R/€ = 15.36Change: -0.26
R/$ = 13.49Change: -0.22
Au 1165.62 $/ozChange: 1.46
Pt 988.50 $/ozChange: -4.50
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Sep 07, 2012

Petrochemicals upgrades provide good opportunities

Engineering|Johannesburg|Sasolburg|Africa|Castings|Castings Technology International|Chevron|Components|Design|Education|Fabrication|Gas|Petrochemicals|Petroleum|PROJECT|Projects|Safety|Stainless Steel|Steloy|Systems|Testing|Training|Training Authority|Africa|Colombia|Saudi Arabia|South Africa|United Kingdom|Krugersdorp Facility|Refinery Natref|South African Institute Of Foundrymen|Energy|Equipment|Load-bearing Products|Manufacturing|Metal Dies|Oil Refineries|Petrochemicals|Product|Products|Quality Management Systems|Service|Services|Solutions|Stainless Steel|Steel|Systems|Temperature And High-pressure Applications|Danie Slabbert|Leon Reeves|Wynand Labuschagne|Bearing|Hawaii|Western Australia|Southern Africa|Western Australia|API
Engineering||Africa|Castings|Components|Design|Education|Fabrication|Gas|Petrochemicals|Petroleum|PROJECT|Projects|Safety|Stainless Steel|Systems|Testing|Training||Africa|||Energy|Equipment|Manufacturing|Petrochemicals|Products|Service|Services|Solutions|Steel|Systems|||Bearing|||
© Reuse this

The need for South Africa’s six oil refineries to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrades over the next five to ten years is a good opportunity for supplier of cast components to the petrochemicals industry, Steloy Castings, to step up to the plate as a trusted service organisation, the company reports.

“It is well publicised that the refineries in South Africa are in a fairly poor condition. Although they are still operational, an amount of R40-billion, as estimated by the South African Petroleum Industry Association, is required to bring them in line with the new Clean Fuels 2 specifications and maintain their safety, says Steloy CEO Danie Slabbert.

As a foundry that supplies critical parts to the local and international petrochemicals industry, Steloy manufactures its components to be heat resistant enough to maintain their strength under high temperatures and harsh refinery operating conditions.

Steloy states that its products are certified and adhere to the highest possible local and international specifications to meet the needs and requirements of the client.

Products used in the petrochemicals industry must adhere to the ASME V and ASME VIII codes, which outline the nondestructive examination and the requirements for design, fabrication, inspection, testing and certification for boiler and pressure vessels; a number of other American Society for Testing and Materials standards, as well as the API 560 standard for the design and manufacture of fired heaters, says Slabbert.

Besides meeting these standards, Steloy is ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems certified and is accredited by the European Pressure Equipment Directive.

The manufacturer is also a member of the South African Institute of Foundrymen, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association and the UK-based Castings Technology International.

Steloy’s stable of product solutions for the petrochemicals industry comprises two families of products.

The first includes static load-bearing parts, such as convection tube sheets, radiant hangers, brackets and bends, when strength at high temperature and high integrity is required.

The second product range includes process tubing, such as partially machined or fully machined reformer, cracking and catalyst tubes for high-temperature and high-pressure applications.

The load-bearing products are cast in static foundries at Steloy’s facilities in Krugersdorp and Bronkhorstspruit, in materials that include stainless steel nickel-based corrosion-resistant alloys, low-alloy steels and heat-resistant alloys, whereas the process tubes are centrifugally cast in rotating metal dies at the Krugersdorp facility, in materials such as corrosion-resistant and heat-resistant stainless steels.

Meanwhile, Steloy completed an order placed by a local-based multinational engineering company for Sasolburg-based oil refinery Natref, in February, says Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne.

The foundry supplied all the static components for two heater units that are being rebuilt at the refinery.

Further, Steloy has supplied 200 t of support castings for a project in Saudi Arabia and has supplied product to multinational energy corporation Chevron’s Gorgon natural gas project, in Western Australia, as well as 100 t of product to a petroleum company in Colombia.

