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Sasol and Synfuels

Chemicals projects under way in three countries

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Several notable greater-than-€2m Sasol chemicals projects outside of South Africa are at an advanced stage of implementation in the US, Italy and Germany at a total cost of some R5 487-million (€72m). 

The business Joe’s building

21st May 2004 One of Sasol’s best employment equity (EE) successes is Joe Makhoere, the MD of Merisol RSA, a joint venture that South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol has with Merichem of the US. 

Big Project Turbo 15% complete

21st May 2004 The R12-billion Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, is already 15% complete, Engineering News can today report. 

Textbook timing

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 South Africa’s new acrylic acid and acrylates (AAA) complex in Sasolburg is making a textbook-style entry. 

Positioning of AAA project

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The chemicals industry has a tradition of seven-year cycles, two good years and five lean ones. 

The inextricable AAA-butanol link

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The normal (n)-butanol plant in Sasolburg commissioned this year is inextricably linked to the acrylic acid acrylates (AAA) project, which is on track to reach ready-for-operation stage in the first week of next year. 

World beaters

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The new acrylic acids and acrylate (AAA) project in Sasolburg is on track to beat the world construction norm for plants of this kind, Engineering News can today report. 

This train is on time

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is putting the finishing touches to the world’s largest air-separation unit (ASU), constructed at its synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Electrical engineering firm in installation contract

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 Secunda-based electrical engineering company Energotec reports that it has completed a multimillion rand contract as part of the construction of Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU). 

Company supplies 250 t of local steelwork to project

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 The detailed drawings, fabrication, corrosion-protection, erection and painting of part of the total structural steel needs for Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU) were supplied by Harrington Steel of Vereeniging, Gauteng. 

Piping network contract completed in September

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 An intricate network comprising several kilometers of piping interconnects Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU) to the rest of the plant infrastructure at the petrochemical group’s synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Construction contract already wrapped up in April

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 Local specialist Group Five Mining and Industrial completed a contract for the civil works and pipe racks for Sasol’s 15th air separation unit (ASU) in April 2003, having started on site in October 2002. 

QuikTrip

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 Sasol Oil intends modelling its retail fuel brand on that of the highly-successful US QuikTrip, Engineering News can today report. 

More success from total cost-of-ownership savings

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 There has been more success than expected from Sasol’s NetGain programme. 

A stab from LAB

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 Linear alkylbenzene (LAB) is an important detergent intermediary that has contributed nearly a quarter of the turnover of Sasol’s olefins and surfactants division. 

Stone-laying for pioneering Middle Eastern gas project

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 The stone-laying ceremony for the world’s pioneering gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in the Middle East is scheduled to take place on December 7, Engineering News can today report. 

The stick and the carrot of the big Project Turbo

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 South Africa’s biggest industrial project in years is being firmed up for submission to the board of this country’s largest petrochemicals company, Engineering News can today report. 

Vision for petroleum company of future

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 An enlightened approach to business processes with enabling technologies can dramatically improve downstream company competitiveness. 

Approval gained for valves range

31st October 2003 With the recent Sasol Technology (Sastech) approval of both Leser API specification safety relief valves and TLV steam traps and related equipment for use on Sasol?plants being granted, Heaton Valves Africa is looking ahead with optimism. 

Projects show trend to integration

31st October 2003 Automation and control solution provider Honeywell is a technology partner with Sasol and has had much experience providing control solutions for the petrochemical industry worldwide 

Innovative technology for projects

31st October 2003 Sourcing the best solutions and products and ensuring innovative technology for plant operations is a key to the success of any leading conglomerate. 

Columns contract for octene plant

31st October 2003 A leading engineering and construction company based in Secunda, Mpumalanga, CB&I Constructors SA, was awarded a contract by Linde on behalf of Sasol, in April this year, to supply three carbon steel columns for Sasol’s new 1-Octene Train 2 plant at Secunda, CB&I director of sales and... 

Iranian cracker on target

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Sasol Polymers International’s R3,6-billion investment in an ethane-based crackerplus low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plants in Iran is proceeding according to plan, Sasol executive director Jan Fourie tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Natural gas facilitates more ammonia output

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 South Africa’s sole manufacturer of ammonia has been placed in a position to increase ammonia production capacity by 12% at Sasolburg next year as a result of the introduction of natural gas to South Africa from Mozambique, Engineering News can today report. 

Low emissions, less water use in new natural gas era

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Engineering News spoke to project director: natural gas Elmore Marshall and Sasol Petroleum International GM Martin Vorster on the new pipeline to bring natural gas from Temane in Mozambique to Secunda at Sasolburg in South Africa and discovered the benefits natural gas will bring, not the least... 

Tar firm in niche-market drive

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Bottom-of-the-barrel beneficiator Sasol Carbo-Tar is on an intense drive to capture niche markets. 

Flying high on coal

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Groundbreaking work done by petrochemical giant Sasol on the production of synthetic jet fuel from coal, is expected to gain worldwide approval from aviation authorities for the fuel by August, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

Future intermediate fuel being researched in South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A search is on for a new fuel to bridge the gap between existing conventional fuels and the eventual introduction of the fuel cell, Engineering News can today repo 

On target at the halfway mark

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 The plans looked somewhat ambitious for a plant of the magnitude of Sasol Synfuels in Secunda -but their implementation is on target at the halfway point. 

New Secunda-rivalling plans for more Middle East gas-to-liquids

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A large new gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Qatar – nearly four times the size of the pioneering $950-million GTL plant now under construction there – is a new possibility in the Middle East where use would again be made of advanced South African technology, Engineering News can today... 

Japanese must deliver the first GTL reactors by October 2004

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A consortium of two large Japanese companies has been contracted to fabricate the first two reactors for the highly-significant gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant that is being built by South Africans in the Middle East, Engineering News can today report. 

R71-billion-worth of projects

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has approved a record R71-billion of capital expenditure for about 260 projects which are currently in various stages of execution, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

Chemicals sector getting ready for a price ‘flyer’

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Though current economic circumstances in the global chemicals industry are depressed, the industry is budgeting for an expected price ‘flyer’ in the next two years, outgoing Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) MD Ralph Havenstein tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Sasolburg is setting out to be the wax capital of the world

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Waxmaker Sasol Wax South Africa is laying the foundations for what it hopes will be the wax capital of the world in the town of Sasolburg in the Free State. ? 

R1,8bn saving to be exceeded

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A new advanced procurement and supply process introduced by Sasol in 1999, is expected to bring about more savings than the targeted R1,8-billion by 2005, procurement and supply management GM Willie Rossouw tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Mozambicans trained at new natural-gas plant in Temane

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Skills training has been provided for some 750 Mozambicans at the central processing facility (CPF) in Temane, starting point of the 865 km natural-gas pipeline to South Africa, Engineering News can today report. 

R19bn chemical-project suite

23rd May 2003 A key feature of Sasol’s future strategic planning is to expand its chemicals portfolio in Southern Africa and, increasingly, in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

$700m raised in 36 hours

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Sasol Limited has entered the project finance arena with award-winning impact, raising $700-million in a mere 36 hours for a new pioneering gas-to-liquids (GTL) project now under construction in the Middle East, Engineering News can today report. 

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