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Natural gas company powering Johannesburg

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 In the last five years, Johannesburg-based natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has signed several ongoing multimillion-rand contracts with businesses wanting to implement alternative energy solutions. The company has implemented solutions for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,... 

Sasol says 140 MW gas-fired plant on track 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2012 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has confirmed that its 140 MW gas-fired plant under development in Sasolburg would be commissioned in the first half of 2013. In an update on its R14-billion worth of investments at its Sasolburg operations, the JSE-listed company said that the R1.8-billion gas-fired... 

Sasol, Ipsa settle gas supply claim

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2012 Synthetic fuels group Sasol has withdrawn its claim against Newcastle Cogeneration, a subsidiary of Ipsa, the independent power plant developer said on Friday. Ipsa said the claim, which related to a gas supply agreement that was terminated in August 2009, had been withdrawn from the South... 

Mushroom industry has the option to stop depleting natural resources

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th August 2012 The University of Pretoria (UP) has developed an environment-friendly substrate, the Mabu casing, which is a suitable alternative to the peat soil used for button mushroom production. Casing soil producer Mabu Casing Soils managing member Dr Linda Meyer says the substrate has the potential to... 

Sasol says headline earnings could rise as much as 30%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th August 2012 Petrochemicals producer Sasol would report higher earnings when it publishes its financial results for the 2012 financial year on September 10, the JSE-listed company reported on Wednesday. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June were expected to increase by between 20% and... 

Eskom keen on yet more cross-border power from Mozambique 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd August 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom is keen to pursue more cross-border electricity projects with its peer Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), CEO Brian Dames said at the opening of the 107.5 MW interim gas-fired power plant in Ressano Garcia this week. He told Engineering News Online at the... 

Local group to launch new fully welded heat exchanger in SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Local heat exchanger group HGF Plate Heat Exchangers (HGF-PHE) plans to launch a new range of plate heat exchangers that are manufactured by French engineering group Vitherm in South Africa. “These products have gained significant traction in the global market in a short time, owing to... 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

SA welding skills stagnant 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African industry is constrained by the increasing gap between the number of available skilled welders and the demand for skilled welders, asserts Free State-based specialist welder training organisation SIH Training Expertise training manager Styles Hood. 

Court dismisses appeal against Omnia, Yara

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th June 2012 The Constitutional Court this week dismissed a direct appeal by the Competition Commission against a decision by the Competition Appeal Court in a ten-year cartel complaint of collusion against fertiliser producers and Omnia Fertiliser and Yara South Africa. Costs were awarded to Omnia and... 

Sasol to make investment call on 140 MW Moz power plant before year-end

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2012 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to make a final investment and funding decision during the second half of 2012 for a 140 MW gas engine power project to be developed in Ressano Garcia, a Mozambique town located close to the South African border. In a letter to shareholders published, CFO... 

National approach needed to grow SA’s GDP, says institute

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 South Africa’s failure to pay sufficient attention to the welding industry has resulted in a higher level of imported products and labour, which negatively impacts on the manufacturing sector, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, says Southern African Institute of Welding... 

Petrochemicals giant brings lab services under one roof

8th June 2012 An increased demand for chemicals laboratory services, and the concurrent increase in demand for laboratory instrumentation, led to petrochemicals giant Sasol opening a new, unified laboratory in Sasolburg, in the Free State, in May. 

Shanduka moves to build regional energy portfolio

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2012 Black economic-empowerment investment holding company Shanduka is pursuing several power generation partnerships in South and Southern Africa in a bid to build its “nascent” energy unit, which is already involved in renewable and conventional power projects in the region. The group, which has... 

BHP appoints former Sasol CEO to its board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th May 2012 Mining giant BHP Billiton has appointed Pat Davies to its board of directors, as an independent nonexecutive director, from June 1. Davies has previously acted as CEO of South Africa’s chemical and mining company Sasol, until retiring in June of last year. 

SA company distributes Italian, Australian solutions

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     11th May 2012 As awareness about the importance of air quality management in industry increases, more companies are seeking solutions to help them achieve the required air quality levels, says valves distributor Industrial & Designer Valves product manager Alan Milne. 

