Secunda, Cosmos Country
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Secunda is a fairly new town built around coalfields in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It was named so, for being the second extraction refinery location for oil from coal (second to the Sasolburg refinery).
The town of Secunda was built when the construction of ‘Sasol Two’ commenced. Sasol Two and Sasol Three produce synthetic fuel, diesel, and related fuels and petrochemicals from coal gasification and a town was built to house the labor force and form a thriving community. The town now has 40,000 inhabitants, with an additional 245,000 people living in the nearby Embhalenhle community. The town has experienced significant growth in the past 5 years due to the expansions underway at the Sasol complex and further growth to the Sasol complex will no doubt make for even more growth.
The highest structure in Secunda is the 301 metre high chimney at the Sasol Three plant. The chimney is an Eskom type chimney comprising four 301 metre high refractory brick lined concrete flues of 4.6 metre diameter each. The windshield is 292 metres high with an internal diameter of 26 metres. The chimney was constructed by Concrete as part of a contract to construct the Sasol Three steamplant with Hochtief. The foundations of the chimney comprised vertical and raked piles. This chimney happens to be one of the tallest free-standing structures in the Southern Hemisphere and is quite a sight.
Secunda has a casino and country club. This is a very relaxing destination with plenty to see in the way of engineering and man-made marvels. The community is friendly, welcoming and pleasant which makes Secunda a great stop-over destination.
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The Graceland Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga, rests only an hour and a half drive away from Johannesburg. The flat savannahs of Mpumalanga do not at first glance suggest that they are suitable for the building of a golf course, but as one of the world's leading designers, Gary Player made creative ... more information
Built in 1982 mainly to support the water needs of three Sasol petrol plants at Secunda, as well as a number of other power stations near the Olifants River basin, Grootdraai dam lies in the upper reaches of the Vaal River, roughly 10km upstream of Standerton south east of Johannesburg ... more information
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