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International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

     27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

IBAS Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 South Africa-based IBAS Group has grown to be one of most consistent service providers in the demanding industrial access and related value-add sector. 

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

New acid gas scrubber up to standard

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Testing, inspection and certification services provider TÜV Rheinland Quality Services South Africa has ensured that the design and fabrication of a new 15-m-long acid gas scrubber for one of South Africa’s largest fuel refineries has met all quality and safety requirements for pressure vessels. 

Air filtration solutions ensures that requirements are met

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Filter technology manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies says its hygienic air filtration solutions help ensure that clients in the food and beverage sector meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. 

Sasol on track with R15.3-billion mine replacement project

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2017 Sasol Mining, the coal mining arm of energy and chemicals group Sasol on Thursday unveiled the progress made over the past few years on its now nearly-completed R15.3-billion programme to replace its ageing coal mines in the Secunda area. Speaking during a site visit of the new Secunda-based... 

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

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... 

Hydra-Arc Group scores again…..

     20th May 2016 Since March the Hydra-Arc Group received three major international awards as recognition of their excellence in quality. Hydra Arc (Pty) Ltd won the Europe Business Assembly’s prestigious international prize The Highest Hallmark on 22 March. This award recognizes effective business activities and... 

$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... 

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.  

Accelerate reports positive H1 results amid stormy economic climate

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2015 JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund on Monday reported year-on-year distribution growth of 10.93%, translating into a distribution a share of 26.62c for the six months to September 30, up from 23.99c cents in the six months to September 2014. Accelerate COO Andrew Costa attributed the solid... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

Accelerate acquires six properties for R850m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2015 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Accelerate Property Fund will acquire the property holding companies for six properties currently tenanted by KPMG and KPMG Services across South Africa for R850-million. Accelerate would settle the purchase price through a fully funded debt package. 

Johnson Crane Hire Bolsters Its Heavy Lift Capability And Now Operates, The Largest Crane Fleet In South Africa

     27th March 2015 Johnson Crane Hire has bolstered its crane fleet in terms of its heavy lift capability on both the crawler and hydraulic side. It now owns and operates the largest crane fleet in South Africa, with a total of 270 cranes, having completed a four-year fleet replacement programme in 2014 at a total... 

Sasol working with SA's power 'war room' on gas-importation plan 

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol is working with the Eskom War Room on a possible public–private partnership (PPP) to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility along the South African coast, which would facilitate the importation of gas to be used by both Eskom and independent power... 

Ressano Garcia’s gas-to-power capacity rises to 400 MW as loop-line is completed

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2015 The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in 2004 by JSE-listed energy and... 

Accelerate buys KPMG properties across South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2015 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Accelerate Property Fund has bought the holding companies for six currently-tenanted properties with a combined gross lettable area of 46 941 m2 across South Africa for R850-million. The deal would see the fund absorb 100% of Parktown Crescent Properties... 

Company assists nitrogen project

     24th October 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco, played a significant role in the recent timely delivery of mission-critical equipment as well as services to petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ nitrogen project. Sasol Synfuels is... 

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. 

Fluor expands operations in Mozambique

     30th June 2014 Fluor Corporation recently established its Mozambique office in Maputo to support its current projects and its existing offices in the region. Fluor believes Mozambique will substantially grow its economy and human development in coming years. In line with this, Fluor's business is also rapidly... 

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Rand-Air Keeps Sasol Synfuels Nitrogen Project Flowing Smoothly - Another Innovative ‘first’ for Rand-Air

     2nd December 2013 Delivering a project on time and within budget within today’s fast-paced and demanding business environment is a major achievement. This is particularly crucial in the dynamic petrochemical industry, which is characterised by high operational pressure and tight timelines. Leading compressor and... 

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. 

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... 

Dry seal for wet applications to launch, suited to plants in water scarce African areas

By: David Oliveira     4th October 2013 The Type 2874 dry gas seal for pumps from mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane, which John Crane MD Aziz Sallie says is the first dry gas seal of this design to comply with API 682 and ISO 21049 performance capabilities for wet applications, will be launched this month. He notes that many... 

Final enviro approval stage for new Mpumalanga coal-mine

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2013 The final environmental reports for a proposed new coal-mine in Mpumalanga province are out for public comment. GlencoreXstrata’s proposed Zandbaken coal-mine project is 20 km south-west of the town of Secunda and 30 km north-west of Standerton, Digby Wells Environmental says in a media... 

Institute investigates use of e-learning

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that one of the highest priorities in its training programmes is the implementation of e-learning as a teaching method. 

Company Announcement: Fluor Awarded Basic Engineering Services Contract for Natref’s Clean Fuels 2 Project in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2013 Fluor Corporation announced today that it was awarded a contract by Sasol Technology (Pty.) Ltd. to perform basic engineering services associated with the Natref Clean Fuels 2 Project in Sasolburg, South Africa 

Afrox concludes R41m Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal

     8th February 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) concluded a R41-million Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal with Secunda-based welding, fabrication and maintenance company Hydra-Arc. 

Company Announcement: Afrox Concludes R41-m Lindoflamm and Bulk Gases Deal

     21st January 2013 Afrox has concluded a R41-million Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal with Secunda-based welding, fabrication and maintenance specialists Hydra-Arc 

Solar car challenge gets under way on Tuesday 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th September 2012 Sasol’s Solar Challenge South Africa was set to kick off on Tuesday after 12, mostly academic, teams completed multiple final vehicle testing processes at Zwartkop Raceway, in Pretoria, on Monday. The competition, which was held by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile every two years,... 

Steam ejectors to reduce petrochemicals firm’s power consumption

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South African steam ejector equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum was awarded a contract in August to supply eight steam ejector sets to a petrochemicals refinery in Secunda. 

Engineering firm undertakes its largest refinery maintenance shutdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz is undertaking its biggest-ever refinery maintenance shutdown at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, this year. 

Packing product prevents leaks, saves energy at power station

By: Chantelle Kotze     10th August 2012 Seal manufacturer AESSeal says its packing product for use in critical boiler and turbine valve applications has significantly increased cost savings and plant availability and decreased the leak-ratio factor to zero at State-owned power utility Eskom’s 3 654 MW capacity Tutuka power station,... 

Company Announcement: Fluor Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

     30th April 2012 Fluor Corporation announced today the kickoff of the company’s centennial year with a major employee celebration event held this past weekend at 14 locations around the globe. 

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