Sasol unveils new research, technology centre in South Africa

Sasol unveils new research, technology centre in South Africa

5:13 AM, 15th November 2012
Sasol unveils new research, technology centre in South Africa
Sasol Technology unveiled its new state-of-the-art Research and Technology (R&T) facility at the Sasol one site in Sasolburg.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Sasol Technology unveiled its new research and technology (R&T) facility at the Sasol one site in Sasolburg. This marks another step in Sasol growing its technological lead through R&D, technology management and innovation, which is at the centre of the company’s strategic growth agenda.

Construction of the R150 million, five storey building began in January 2010 and houses Sasol’s R&D and fuels technology, which form part of Sasol’s R&T campus. It consists of world-class laboratories, sophisticated analytical equipment, pilot plants, offices and maintenance workshops.

“This new research and technology facility is a significant milestone for our Sasolburg site, the world’s first coal-to-liquids plant. This facility is not only an investment in Sasol’s future but shows Sasol’s continued commitment to South Africa,” said Lean Strauss, Senior Group Executive, New Business Development and Technology, Sasol.

“Sasol is a global leader in gas-to-liquids (GTL) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology, and processes to produce liquid fuels and chemicals. This facility will enable us to be more competitive,” said Flip De Wet, Managing Director, Sasol Technology.

The new facility will enhance Sasol’s R&T campus, which houses 14 laboratories, a number of piloting facilities, 150 PhD graduates, close to 100 engineers, over 200 scientists and 100 chemists and technologists combined.

Sasol’s current combined capital and operational expenditure for Sasol Technology’s R&D function is over R1 billion a year, of which over 90 per cent is invested in South Africa. Sasol Technology is currently executing further capital projects having a value of more than R450 million, to support its development activities.

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