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April 25 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Sasol Ltd SOLJ.J said on Monday it has declared force majeure on the export of certain chemical products due to the impact of heavy rainfall and floods in KwaZulu-Natal province, possibly affecting its fourth-quarter volume outlook.

The floods, among the worst to hit KwaZulu-Natal province, have killed 435 people, leaving thousands homeless and causing at least 10 billion rand ($638 million) of damage to infrastructure. Read full story

“Our Q4 FY22 volume outlook could be impacted subject to the extent of infrastructure damage and the timing of the recovery and restoration of key infrastructure and utilities,” the petrochemicals group said in a statement.

Sasol, the world’s biggest producer of fuel products and chemicals from coal, said it has yet to fully assess the material impact of the floods on its business.

The company said that the conflict in Ukraine and the resulting volatility in energy prices, together with COVID-19 lockdowns in China and rising inflation, will also pose risks to sales volumes and margins during the last quarter of 2022.

($1 = 15.6859 rand)

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Edmund Klamann)