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Loop Line 2 project, Mozambique and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th January 2016 The project entails expanding the capacity of the existing 865 km gas pipeline from the central processing facility at Temane, in Mozambique, to Secunda, in South Africa. 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend his contract with beyond June... 

$210m Moz-to-SA gas pipeline expansion moves ahead

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2015 The 865 km gas pipeline from the central processing facility (CPF) in Temane, Mozambique, to Secunda, South Africa, is to undergo a further $210-million expansion, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) confirmed on Monday. Rompco is a joint venture between JSE-listed... 

Imported LNG set to kickstart gas-to-power vision – Sasol

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2015 Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to initiate the greater use of gas in South Africa’s currently coal-dominated electricity generation. Anticipated is the establishment of infrastructure at South African ports, such as Saldanha Bay, Coega or Richards Bay, to facilitate the... 

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

Norwegian ambassador makes case for carbon capture

By: Anine Kilian     13th November 2015 Addressing climate change was one of the biggest challenges of our time, Norway Ambassador to South Africa Trine Skymoen said at the fourth South African Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) Conference, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month. She noted that the world’s leaders would gather in Paris for COP... 

Specialised gate valves supplied to synfuels operation

By: Dylan Stewart     6th November 2015 Valves stockist and distributor Heaton Valves Africa in August supplied two 24", class 300 Langley gate valves to petrochemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based synfuels operation in Mpumalanga, says Heaton commercial executive Grant du Plessis. 

Refinery shutdowns hit Sasol output

By: News24Wire      28th October 2015 Listed integrated energy and chemical group Sasol’s synfuels business produced eight-million barrels of refined product in the first quarter of the current financial year. The company said a planned shutdown at Sasol Synfuels operation affected production in the quarter to end September. The... 

Sasol helps improve healthcare in Mabote district

23rd October 2015 As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health centre to government officials... 

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased

23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces high-purity and ultrahigh-purity... 

Local petrochemicals giant turns 65 this year

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and chemicals company, with a... 

Phase 2 of wax expansion project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has started the second phase of its Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg, Mpumalanga, following the commissioning of the first phase of the project at the end of May. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, president and CEO... 

Qatar GTL plant sustains solid performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility has sustained a solid performance, with an average use rate of 90% for the 2015 financial year. The Oryx GTL plant, a joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari... 

Another successful year for Sasol Techno X

23rd October 2015 International integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol hosted yet another successful Techno X exhibition which took place from August 3 and 7 in Secunda, Mpumalanga attracting almost 22 000 people including thousands of learners from various schools in all the provinces of South Africa.... 

Sasol promotes reading through book drive

23rd October 2015 Chemicals and energy company Sasol is set to handover close to 20 000 books to the Maharishi Institute the Girls and Boys Club of Soweto, at the Jabavu Community Library and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in the maiden project of its global ‘Sasol for Good’ initiative. “As our first... 

Business performance programme saves Sasol R2.5bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the group’s response plan to combat... 

Sasol improves volumes, predicts strong 2016 output

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Despite a highly volatile and uncertain macroeconomic environment, exacerbated by lower global oil prices, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has registered a strong operational and cost performance for the 2015 financial year. The company released its full-year results for the year... 

Petrochemicals giant maintains focus on US

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, Constable... 

Industry body sees drop in PVC production numbers

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62 000 t of PVC powder compounds... 

Filteg

23rd October 2015 Filtration specialist and filtration products provider Filteg boasts a combination if skills, versatility, experience and top-quality equipment that give the company a distinct advantage over other companies handling similar types of equipment. Filteg services a broad range of clients across... 

Sasol cautious on resumption of Iran oil imports

By: News24Wire      1st October 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol has taken a wait and see stance on the possible resumption of crude oil imports from Iran, following the landmark July 14 agreement, which set the scene for the lifting of sanctions on the country. Historically, Iran is a major source of crude oil for South Africa. At... 

Local gas sector small but to emerge

By: Dylan Slater     18th September 2015 The South African gas sector is currently small, compared with global standards, but there are several signs of the local sector emerging, says international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. 

