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Clamp an effective cable-theft solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa is seeing a rise in demand from the electric power sector for its Ultra-Lok open-end clamp, owing to cable theft causing substantial disruptions in South Africa’s power supply. 

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Tuesday that it had finalised currency hedges with a total notional amount of $4-billion for its 2018 financial year. The hedges represent about 70% of its expected net rand/US dollar exposure for the period, which runs until June 30, 2018. The... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Glycol ether market worth $10-billion by 2024

10th March 2017 A market research report titled ‘Glycol Ether Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024’ compiled by American market research company Persistence Market Research (PMR) concluded that the glycol ether market, currently worth about $6-billion, is expected to exceed a value of about... 

Thulani Dlamini

10th March 2017 This week we feature Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research   

Loop Line 2 project, Mozambique and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project has reached beneficial operation. 

Anglo American to appoint Nolitha Fakude to the board

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 Anglo American has appointed Nolitha Fakude as nonexecutive director, effective April 24. The appointment, which is subject to shareholder approval, will follow the conclusion of Anglo American’s annual general meeting. 

Stronger rand flagged by Sasol as a key earnings risk for second half

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Fuels and chemicals group Sasol has cautioned that ongoing rand/dollar volatility could pose an earnings risk for the second half its 2017 financial year, but reports that hedges are already in place to protect it from any downward oil price pressures. The JSE-listed group reported a 38% fall in... 

Former Sasol CEO Constable joins Rio Tinto board

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed three new independent nonexecutive directors to its board. Former Sasol CEO David Constable and former Centrica CEO Sam Laidlaw have been appointed with immediate effect, while Royal Dutch Shell CFO Simon Henry will join the board in July. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Sluggish local economic outlook leads big companies to seek growth abroad

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2017 As South Africa continues to face stagnant economic growth, spurred by political and economic instability, the country’s multinational enterprises (MNEs) are expected to not only increase their foreign investment outflows, but also to set up corporate offices abroad, a new survey reveals. South... 

Motors shielded in hazardous environments

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering, a member of the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, has employed various methods to protect motors from the dangerous and harsh environments in which they function. 52... 

Sasol expects H1 headline earnings drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2017 JSE-listed Sasol expects to deliver mixed results for the six months ended December 31, with strong business performance across most of its value chain hampered by labour action, one-off items reported in the prior half-year period and a stronger rand/dollar exchange rate. In a trading update to... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

2nd December 2016 In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

GOOD CHEMISTRY

2nd December 2016 Lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic times, petrochemicals company Sasol unveiled its C3 expansion project. Pictured is Sasol joint CEO Bongwani Nqwababa, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Govan Mbeki Mayor Lindi Masina and Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell. Speaking to... 

Aveng nears completion on Sasol Place

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 Aveng Grinaker-LTA is nearing the completion of Sasol’s new global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton. The building is designed in an S-shape, which links the core of the building with two atriums and represents the linked particles of the Sasol logo. The internal structure of the building is... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has completed drilling two gas wells in southern Mozambique and has since turned its attention to the development of two commercial oil reservoirs, located in close proximity to its producing gas fields in Temane and Pande. Under the terms of the... 

Many benefits to locally produced liquid filtration options

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Liquid filtration specialist Flow Clear Filtration has had exponential growth in market interest in its locally produced liquid filtration solutions, which are more cost-effective and accessible than imported options. 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

Sasol unveils R1.1bn polypropylene expansion project 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 Petrochemicals group Sasol on Monday inaugurated its C3 expansion project, which enables it to expand Secunda Chemicals Operations polypropylene production by 103 000 t/y to just over 625 000 t/y. The R1.1-billion, Secunda-based project was lauded as a major capital investment in tough economic... 

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 Southdowns Residential Estate, in Centurion, celebrated its tenth anniversary and the launch of its latest development phase earlier this month, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters. The townhouse options include two- and three-bedroom lofts in sizes... 

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

Company experiences growth despite difficult environment

4th November 2016 Valve distributor TTV Fluval Group of companies is celebrating 18 years of success in the South African market, further illustrated and encapsulated by this year’s numerous successfully completed projects resulting in a total invoicing for valves and actuators amounting to more than R180-million.... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Company assists in making way for new plants

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Demolition specialist Jet Demolition is assisting energy and chemicals company Sasol with the demolition of redundant equipment at its Sasolburg operations, in the Free State, to create space for new plant systems. 

Valuable partnership continued with new projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium the Hydra Arc group of companies is continuing its long-term partnership with energy and chemicals company Sasol by assisting it with the construction of an air separation unit, as well as developing... 

Sasol invests in social responsibility initiatives

21st October 2016 Furthering its social outreach, energy and chemicals company Sasol held its sixteenth flagship career exhibition, Sasol Techno X, from August 16 to 19 at the Boiketlong Sports Centre in Sasolburg. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects in Qatar

21st October 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin was awarded an engineering consultancy and support services contract by Qatar-based company Oryx Gas To Liquids (GTL), a joint venture between petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (51%) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol (49%) for its... 

Lake Charles is value accretive in the long term

21st October 2016 Despite the announcement in August revising the cost estimate of its Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) by about $2.9-billion, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol remains confident that the project is value accretive to shareholders in the long term. The project, located adjacent to... 

Strong operating performance to continue in 2017

21st October 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol CFO Paul Victor announced last month that despite the anticipated oil and currency price volatility, the company expects its strong operating performance to continue next year. Speaking at Sasol’s annual results presentation on September 12, Victor pointed... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 The skyline associated with Sasol’s ethane cracker at the Lake Charles Chemicals Project is starting to change fundamentally. 

Sasol completes first ever onshore 3D seismic campaign in Mozambique

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 South African petrochemicals company Sasol has completed the first ever three-dimensional (3D) onshore seismic programme, in the Inhassoro field, in Mozambique. This involved acquiring 115 km2 of data in the Inhassoro field, which forms part of Sasol’s onshore production sharing agreement (PSA)... 

Pumps industry thriving in new developments

By: Sascha Solomons     30th September 2016 With substantial developments under way within the pumps industry, magnetic drive pumps manufacturer and supplier Brubin Pumps, which forms part of pumping requirements solutions provider Letaba Pumps, showcased the Brubin BA Cleaning in Process (CIP) hose pump at Electra Mining Africa 2016... 

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