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sasolBusinessLive reports that on Thursday Sasol reduced its production guidance for its Secunda coal-to-oil plant because maintenance was taking longer than expected.  

But, the petrochemical company said that thanks to improved performance at its Natref refinery, it was still on track to achieve its sales target of about 58-million barrels of fuel in its 2019 financial year.  Trade union Solidarity said strike action had had a direct effect in causing the drop in production due to delays.  It warned that its members were gearing up to increase pressure on the producer.  The decline in shareholder confidence and production would eventually exceed the costs of including white workers in the group's employee share ownership plan, said Solidarity CE Dirk Hermann.  Sasol, however, denied that industrial action was at the root of the delay, saying this was due to technical issues with the steam-line project and not related to the planned shutdown.  “The planned full shutdown at our Sasol Secunda Operations (SSO) West factory was longer than estimated, mainly due to technical issues with the Steam Header 2 project and challenges with startup, which further delayed the commissioning date,” the company claimed.  Sasol lowered expectations that Secunda would pick up production in the financial year under way, now expecting it to only match the prior year's 7.6-million tons.

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