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Matrikon deploys alarm management at Sasol Synfuels

Edmonton, Alberta – July 26, 2007 - Matrikon announced that Sasol’s Synfuels operations at Secunda is deploying Matrikon's alarm management solution throughout their plant. Sasol Synfuels, located in Secunda South Africa, is the world’s largest synthetic fuels facility.

The alarm management solution includes Matrikon's Alarm Manager for alarm management, archiving, alarm system auditing and the management of changes made to the system.

Matrikon offers Sasol Synfuels a comprehensive alarm management solution. Matrikon’s leadership in universal connectivity via MatrikonOPC enables the solution to interface to the various process control systems deployed throughout the massive Sasol Synfuels operations. Matrikon also provides an extensive product development program and support.

The solution will be deployed throughout the Sasol Synfuels site in an ongoing roll out program over the next six to 12 months. Sasol Synfuels implemented Matrikon's ProcessDoctor (PID) solution in 2004 (ProcessDoctor is now called Matrikon Control Performance Monitor). In combination, the control monitoring and alarm management solutions provide unique insights into the plant's performance.

Michael Brown, Matrikon’s vice president of technology stated: “We are pleased to be an integral part of Sasol Synfuels’ operations optimization initiatives and to help them achieve sustainable results. Matrikon has a strong value proposition in being able to offer a fully integrated alarm management and control performance monitoring solution to a facility of this scale.”

Matrikon is the largest global alarm management solution provider, with over 2,500 installations monitoring and reducing alarms at over 4,000 plants worldwide.

About Sasol Group
The Sasol Group of companies comprises diversified fuel, chemical and related manufacturing and marketing operations, complemented by interests in technology development and oil and gas exploration and production.

In South Africa, Sasol’s principal feedstocks are obtained from coal and natural gas, which the company converts into value-added hydrocarbons through Fischer-Tropsch process technologies. It also has interests in crude oil refining and chemical production and marketing through a number of global strategic partners or joint ventures. More recently, Sasol has embarked on developing international gas-to-liquids ventures, based on its unique Slurry Phase Distillate process.

Sasol is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, (JSE), symbol (SOL) and on the New York Securities Exchange (NYSE), symbol (SSL).

About Matrikon
Matrikon is a leading provider of industrial intelligence solutions that enable manufacturing plants to achieve operational excellence by transforming production data into knowledge to predict and prevent problems and optimize operations. Matrikon's customers achieve agile operations through the combination of external market and plant data to make informed, intelligent decisions in real-time. With offices in major cities throughout North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and a global client base including industry leaders in a wide range of process industries, Matrikon's reach is global.

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