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South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

Pumps for trucks

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A FURTHER seven progressing-cavity pumps have been delivered to Sasol Mining Explosive (SMX) of Witbank, Mpumalanga, for installation in the company’s down-the-hole explosive trucks. The pumps will be used for on-site mixing and dispensing of an emulsion-type explosive directly in to... 

R50m-worth of SA-made transformers destined for Nigeria

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R50-million order for the supply of 21 power transformers totalling 1 140 MVA for installation at various substations within Nigeria has been awarded to South African transformer manufacturer ABB Powertech Transformers by the Nigerian Energy Power Authority. All 21 transformers are scheduled to... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

Steel giant tackles gas emissions

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Steel giant Iscor has reportedly become the first company in South Africa to launch a project in partnership with foreign firms to study methods to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, which are produced at its steelworks as a result of the its commercial... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Gas firm grows

By: System Author     26th March 1999 SCOPE for growth at Fedgas, the South African arm of German international industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and technology group Messer, has been boosted by a global restructuring of the company. Changes in the regional structure of the Messer group place Africa and the Middle East... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

South African oil plant for Saudi Arabia

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R2,6-million order from Saudi Arabia for a mobile transformer oil regeneration plant is being completed by South African company Fluidex Engineering, Engineering News can today report. “The plant, which employs our unique technology, is currently at sea, and will be commissioned for the... 

Oil-filtration benefits are punted

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry needs to be made aware of the monetary and other advantages of oil filtration instead of simply throwing out used oil, reports Chemilite GM Craig Allport. He explains that the company applies a process whereby machines are used to recycle and purify oil by removing solids,... 

Site cleared for R1-billion SA–Asian petchem plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R1-billion polyethelene joint venture (JV) in Malaysia between South Africa’s Polifin, Malaysia’s Petronas and DSM of the Netherlands is merely the first step in Polifin’s strategy to penetrate the Asia/Pacific region, Engineering News can today report. “This project... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

R40-million coker plant revamp plan

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for the R40-million revamp of the delayed coker plant in Secunda is under way at present. Awarded in October last year, Lummus-EMS, in conjunction with Sastech, is the contracting party, providing project management, project controls, procurement and process engineering. ABB Lummus... 

More developed land for Free State industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Through an unusual public–private partnership (PPP), a solution has been found to develop large portions of land for industrial and other use, which have come to a halt in many regions as local authorities’ and developers’ budgets and resources diminish. With 13 of the 280... 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

State loosening oil grip

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE first steps in the restructuring and possible privatisation of parts of the controversial Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been taken. It is understood that moves are under way to separate the strategic, regulatory, promotional, administrative and commercial aspects of the fund so as to... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

New customer service initiative launced

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With customer service becoming an increasingly important component of the business environment, one of the leading lubricant specialists, Castrol SA, has introduced a customer service initiative, Castrol +Plus, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa. The service aims to assist the... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Firm restructures into business streams

By: System Author     19th February 1999 One of the world leaders in specialised lubrication technology Castrol is in the process of restructuring into global business streams in place of geographic regions. The business streams cover the consumer, commercial, industrial and marine markets. Burmah Castrol believes the new structures... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

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