Sasol Completes Alumina Capacity Expansion at Refinery in NW Germany

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South African energy and chemical firm Sasol Limited announced earlier today the successful completion of an expansion of alumina output capacity at a facility in northwest Germany.

The facility, which is located in Brunsbüttel at the mouth of the Elbe River, boosts the plant’s refining capacity by 15 thousand tons per annum. Sasol undertook a debottlenecking on site, accomplished by the installation of an additional on-purpose alumina unit. In addition the company built two additional drum dryers and a new spray dryer.

Per the company, the units have been spun up over the past several months, with the most recent unit coming online last October. Alumina derived from the expanded capacity will be sold across several markets, and the firm anticipates it will find use in several applications, including abrasives and as a catalyst.

Dr. Cronje Grove, Vice President: Sasol Inorganics and Catalyst, said that this step was but the first of many that the firm plans to take in order to meet the continuing rise in consumer demand for alumina.

“This expansion is an important milestone in the development of our production capabilities for high-purity and dispersible aluminas that are sold into a variety of applications worldwide.
“We plan to start up additional alumina production in Lake Charles in the US as part of the Lake Charles Chemical Project at the end of 2019 to continue to meet the escalating demands of our customers. Further expansion of our alumina capacity from the Brunsbüttel site is also being considered.”

Vice President: Operations in Brunsbüttel, Dr. Kay Luttmann, lauded the hard work of those involved in the capacity increase.

“The construction phase was extremely challenging due to the tight schedule driven by the high demand for Sasol’s alumina products in the market. We managed to complete the alumina capacity expansion in a record time in order to satisfy the growing demand of our customers. Exemplary collaboration across various teams and exceptional personal commitment from all members of the project team were key to achieving success.”

Based in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, Sasol was founded in 1950 as the world’s first oil-from-coal company. It currently produces a myriad of chemicals at its 33 operations throughout the world. The firm is South Africa’s biggest single corporate taxpayer and employs over 30,000 individuals across its entire operations.



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