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Gasifier mechanics replaced after 40 years

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol received four stainless steel rotating grate castings from South Africa-based steel castings manufacturer Steloy in July 2013. Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne notes that although certain components of the gasifiers, such as the grate... 

Some jobs to be affected as Sasol targets R3bn-plus in restructuring savings

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol will pull the trigger on its streamlined operational structure on July 1, with CEO David Constable forecasting a minimum of R3-billion in sustainable yearly savings as a result of the reorganisation. However, the ‘business performance enhancement programme’ will... 

Nigeria set to be a Lucrative Market for Industrial Paints and Coatings Manufacturers

18th March 2014 Along with Kenya and South Africa, the country is seeing rapid infrastructure developments that create demand for paints and coatingsCAPE TOWN, South Africa. The increase in infrastructure and maintenance spending by theprivate and public sector in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya is lending... 

On-The-Air (14/03/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2014 A new ‘digital mine’ under construction in Johannesburg aims to take modern satellite communication underground; China is decimating South Africa’s once mighty ferrochrome industry – ironically with South African assistance. 

An update on the 4 800 MW Kusile power station   

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th March 2014 Kusile power station project general manager Abram Masango spoke to Schalk Burger about the Kusile construction project and explained how it’s managed to remain on schedule for first synchronisation in 2016.  

Sasol eyeing northern Mozambique gas ‘monetisation’ prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol says the gas discoveries in the north of Mozambique are large enough to support significant additional “gas monetisation” options over-and-above the liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities currently being considered. There have been significant gas discoveries... 

Jobs impact still uncertain as Sasol gets set to implement streamlined model 

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol will pull the trigger on its streamlined operational structure on July 1, with CEO David Constable forecasting a minimum of R3-billion in sustainable yearly savings as a result of the reorganisation. However, the ‘business performance enhancement programme’ will... 

Sasol poised to move on streamlined business model as it reports strong earnings

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 26% rise in headline earnings to R30.19 a share for the six months to December 31, 2013 – results that were supported by the weaker rand and higher production from its Synfuels unit. Cash generated from operations rose 50% to R28.1-billion and the... 

Sasol’s 344.5 t wax reactor arrives in Richards Bay

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2014 A 344.5 t wax reactor for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fisher Tropsch wax expansion project, which kicked off in 2010, has arrived in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, from South Korea. The reactor would now be transported by road to the Sasol One site, travelling through Pongola, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

New Nampak CEO takeover date shifted forward

By: Leandi Kolver     25th February 2014 JSE-listed Nampak on Tuesday announced that CEO designate André de Ruyter would take over from current CEO Andrew Marshall on March 1, rather than only on April 1 as originally planned. This change in takeover date was owing to the handover process having “proceeded well”, Nampak said, adding... 

Vaal University, Sasol partner in entrepreneurship initiative

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2014 The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and petrochemicals giant Sasol on Monday teamed up to launch the Sasol Entrepreneurship Initiative – a six-month course aimed at developing young entrepreneurs. The proposed 16-module programme covered aspects such as accounting, entrepreneurship,... 

Vaal University of Technology partners in a Sasol Entrepreneurship Initiative to develop critical and scarce skills 

24th February 2014 Vanderbijlpark, In a joint media briefing today, the Vaal University of Technology and Sasol announced the launch of the Sasol Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Vaal University of Technology is happy to become the third university to offer a well-proven template for the development of young... 

City of Houston looks to woo potential SA energy, trade partners

By: Natalie Greve     3rd February 2014 In a bid to deepen the city’s trade relationship with South Africa, business, government and industry representatives from the self-titled “energy capital of the world”, the city of Houston, in the US, have embarked on a one-week trade mission to the country, led by Houston mayor Annise Parker.... 

Warehouse management system to take customer service to another level

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 South Africa-based motor and controls supplier Zest WEG Group is implementing a warehouse management system at its head office in Linbro Business Park, in Johannesburg, to take customer service to another level. 

Innovation projects offer potential for enterprise development

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2014 The success of the national Step-up Technology Innovation Competition is an indication that innovation projects can create many new businesses and promote technological development in South Africa, says competition project director and business development company Traction Projects joint MD... 

Sasol inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: Natalie Greve     14th January 2014 Sasol on Tuesday officially opened its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as EPU5, in Sasolburg, Free State, which aims to service the rising demand for polyethylene (PE) material in South Africa, a domestic market that Sasol CEO David Constable asserts is growing at a rate of... 

Jobs impact still uncertain as Sasol moves to finalise streamlined structure

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to implement its new operational business model from July 1, 2014, and has confirmed that the restructuring could have an impact on some of its 35 000 employees. However, the JSE-listed company stresses that the organisational redesign has not been... 

Bosveld Phosphates Selati river pollution stopped

By: Leandi Kolver     8th January 2014 Mining company Bosveld Phosphates on Thursday stated that a secondary leak of contaminated process water from its fertiliser manufacturing plant in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, into the Selati river, caused by a crack in the concrete storm water canal on site owing to water pressure, had been completely... 

Petronas subsidiary now Sasol’s new partner in Canada shale gas assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th December 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has decided not to exercise its right of first refusal to match a C$1.5-billion bid from Progress Energy for part of Talisman Energy’s Montney acreage in Canada. In terms of Sasol’s existing agreement with Talisman, the South African company has a right to match... 

