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LANXESS to invest EUR 40 million at Newcastle site in South Africa

New CO2 concentration unit supports future growth of Sodium Dichromate production


German specialties chemicals group LANXESS is investing EUR 40 million to build a CO2 concentration unit at its South African site in Newcastle. At this site, the group operates a highly modern plant, that mainly produces Sodium Dichromate which is further processed into chrome tanning materials ...


BASF to build new dispersions plant in Durban, South Africa

New plant will be operational in 2012


BASF will invest in a dispersions plant in Durban, South Africa. The new plant will produce acrylic dispersions mainly for the coatings and construction industry. The facility will benefit from local availability of raw materials and proximity to key customers who serve South Africa’s and Sub ...


The world’s oldest water?


New evidence bolsters the notion that deep saline groundwaters in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin may have remained isolated for many thousands, perhaps even millions, of years. The study found the noble gas neon dissolved in water in three-kilometre deep crevices. The unusual neon ...


Yara sells retail activity in South Africa


Yara International ASA has agreed to sell its retail marketing activity in South Africa at book value. Yara has agreed to sell it fully owned fertilizer retail activity in South Africa to Farmsecure and its 50% ownership in the South African retail company Sidi Parani to its partner, the GWK ...


Sasol Limited board approved construction of new ethylene purification unit


The Sasol Limited board has recently approved the construction of a R1.9 billion ethylene purification unit at its Sasol Polymers plant in Sasolburg. The plant is expected to go on stream in the second half of 2013 and will be ramped up to full capacity by 2015. The unit will enable the Sasol ...


ABB wins $54 million order in South Africa to improve power plant efficiency


ABB has won an order worth $54 million from the South African utility, Eskom, to provide electrical and automation solutions that will improve reliability and energy efficiency at three of its largest power plants. As the turnkey contractor, ABB is responsible for the design, installation and ...


Sasol to invest R 8,4 billion in wax production in South Africa


Sasol has approved an investment of R 8,4 billion which will double the Sasol Wax production of hard wax in South Africa. The investment will be done in two phases. Phase one will come into operation in 2012 and will increase the hard wax capacity by close to 40%. The investment for phase one ...


Sasol Initiates Consultation Ahead of Possible Plant Closure


Sasol announced the initiation of consultations with various stakeholders ahead of a possible closure of Sasol Nitro's phosphoric acid operations in Phalaborwa. The plant, which manufactures phosphoric acid from mainly phosphate rock and sulphur, has had varying financial success during its ...


Frost & Sullivan Examines the Opportunities in the Sub-Saharan African Chemicals Industry


2008 saw the beginning of a major global economic crisis that affected many industries across the globe. The chemicals sector was one such industry that suffered under the weight of the worldwide recession. "Chemical industry participants are now preparing to position themselves for the future, ...


ABB wins $17 million power order in South Africa


ABB will supply electrical solutions in two projects for the City of Cape Town Electricity Services Department, to help improve reliability of power supplies in the region. The orders were booked in the second quarter. For one of the projects, ABB will replace and maintain interlocking equipment ...


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