Sasol, GE pilot new water treatment technology
The anaerobic membrane technology will be developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s research campus in Sasolburg in Free State province, the companies said today without disclosing terms.
By RANDALL HACKLEY
General Electric (GE) and Sasol are collaborating on a
water-technology pilot project that will clean wastewater
from plants producing synthetic fuels and chemicals and supply
biogas as a byproduct for power generation.
The anaerobic membrane technology will be developed at a
new demonstration plant at Sasols research campus in
Sasolburg in Free State province, the companies said today in a
statement without disclosing terms.
The development, and expected commercialization, increases the
efficiencies of Sasols gas-to-liquids operations, said
Ernst Obersholster, group executive for Sasols
international energy division.
Sasol expects the technology to be commercially
available in 2015.
The companies said the effort also aims to help limit the
negative impact that South Africas water scarcity is
having on the economy. Sasol, based in Johannesburg, is the
worlds biggest producer of motor fuel from coal.