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Trump said to mull 2015 grid emergency law to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2018 The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official. Members of the... 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

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. 

Trump’s latest executive orders may be burdensome for oil

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2017 Oil-services giant Halliburton told employees to stay put. An oil trade group is concerned by the proposed border tax. Another global oil company is reconsidering whether to place a crude trader in Houston. And universities that train energy workers across the country estimated that hundreds of... 

S African manufacturer of steel tube and pipes commissions new mill

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 The new capital expenditure (capex) project to replace two older mills with one new mill at steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s plant, in Elandsfontein, in Johannesburg, will be concluded in early 2017 with the installation of a fully automated mill capable of producing 60 000 t/y of pipe at... 

South Africa-China partnerships benefit valves industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd September 2016 The valve industry provides a key example of a flourishing South Africa-China partnership, as joint ventures are increasingly being undertaken between Chinese manufacturers and South African importers for the design, manufacture and distribution of high-quality specialised valves, says... 

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

US EPA science panel raises fracking study questions

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2016 A landmark study by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that concluded fracking causes no widespread harm to drinking water is coming under fire – this time, from the agency’s own science advisers. The EPA’s major finding in June’s preliminary report, that there’s no evidence fracking... 

Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) last month supplied 14 Titan severe service ball valves for the second phase of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP). The FTWEP involves the construction of a new wax plant at the... 

Yokogawa Releases Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution

30th June 2015 Yokogawa announces the release of the Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution, a modular software suite that is the product of our over 20 years of practical experience in implementing pipeline management solutions globally. Developed for deployment at the heart of the pipeline operations... 

Fabricator completes retubing project

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Local fabrication company ERD Fab, a division of Gauteng-based structural steel product manufacturer Structa Group, completed a heat-exchanger retubing project in July for energy and petrochemicals group Sasol subsidiary Sasol Polymers at its vinyl chloride monomer plant in Sasolburg, in the Free... 

Popularity of centrifugal pumps range rises

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd October 2014 Sales of the Sunflo range of medium-duty centrifugal pumps have been positive since independent pump supply and equipment repair company  AESPUMP South Africa was appointed as the new local distribution and service agent for the range in May 2013, the company reports. US-based pumps and... 

Reliability contract improves performance

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 A second-term contract to enhance the reliability of 565 pumps at Cape Town-based oil refinery Chevron has been improved through training the site personnel and mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane’s constantly monitoring the pumps. 

Barnes Group Buys Steel Pipe Manufacturer

25th March 2014 South African steel pipe maker Hall Longmore was recently sold to the privately owned Barnes Group following a successful conclusion to negotiations with seller Murray & Roberts and final approval by the Competition Commission. Says Kenny van Rooyen, newly appointed managing director of Hall... 

New US fuel standards aim to cut asthma, heart attacks

By: Reuters     3rd March 2014 The Obama administration on Monday announced new fuel and automobile rules to cut soot, smog and toxic emissions, which it says will reduce asthma and heart attacks in the US. The so-called Tier 3 rules unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been under development since... 

Quality management certification obtained

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2012 Chinese valves designer and manufacturer Neway Valves, locally represented by Industrial and Designer Valves (IDV), obtained ISO/TS 29001 certification in June. IDV sales manager Peter Raubenheimer says this certification defines the quality management system requirements for valves used in the... 


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