Sasol orders new reactor as part of Synfuels expansion to meet SA growing demand for fuel
18 October 2007
Sasol today confirmed that it had awarded a contract to Japanese manufacturer, Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation (HMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen Corporation, to construct a Sasol Advanced Synthol (SAS) reactor.
The new SAS reactor is needed for Sasol to increase its 150 000 barrel a day
(b/d) synthetic fuels operation at Secunda in South Africa by 20% to 180,000 b/d
by 2015. Sasol uses it's advanced Synthol reactors to produce synthesis gas
which is converted into a large range of valuable liquid fuels and chemical
"Sasol supplies about 35% of South Africa's liquid fuel needs. The Secunda
expansion project will help us meet major growth opportunities in both our
domestic and international markets. We will use both natural gas and coal as
feedstock to produce our advanced range of synthetic transportation fuels," says
Sasol executive director Dr Benny Mokaba.
"We have constructed seven similar reactors for Sasol since 1998, and, as one
of the leading reactor fabricators in the world, will continuously strive to
supply high quality and effective equipment that enhances the development of
clean and environmentally friendly new energy resources, " says Hisao Matsuwake,
president of HMC.
The SAS reactor will weigh about 867 tons, be 8m in diameter and about 12
stories (38m) tall. Sasol currently uses nine SAS reactors at Secunda. Sasol has
designed and perfected these reactors to convert coal and natural gas into high
quality synthetic transportation fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel, as
well as a range of chemicals.
"Innovation is core to our culture as exemplified by our proprietary coal-
and gas-to-liquid conversion technology, where Sasol is recognised as a global
leader. Our scientists have over the past 50 years evolved this synthetic
transportation fuel technology to levels where South Africa can significantly
reduce its dependence on crude oil," says Mokaba.
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