Sasol appoints new international operations executive VP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has appointed Stephen Cornell executive VP of international operations, based in Houston, Texas, in the US, effective February 1, 2014. Cornell, who would report directly to Sasol CEO David Constable, was currently British multinational oil and gas... 

Shale gas production will benefit economy, including steel and engineering industries 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2013 Shale gas exploration and production in South Africa was likely to result in a significant contribution to the country’s economy, with the most significant impact on the economy coming from the participation of companies in associations federated to Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Dovetail takes Silver at Logistics Achiever Awards

27th November 2013 Dovetail Business Solutions is proud to announce that it, in conjunction with Triton Express, was presented with a silver award at the 2013 Logistics Achiever Awards, hosted on September 18 at Monte Casino. Finalists of the 2013 LAA included multi-national companies, such as Sasol, Shell, Joy... 

Sasol Selects Technip as FEED Contractor for U.S. Gas to Liquids Facility

25th November 2013 Sasol announced today that it has selected Technip as the primary contractor for the front-end engineering and design phase of its proposed gas-to-liquids facility in Louisiana. “The selection of Technip as FEED contractor is a milestone in the advancement of our GTL facility,” said Johan du... 

Sasol Q1 results positive despite economic uncertainty, industrial action

By: Leandi Kolver     25th November 2013 JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol delivered solid financial results for the first three months of the 2014 financial year, despite ongoing global economic uncertainty and industrial action in South Africa, Sasol CFO Paul Victor said on Monday. “The group benefited from a weaker rand/US... 

Sasol launches new, low-sulphur turbodiesel

By: Leandi Kolver     21st November 2013 South African petrochemicals company Sasol on Wednesday launched its Sasol turbodiesel ultralow sulphur (ULS) 10 ppm product to the local market, stating that the fuel was a step forward in moving South Africa closer to cleaner fuel specifications in line with international standards. The group... 

Sasol granted permit to explore for oil and gas offshore KZN 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has been granted a three-year exploration permit by the Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) to explore the Durban and Zululand basins, offshore of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. The permit was granted to Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) and is the... 

R60m Sasolburg business incubator aims to support SMMEs

By: Joanne Taylor     8th November 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Sasol have inaugurated the first building of the ChemCity Business Incubator (CBI), in Sasolburg, which will support and promote the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Sasol... 

Sasol, GE open water-treatment pilot plant

By: Leandi Kolver     6th November 2013 Energy and chemicals company Sasol opened an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology pilot plant on Wednesday at the Sasol One Site research and development campus, in Sasolburg, Free State. This was the final step towards the commercialisation of the technology developed by electric... 

Sasol confirms changes to executive team

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has confirmed changes to executive responsibilities, which it says are in line with a group-wide business performance enhancement programme unveiled in September. The changes will become effective from July 1, 2014. The JSE-listed company reports that Nolitha... 

Sasol completes Phase 1 of its eco-industrial park

By: Joanne Taylor     1st November 2013 Phase 1 of Sasol Group’s new ChemCity Eco Industrial Park (CEIP), a 172 ha site in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been completed. Phase 1 comprised 110 light-industry stands of between 630 m2 and 990 m2, of which 17 have been transferred to their new owners. 

Annual report ranked best in the world

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 South African petrochemicals company Sasol's 2012 annual integrated report has received an award for its level of transparency from report monitoring, scanning, scoring and rating company ReportWatch at its 2013 Best Annual Reports 2013 awards. The corporate watchdog surveyed the reports of more... 

Impressive year-end financial results for petrochemicals group

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol reports that its sharpened strategic focus and significant progress in relation to its US megaprojects and its initiation of a complete organisational redesign have influenced its all-round good perfomance in 2013, despite the challenging rand/dollar... 

Expansion in line with customer demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Secunda-based process engineering company CDE Process built a new drafting and piping department in the first quarter of 2013, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of October. 

US ethane cracker project advances

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 Construction on South African energy and chemicals group Sasol’s $7-billion ethane cracker, located in the US state of Louisiana, will start in 2014, following the final investment decision. Sasol CEO David Constable pointed out that this forms part of Sasol’s strategy of building globally... 

Company signs extension to supply contract with petrochemicals company

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 A further 160 line items have been added to piping distributor and services provider Rare’s supply contract with petrochemicals company Sasol. The contract for the supply of all the group’s carbon steel pipes, fittings and flanges at its Sasolburg and Secunda plants has been extended for another... 

Mechanical seals manufacturer signs contract with petrochemicals company

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer and supplier John Crane secured a contract last month to assist petrochemicals company Sasol in identifying the reasons for equipment failure through conducting root-cause analysis at its Sasol Solvents plant in Secunda. John Crane MD Aziz Sallie notes that this will... 

Sasol contributes R135m to PPP

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Energy and chemicals company Sasol announced last month that it had contributed R135-million to date to the Govan Mbeki and Metsimaholo municipalites, in the Free State and Mpumalanga respectively, as part of its commitment to the Ikusasa public–private partnership (PPP). 

Sasol prioritises on water stewardship projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has made water management a strategic priority as water management is a security-of-supply and regulatory risk to the company worlwide. 

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