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Coal to Liquids (incorporating Sasol Mining)

Manufacturer and marketer working hand in hand

26th October 2018 Integrated chemicals and petrochemicals company Sasol and multifunctional distribution company Helm have entered into a long-term marketing agreement for ethylene glycols. The agreement between Sasol and Helm will come into effect upon the start-up of Sasol's new ethylene oxide and ethylene... 

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Lake Charles on track and  within budget
BOILING POINT The Lake Charles boiler facility has produced first steam

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Last of four mines to be completed
AHEAD OF THE GAME The Shondoni headgear being installed during the construction phase

Profits hit by strike but support for industry, communities continues

27th October 2017 Coal miner Sasol Mining reported a 21% decline in its operating profit for the 2017 financial year, compared with the previous comparable period. The mining business unit of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, Sasol Mining’s profit dropped to R3.7-billion, mainly owing to the negative... 

Profits hit by strike but support for industry, communities continues
FEDING OPERATIONS Sasol Mining operates six coal mines that supply feedstock for its Secunda (Sasol Synfuels Operations) and Sasolburg (Sasolburg Operations) complexes in South Africa

KSB Pumps & Valves

27th October 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

Supply of coalbed methane being investigated

27th October 2017 Independent clean energy company NuEnergy Gas has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pertamina Gas to investigate the supply of coalbed methane (CBM) from its Tanjung Enim production sharing contract (PSC) for distribution to Pertamina Gas consumers in Sumatra, in western Indonesia.... 

Supply of coalbed methane being investigated
MEETING ENERGY NEEDS NuEnergy is focused on the development of Indonesian unconventional gas assets to meet the country's growing demands

Coal miner pushing to further productivity, cost efficiency

27th October 2017 In 2018, mining company Sasol Mining will have renewed focus on its business improvement programme to improve productivity and cost efficiency, states integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol in its Integrated Report, published June 30. Sasol notes that its mining business unit is... 

Coal miner pushing to further  productivity, cost efficiency
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS PROJECTED In the year ahead, Sasol Mining expects to further advance the second phase of its Impumelelo mine

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2017 South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech has assisted in ensuring that coal miner Sasol Mining complies with Chapter 8 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, which states that all trackless mobile machinery (TMM) should be fitted with a proximity detection system (PDS)... 

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing
MEETING REQUIREMENTS Monitech’s Matrix Intellizone proximity detection system portfolio spoke to and addressed the need for a reliable, effective, accurate and low-cost-of-ownership solution for Sasol Mining’s projects

Mining business units continue strong performance

21st October 2016 Profit from South African petrochemicals giant Sasol’s mining operations increased by 9% to R4.7-billion, “mainly as a result of a continued strong and sustainable cost performance, as well as stable mining operations delivery,” Sasol CFO Paul Victor said on September 12. Speaking in a final... 

Mining business  units continue  strong performance
COSTS CONTAINED Normalised unit costs from Sasol's mining operations have been contained at 5% below inflation for a second consecutive year

KSB Pumps and Valves

21st October 2016 Headquartered on the East Rand, KSB Pumps and Valves in an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Since 1959, the company has... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

Africa must monetise economically unmineable coal

21st October 2016 New coal mines will have to be developed in South Africa as existing mines exhaust reserves, while State-owned power utility Eskom, petrochemicals giant Sasol and new independent power produces (IPPs) must expand alternative production. This is according to South African mining and minerals... 

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The 30-million tons a year of concentrated carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the South African synthetic fuel industry can effectively be reduced through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process, says South African National Energy Development Institute cleaner fossil fuel use senior manager... 

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions
Photo by Bloomberg
LIMITING DAMAGE The carbon capture and storage process helps with decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide released through the coal-to-liquids process

CTL included in diversification strategy

23rd October 2015 The conversion of coal to liquid forms a part of Zimbabwean coal mining and exploration company Hwange Colliery Company’s strategic objective of diversifying its business. The strategy entails growing Hwange Colliery Company’s business through the creation of new lines of business by exploiting... 

CTL included in diversification strategy
EXPANDING Hwange Colliery Company is diversifying its business

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be sustained for next 40 years

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The coal-to-liquids (CTL) industry is going to be a core part of South Africa’s liquid-fuels economy for the next 40 years, says global management consulting firm AT Kearney principal Martin Sprott. He says the country’s CTL industry is centred on energy and chemicals group Sasol's CTL plant in... 

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be  sustained for next 40 years
Photo by Sasol
FUEL SOURCE Sasol is at the forefront of liquid fuel production

C&N Petroleum Equipment

24th October 2014 Bulk liquid transfer equipment solutions provider C&N Petroleum Equipment has been servicing the petroleum and chemicals industries since 1992, when the company was founded by owner and MD Yvonne van Schalkwyk, who was recognised at the 2012 Top Women Awards for her outstanding contribution and... 

