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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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.  

Range of medical grade polymers expanded

18th March 2011 International chemicals giant DuPont reports that it has broadened the available range of high-performance polymers with healthcare specific manufacturing applications. These high-grade polymers are intended to support healthcare companies that use polymers to produce new and innovative medical... 

Company ramps up biodiesel catalyst manufacturing capacity

18th March 2011 International chemicals company BASF has announced its intention to build a second sodium methylate production plant in South America. The plant will be located in Argentina, and will be designed to produce about 60 000 t/y of the chemical. 

HIV/Aids programme supports chemicals sector employees

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Regional industry association, the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) in KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, report that it wants to expand an HIV/Aids workplace awareness and treatment programme for member companies’ employees. 

Chemically inert fibre used in propulsion solution

18th March 2011 Wind propulsion technology developer SkySails has applied fibre manufacturer DSM Dyneema’s proprietary ultrahigh molecular-weight polyethylene fibre, reputed to be one of the strongest known synthetic fibres, to create a sustainable propulsion solution, in the form of towing kites for the... 

Focus remains on EPCM after fifty years of service to SA industry

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Engineering company Fluor South Africa reports that it expects to play a significant role in the upgrading of a number of South African fuel refineries, once government has promulgated new fuel quality standards. The company says that it wants to continue focusing on expanding its downstream... 

Plant turnaround achieved in reduced time

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Fluor South Africa is providing construction and turnaround support services to most of the major petrochemicals facilities in South Africa. 

Mining and metals division’s presence grows

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Global engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation reports that it expects its Mining & Metals (M&M) division to significantly increase its contribution to the company’s turnover in South Africa.  

EPCM work for diesel processing unit

26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that it was awarded the Hijau Gasoil Phase-1 project by petrochemicals giant Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaysia), Malaysia.

The project comprises a new 6 000 t/d diesel processing unit, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Fluor will perform... 

$2,1bn contract for nuclear decontamination

26th November 2010 Engineering giant Fluor Corporation reports that a Fluor-led team has been awarded a ten-year, $2,1-billion contract to decontaminate and decommission the Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) at Portsmouth, in Pike County, Ohio, US. 

Petroleum company 
appoints distributor

19th March 2010 South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum has appointed chemical marketer and distributor the Chemicals & Marketing (C&M) Company as the official distributor of Engen’s full range of lubricants and selected chemical products in Malawi.  

Local company takes 
delivery of new tanker

19th March 2010 Timber preservative and fire retardant protection product company Arch Wood Protection South Africa has taken delivery of a new tanker. 

Poor rail infrastructure weighs on chemicals sector

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 One of the biggest challenges facing the chemicals sector is the deficiency in South Africa’s rail infrastructure, says Chemicals Sector Expert Advisory Committee (CSEAC) chairperson Dr Tshenge Demana.  

New carbon footprint guidelines for chemicals industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will be releasing a carbon footprint guideline document later this month, as part of its Responsible Care initiative.  

Increasing safety in industrial plants

19th March 2010 Industrial gases are used in confined spaces throughout the world, however, site accidents still happen too often, with potentially fatal consequences, warns gases and welding company African Oxygen (Afrox) manufacturing industries business manager Johan Pieterse. 

Local energy industry faces several challenges

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 South African company Hatch Africa Energy says that the professional energy industry is facing several challenges, including a number of large contracts, with the potential to leave a legacy in the country, leaving local shores to be engineered elsewhere. 

Eastern Cape incubator tackles quality control for SMEs

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 Quality control in the products produced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge, but chemical technology incubator Chemin has various strategies in place to tackle this issue. 

High-profile projects under way in SA

19th March 2010 Several high-profile projects that are in operation in South Africa, set to improve the country’s fuel and chemical reserves, electricity generation and petrochemical transport.  

Growth awaits downstream chemicals sector

20th March 2009 The downstream sector of South Africa’s chemicals industry has been identified as having substantial growth and employment potential by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa. 

Phosphate producer 
considers JSE listing

20th March 2009 Processor and producer of phosphate and phosphoric acid, Foskor, is considering listing on the JSE. 

Improved competitiveness key to EU chemicals 
industry survival

20th March 2009 The overall competitiveness of the European Union’s (EU’s) chemicals industry, compared with other regions of the world, must be enhanced, says the EU High Level Group (HLG) on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry in a report issued in February in Brussels. 

Synthetic-fuels plant to 
upgrade electricity 
generation 

20th March 2009 Multinational US technology and services conglomerate General Electric (GE) has signed a R500-million contract to upgrade electricity generation turbines at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s synthetic-fuels plant at Secunda, in Mpumalanga. 

Pump manufacturer reinforces petrochemical offering rebranding

By: Liam Morrison     20th March 2009 International vacuum pump manufacturer and supplier Busch Vacuum is actively rebranding its petrochemical pump offering in South Africa and internationally. 

EU outlines priorities for chemicals industry development

20th March 2009 The European Union (EU) outlined in February key factors crucial for sustaining the success of the 27-member bloc's chemicals industry, which employs 1,2-million people and is a world trade leader. 

Sasol chemicals at a glance

20th March 2009 Sasol's chemical businesses produce a variety of commodity and higher-value petrochemicals, fertilisers, mining explosives and pipeline gas. Its products are derived from the beneficiation (the reduction of the sulphur and mineral content) of gas coal at Sasolburg, from feedstock purchased from... 

Chemicals company pushes ahead with capex programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2009 JSE-listed chemicals and explosives firm AECI will continue its capital expenditure programme, despite the current depressed economic climate, CEO Graham Edwards commented earlier this year.  

SA foundry carves international niche in petrochemicals industry

20th March 2009 South African foundry Steloy Castings has established itsself as a global supplier of high-alloy steel components to the local and international oil refining and petrochemicals industry. 

SA chemicals and petrochemicals industry in focus 

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th March 2009 South Africa’s chemical and petrochemicals industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

Company reports solid earnings 
despite global 
economic crisis

20th March 2009 At chemical company BASF’ yearly press conference in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in February, BASF chairman Dr Jurgen Hambrecht explained that the company is maintaining its solid earnings in the current economic recession, owing to the fact that it has a diversified portfolio and that it has... 

Chemicals association aids energy saving

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th March 2009 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) states that it will continue to support the current process of economic implementing energy efficiency measures. 

Local company awarded demineralisation plant contract

21st March 2008 Engineering services company VWS Envig has been awarded a contract to design and construct a demineralisation plant for chemical manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives. 

Ion-exchange subsidiary ceases production

21st March 2008 Speciality chemicals company Lanxess Corporation will discontinue production of ion- exchange resins and related products at its wholly owned subsidiary Lanxess Sybron Chemicals effective May 2, 2008, at its facility in Birmingham, New Jersey, US. This will affect about 90 jobs. 

Green chemicals pave the way

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Drilling and mining chemicals supplier and manufacturer Samchem is increasing its development of environment-friendly products, Samchem head of research and development Dr Rakhi Pathak tells Engineering News. 

New sulphuric acid plant under consideration

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Chemicals manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives, owned by the AECI Group, is considering building another sulphuric acid plant, owing to increased demand for sulphuric acid worldwide and more appropriately in Southern Africa, Chemical Initiatives MD Steve Sackett tells Engineering News.  

Adhesives research used for photovoltaic modules

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Adhesives and sealants products manufacturer for industry sectors, Henkel is investigating and testing a number of options to increase energy efficiency with solar panels and associated adhesives worldwide, Henkel South Africa MD Dr Michael Zipp tells Engineering News.  

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