By Gary Thomas
Fluor declared that work has been started on a new tar separator project for South Africa-based Sasol Technology. Under the terms of the new contract, Flour will provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services in order to replace 24 duplex separator tanks, made of stainless steel.
Peter Oosterveer, Fluor’s President for Energy & Chemicals Group, stated that the company is happy to continue its long-term partnership with Sasol for this new project. All four phases of Secunda complex, owned by Sasol, will get input from the tar separators. Oosterveer also expressed his delight that Sasol has recognized Fluor’s capability to undertake this tar separator project.
The gas liquor separation units will be used to segregate a variety of solid, liquid and gaseous constituents from the gas liquor streams, which are generated in gas cooling, gasification, phenosolvan and rectisol units.
The company is carrying out the engineering work and will commence construction during Q4 of 2012. There are 24 separation units, each of which weighs between 80 and 100 t.
Schedule for construction will be shortened by working in shifts round the clock. The construction will also enable simultaneous production, while the project is in progress. It is expected that the construction will be completed by mid-2015.
Fluor had provided EPC services to Sasol’s 2 & 3 facilities located in Secunda during 1970s. Till date, the plant is believed to be the main coal-to-liquids facility across the globe. Fluor recently conducted the Secunda Growth Programme for Sasol. A portfolio of projects was included in this programme.