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Apr 08, 2016
INTEGRAL PLANT COMPONENTS Shell and tube heat exchangers are particularly prevalent in Rankine cycle power generation with regeneration, as used in most modern power stations
Local manufacturer and maintenance service provider of utility-scale pulverised coal steam generators, Steinmüller Africa, is now offering turnkey solutions for both shell and tube heat exchangers; both the header-type and the tubesheet-type are offered. These heat...
Apr 08, 2016
STORAGE VOLUME INCREASED Cenergy Solutions ANG systems allow facilities and vehicles to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures
Cylinders and conversion kits providers Cenergy Solutions is working with compressed natural gas fuel station ReFuel, at CleanWorld’s biomethane plant, to store as much as four times more natural gas at low pressures with its adsorbent natural gas storage system....
Apr 01, 2016
JSE- and Aim-listed oil and gas company SacOil signed a cooperation agreement with the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) last month for the possible construction of a gas processing facility near the Rovuma basin, in Mozambique, as well as a 2 600-km-long,...
Mar 25, 2016
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion
With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the...
Mar 18, 2016
ITT FLOWJET DIAPHRAGM PUMP One of the 400 pumps and accessories stocked by RS Components
Amid depressed commodity prices and expected increased interest rates, companies and government entities often spend less on capital projects, resulting in fewer new pumps being bought, but more focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), says industrial...
Mar 07, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING The merging of business units will enable BASF to achieve efficiency gains and create additional market opportunities
Multinational chemicals manufacturer BASF is reorganising its paper, water, oilfield and mining units within the performance chemicals division to form a new global business unit in order to foster customer and industry focus and increase competitiveness through the...
Mar 04, 2016
Compounding company Continental Compounders has expanded its range and product offering by adding polypropylene and nylon (PA66 and PA6) to its local compound range.
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PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY SAPREF provides training opportunities to 70 pupils as part of its R18-million skills and development program
The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes bursaries for university studies in the fields of engineering and...
Mar 04, 2016
DOUBLING UP Specifications indicate the fitting of double mechanical seals to pumps transferring hazardous fluids
Mechanical and industrial seal supplier AESSEAL’s sales at its Secunda branch have doubled year-on-year owing to petrochemical refineries replacing their single mechanical seals with a double mechanical design in order to comply with stringent safety legislation. The...
Mar 04, 2016
IN WITH THE NEW Dr Khotso Mokhele joins AECI as a nonexecutive director
Specialty chemical group AECI announced the appointment of Dr Khotso Mokhele last month as a nonexecutive director of the company. Mokhele joins the company’s board which comprises of eight non-executive members namely Schalk Engelbrecht, Richard Dunne, Zellah Fuphe,...
Mar 04, 2016
MAINTENANCE IS KEY Effective maintenance reduces capital expenditure of equipment
The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this,...
Mar 04, 2016
Synthesis and manufacturing company Saltigo a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, is experiencing a marked increase in demand for icaridin, an active ingredient in insect repellents which the company markets for its global market.  Saltigo...
Mar 04, 2016
FIGHTING MALARIA Bayer’s two-way insecticide Fludora Fusion aims to be an effective solution for African disease control programmes to address the challenge of insecticide resistance
Leverkusen-based, multinational life sciences company Bayer expects its Fludora Fusion to be readily available to the African market towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 to combat diseases such as malaria. Bayer sub-Saharan Africa divisional head for environmental...
Mar 04, 2016
CHEMICAL NETWORK Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries
Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive...
Mar 04, 2016
MAINTAINANCE EXPERTS ROPED IN Skyriders provides cost-effective rope access for petrochemical tank maintenance solutions
Rope access solutions provider Skyriders is currently providing maintenance solutions on the deluge fire sprinkler system installed at one of South Africa’s largest petrochemicals companies’ fuel and gas tanks as part of a five-year contract.  Skyriders was...
Feb 29, 2016
JSE-listed Accéntuate saw a 53% year-on-year increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 5.75c for the six months ended December 31, 2015, while  normalised HEPS  showed an increase of 63%. Accéntuate CEO Fred Platt noted at a media briefing that, while...