Valves supplier secures long-term contracts with petrochemicals major

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     11th May 2012 Amid continuing tough business conditions that put pressure on margins and result in uncertain business activity levels, valves distributor LVSA Valves has been awarded two new long-term contracts to supply valves to national oil company PetroSA.  

Systems integration can help improve industrial operations

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Consistent control and operation across different plants and systems can be accomplished by networking existing systems and controls into a single industrial operation control platform, ensuring that operations can be managed in a sustainable and profitable manner, says process control and... 

IDC to issue green bond, divest shares

By: Reuters     24th April 2012 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a State-owned financing institution, will raise R5-billion to invest in domestic green economy initiatives, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. Patel told parliament during his budget vote speech the IDC will issue a green... 

Proactive approach vital when dealing with hazardous chemicals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2012 The importance of a proactive approach to safety and its implementation in the chemicals industry was again highlighted at the Chemical & Allied Industries Association’s (CAIA) Responsible Care Process Safety workshop, held in Johannesburg, in March. 

Gas-fired power plant project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2012 The proposed project could see the development of a 140 MW gas-fired power plant. 

Banking group reports affordable-housing milestone 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th March 2012 South African banking firm First National Bank (FNB) reports it has reached its R10-billion target in the affordable housing market – houses aimed at qualifying customers with a gross monthly income of up to R18 000, by providing homes to more than 90 000 families, just five months after hitting... 

Sasol finds alternatives to Iran crude 

By: Reuters     23rd March 2012 South African petrochemicals group Sasol has found alternative supplies of crude oil to replace product coming from Iran, the company said on Thursday. Sasol said in January its oil unit was procuring 12 000 barrels per day, or 20% of the crude required by its Natref refinery, from Iran. 

Canadian gas curtailment won’t impact on gas-to-liquids plans, Sasol insists

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed last week that the development plan for its Canadian upstream shale-gas assets had been curtailed for 2012, owing to the sharp decline in North American gas prices. But CEO David Constable insisted that the medium- and long-term ramp-up of... 

Gas-to-liquids fuel plant, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2012 Sasol is investigating the possibility of constructing a two-train gas-to-liquids facility to convert natural gas to liquid fuels, using its proprietary GTL technology. 

285 Gauteng taxis to run on LPG by the end of April 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th March 2012 The Automotive Industry Development Centre' s (AIDC's) project to reduce emissions in Gauteng's 32 000 strong passenger vehicle segment would see 285 minibus taxis operating on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrol by the end of April and hopefully motivate other vehicle owners to follow suit,... 

Canadian gas curtailment won’t impact gas-to-liquids plans - Sasol

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Monday that the development plan for its Canadian upstream shale gas assets had been curtailed for 2012, owing to the sharp decline in North American gas prices. But CEO David Constable insisted that the medium- and long-term ramp-up of... 

Sasol moves ahead with 140 MW gas-fired Moz power plant study 

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 JSE-listed energy group Sasol says it is well advanced with a feasibility investigation into a 140 MW gas-fired power plant, which could be developed near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. The project, which had not yet been board sanctioned, could be pursued in joint venture between Sasol and... 

Sasol says R14bn coal replacement projects will sustain 4 000 jobs

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol is moving ahead with its R14-billion coal-replacement programme across three sites in a bid to secure supply to its coal-to-liquids refinery in Secunda, as well as sustain its coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). CEO David... 

Sasol reports record interim earnings, outlook favourable

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported record interim earnings of R13.9-billion for the six months to December 31, 2011, an 83% increase on the R7.6-billion reported for the corresponding period in the prior year, mainly on the back of higher product prices and a weaker rand. Operating profit... 

Fact box example

By: Yolande Botes     25th November 2011 In the last five years, Johannesburg-based natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has signed several ongoing multimillion-rand contracts with businesses wanting to implement alternative energy solutions. The company has implemented solutions for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,... 

South Africa’s big cleaner-fuels poser: capital costs versus environmental benefits

By: Jade Davenport     10th July 2009 As the issue of climate change and environmental degradation mitigation becomes increasingly entrenched in global commercial and political discourse, one of the greatest challenges confronting the global petroleum industry presently is the need to combat its impact upon the environment by... 

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