade coal. This is converted into a large range of petrochemicals. 

Gas-to-liquids technology in snapshot 

26th October 2007 The Sasol gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology uses three chemical processes to convert natural gas, or a similar gaseous hydrocarbon, into liquid fuels and related petrochemicals. The heart of the GTL technology is the conversion of synthesis gas (syngas) into waxy syncrude, which is a form of... 

Broad support for group's empowerment approach, despite early concerns

26th October 2007 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently reiterated the fact that it was in full support of the black economic empowerment (BEE) deal which Sasol initiated in September this year. 'Given Sasol's status as the largest industrial investor in the South African economy, the department... 

Proudly SA and sports mad

26th October 2007 Sasol reports that it is an enthusiastic sponsor of football, rugby, motor sport and Paralympics. Through its commitment, the company promotes its brand and more importantly, plays a vital role in promoting prowess, and nation building in South Africa. 

New international welding standard designed to ease stresses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2007 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) conducted its first ISO 3834 certification process in September this year, in accordance with the International Institute of Welding and the European Federation for Welding certification system, awarding local manufacturer Stainless Fabricators... 

Seeing opportunity beyond immediate skills threat

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Possibly more than any other South African company, Sasol, which has been built on the unique application of science and technology, is reliant on having the right skills at the right place and at the right time. 

Supporting the pipeline industry

26th October 2007 The availability of pipeline gas is a significant stimulus to the economy of a country on local, regional, national and international level, reports the South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga). 

Chemicals unit expands Chinese operations

26th October 2007 Petrochemicals group Sasol announced last month the opening of an office in Shanghai to market its diverse range of chemical solvents in China. 

Women play leading role in mining empowerment

26th October 2007 A women-led black economic empowerment (BEE) vehicle and Sasol Mining in October announced a transaction, which should see thousands of rural and periurban women participating in a major BEE transaction for the first time. 

Bursting at the borders

26th October 2007 Sythetic fuel (synfuels) producer Sasol reports that it will be expanding its synfuels production capacity in South Africa, on a brownfields basis, by 20%, over the next nine years. During the planning phase, it was thought that about half of the planned expansion would come from additional... 

Sealing solutions improve the environmental performance of petrochemical plants

26th October 2007 Global manufacturer and distributor James Walker supplies a range of standard and specialised products and services to virtually every industrial sector. James Walker South Africa has become known for its high performance sealing solutions, which meet stringent quality standard expectations. The... 

Upscaling gas for Secunda

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2007 Seventy-five percent of the feedstock for the Natural Gas and Secunda Growth Programme will be natural gas. 

Continuous evaluation of strategy to curb project slippage, budget overruns

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2007 Sasol continuously evaluates its project strategy to curb the current global project phenomenon of schedule slippage and budget overrun, resulting from abnormally high demand and inadequate supply. 

'Year of delivery' for polymer unit

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 After a couple of tough years, during which some R14-billion has been spent to effectively double Sasol's polyethylene and polypropylene capacity in the next year to 18 months, the newly installed head of the group's polymers unit says it is now the 'year of delivery'. 

Chemicals enabling capture of full FT value

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2007 Despite a fall-off in the percentage contribution from Sasol's chemicals businesses to group turnover and earnings over the last few years as the synfuels business rides high on strong oil prices, the head of the group's chemicals cluster insists that the twin fuels and chemicals strategy remains... 

SLGas a 'new generation' leader in gas

26th October 2007 From small beginnings, SLGas (SLGas) started trading in piped gas in 2002 - focusing on areas such as Mobeni, Merebank, Clairwood, Prospecton Umbogintwini, in the South of Durban. 

Turbo’s drive pumps

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Pump manufacturer KSB, commissioned six pump units for Sasol’s Project Turbo in September. 

New-generation device for the refinery industry

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 One of buurner specialist The Combustion Group’s (TCG’s) principle product range agents - Fireye, has launched a new generation of device for the refinery industry. 

Supply contract for Mozambique gas line

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Wholly-owned Murray & Roberts company Hall Longmore has had a continued relationship with Sasol for nearly four decades. 

South African pipeline association draws up more stringent criteria

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 The South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga) has instituted an updated registration process, with more stringent criteria, that calls for a selected membership to the individuals particular area of expertise. 

Water-treatment plant handed over fully commissioned

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Paris based water services specialist Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies (VWS) has recently handed over a fully commissioned water treatment plant to Sasol at its Synfuel factory in Secunda. 

Steps towards countering a serious skills shortage

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Petrochemicals giant Sasol will be investing R140-million into a skills development programme focused on combating the drastic artisan shortage. 

Reliability in fire protection

9th December 2005 Fire protection of structural steel has become an integral part of plant design. 

Supplying pipes, fittings and flanges to Project Turbo

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Being the leading supplier of carbon steel pipes, fittings and flanges (PFF) in South Africa, Alberton-based company, the Rare Group was awarded its single-largest project for the supply of PFF to Sasol’s Project Turbo in November last year. 

Project empowering local idler manufacturer

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 The first idler-manufacturing company in South Africa to embrace the principles of black economic-empowerment (BEE) back in 1998, Africa Roller, continues pursuing its policy of transformation and empowerment. 

French group responsible for EPCM contract

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Last year Technip was awarded the contract to perform detailed engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPCM) services for and onbehalf of Sasol. 

Automation and control solutions to Secunda plants

9th December 2005 When Sasol embarked on Project Turbo as part of its clean-fuels programme, it turned to its automation and control alliance partner, Honeywell Process Solutions to assist with various projects to modernise and implement new control systems on several plants in Secunda. 

Over schedule and above budget

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 The good news is that Sasol’s R13-billion Project Turbo will be 90% complete by Christmas and will reach its obligatory January 1 clean-fuels deadline comfortably. 

Satisfying Project Turbo’s water needs

By: thamashni naidoo     9th December 2005 Bigger water recycling processes required to provide water for the expansion projects at Sasol’s Secunda factory will be completed by Veolia Water Systems (VWS) shortly. 

New stretch in the market

By: peter cromberge     10th December 2004 Just like octene is used to give plastic its elastic and flexible qualities, Sasol's planned 1-octene plant is expected to stretch and flex the company's reach in the global market. 

Civils firm implements several contracts for oil giant

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 The civil, industrial and mining arm of construction company Group Five has been involved with civil work for Sasol at its Secunda and Sasolburg plants for some time. 

Project will gulp down 20-million litres of water daily

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 Project Turbo requires 20-million litres of various qualities of water daily but, because of persistent droughts in Southern Africa, an innovative solution had to be found to supplement the existing raw-water supply. 

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