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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... 

Flooring installation wins safety award

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring was awarded its second Master Builders Association (MBA) North Safety Trophy in July for installing the flooring of petrochemicals group Sasol’s new head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. KBAC Flooring supplied and installed Interface carpet tile. The... 

Sasol insists gearing will fall rapidly once Louisiana project enters production

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

Sasol’s gearing to increase as 2017 capex forecast rises to R75bn

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

High-tech ‘cyber’ drill rig makes presence felt in Mozambique bush

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2016 In stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Temane bush and not far from the picturesque Mozambican coastal town of Vilanculos, one of the highest-technology drill rigs yet to be deployed in Africa rises out of the orange-brown earth and towers over the surrounding bush. The rig – known... 

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Southern African piped gas industry booming

26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Sasol awards SNC-Lavalin five-year contract

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a mechanical engineering-led framework agreement and associated project management services contract by petrochemicals group Sasol, in support of the general maintenance projects at its sub-Saharan Africa sites.   The five-year... 

Sasol takes steps to contain Louisiana project costs below revised $11bn estimate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol is implementing several changes at its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US, to ensure that the project has “a good probability” of being completed within the revised $11-billion capital cost guidance. The group in March initiated a... 

Sasol’s Shondoni mine nearing completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Construction of energy and chemical company Sasol’s Shondoni mine, near Secunda, is approaching completion, with operations at three coal production sections expected to start this month through the new incline conveyor. The mine, which is set to replace the ageing Middelbult mine, has the... 

Sasol Inzalo Foundation hosts symposium on the role of technical schools in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2016 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, through the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, is, this week, hosting a three-day inaugural symposium on the role of technical schools in South Africa at the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark.   The conference, which starts on August 16, will bring together 150... 

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

More support needed for local steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 While government has increased import tariffs to protect the local steel market from low-cost Chinese imports, steel products manufacturer and supplier LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse believes that more needs to be done to support the South African steel market. 

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

On-The-Air (10/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 New joint action is underway to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry; Great news for platinum is that fuel cell development is bursting out all over the country; and Petrochemicals giant Sasol is investing R20-billion in neighbouring Mozambique to find more natural... 

Product offering focuses on employee safety

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Specialised lubrication and maintenance products provider Orapi Africa is introducing products for use in welding and cutting processes that not only increase the life span and operating efficiency of machinery and equipment but are also environment friendly and aligned with international... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2016 Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable has described the possible increase, from $8.9-billion to $11-billion, in the capital budget for the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, as the “worst-case” scenario. Speaking to investors following the release of a LCCP review “preliminary... 

Sasol revises cost of Louisiana project upwards to up to $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Monday that the capital cost of its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, had been revised upwards and that, following a review of the US investment programme, the project schedule had also been extended. A “preliminary... 

On-The-Air (03/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 Wonderful news is that the acid mine water curse can now be turned into Garden of Eden profit; Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant this week called for a massive turnaround of South Africa’s dying mining industry.  

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Sasol injects R15m to strategic research projects at universities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2016 Petroleum giant Sasol has approved R15-million in grant funding for several strategic basic research projects at local universities and universities of technology. This followed a call to universities in September to submit research proposals for consideration under the company’s university... 

Sasol promotes start-up SMMEs at Buy Local summit

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2016 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol will sponsor the fifth yearly Proudly South Africa Buy Local Summit and Expo. Sasol would use the summit, which would be held in Sandton on Wednesday, to showcase ten of the start-up small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMMEs) it was developing at... 

Drought, low oil price weighing down ethanol industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The ethanol industry in South Africa remains lacklustre, owing to various issues, including low Brent crude oil prices, the persisting drought in the sugar cane-producing regions and the lack of policy implementation, says Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa chairperson Peter... 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Resources Watch  

17th March 2016 This week: Sasol outlines dual Southern Africa, North America growth plans Coal coming off the bottom – Exxaro And, resilient Sasol weathering storm 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks. He tells... 

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive VP: chemicals business Fleetwood... 

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2016 Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa believes “simplistic” correlations of the company’s performance to the oil price will become less relevant in coming years as the revenue and profit contribution of its chemicals business rises in line with its large North American expansion projects.... 

Africa’s critical energy infrastructure in the spotlight

5th February 2016 Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.  

Sasol obtains approval for Mozambique field development plan

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has obtained approval from the Mozambique Council of Ministers for its field development plan, which would see further hydrocarbon resources developed to support Southern Africa growth. To be developed in phases, the first phase of the production sharing agreement... 

Lower oil price to weigh on Sasol’s interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 Energy and chemical group Sasol warned on Thursday that its first-half earnings could decline by as much as 28% when compared with the same period last year, owing mainly to lower oil and chemical prices. Headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31, 2015, would be between R7.36... 

Mine fatalities reach all-time low, occupational disease incidences fall 3% 

By: Ilan Solomons     28th January 2016 In 2015 South Africa recorded its lowest-ever number of mine fatalities - 77, down from 84 the year before, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane revealed on Thursday. Gold mines reported 33 fatalities in 2015 – an improvement on the 44 fatalities the year before; however, the number of... 

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

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