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Mozambique gas in South Africa by 2004

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The long-awaited gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa is likely to receive the nod next year as petrochemical firm Sasol prepares to make natural gas an integral part of its hydrocarbon feedstock mix. 

Gas-to-liquids projects imminent

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The development phase for the Sasol-Chevron gas-to-liquid venture in Nigeria is coming to a head and the project should move into the front-end engineering design within months. 

Big gas plans for Jo’burg

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Joint venture Egoli Gas, the new owner of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s Metro Gas, plans to invest some R276-million into the gas operation – in sharp contrast with the R1-million the city has invested in it over the last three years. 

Another South African synthetic oil story

By: System Author     25th August 2000 South African synthetic oil pioneer is today producing some nine-million litres of synthetic oil a year. 

When the Reds revolution comes

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Big ‘advanced’ nitrogen plant

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Industrial and healthcare gas supplier Afrox’s new R40-million 40-t-a-day nitrogen pressure-swing-adsorption plant is to be commissioned this month. 

Engineering complete for alcohol plant

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Construction of South African petrochemicals giant subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries’s billion-rand world-scale detergent alcohol plant is due to start in October. 

Hydrogen plant outperforms specs

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The new R20-million high-purity hydrogen pressure swing absorption plant, established in Sasolburg as a joint venture between industrial gas firm Air Products and Sasol Chemical Industries, is outperforming its design specifications by 20%. 

Gas cylinder danger stressed

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Design of dissolved acetylene gas cylinders for welding and flame cutting has remained virtually the same for a hundred years. 

SA-Russian project pact

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The engineering consultancy subsidiary of Eskom Enterprises, TSI, is jointly exploring global opportunities with Russian industrial group Energomash. 

Gas body adopts global model

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Members of South Africa’s multibillion-rand compressed gases industry stand to gain from the facelift of the South African Gas Industry’s Technical Committee – now known as the Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association. 

Community development benefits SA

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Sasol projects update 

Local company provides turnkey solutions for petrochemical giant

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Sasol projects update 

Mossgas know-how for Oz gas project

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Half of the world’s 5 000-trillion cubic feet of gas reserves may never reach world markets, because they are located in less-accessible and less-developed regions. 

World lessons as SA embarks on energy sector reformation

By: System Author     12th May 2000 While South Africa’s energy sector prepares for a significant shake-up, it is comforting to know that the country is not the first to be dealing with transformation of this environment. 

Project Sky High resurrected

By: System Author     12th May 2000 South African petrochemical company Sasol has re-embarked on feasibility studies for the further expansion of its synthetic fuels plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, a year after the project had been put on ice. 

Cape studies gas spin-offs

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The Western Cape authorities have commissioned an initial study into the potential industrial benefits for areas such as Saldanha and the Cape Metro of access to an envisaged gas pipeline, running from gas fields off the West Coast and the Kudu gas field off the coast of Namibia. 

How top SA corporation will buy R8bn worth of goods, services

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Traditionally, end-user personnel requisition buyers to purchase the goods and services required for a company’s sustained operation. 

Supplier base cut from 100 to 7

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Sasol’s Netgain Project 

Paraffin technology energises rural SA

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Gauteng firm Amazing Amanzi Systems is setting up a chain of regional distribution centres following the launch of its paraffin gas products last month. 

Russians gush at gas pipeline

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Russian pipeline giant Stoytransgaz’s entry into the South African market this month could mean further work for local contractors. 

R1,2-billion for oil, gas search

By: System Author     14th April 2000 The licensing out of prospective oil and gas exploration blocks by Petroleum Agency SA – formerly the petroleum licensing unit of Soekor, the State oil company – has lifted the exploration spend off the South African coast from close to zero to R1,2-billion in less than five years. 

SA brain drain benefits India

By: System Author     14th April 2000 India is doing detailed engineering work which South Africa is no longer able to carry out in the required volume because of the engineering brain drain from the country. 

Mossgas defends foreign contract award

By: System Author     7th April 2000 In response to allegations by elements of local industry that Mossgas’s R2,2-billion drilling and EM gas-field development contract with Dresser-Kellogg had excluded them in favour of foreign suppliers, Mossgas has informed Engineering News that SA companies have been used, unless services... 

NER wants all-embracing rules

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The National Electricity Regulator has called on the government to ensure consistency and compatibility in the regulation of electricity, natural gas and liquid fuels. 

Technology to clean transformer oil

By: System Author     24th March 2000 In Canada, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has developed a new approach to cleaning the oil in electrical transformers. 

Design starts for Nigerian fuel plant

By: System Author     17th March 2000 The Sasol-Chevron gas-to-liquid venture in Nigeria should move into the front-end design phase during the second quarter of 2000. 

South Africa to import urea

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Significant operational changes for AECI and former AECI companies resulting from the past eighteen months of corporate restructuring are due to take place in the final week of March. 

Gas-fired power to reduce water and coal needs

By: System Author     18th February 2000 A 1 000 MW gas-fired power station being probed by Cape Metropolitan Area Local Authorities and Shell SA would be the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Yet another autocat spin-off

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Japanese company NGK Insulators is considering a ‘substantial investment’ to install and operate a ceramics shuttle kiln at Airport Industria in the Western Cape. 

New drying method

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Oils & lubricants 

Italian lubricants slide into South Africa

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Oils & lubricants 

Relaunched pump for oil blending

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Oils & lubricants 

Pilot sites sought in greenhouse-gas fight

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s main power generator, Eskom, is committed to the ‘clean development mechanism’ concept to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while promoting national development. 

Board fuels registration debate

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas Manufacture 

New ozone decolourisation technology

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas manufacture, distribution, supply and servicing 

SA gas plant one of world’s most complex

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas manufacture, distribution, supply and servicing 

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