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Louisiana rolls out red carpet for ‘landmark’ Sasol investment

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2014 In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is poised to invest... 

Sasol pursuing flexible US cracker funding plan to leave GTL headroom 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2014 In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is poised to invest... 

Durban company clinches top Sassda award

7th November 2014 Durban-based ND Engineering’s massive tar separator project for petrochemicals giant Sasol is this year’s winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Engineering Project Award. The project, which entailed the design and manufacture of 16 stainless-steel tar... 

Trigeneration attractive option for alternative energy in greening industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 Trigeneration technology as a green technology is receiving more interest locally, resulting in its increased implementation. Trigeneration technology has the same components as a cogeneration plant – a gas engine, electricity generator and a heat exchanger – but also includes an absorption... 

Capital flight dwarfs corruption – SACP 

By: Sapa     29th October 2014 Capital flight is the biggest impediment to radical economic transformation and is a bigger problem even than corruption, SA Communist Party deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Wednesday. Cronin and SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande released the SACP's discussion document titled "A... 

Professor spearheads supply chain management education with book series

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2014 Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at developing sorely needed supply... 

Realignment of operational focus and practices drives success 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Last month South African energy and chemicals group Sasol highlighted at its full-year financial results briefing for the year ended June 30 that the organisation intended to continue improving operational efficiencies in line with its group-wide change programme. Speaking at the company’s head... 

GTL project boasts impressive use and safety figures

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 The use rate of the flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project – the joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari State-owned Qatar Petroleum – increased from 81% to 97% over the past three years. Speaking at the group’s year-end financial results last... 

Nigerian GTL project starts production 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Over the past three years, South African energy and chemicals group Sasol had placed significant focus on developing gas-based opportunities in Africa, which included the $9.5-billion Escravos gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Nigeria, said president and CEO David Constable. Speaking during... 

Repositioning results in sale of Iranian and German businesses

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol completed the disposal of its German and Iranian assets in the past year to “strategically reposition” its global operations. Speaking at the company financial results announcement last month in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Sasol president and CEO David... 

Petrochemicals company gains international recognition

24th October 2014 Energy and chemicals company Sasol and safety, health, environment and quality specialist Unplugged Communications had a clean sweep at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards, on March 21 – held at the IABC World Conference in Toronto, Canada – claiming... 

Increased focus on water technology and conservation

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th October 2014 Owing to energy and chemical company Sasol’s water-conservation partnership with the Emfuleni municipality, 4.76-million cubic meters of water, to the value of about R26-million, have been saved in the past year. Speaking during the company’s financial results announcement last month at Sasol’s... 

Environmental organisations seek amici curiae

24th October 2014 Two groups of environmental rights organisations have given notice of their intention to seek consent to be admitted as friends of the court (amici curiae), in court proceedings launched in May by energy and chemical company Sasol and crude oil processing and refining company the National... 

New gas-to-power plant in Moz inaugurated 

24th October 2014 The Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) gas-to-power plant was inaugurated in August. This is Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa. The CTRG power plant is a partnership between Mozambican... 

School competes against universities in solar race

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th October 2014 Maragon Private Schools Olympus pupils competed at energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which entailed driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. The race is held in South Africa every two years, in collaboration... 

Uzbekistan, Canada and US GTL projects progress

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Independent research and consulting firm Enerdata’s analyst brief, ‘The future of the GTL industry’, published in August, states that South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, together with Uzbek State-owned oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz and Malaysian State-owned oil and gas company... 

Progress in foundational business projects

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol continues to diversify its local business portfolio by driving several local chemical projects, including the 334.5 t Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) and the new Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5) that are both located in Sasolburg, in... 

R100 000 invested into Nelson Mandela Bay

24th October 2014 Through Sasol Oil, chemical and energy company Sasol’s fuels marketing and sales business, R100 000 will be invested in the Nelson Mandela Bay and George areas. This will be implemented through the company’s Friendly Neighbour initiative that will see Sasol’s retail outlets in the area take an... 

Football talent programme launched

24th October 2014 Petrol and chemicals company Sasol, in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), launched a football talent development programme in the Fezile Dabi district, at the Harry Gwala Sport Centre, in June. This is the second leg of the partnership that impacts the local football... 

