Sasol in Society

First place for Sasol Brunsbüttel

The Sasol Brunsbüttel plant was awarded first place in the nationwide Responsible Care competition of the VCI (German Chemical Industry Association)

Sasol Brunsbüttel received the award on 2 October 2020 for a project to save water and the associated reduction of waste water by substituting the ring liquid of vacuum pumps in a vacuum generation plant. This conversion will make the use of fresh water superfluous in future. The company can thus save 2,200 cubic metres of water per month, which corresponds to the average consumption of 150 households with four people.

Previously, the efficiency of the corresponding vacuum system could only be maintained by constantly adding fresh water. By converting the ring liquid of the vacuum pumps to an organic liquid, which is available as a product directly from Sasol and is then marketed, the company is making an important contribution to the conservation of resources and simultaneously reducing costs.

“I am pleased that this project has now also been able to convince the competition nationwide,” emphasises Peter Högenauer, Sasol’s site manager in Brunsbüttel. He continues: “We can also apply this project at other Sasol locations with the corresponding savings.”

“We are proud to be able to make a tangible contribution to the sustainability of our plant with a manageable measure,” explains project manager Pauline du Preez.

From left to right: Thomas Nagel: Senior Manager Production Organics; Jan Peter Lorenzen: Specialist Environment & Approval Management, Water Protection Officer; Peter Högenauer: VP Operations Brunsbüttel; Pauline du Preez: Project Engineer Technology Development; Dr. Rüdiger Pohl: Manager Governance, SHE Risk and Assurance

About Responsible Care

In Germany, the worldwide Responsible Care initiative is part of the sustainability initiative Chemie³. It underlines the chemical industry’s intent to optimise its performance to protect health and the environment, voluntarily and beyond the legal requirements. Companies with special projects can apply once a year for the VCI North Responsible Care Award as part of the initiative. This year’s competition was held under the motto “sustainable use of water”.

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