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Refineries & Retail News

Zambia energy regulator hikes fuel price for retail consumers

By: Reuters     17th October 2017 Zambia announced an increase in the retail price of fuel on Tuesday, citing rising international oil prices and depreciation of the kwacha. The pump price of petrol would be increased to 12.97 kwacha per litre from 11.67 kwacha, while that of diesel would rise to 11.09 kwacha per litre from 9.87... 

DA to report minister Brown to public protector and ethics committee over Eskom contract

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for any role she played in awarding lucrative oil contracts worth R1.2-million from Eskom “to her lover and close business associate” despite their lack of expertise in... 

Energy Minister Kubayi denies her secondment of Zulu to fuel fund was illegal

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she had no doubt about the legality of her secondment of former director general Thabane Zulu to the Strategic Fuel Fund as its acting chief executive officer, but stopped short of assuring them it had been approved by the board of the entity.... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales
SPECIAL DESIGN The personal protective equipment was designed to not restrict operator movement and flexibility

Sale of South Africa’s strategic fuel stocks heads to court

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The question of whether South Africa can access strategic fuel stocks sold way below market price in a controversial deal made in late 2015 will be answered by a court of law, Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) acting chief executive Thabani Zulu said on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines... 

Transnet upgrades fuel pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 Transnet’s has commissioned its upgraded 55 km multiproduct pipeline, which will enable it to move four petroleum products from Durban to Johannesburg. When the 24-inch trunk-line was first commissioned in 2012 it transported only diesel. 

Petrol price to increase by 29c a litre in October

By: Reuters     2nd October 2017 The retail price of petrol in South Africa will increase by 2.1% from Wednesday, while the price of wholesale diesel will rise by 3.6%, the energy department said on Monday. The price of petrol will rise by 29c to R14.01 a litre in the commercial hub of Gauteng province, while diesel will go up... 

Petrol price to increase by 29c a litre in October

Blue Chip Lubricants opens plant, seals empowerment deal as it aims for fifth of the market 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2017 Blue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The company will be aided in this ambition by the sale of 51% of the business to black-owned firm... 

Blue Chip Lubricants opens plant, seals empowerment deal as it aims for fifth of the market
Lutramart director Sandile Koza chats to Engineering News Online about the benefits of the new Johannesburg-based blending plant

Fuel retailers need to consider rapidly changing industry dynamics

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 A new approach to sustaining the fuel retail industry is required as technology and new trends are set to disrupt the way retailers operate, Absa franchise Africa head Dumisani Bengu said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel Retailers Association Conference, held on the sidelines of the... 

Nigeria unlikely to cut fuel sulphur level anytime soon – Rainoil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Nigeria's efforts to cut sulphur levels in its fuel imports are unlikely to succeed this year, the head of a major Nigerian downstream company told the Platts refining conference in Brussels. The government has delayed its target to slash allowed sulphur on imports to 50 parts per million (ppm)... 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown
SHORT-TERM SOLUTION Nearly 100 workers from various international locations needed to be trained and housed for the duration of the three-month project

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

High-quality weld  preparation for oil  and gas industry
SAFETY AND PRECISION The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech commissioned a second firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) unit for a South Africa-based crude oil storage depot last month, providing a highly portable and flexible solution to complement the depot’s existing large-scale foam and water cannon system. 

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries
SAFETY MADE EASY DoseTech has seen eager demand from South African oil refineries for its mobile fire-protection equipment

Retractable spray injectors important cost savers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Retractable spray injectors not only increase the ease and safety of performing inspection and maintenance activities at oil refineries but can also potentially reduce operational downtime and contribute to significant cost savings, says spraying systems provider Monitor Engineering MD Grant... 

Retractable spray injectors important  cost savers
KEY COOLING Spray injectors inject liquids or gases into process streams, providing critical cooling, mixing, quenching, washing, humidifying, gas cooling or chemical reactions

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Thermal spray  coatings provide  protection for refineries
PROTECTIVE LAYER Coatings produced with thermal spraying are formed when millions of particles are deposited on top of each other and are bonded to the substrate

Well-managed upgrades essential at African refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 With demand for cleaner fuel products driving refinery upgrades in Africa, turnaround planning must be carefully managed to eliminate the risks of costly overruns and production losses, which can threaten the economic viability of the projects, says project management consultancy Turner &... 

Well-managed upgrades essential  at African refineries
Photo by Bloomberg
KEEPING UP Refineries are under pressure to become more environment-friendly in respect of their direct impact on the environment and the impact of the fuels they produce

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on  refinery upgrades
TEAM EFFORT The combined Chevron and MegChem teams worked together closely to complete the upgrades

LPG production steady and in demand, says supplier

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 In the past unscheduled shutdowns affected South Africa’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), but this year, local production is steady, says LPG supplier Easigas. Easigas commercial technical manager Dave de Wit points out that supply should improve, considering the development of terminal facilities... 

LPG production steady and in demand, says supplier
DAVE DE WIT Easigas has the capability and experience to evaluate and assist in optimising a customer’s gas equipment

BP Southern Africa appoints first black female CEO

By: African News Agency      28th August 2017 BP Southern Africa (BPSA) on Monday appointed chartered accountant, Priscillah Mabelane, as its new chief executive. Mabelane is the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multinational company, marking a significant milestone in the organisation and industry’s... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap
KLINGER TRAINING ACADEMY The trainees have access to a fully equipped workshop, and gain both practical and theoretical knowledge

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised
Photo by Reuters
INDUSTRIAL ROLEMODEL Liquefied petroleum gas industry could play a strategic role in the establishment of a gas economy as key lessons can be learnt from this industry 

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
Photo by Bloomberg
OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks 

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she was considering criminal charges relating to the sale of 10.3-million barrels of South Africa’s strategic fuel reserves. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, Kubayi again confirmed the fuel stocks were “sold” and not rotated... 

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Renewed interest in delayed Uganda oil refinery plan

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 The much-delayed crude oil refinery in Uganda is back on track after eight international companies expressed interest in implementing the $4-billion project. Four of the bidders have been shortlisted, and the Uganda government intends to select one of them before July, eight months after the... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Fuel price to rise next week

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 The Department of Energy has confirmed that the price of petrol in Gauteng will increase by 49c per litre on May 3. This is due to the international product prices of petrol increasing during the recent period, as well as the rand having depreciated against the US dollar. 

Fuel price to rise next week

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications

     21st April 2017 Last month, US-based Emerson Automation Solutions introduced the Paine 328-12-0010 pressure and temperature data logger and digital transmitter for process measurement and data logging in downhole drilling applications. The company notes that downhole drilling operators need to measure pressure... 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications
PAINE 328-12-0010 It measures pressure and temperature with full-scale accuracy of about 0.05% and is able to withstand operating temperatures from -40 °C to 175 °C

Expect more oil price volatility over the coming months – Vitol

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 A continuing massive stock overhang could contribute to more volatility in the oil price over the coming months, says energy and commodities company Vitol global analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the yearly conference of the African Refiners Association (ARA), in Cape Town, that despite... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts
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