Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Sasol Brings Expanded Fischer-Tropsch Based Wax Facility On–Stream

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Sasol has succesfully started–up Phase I of its Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) at Sasolburg, South Africa. Pahe 2 is already underway.

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Sasol polymer plant in Sasolburg, South Africa
Sasol polymer plant in Sasolburg, South Africa
(Picture: ThyssenKrupp Uhde)

Capetown/South Africa – "This is a significant milestone and we are very pleased with this development. It marks another step towards expanding our Southern African operations as part of our dual regional strategy, while demonstrating our commitment to South Africa through industrial investment," said Bernard Klingenberg, Executive Vice President, Southern African Operations, Sasol Limited.

Commenting on the scale of the project, Stephan Schoeman, Executive Vice President, Group Technology, Sasol Limited, said: "Phase I of the expansion of our wax facility in Sasolburg saw 31 million hours worked with an exceptional safety record. Resourced by 450 engineers and with approximately 5 500 construction workers on site, we erected 7200 tons of steel and used nearly 600 kilometres of piping."

Phase 2 to Go On–Stream in 2017

Phase II of FTWEP has commenced with major construction activity already underway and is expected to be commissioned in the first half of the 2017 calendar year. The entire project will see Sasol invest R13,6 billion in the South African economy.

Marketed through Sasol Performance Chemicals, hard waxes, medium waxes, liquid paraffins and waxy oils are applied to a variety of industrial applications. Hard waxes are used in hotmelt adhesives, PVC processing, inks, paints and coatings, and asphalt applications; medium waxes are used in candle markets and emulsions in the manufacturing of construction boards.

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