Feb 23, 2016
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS....
Feb 19, 2016
enX CEO Paul Mansour
JSE-listed Industrial energy group enX has acquired Durban-based reseller and distributor of polymer, rubber, fillers and specialised chemicals West African International (WAI) for R250-million. The acquisition of WAI, which also distributes oil lubricants produced...
Feb 12, 2016
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered
Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year.
Feb 12, 2016
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park
Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa...
Feb 12, 2016
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards
The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait).
Feb 12, 2016
JOHN THOMSON The focus on training at the CIS will provide useful networking platforms for employers, government, training organisations and other stakeholders
Having identified the lack of training opportunities as a rising concern in the oil industry, the biennial Cape Industries Showcase (CIS), scheduled to take place from July 13 to 15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will focus on skills development...
Feb 12, 2016
Swedish lubrication systems company SKF have been given the approval by relevant authorities to take over South Africa-based lubrication system suppliers Lincoln Lubricants.
Feb 11, 2016
Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa
Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa believes “simplistic” correlations of the company’s performance to the oil price will become less relevant in coming years as the revenue and profit contribution of its chemicals business rises in line with its large North...
Feb 05, 2016
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa
Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not...
Jan 29, 2016
PROJECT IN PILOT PRODUCTION PHASE The discovery of natural gas in the Amersfoort and Volksrust regions is a first of its kind in South Africa
The Afro Energy joint venture initiative between South Africa-based company Badimo Gas and the Austrailia-based gas exploration company Kinetiko Energy is focusing on the monetisation of natural gas in coals and sandstones at Amersfoort and Volksrust located in the...
Jan 29, 2016
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally
With oxygen constituting about 21% air and a gaseous-specific gravity of 1.1 kPa, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals provider Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen – which can be stored as gas –  and ozone technologies that can...
Jan 28, 2016
Energy and chemical group Sasol warned on Thursday that its first-half earnings could decline by as much as 28% when compared with the same period last year, owing mainly to lower oil and chemical prices. Headline earnings a share for the six months ended December...
Dec 11, 2015
Bongani Nqwababa
Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend...
Dec 04, 2015
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable
Sasol's search for CEO David Constable’s replacement has almost been concluded, chairperson Mandla Gantsho told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Friday. Sasol earlier this year announced that Constable had decided not to renew...
Nov 27, 2015
TOP 500 Bentley's list of global infrastructure owners provides an understanding of the dollar value of assets owned by some of the world’s top owner-operators
The South African government has been ranked thirty-third out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, up two places from last year with a 0.55% increase in its infrastructure assets to $81.03-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets....
Nov 24, 2015
Despite a bleak economic outlook, JSE-listed Omnia is confident of returning to an upward growth trajectory after posting a double-digit drop in earnings for the six months to September 30. Shares in the specialised chemical products and services provider plunged...
Nov 13, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
MOBILE TESTING RIG EnerMech’s pressure safety valve testing rigs provide a rapid response service to valves clients in the gas, iron, steel and chemicals industries
Mechanical engineering services provider EnerMech has invested R5.3-million in developing a door-to-door valves service for South Africa’s industrial services and energy sectors.   The international mechanical engineering group has equipped two mobile pressure safety...
Nov 05, 2015
The South African government has been ranked thirty-third out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, up two places from last year with a 0.55% increase in its infrastructure assets to $81.03-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets....
Oct 29, 2015
Gold Fields and Sasol have clinched the top awards in PwC’s Building Public Trust Awards: Excellence in the field of tax reporting in 2015. Gold Fields was the overall winner in the category for tax reporting for multinational companies, while Sasol was announced the...
Oct 28, 2015
Listed integrated energy and chemical group Sasol’s synfuels business produced eight-million barrels of refined product in the first quarter of the current financial year. The company said a planned shutdown at Sasol Synfuels operation affected production in the...
Oct 23, 2015
CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months
The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the...
Oct 23, 2015
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market
Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces...
Oct 23, 2015
Based on its recent analysis of the lubricants industry international growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Shell Lubricants was given the 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership, the consultancy announced last month. “This...
Oct 23, 2015
South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62...
Oct 23, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and...
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