23 injured in Sasol Secunda plant fire

By: Sapa     8th October 2014 More than 20 people were injured when a fire broke out at Sasol's Secunda plant in Mpumalanga, the company said on Wednesday. "Around 23 employees were treated at the local medical station, mostly for smoke inhalation. No employees were hospitalised," Sasol spokesperson Elton Fortuin said. 

Popularity of centrifugal pumps range rises

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd October 2014 Sales of the Sunflo range of medium-duty centrifugal pumps have been positive since independent pump supply and equipment repair company  AESPUMP South Africa was appointed as the new local distribution and service agent for the range in May 2013, the company reports. US-based pumps and... 

Nqwababa quits as Amplats FD to join Sasol as CFO

By: Natalie Greve     29th September 2014 Following his resignation as FD of mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday, Bongani Nqwababa has been appointed executive director and CFO designate of petrochemicals group Sasol. Pursuant to his appointment as CFO designate, he had also stepped down as Sasol nonexecutive... 

Appointment Of Executive Director And Chief Financial Officer

29th September 2014 Sasol appointed Bongani Nqwababa as executive director and Chief Financial Officer of Sasol with effect from 1 March 2015. Nqwababa has been an independent non-executive director and a member of Sasol’s Audit Committee since 5 December 2013. He has been the Finance Director of Anglo American... 

Company introduces battery-powered lifts onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th September 2014 Vertical transportation systems manufacturer Otis introduced its Gen2 Switch range of lifts, which boasts ReGen technology, in May, making the Gen2 systems 75% more energy efficient than conventional systems, states the company. Otis Southern Africa MD Segren Reddy tells Engineering News that,... 

School competes against universities in Sasol’s Solar Challenge 2014 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2014 Maragon Private School Olympus pupils competed in energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which comprised driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve     22nd September 2014 Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

Three legs of new Sasol: gas, US growth, Southern African consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has “strategically repositioned” itself over the past three years to focus on gas-based opportunities in Southern Africa and North America, having moved away from coal-to-liquids opportunities in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa. The... 

High-density polyethylene project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th September 2014 The project involves the construction of a new high-density polyethylene facility at Ineos’s Battleground Manufacturing Complex, in La Porte, Texas. 

Hyundai moves from imports to local commercial vehicle assembly 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 Automotive company Hyundai Automotive South Africa recently opened a local commercial vehicle assembly plant, increasing the company’s contribution to the South African economy.  

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future. Gov, business and labour grapple with hostile labour climate at Nov summit. And, Sasol expects R4bn in restructuring savings, without ‘forced’ job cuts. 

Local wax microsphere manufacturer expanding

By: Anine Kilian     12th September 2014 Local wax microsphere (spherical beads with a diameter measured in microns) developer and manufacturer Cirebelle will open its new factory, in Johannesburg, this month to focus on industrial prilling solutions, in addition to the company’s personal care line that has been operating for six years.... 

Sasol extends R150m Afrox gas contract to 2020

By: Natalie Greve     10th September 2014 Gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) has retained its key contract to supply energy group Sasol with compressed gases until December 31, 2020. With the yearly value of compressed gas sales to Sasol currently at R26-million, this five-year contract extension was expected to result in total sales... 

Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has “strategically repositioned” itself over the past three years to focus on gas-based opportunities in Southern Africa and North America, having moved away from coal-to-liquids opportunities in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa. The... 

Higher volumes, weaker rand lift earnings at Sasol

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2014 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 13% rise in earnings attributable to shareholders to R29.6-billion for the year ended June 30, 2014, despite write-downs of R7.6-billion during the period. The group, which reported an operating profit of R41.7-billion on revenue of... 

Specialised compressor for refinery

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 A large-capacity process gas compressor was delivered in July to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels Catalytic Cracker plant, in Secunda. 

Govt mulls boosting divestiture, pricing powers of competition bodies 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2014 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has hinted to further amendments to South Africa’s Competition Act – changes that could increase the powers of the competition authorities to influence the industrial structure of the economy through forced divestiture and pricing remedies. Addressing... 

Mozambique’s first gas-to-power facility inaugurated 

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2014 Petrochemical giant Sasol, in partnership with Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), on Thursday inaugurated Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia. Natural gas would be supplied to the new 175 MW Central Termica de... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

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