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MAN ships turbomachinery unit to Secunda

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MAN Diesel & Turbo has shipped the largest turbomachinery unit to Sasol’s Secunda coal-to-liquids site in South Africa. The turbomachinery unit will form part of a new air separation plant supplied by Air Liquide and described as the “most efficient” in the world.

Following acceptance texting, the AR-MAX1 unit was shipped from the MAN works in Oberhausen, Germany. Despite being released only recently, the AIRMAX concept has already racked up orders for 19 trains, including the first machine to enter operations in Yulin, China.

It has also bee ordered for what will be the largest air separation plant in the world, currently being erected and commissioning in Yichuan, China. The AIRMAX concept allows volume flows for up to 1.5 million m3/hr, enabling production of up to 8000 tpd of oxygen.

Sasol's Secunda syfuels operations receives coal from mine in Mpumalanga Province. The coal is crushed and blended to obtain an even quality distribution. The coal is then gasified to produce a syngas, which is used to produce components for making synthetic fuels, as well as a number of downstream chemicals.

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