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Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Air Liquide air separation unit, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Air Liquide has launched the air separation unit at Sasol's Secunda plant. 

Sasol successfully commissions Phase 2 of wax expansion plant

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2018 Phase 2 of petrochemicals company Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Plant (FTWEP) has successfully been commissioned at its Sasolburg operation. Valued at R13.6-billion, the plant has successfully started in its entirety and has been running stably for six months. 

Versatility still important as technology develops

By: Victor Moolman     2nd February 2018 While innovation is taking centre stage amid rapid technological development, gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says versatility remains high on the checklists of manufacturers and end-users. The company has, therefore, supplied companies in South Africa with the Protectoseal Series... 

Air Liquide launches €200m air separation unit at Sasol

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 Gas company Air Liquide has launched a €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at energy and chemicals company Sasol's Secunda plant. Said to be the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, the ASU has a production capacity of 5 000 t/d of oxygen. Owned and operated by Air Liquide, it is the... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Sasol says higher oil price, if sustained, bodes well for H2

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2018 Chemicals and energy group Sasol indicated on Tuesday that its second-half results would be positively affected should the recent rise in oil prices to levels approaching $70/bbl be sustained for the remainder of its financial year, which runs to June 30. In a trading statement for the six months... 

National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Supplier prepares for maintenance shutdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Specialist valve, overpressure, combustion, pipeline, and product storage equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) is gearing up for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s major plant maintenance shutdown, planned for September next year in Secunda, Mpumalanga, which will also affect Sasol’s Sasolburg... 

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says it will be beneficial being a local distributor and service provider for Italy-based specialised equipment manufacturer VRV, to local refineries and petrochemicals companies in particular.  

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Financial results exhibit value-based growth

27th October 2017 In the 2017 financial year, energy and chemicals company Sasol’s results portrayed value-based growth on a robust foundation owing to a strong business performance across most of the value chain. 

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017

27th October 2017 To mitigate material matters that could substantially affect its ability to create value in the short, medium or long term, as a result of not being able to execute its strategy and the impact thereof on its ability to stay competitive, petrochemicals giant Sasol has outlined a five-step process... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

IBAS Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 South Africa-based IBAS Group has grown to be one of most consistent service providers in the demanding industrial access and related value-add sector. 

Expanded steel services firm eyeing specialist construction, industrial markets

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering aims to provide end-to-end services for specialist construction and industrial projects after it acquired Middleburg-based structural steel company F&K Engineering, says Hlakani director Gerhard Holtshauzen. The acquisition... 

Consumers urged to save water as Gauteng’s dam levels decrease

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 Dam levels in the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continued to decrease to 75.5% this week, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Wednesday. The system’s water levels were lower than last week’s 76.4%, but higher than the 51.8% recorded at the same time last year. 

Goscor Access Rental appoints new KZN Branch Manager

22nd September 2017 Goscor Access Rental (GAR) has appointed industry stalwart Alan Will as Kwazulu-Natal Branch Manager, based in Westmead, to oversee expansion in one of the company’s highest-growth areas in South Africa at present. Alan brings 28 years’ experience to bear on his high-profile new role, of which 22... 

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap 

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Since the release in July 2013 of the South African Coal Roadmap (SACRM), there has been no impetus by government or coal miners to implement any of its recommendations. The SACRM was developed with a view to identifying possible scenarios that may impact on the coal industry, particularly in... 

Sasol review may result in sale or closure of assets, but no ‘fire sale’  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced that an asset-review process is under way that could result in the sale, closure or growth of certain assets. However, the JSE-listed company has also stressed that there will be no “fire sale”. Joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa reports that... 

Sasol turns to courts after Sars slaps it with tax bills worth R12.8bn 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2017 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to resolve a tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), which has slapped it with assessments for outstanding tax liabilities and penalties worth R12.8-billion. The company made a... 

SADC in need of localised development

18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

Emira on track to improve performance, despite difficult operating environment

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 Despite a challenging year, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund says it has significantly improved vacancies across its portfolio to 5.3%, from 7% at its half-year, while having also renewed 77% of expiring space during the financial year to June 30.    Speaking at a... 

On-The-Air (04/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to impose stricter air pollution control; The names of all IDC clients, including politically exposed people, are now being made public; and Botswana is taking steps to build its own Sasol. 

Sandton building wins Sapoa award

By: Victor Moolman     4th August 2017 The Sasol Place building in Sandton, designed by professional management service group Paragon Group's subsidiary Paragon Architects, won the office developments corporate and the overall winner awards from the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in 2017. 

Collaboration key to developing gas projects in SADC region 

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 The successful execution and implementation of energy projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, such as the Mozambique–South Africa gas pipeline project, depends on adequate collaboration between SADC member states and the owner-operators of the project, according to... 

Supplier completes first phase of cable-clamping project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding & Identification Solutions Africa completed the first roll-out phase of its Ultra-Lok cable clamping system at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s facility in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month.  

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Sasol awards consultancy contract to Petroplan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol has contracted oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan to provide consultancy and managed services in the UK, South Africa and Mozambique. Petroplan already has a long-standing working relationship with Sasol through the provision of both contract and... 

Sasol on track with R15.3-billion mine replacement project

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2017 Sasol Mining, the coal mining arm of energy and chemicals group Sasol on Thursday unveiled the progress made over the past few years on its now nearly-completed R15.3-billion programme to replace its ageing coal mines in the Secunda area. Speaking during a site visit of the new Secunda-based... 

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

8th June 2017 Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address SA’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts Speaking ahead of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg, key industry stakeholders have highlighted the need for utilities and... 

Sasol starts construction at new China-based chemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Sasol on Thursday reported that construction of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, has started, with the new plant expected to be fully operational by early 2019. The new production unit will modernise and expand Sasol's current alkoxylation capacity, research and development facility... 

Manufacturing Circle, Gauteng Premier to cooperate on reviving the Vaal Triangle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The Manufacturing Circle will work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura on an action plan to revive the Vaal Triangle and arrest the decline of manufacturing in the region.    “The Vaal Triangle rejuvenation project is being driven the CEO Initiative, which Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de... 

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