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Coal to Liquids (incorporating Sasol Mining)

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). 

Zinc alloy couplers successfully tested at coal operation

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 Local mining manufacturing firm Proof Engineering’s zinc alloy couplers have been successfully field tested at Sasol Mining’s Middelbult colliery, in Mpumalanga, since June last year. 

Agreement signed to develop GTL project

21st October 2011 Local energy and chemicals group Sasol and its partners Uzbekneftegaz and Petronas, have signed an investment agreement with the Uzbekistan Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade, for the development and implementation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Uzbekistan. 

Australian coal giant enters into CTL technical study agreement

21st October 2011 Global energy and gasification technology company Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) has announced that it has entered into a technical study agreement with Australian coal giant Ambre Energy, to supply a proprietary gasification design, which will support Ambre Energy’s development of a planned... 

Lignite gasification 
increases costs of 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2010 Low-grade coals can be gasified to produce synthesis gas (syngas) but gasification contributes about 40% to 50% of the overall costs of a synthetic fuels (synfuels) plant, says Chinese and South African joint venture coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Clean Coal Technology South Africa (CCTSA) chief... 

Mines to supply CTL coal feedstock 

22nd October 2010 The Thubelisha and Impumelelo coal mines, in Mpumalanga province, will supply petrochemicals giant Sasol’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) operations, in Secunda, and will replace the depleting coal mines used by mining affiliate company Sasol Mining, the company reports. 

Ningxia CTL plant proposal to be considered in last quarter of 2010

22nd October 2010 Engineering consultancy Chinese International Engineering Consultative Company’s recommendations on the proposed coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant to be built in the Ningxia Hui Autonomus region is expected to go before the Chinese National Energy Administration in the last quarter of 2010, says Sasol... 

Carbon sequestration technologies for new CTL plant

22nd October 2010 Global oil giant Shell and diversified mining company Anglo American, in a joint venture known as Monash Energy, are developing a clean coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in the Latrobe Valley, in Australia, which will use low-emission and carbon sequestration technologies. 

Sasol technology to help countries eyeing energy security

22nd October 2010 Coal gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis have been arousing interest in countries seeking to improve their energy security and, for some, to attain energy self-sufficiency, says petrochemicals giant Sasol’s synthetic fuels (synfuels) arm Sasol Synfuels International (SSI). 

Sasol launches ultralow-sulphur diesel fuel

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2010 South African fuels and petrochemicals producer Sasol has launched an ultralow-sulphur diesel that eliminates injector fouling in diesel engines and can be used in all new-generation diesel technologies, says Sasol fuels technology manager Paul Morgan. 

CTL plant possible in 
SA’s Waterberg region

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2009 Sekoko Energy, part of black-owned mining and energy company Sekoko Resources, is investigating the possibility of developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in the Waterberg region. 

Alternative gasification method could reduce 
capital costs

By: Paul Serebro     23rd October 2009 An alternative to coal gasification in reactors is underground coal gasification (UCG). This method of coal gasification has the potential to reduce capital costs significantly, as the costs associated with surface gasification and conventional coal-mining are removed, because coal extraction and... 

Safety and innovation 
play key role for shaft 
sinking company

By: Amanda Strydom     23rd October 2009 Mining contractors Grinaker-LTA Mining have designed a new small shaft sinking headgear for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Thubelisha mining project. 

Replacement coal 
mines under way

By: Amanda Strydom     23rd October 2009 The RSV Enco-Goba coal joint venture (JV), comprising engineering consultancy firm RSV Enco Consulting and coal mining experts Goba, is advancing on the two new greenfields mine complex projects, Thubelisha and Impumelelo, which are replacement coal mines for coal-to-liquids giant Sasol Mining,... 

Coal still the way forward

23rd October 2009 In an interview with Mining Weekly, petrochemicals giant Sasol CEO Pat Davies spoke about the group's coal-to-liquids project in China and the ongoing role of the use of coal for energy. In a discussion with Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer, Davies points out the significance of the current... 

Ammonia provides the platform for Sasol’s mining explosives business

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2009 As part of its coal-to-liquids (CTL) and gas-to-chemicals (GTC) processes, Sasol produces ammonia, the building block for ammonium nitrate which is the raw material required for the production of Sasol’s mining explosives. 

Reflux classifiers can 
increase yield

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2009 Minerals processing equipment manufacturer Ludowici is currently testing its laminar high shear rate enhanced reflux classifiers (RC’s) at one of South African oil and gas company Sasol’s mines and says that the preliminary results are encouraging. 

Mining safety hallmark of Sasol Nitro’s new 
centralised blasting

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2009 Mining explosives producer Sasol Nitro is introducing two new generation products.

The first is a centralised blasting system, known as SafeBlast, and the second an instantaneous electronic shocktube-starting detonator called SafeStart. 

CTL company develops deep gas purification process technology

By: Jacqueline Holman     23rd October 2009 Coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology company Clean Coal Technology (CCT) has been awarded with the exclusive worldwide commercialisation right of a newly developed technology for the deep gas purification process of synthesis gas (syngas), which can be based on coal, coke, heavy oil, residual oil or... 

Canada’s first 
CTL project still 

By: Amanda Strydom     23rd October 2009 Canadian alternative energy supplier Alter NRG’s first coal-to-liquids (CTL) project has slowed significantly owing to the economic slowdown. 

Sasol to build three new replacement coal mines

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2009 Coal-to-liquids (CTL) producer Sasol is facing the prospect of replacing three of its large old coal mines with three new coal mines in the next ten years. The three large existing mines earmarked for replacement are the Twistdraai, Brandspruit and Middelbult operations, which were established... 

Sasol Mining’s R1,4bn operating profit up 19%

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2008 Sasol Mining recorded an operating profit of R1,4-billion in the 12 months to June 30, 2008, which was 19% higher than the previous year. The improved results are said by Sasol CFO Christine Ramon to have benefited from higher coal prices, improved coal quality and greater sales volumes to the... 

R6bn earmarked for new Thubelisha, Impumulelo coal operations

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2008 More than R6-billion is earmarked for two new coal-mines in Secunda, Sasol Limited says in a report to analysts. The two new names on the already long list of Sasol Mining collieries are Thubelisha, formerly referred to as Rooipoort, and Impumulelo, formerly Carmona.  

Sasol applies for Indian coal blocks in JV with Tata

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2008 Sasol has signed a memorandum of understanding with the large Indian conglomerate, Tata, for long-term access to a number of coal blocks in India, for which application has been made. 

Pressure on for cleaner coal use

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2008 While many countries are now pursuing coal-to-liquids (CTL) as a means of providing transport fuel, many see the need for CTL to clean up its act in order to lessen its impact on climate change through excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. 

Sasol’s CTL project in China ahead of South Africa’s CTL project

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2008 Sasol’s proposed coal-to-liquids (CTL) project in China is ahead of its CTL project in South Africa. The project in China is at feasibility stage whereas the one in South Africa is still at prefeasibility stage. 

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