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Plastics and Synfibres

SA polyurethane users in for price shock

8th October 2004 South African users of polyurethane chemicals face steep price increases during the final quarter of 2004, local polyurethane chemicals supplier Industrial Urethanes MD Mike Bee reports. 

Caltex awards $32m low-sulfur diesel contract

15th September 2004 Engineering company Foster Wheeler South Africa has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Caltex Oil South Africa, part of the ChevronTexaco group, for its low-sulfur diesel project. 

Petrol price surges by 23 cents a litre

1st September 2004 The retail price of petrol has increased by 23 cents a litre at midnight last night, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) said. 

Nondisruptive repair of deteriorating sewers

By: Karel Smrcka     13th August 2004 Most metropolitan sewage infrastructures are now between one and two centuries old and their brick, glazed clay, concrete and steel sewers are showing their age. 

Sasol to double octene output as demand surges

12th August 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced construction of a new 1-octene production plant at Secunda to meet growing global demand from plastics manufacturers for this hydrocarbon molecule that imparts special performance features such as elasticity, flexibility, impact resistance and... 

Petroleum products sales up 4,1% in 2003

29th July 2004 Following a number of years of slow growth, overall sales of petroleum products performed considerably better in 2003, exceeding those in 2002 by 4,2%. 

Fuel group awards forecourt-services contract

By: Jill Stanford     22nd July 2004 A Cape Town company which provides forecourt and retail information technology to the petrochemical industry, Intaba Technologies, has been awarded a multi million rand site support and maintenance contract from BP Southern Africa. 

Sasol awards big polyprop-plant contract

21st July 2004 Petrochemical group Sasol has awarded a €47-million contract for a large-capacity polypropylene plant to be built at Secunda, Mpumalanga, to energy construction and services group Technip of France. 

Scribing laser is launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A new scribing laser using a special wavelength CO2 laser beam that produces a more crystalline and, therefore clearer code than ‘standard’ lasers on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging has been introduced to the South African market by Coditech, the variable data coding and... 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

Plastics group adds new packages to its portfolio

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since Astrapak’s last significant acquisition in March 2002, South Africa’s largest plastic packaging group has recently made a few more acquisitions. 

Investment fruits seen by year-end

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 This year South Africa’s largest packaging group, Nampak, will be investing R300-million locally in new equipment and technology, says Nampak Africa MD Neil Cumming. 

Redline Urethane Moulded Products

9th July 2004 Redline Urethane Moulded Products is the manufacturer of a variety of polyurethane components for some of South Africa’s largest mining firms, and is also venturing into the oil and gas industry. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

20% of R12-billion project budget spent

25th June 2004 Some 20% of the R12-billion capital for Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, has already been spent, Engineering News can today report. 

Lead in paint is dangerous for children

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 High blood-lead levels found in South African children have been attributed to, among other sources, the use of lead in paint. This finding is based on a study conducted by the Medical Research Council (MRC). 

Vuvuzela set to become soccer World Cup icon

By: Zonika Botha     28th May 2004 With the 2010 FIFA World Cup coming to South Africa, the well-known vuvuzela horn could well become the official icon of the famous football tournament. 

Max Sisulu: fighting for sustainable BEE

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2004 Freedom fighter, politician, macro-economist and now group GM of the high-technology South African petrochemicals giant, Sasol Limited, he once targeted – that’s Max Sisulu, a person with one of South Africa’s most illustrious surnames, who spent 27 years in exile fighting... 

BEE KEEPER

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Freedom fighter, politician, macro-economist and now group GM of the high-technology South African petrochemicals giant, Sasol Limited, he once targeted – that’s Max Sisulu, a person with one of South Africa’s most illustrious surnames, who spent 27 years in exile fighting... 

Big Project Turbo 15% complete

21st May 2004 The R12-billion Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, is already 15% complete, Engineering News can today report. 

5 600 outside of South Africa 40% of leaders in South Africa from designated group by next year

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 40 % of leaders in South Africa from designated group by next year 

The value of the long value chains

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and therefore it is important for a business with several diverse parts to ensure that it obtains the full value that is inherent in it as a whole. 

Gas conversion on the home stretch June 5 is new ready-for-operation date for Sasolburg’s gas project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Natural gas from Temane, Mozambique, has come on line and the SCI conversion project is very much on the home stretch, overall construction being within a whisker of completion. 

Building 54 km pipeline in Germany

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol plans to begin building a 54 km ethylene pipeline in Germany next year. 

Investment receives government grant

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved Sasol Dia Acrylate’s application for a strategic industrial programme (SIP) grant. ?SIP is an incentive programme designed to encourage investments. 

From good to great

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 The business book From Good to Great has become an important inspiration for new Sasol Synfuels MD Marinus Sieberhagen, now ten months into the job. 

How network is being primed for natural gas

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Gas is an energy source that can be used as a chemical feedstock. 

Biodiesel blueprint

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Soya bean may be the most appropriate crop for the production of biodiesel in South Africa. 

Stringent enviro specs for petrol stations

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol Oil has introduced stringent specifications to environmentally protect its retail convenience centres (RCCs). 

300 petrol stations operative by July

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol Oil will have 300 retail convenience centres (RCCs) operative by July, Engineering News can today report. 

New era on-site waste handling

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Construction of a R520-million waste recycling facility (WRF) at Sasol’s synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is well under way. 

Chemicals projects under way in three countries

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Several notable greater-than-€2m Sasol chemicals projects outside of South Africa are at an advanced stage of implementation in the US, Italy and Germany at a total cost of some R5 487-million (€72m). 

The prince of GTL projects

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Qatar Petroleum and Sasol Synfuels International had no hesitation in deciding to locate their new facility in the Ras Laffan Industrial City development in north-east Qatar on the Arabian Gulf, Oryx-Sasol manager GTL international projects Kobus Swanepoel tells Engineering News from Rome. 

The business Joe’s building

21st May 2004 One of Sasol’s best employment equity (EE) successes is Joe Makhoere, the MD of Merisol RSA, a joint venture that South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol has with Merichem of the US. 

Increased sulphur production

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol is in the final stages of implementing an environmentally driven R360-million project to reduce hydrogen sulphide (H2S) emissions from its synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today report. 

Miniature proportional valves introduced

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The VP12 miniature proportional valve has recently been launched by Norgren, which is locally distributed by Ernest Lowe, in response to a market demand. 

Manufacturer continues to expand valve offerings

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 For more than 35 years, Industrial and Petroleum Valves (IPV) has been supplying high-quality ball valves in a variety of materials and pressure ratings to the South African petrochemical, mining and process industry, says marketing manager Bill Devy. 

Revised levy on plastic bags

7th May 2004 Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has approved a revised levy on plastic bags. 

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