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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Wine producer to establish ethanol fuel plant in Western Cape 

21st March 2014 Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near Vredendal. The customised,... 

Chemicals companies commit to Responsible Care

21st March 2014 The South African branch of global chemicals company BASF signed the Responsible Care (RC) pledge with Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (Caia), in Midrand, in December last year. BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara head Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona together with a BASF... 

Accord to improve safety status of chemicals sector

21st March 2014 The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013. The accord was signed by the DoL; the Chemical and Allied Industry... 

Chemicals group inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO David Constable and the South... 

New modular storage system limits lubricant contamination

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) launched engineering products manufacturer and supplier Omsa’s L–shaped 920 ℓ tank, at the end of 2013. Through BMG’s acquisition of OMSA in 2012, BMG’s Fluid Power division has secured several filtration products, making it more competitive. 

Company treats 25 000 t of contaminated soil

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South African environmental management products and services company Procon Environmental Technologies successfully rehabilitated 25 000 t of soil contaminated by a major diesel spillage at a site near Tzaneen, in Limpopo, the company announced in February. The company achieved this by making use... 

Supplementing maintenance resources growing trend in petrochemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Proactive maintenance is important to ensure the productivity and sustainability of petrochemical companies, with leaders in the field opting to supplement their maintenance resources with outsourced expertise and equipment, which allows them to concentrate on their core business, says welding-... 

Small market share challenge for SA sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The South African chemicals and petrochemicals sector produces only 1% of the total global market’s consumption, despite the industry being the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with a refining efficiency of 85%, says Frost & Sullivan chemicals research associate Patrick Nkomo. 

New Sapia chairperson highlights focus areas for 2013

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The most significant challenges that the South African petroleum industry will face this year include the security of fuel supply, changes to the transformation framework and cost-recovery models for cleaner fuels, newly elected 2013 chairperson of the South African Petroleum Industry Association... 

Greening pilot at three African sites completed

22nd March 2013 Downstream-focused petroleum products group Engen will focus on greening more of its retail sites in its 19 territories across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, then turn to its depots and offices across the group in the future. 

8 000 learners, unemployed gain from billboard recycling campaign

22nd March 2013 Petrochemicals company BP’s first Ads to Bags donation, which has given the vinyl skins from its old advertising billboards a second life as useful school products, reached 8 000 learners this year. 

PED assures safety for petrochemicals equipment

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Global supplier of high-alloy steel components Steloy Castings credits its share of the international and South African petrochemicals market to conforming with the stringent quality-assurance requirements necessitated by the petrochemicals industry, in addition to the standards of the European... 

Tender bids wanted for clean fuels project in Kuwait

22nd March 2013 Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) held a pretender meeting on February 10, for its $18-billion Clean Fuels project at the Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries. KNPC invited international engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies to bid for the tender by April 2 this... 

Fastener system improves safety of industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The X-BT system offers high performance in corrosive environments and is best suited to fastening solutions in the petrochemicals industry, fastening systems manufacturer and supplier Hilti tells Engineering News. 

Adequate safety management on the rise in chemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Companies that use and manufacture hazardous chemicals are realising the importance of having a chemicals management system in place, as being proactive rather than reactive and implementing best-practice requirements for the safe management of chemicals puts them in an advantageous position,... 

Trusted combination used for waterproofing Namibian water features

22nd March 2013 Chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a proven combination of two of its products for the waterproofing of water features at Namibia’s popular Norotshama River Resort set on the banks of the Orange river about 60 km from the South African border, which was completed in November... 

The OMNIA Group – the secure choice

By: sue charlton     7th December 2012 “The OMNIA Group is diversified with specialised solutions to the mining, agricultural and chemicals markets, while at the same time creating customer wealth by leveraging knowledge. The group, which has always had roots in the fertiliser and agricultural sector, turns 60 in 2013 and prides... 

Volatile crude oil price leads to slow SA chemicals market growth

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 South Africa’s chemicals industry is experiencing slow growth of about 2.2% a year as a result of volatile crude oil prices, global consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan tells Engineering News.  

SA chemicals, petrochemicals industry to grow by 4% this year

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 A recent surge in the share prices of chemicals and petrochemicals producer Sasol, chemical services provider Omnia and chemicals and explosives company AECI, points to the growth of South Africa’s chemicals and petrochemicals sectors, says Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA)... 

