Fluor Begins Sasol’s Tar Separator Project

Sasol

VENTURES AFRICA – FORTUNE 200 Company, Fluor, has begun the Tar Separator Project, for South Africa’s energy company, Sasol Technology Pty. Ltd.

The Tar Separator Project involves engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the replacement of 24 duplex stainless steel separator tanks. The undisclosed contract value was booked in the second quarter.

Fluor has a 45- year relationship with Sasol. It has previously worked as the EPC firm for Sasol’s 2 & 3 plants in Secunda in the70s. Today, the facility remains the largest coal-to-liquids facility in the world. More recently, Fluor executed the Secunda Growth Programme for Sasol that included a portfolio of projects totaling $2 billion in total installed cost.

While expressing joy on its ongoing 45 year relationship with Sasol, especially with the new Tar Separator Project, Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group President, Peter Oosterveer, said “The tar separators feed all four phases of Sasol’s Secunda complex and we’re honored by the trust Sasol has placed in Fluor to perform this project.”

“The purpose of the gas liquor separation units is to separate various gaseous, liquid and solid components from the gas liquor streams that originate in the gasification, gas cooling, rectisol and phenosolvan units. Engineering is under way with construction to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The 24 separation units weigh between 80 and 100 tons each.Construction will begin using shifts working 24-hours-per-day, seven days-per-week to shorten the construction schedule and to enable ongoing production while the project is under way. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2015,” a statement released by the company stated.

Established in 1912 by John Simon Fluor Sr., Fluor Corporation designs, builds and maintains many of the world’s most challenging and complex projects. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.