C&N Petroleum Equipment

Production uncertainty at Impumelelo

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 Petrochemicals group Sasol’s mining subsidiary, Sasol Mining, has not yet been forthcoming on whether its new Impumelelo coal mine is providing coal for its coal-to-liquids operations, in Secunda. Impumelelo was scheduled to start production this quarter to replace Sasol Mining’s depleting... 

Production uncertainty  at Impumelelo
BRANDSPRUIT COLLIERY Sasol Mining’s depleting Mpumalanga-based Brandspruit colliery will be replaced by the new Impumelelo mine

Botswana mulls CTL sector establishment

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Botswana is considering the establishment of a coal-to-liquid (CTL) industry to exploit the country’s large coal resources, which would assist in significantly reducing its yearly petroleum import bill and drive the diversification of Botswana’s economy, Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles... 

Botswana mulls CTL  sector establishment
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW SECTOR, NEW OPPORTUNITES The development of a coal-to-liquids sector in Botswana could result in the development of other industries such as explosives

CTL’s future depends on South Africa’s energy plays 

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) future will be influenced by the changing energy dynamics regionally and worldwide, particularly in terms of increasing natural gas exploration in south-east Africa, says investment and development advisory firm Africa Practice consultant Sinethemba Zonke.... 

CTL’s future depends on  South Africa’s energy plays
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL RESISTANCE The world’s resistance to using coal as an energy source is the key challenge facing South Africa’s coal-to-liquids sector

Sasol Mining maintains presence at Mining Lekgotla

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol mining subsidiary Sasol Mining maintained its presence at the Mining Lekgotla this year, which included a speech delivered by Sasol sustainability and business transformation executive director Nolitha Fakude on the role of industrialisation in enhancing... 

Sasol Mining  maintains presence  at Mining Lekgotla
FOSTERING TRUST Sasol Mining believes that trust is the cornerstone of the company’s stakeholder relationships, including with its employees

Inconsistent resource reporting in coal industry

By: Carina Borralho     25th October 2013 Technical and economic assessment group Venmyn Deloitte is finding the reporting of coal resources in the minerals industry, particularly within the South African and Australian mineral industries, inconsistent. Venmyn Deloitte says that some coal companies report on gross tonnes in-situ (GTIS)... 

Summit will address coal conversion potential in India

By: Carina Borralho     25th October 2013 The World CTX 2013 Summit, which will be held in Mumbai and Jamnagar in India, from December 2 to 4, will feature a practise-based programme on coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) projects worldwide and in India, feedback from commercial coal operations, technological news, economic assessments and... 

Sasol Mining’s coal-to-liquids horizon extending to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2013 Sasol has unveiled plans for an initiative known as Project 2050, which is designed to sustain and expand its integrated value chain in South Africa until at least the middle of the century. Coal and coal-to-liquids (CTL) form an integral part of this long-term plan and key to its success is... 

Coal properties critical when determining suitable gasification technology for CTL

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 The use of suitable gasification processes to convert different coals from a solid to a liquid is often overlooked and mistakes in the choice of gasifier design have been made in South Africa over the years at considerable cost and loss of efficiency, says Clean Coal Technology chair and Fossil... 

ELB to install South Africa’s longest materials handling conveyor at Sasol’s Impumelelo colliery

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 Bulk-materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services will undertake construction of the longest materials handling conveyor in South Africa for coal miner Sasol Mining’s Impumelelo Colliery, in Secunda, Mpumalanga.  

Conversion of coal and petroleum coke the focus at World CTL 2012 Summit

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 The World CTL 2012 India Summit, in New Delhi, from December 11 to 13, will highlight India-based coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) conversion to high value fuels and chemicals, World CTL president Serge Périneau tells Mining Weekly. 

Prefeasibility study on Mozambique $9.5bn CTL plant finalised this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy and joint venture (JV) Clean Carbon Industries (CCI) will complete and submit the second phase of the prefeasibility study (PFS) to government for the development of a 65 000 bl/d coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in Mozambique’s Tete province this month. 

CTL would produce one-third of all fuels by 2050 without green policy

21st October 2011 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reports that a new assessment of the viability of coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology done by researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, found that if climate change policy was not a factor, CTL has the potential... 

CTL process to provide fuel for SA generations to come

By: Sinette Goosen     21st October 2011 The abundance of coal and the nearly perfected coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology, which is used by South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, will ensure that South Africa produces fuels for generations to come, says CTL specialist and trustee of the Fossil Fuel Foundation John Marriott. 

NWU coal research group flourishes

By: Sinette Goosen     21st October 2011 The North-West University (NWU) reports that the number of postgraduate students participating in its coal research group has increased significantly since 2009, with more than 35 postgraduate students undertaking research projects in various coal-related study fields, such as gasification,... 

Australian energy company refuses to sell interest in CTL project

21st October 2011 ASX-listed energy company Blackham Resources reports that it has turned down an unsolicited cash offer of $15-million for its 70% interest in the Scaddan Energy coal-to-liquids (CTL) joint venture (JV), in Western Australia (WA). 

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