Global chemicals group to invest €40m in KZN plant

23rd March 2012 Germany-based speciality chemicals company Lanxess is investing €40-million in the construction of a carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration unit, to be built at its South African site in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal.  

International company eyes African growth

23rd March 2012 Multinational chemicals company BASF is planning to more than double its sales in Africa by 2020 and it has opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve its customers in sub-Saharan and East Africa. 

New demoulding product to improve concrete surface quality

23rd March 2012 Construction chemicals solutions provider Chryso South Africa has introduced an environmental-friendly, biodegradable and vegetable-based demoulding oil.  

Refineries corrosion damage mechanisms discussed at conference

23rd March 2012 Corroding infrastructure is costing the South African economy about 5% of its gross national product; however, corrosion costs can be reduced by up to 25% if proper inspections are carried out by industries, says the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) president Vanessa Sealy-Fisher.  

Petroleum group’s maths, science schools continue to impress

23rd March 2012 Malaysia-based petroleum group Engen, which has established eight maths and science schools across South Africa, says its Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme achieved a 96.5% pass rate nationally last year, an increase of 3.5% compared with 2010. This is also better than the 70.2%... 

Gas, chemicals supplier wins accolade

23rd March 2012 South African industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals manufacturer and supplier Air Products has been declared a preferred supplier to industrial services provider A Hak Industrial Services, following the commitment and flexibility it exhibited during a petrochemicals facility... 

Partnership yields positive results through learning programme

23rd March 2012 Multinational energy corporation Chevron and nonprofit organisation Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP), have celebrated the success of their Learning Centre initiative in the Sekhukhune district, in Limpopo, and officially handed the project over to the Limpopo Department of... 

SA can contribute to East African hydrocarbon boom, but risks remain

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 South Africa can become an important player in the East African oil and gas boom by investing in oil and gas projects, as well as sharing its economic knowledge with the sector and region, says research and strategy firm Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI).  

Chemicals company commits to global initiative

23rd March 2012 Chemicals supplier Industrial Distillers & Refiners has signed the global chemicals industry sustainability initiative the Responsible Care Public Commitment, which commits it to implement the guiding principles of the initiative.  

Fuel conditioner to prolong fuel system components’ life

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 Fuel degradation, caused largely by the ingress of water, poses a significant challenge to all fuel users, resulting in higher costs as engines have to be serviced more frequently, increased plant downtime and higher carbon emissions, warns fuel additives distributor Liquid Engineering... 

Planning, quality control critical in the chemicals industry

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Continuous quality assurance and accurate planning are key factors in achieving efficient supply chain management in the chemicals industry, consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly reports. It is critical to know exactly what chemicals, and what grades of... 

Demand for SA fertilisers set to grow

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals sector, mainly comprising fertilisers, base chemicals and petrochemicals, is expected to experience slower growth this year, risk analysis firm Coface reports. Coface industry analyst Johan Coetzee says that the fertiliser industry experienced a relatively profitable... 

Chemicals sector to show moderate growth

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals industry is expected to grow by about 0,5% to 1,5% above the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) during this year, industry analyst Frost & Sullivan reports. In his 2011 budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan outlined that real GDP growth is projected to... 

Product stewardship key to ensuring safety

18th March 2011 Chemicals safety initiatives in emerging economies in Africa are being hampered by serious gaps in the availability of skills and a lack of capacity in the management and stewardship of chemicals and chemical products, says the Zambia-based Africa regional representative for the Strategic... 

SMMEs thrive with business incubator’s assistance

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Business incubator Sasol ChemCity reports that its efforts to support new and existing businesses have resulted in more than 85% of those small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the chemicals, energy and related services sector still being in business one year after receiving... 

Aggressive chemicals-resistant pump introduced

18th March 2011 Equipment supplier Air & Vacuum Technologies reports that it has introduced a new chemicals-resistant pump to the Southern African market. The new Minichem pump, from UK-based original-equipment manufacturer Flotronic Pumps, is intended for customers which need to transfer aggressive chemicals... 

Sasol wax reactor key to doubling output

18th March 2011 South African petrochemicals group Sasol says a 712 t hard wax reactor, which was recently delivered to its Sasol One site, in Sasolburg, is a key component of the group’s plans to double its hard wax production capacity in South Africa. 

New chemical-resistant pump distributed in South Africa

18th March 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Filtration division has introduced the Pall Ultipleat stress resistant technology (SRT) Pall filter unit (PFU) filters, which can be used in chemicals plants, to the local market.  

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