TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - Sasol Technology (Pty) Ltd of South Africa has
appointed Hatch, an employee-owned global engineering company, as one
of its two preferred Licensor's Engineering Contractors for the Sasol®,
Fixed Bed Dry Bottom (FBDBTM) Gasification Technology for an initial term of 10 years.
Hatch's mandate covers the upstream aspects of the FBDBTM Gasification Technology (coal delivery, gasification proprietary
equipment and ash handling).
Linde Engineering has been appointed for the downstream aspects of the
technology (raw gas cooling, raw gas shift, by-product processing and
overall integration of the gas island).
Hatch's expertise in materials-handling, machine design and
pressure-vessel design will be used to assist Sasol with its ambitious
plans to improve the Sasol® FBDBTM Gasification Technology in support of growing and improving its syngas
generation and coal-to-liquids business over the next decade.
Hatch will assist Sasol's existing coal-based gas production operations
with continuous improvement and optimization, and will be responsible
for the design of proprietary equipment and specialized systems for
coal-gasification units for new gasification plants currently under
consideration by Sasol, and will also assist Sasol with the further
development of its gasification technology.
Sasol is the world's foremost producer of transport fuels from coal and
other chemicals, using the Sasol® FBDBTM Gasification Technology together with its in-house-developed
Fischer-Tropsch synthesis technology.
Sasol is a public corporation, headquartered in Johannesburg, listed on
both the JSE and the NYSE. Sasol's principal centres of operation are
in Sasolburg, and Secunda, South Africa.
In 2003 Sasol commissioned the world's first commercial gas-to-liquids
plant in Qatar employing its newly developed cobalt-based
Fischer-Tropsch synthesis technology. A second gas-to-liquids plant
using the same technology is under construction in Nigeria.
Hatch is one of the world's leading developers of process technologies,
engineering design, global procurement and construction management
serving the mining and metallurgy, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Hatch has 8,000 employees and 65 offices on six continents. In South
Africa, Hatch's team includes more than 1,000 engineering, procurement,
project management and construction management professionals whose
expertise has been recognized for the past two years as the Number One
Consulting Engineering Company in the Mining and Infrastructure
Hatch Africa Pty Ltd and Hatch Africa Energy Pty Ltd, the energy sector
arm of Hatch Africa, are both Broad Based Black Economic Empowered
(BBBEE) contributors, to the accreditation of Level 4 and Level 1
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