Sasol Inzalo Public to list on JSE 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th September 2015 Sasol Inzalo Public, which was established through energy and chemicals company Sasol’s largest broad-based black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, intends to list on the BEE segment of the JSE’s main board. The R26-billion transaction has given over 290 000 previously disadvantaged South... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2015 Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch, a weekly video round-up of the events and people making and shaping the news in the mining industry. This week: Sasol is ‘excited' by South Africa’s gas-to-power prospects. ARM declares a dividend despite the copper price blow. And, Kibo says Tanzania’s... 

US trade mission to touch down in S Africa this week

By: African News Agency      15th September 2015 Representatives of more than 100 US companies will descend on South Africa this week to gauge possible trade and investment opportunities, the US Embassy said on Tuesday. The companies, from 25 states, are part of the US Department of Commerce’s Trade Winds – Africa mission, which aims to create... 

Moz State petroleum group awarded $45m Sasol supply deal

By: Natalie Greve     11th September 2015 In a drive to promote local content in Mozambique, South African petrochemical group Sasol and its partners have entered into a $45-million agreement with Mozambique's State-owned petroleum products distributor Petroleos de Mocambique (Petromoc) to buy condensate from the central processing... 

Joint call for skilled NDT personnel

11th September 2015 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the South African Institute of Non Destructive Testing (SAINT) have called for a harmonized South African NDT Qualification and Certification scheme, which will not only improve the quality of nondestructive testing (NDT) technicians in South... 

Schrempp to step down from Sasol board

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has announced that Professor Jürgen Schrempp, who has served on its board for 18 years, will step down as director and lead independent director at its annual general meeting on December 4. Schrempp, who is best know internationally for his role in the... 

Soweto community education campus to launch on Mandela Day 2016 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2015 The community of Devland, in Soweto, will have access to a modern, multipurpose learning centre by July next year, in commemoration of Mandela Day, as part of a community outreach project undertaken by nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa.  

Sasol ‘excited’ by South Africa’s gas-to-power prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has again indicated a desire to participate in South Africa’s upcoming gas-to-power programme, confirming on Monday that it had responded to the Department of Energy’s recent request for information and that it was also considering investment options along the... 

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 17% fall in headline earnings to R49.76/share in the year to June 30, 2015, with a strong operational performance offset by a sharp weakening in market conditions, including a year-on-year oil price decline of 33%. Outgoing President and CEO David... 

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A study on offshore gas reserves in the Rovuma basin, near Mozambique undertaken by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and published in May 2015 indicates that the reserves might be substantial enough to export a portion to South Africa, providing the country with much sought-after natural gas... 

GTP programme possible accelerator for local natural-gas sector

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Energy (DoE) in May for the development of its gas-to-power programme is expected to be a much needed catalyst for growth in South Africa’s natural-gas sector, avers Sandton-based law firm Baker & McKenzie. 

Gold only nugget amid JSE bloodbath

By: News24Wire      24th August 2015 The world markets meltdown which continued on Monday spilled over to the JSE, dragging the All Share-index below 48 000 points. On Friday, the All Share closed below 50 000 points for the first time since the beginning of the year. On Monday, all the major indices on the JSE, with the exception... 

Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in the oil prices during the... 

Additives reduce asphalt deformation and provide energy savings

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 With local road infrastructure gradually deteriorating, most bitumen and asphalt customers are likely to consider products, additives and mixes that could significantly extend the life of roads, says petrochemicals major Sasol. “Road-deterioration challenges could be overcome . . . [using]... 

Brick company aiming to expand kiln capacity

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Owing to the current healthy market, the expected growth in local demand for face bricks and the subsequent opportunity to increase the company’s market share in the sector, clay brick producer Rosema is aiming to expand its kiln capacity, says Rosema factory manager Chris Clarke. 

Europe to make proposal on carbon-capture cooperation with South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2015 European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič plans to follow up his recent visit to South Africa with a firm proposal on how the European Union (EU) and South Africa could cooperate on clean-coal technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In an interview with Engineering News Online... 

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