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Sasol and Synfuels

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. 

New human resources model in process of implementation

23rd May 2003 The performance of Sasol Mining has been so impressive under Jannie van der Westhuizen that the former Sasol Mining MD has been appointed to head the human resources (HR) portfolio for the entire Sasol group, Mining Weekly can today report. 

NYSE trading volume doubles in first month

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Sasol’s trading volumes on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) have more than doubled in the first month of trading, Engineering News can today report. 

Introduction of natural gas to lower air-pollution levels

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 The arrival of natural gas will have a direct impact on the amount of carbon dioxide that the country’s industries release into the air. 

Research and development

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A powerhouse of innovation, Sasol Research and Development (R&D) division’s business-driven approach towards developing new technology, makes a significant contribution towards creating and sustaining the company’s competitive advantage. 

Fuel research takes new leap into Cape Town

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 As the largest South African petrochemical company and a world leader in the development and application of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology, Sasol has established itself as a market leader in the field of fuels research and development (R&D). 

Five areas of social focus

23rd May 2003 Sasol’s corporate social investment strategy has five focus areas, namely education, job creation, health, arts and culture and the environment.? 

New octene train plant by September 2004

23rd May 2003 The basic engineering phase is due to be completed this month for the R870-million second octene train project, Sasol Technology project manager Fritz Weilbach tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Students mentored on new pipeline

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 Nine young engineers from previously-disadvantaged communities have been mentored during the construction of a new R49-million steam pipeline in Sasolburg, Engineering News can today report.? 

New truck-stop centre in Sasolburg

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A new truck-stop centre is being built in Sasolburg for opening in October this year, Engineering News can today exclusively report.? 

Government asked to stagger lead-free petrol introduction

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 The government should consider delaying the introduction of regulations to enforce the use of lead-free petrol and lower-sulphur diesel in South Africa to ensure that there are sufficient skilled human resources and manufacturing capacity within the country to cope with the capital projects that... 

New South African alcohols plant fills gap in global market

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 Detergent alcohols have become a key product for South Africa’s Sasol, particularly since its acquisition of Condea of Germany, which is now trading as Sasol Chemie. 

Fabricator supplies eight process columns to the Secunda plant

31st January 2003 As one of the few fabricators in South Africa that has the ability and expertise to design and build large and heavy process columns, DB Thermal was awarded the order for a total of eight process columns by Krupp Uhde for Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Investing in people key, believes firm

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 MD Gottfried Pogats believes Energotec’s success on Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant, in Secunda, Mpumalanga, must be attributed to its strategy of investing in people, involving the local community and recognising superior performance. 

Firm supplies 56 heat exchangers to project

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 Fifty-six heat exchangers were supplied by a Gauteng-based designer and manufacturer to South Africa’s first detergent alcohols plant commissioned this year in Secunda, Mpumulanga. 

Legislative trends set to boost SA engineering firms

31st January 2003 One of Sasol’s main contractors at the petrochemical giant’s new detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is Uhde South Africa. 

Steel fabricator delivers and erects more than a thousand tons of steel

31st January 2003 East-Rand based Genrec Engineering, a Murray & Roberts company, has supplied and erected 1 050 t of steel for Sasol’s detergent alcohols plant, in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

R16m civils contract demanded innovation

31st January 2003 One of Sasol’s main contractors at the petrochemical giant’s new detergent alcohols plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is Uhde South Africa. 

Nineteen kilometres of surface-heating pipes installed

31st January 2003 A section of the oxo plant at Sasol Olefins and Surfactants’ new detergent alcohol extension project in Secunda, Mpumalanga, was serviced by Bartec Barlian. 

Construction company wrapping up work in April

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The civil works and pipe racks for what will be the world’s largest air separation plant will be carried out by Group Five Civils. 

World's biggest air-separation unit to be completed in Feb 2004

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The world’s largest air separation unit, being established by Sasol, is scheduled to be in operation by February 2004. 

Cryogenic storage vessels largest for manufacturer

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The two large low-temperature horizontal double-walled cryogenic storage vessels which will be used to store liquid oxygen at Sasol’s fifteenth air separation unit (ASU) are being manufactured by Johannesburg-based Rand Air & Gas. 

Large-scale project proves challenging

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 Technology managers in the civil and structural engineering environment Lategan Bouwer has been appointed to carry out contracts on two sides and for two different companies for work on Sasol’s fifteenth air separation unit (ASU). 

Piling work for unit completed

By: vanessa vasques     6th December 2002 The piling work for Sasol’s newest air separation unit (ASU) was completed in October this year with more than 220 piles installed on site. 

How story is being 'sold', not just 'told'

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 South Africa’s indigenous petrochemical giant Sasol wants to increase its foreign shareholding from the current 25% to 40% in the next two years. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

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