It has also supplied reformer tubes for a contract in Hawaii, adds Labuschagne.

Accredited Training
While the local foundry industry has established the National Foundry Technology Network to manage skills training, technology transfer and the diffusion of technologies throughout the local industry to assist in the development of a globally competitive South African foundry industry, Steloy notes that a critical gap in specialist training in moulding and patternmaking remains.

To deal with this, the company engaged the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to acquire accreditation as a decentralised trade test centre.

This accreditation was granted to the foundry in July, says Steloy group sales manager Leon Reeves.

The training courses consist of theoretical and practical training for Steloy’s staff, as well as members of the wider industry. The training is aimed at enhancing the local skills base and ensuring the industry’s competitiveness.

Practical training is offered in-house and on-site at Steloy’s facilities in Bronkhorstspruit, while the theoretical training, consisting of further education and training level N1, N2 and N3 programmes, is provided by the Ekurhuleni East College, on Johannesburg’s East Rand.

On completion of the two-year training programmes and a trade test, the graduates are qualified artisans with a trade test certificate.

To date, six Steloy employees have registered to participate in the course, says Reeves.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Oil and Gas News
Article contains comments
The governing African National Congress (ANC) has emphasised the need for transparency and affordability when determining the “optimal energy mix” for South Africa, while also underlining the importance of economic and environmental sustainability. Delegates to the...
Tanzania has initiated a $1.33-billion project to pipe natural gas to its commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and help relieve chronic power shortages in the city, the president's office said in a statement on Sunday. The 532 km (330 mile) Mtwara-Dar es Salaam...
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (Opec's) policy meeting in December will welcome Indonesia's return as a member, complicating a decision by the producer group on whether to change its oil output target. After refusing to cut output last year,...
Latest News
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti
Updated 3 hours ago Agri SA is calling for urgent clarification of the correct wording and interpretation of the governing party’s decision, whereby the 50/50 proposal, which requires farmers to hand over half their land to their workers, has been accepted as African National Congress...
Updated 4 hours ago South Africa should not be allowed to create new coal-fired power stations if it is to tackle its carbon emissions and meet the global goal of keeping temperature increases below 2 °C, says South African environmental and antinuclear organisation Earthlife Africa...
Updated 4 hours ago Integrated information and communications technology (ICT) systems provider Datacentrix has lifted earnings attributable to shareholders for the six months ended August 31, by 15.4% to R54.5-million and headline earnings per share (HEPS) by 14% to 27.7c, benefitting...
Recent Research Reports
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
This Week's Magazine
Engen Driver Wellness, the mobile health awareness initiative, continues to make a tangible difference to the lives of the country’s bulk truck operators with increased driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores. Now in its fifth year,...
BUSINESS LEADERS PANEL Adam Craker, Ivor Chipkin, Alan Hosking and Allon Raiz at the 6th IQ Business Active Growth conference
At the sixth IQ Business conference held in Sandton last month, a panel of business leaders and academics advocated that business reclaims the initiative to spur growth in South Africa amid fragmented and haphazard political direction. Management consulting firm IQ...
The building industry is an essential component of the South African economy as it contributes about 15% to the gross fixed investment that drives the economy. However, with the country’s economy going through a tough time currently, this, in turn, reflects on the...
The recipients of the 2015 South African National Energy Association (Sanea)/South African National Energy Development Institute Energy (Sanedi) Awards were announced at a ceremony and banquet in Sandton last month. Sanea chairperson Brian Statham named Exxaro CEO...
ASHER BOHBOT EOH’s corporate goals were originally aspirations, but the company is relevant and is making a difference in the territories it operates in
As South African information technology (IT) firm EOH posted another full year of strong growth, CEO Asher Bohbot, known for his frank words, people-centric management style and stoic humanism, attributed the company’s continued South African and African growth to...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96