Sasol schedules major upgrade of synfuel plant

South Africa's Sasol Ltd. plans to upgrade its synthetic fuel plant at Secunda in an 820 million rand ($185 million) project due for completion in 1999. At Secunda, 180 km southeast of Johannesburg, Sasol produces 150,000 b/d of synthetic crude oil from low grade coal using the Fischer Tropsch gas/syncrude process. Sasol will replace 16 reactors at the plant with six new ones. The new units will be fluidized bed reactors, said to be vastly superior in performance to existing circulation bed reactors. A 10,000 b/d fluidized bed syncrude unit has been in commercial operation at Secunda since June 1995. Because it involves only one free standing pressure vessel, it is said to be easie...

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