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Petchem firm plans gas explosion

21st September 2001 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol expects gas to become a far bigger part of its future growth plans, reporting 6,5% compound growth from this sector over the past four years. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

Development of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2001 This column is about the above, but before we get into the topic per se, I would like to tell a true tale from the crypt. 

SA oil group in Zambia push

21st September 2001 South African oil marketing company Engen has pledged continued investment in Zambia with initial capital investment of K7-billion (US$1=K 3660) on the opening of its first service station in Lusaka last month. 

MK Mohlala, City Power

14th September 2001 MK Mohlala City Power Leader of 3 000 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

US oil group in West African deals

11th September 2001 US Phillips Petroleum Corporation said it has joined with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian government to study the possibility of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Nigeria. 

Oil firms move to end flaring in Nigeria

10th September 2001 With two multinational oil companies teaming up with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to set up another liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the federal government has issued fresh directives to oil firms to end gas flaring in their oil installations by the year 2008. 

Algeria awards $120m hydrocarbon project

8th September 2001 French engineering and construction firm, Entrepose, won a $120-million deal to build a hydrocarbon-processing unit in Algeria’s Menzel Ledjmat North (MLN) site, State-run hydrocarbon monopoly Sonatrach said. 

Industry, ecology and development

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2001 A few weeks ago, the Economist dedicated three pages to an article by Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg entitled ‘The truth about the environment’. 

Some promising results from oil, gas search

7th September 2001 Licensing of prospective oil and gas exploration areas by Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has seen many international firms becoming involved in various levels of exploration off the coast of South Africa, spanning from the Orange river, on the West coast, all the way around to the... 

UK, SA defence technology deal

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 BRITAIN and South Africa are to co-operate in the commercialisation of defence technology, with a formal agreement to be signed on September 11. 


7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

Gas law promised for year-end

6th September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the present sitting. 

Exporting our birthright II

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2001 Last week I wrote about how Eskom is selling of power generated in this country, using our non-renewable reserves, to organisations (specifically Mozal, in Mozambique) so that they can make a profit. I wrote how this seemed of very little benefit to this fair land. 

Flying high with perception

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st August 2001 Statistics and risk is a highly complex mathematical subject but, unfortunately, it is often distorted by people who think that they are statisticians, because they can add three numbers and divide by three. 

Awareness key to fighting energy waste

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 The Canadian-funded Southern African Development Community Industrial Energy Management Project (SIEMP) has identified lack of awareness as the main barrier to industrial energy efficiency in Southern Africa. 

Fresh moves to pump up oil industry empowerment

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2001 South Africa’s petroleum industry last week moved a step closer to the target as set in the Liquid Fuels Charter in November last year, whereby empowerment groups should own 25% of equity in operating assets of South African oil companies in ten years. 

Work starts on $3bn Angola oil platform

30th August 2001 Italian energy giant Eni has started work on a $3-billion offshore Angola deepwater oil plant, in which it has a 20% stake. 

Wind-farm, Western Cape

29th August 2001 State utility Eskom has requested expressions of interest from companies which wish to partner it in one of South Africa's first wind-farm projects. 

Gas company up for sale

28th August 2001 One of South Africa’s leading gas companies, Messer Fedgas, is still up for sale. 

UK State approves a new gas project

24th August 2001 UK company Conoco (UK) and its co-venturers GDF Britain and Tullow Exploration, have received government consent to develop five natural gas discoveries next to the Caister and Murdoch fields in the southern area of the North Sea. 

Firm steps on the gas to deliver

24th August 2001 Brighter gas results helped power second quarter earnings for the Royal Dutch/ Shell group of companies to another record. 

Aussie firm wins contract for new gas expansion

24th August 2001 A large Australian construction and engineering company Thiess has been awarded the civil construction contract for the fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) train on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia. 

Production starts in Gulf of Mexico

24th August 2001 Oil and gas production has started at the Typhoon field, located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, reports US firm Chevron Production. 

Second stage of gas asset acquisition now completed

24th August 2001 Independent UK oil and gas exploration, development and production company Tullow Oil has completed a further stage of the purchase of the Thames-Hewett Package. 

Norwegian gas sales contract signed

24th August 2001 Petrochemical companies Statoil and BP have signed the first Norwegian long-term natural gas sales contract after the abolition of the Norwegian gas sales committee, GFU. 

'Lion' could snare $1,4bn in FDI

24th August 2001 South Africa has plans to source natural gas from the Pande and Temane gasfields in Mozambique and possibly from the Kudu gasfield in Namibia. 

Plans for R5bn power station continue

24th August 2001 Should plans for the Cape Power Project proceed, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) consortium will be appointed in the third quarter of next year to bring the project to fruition. 

SA firm courts US and European markets

24th August 2001 South African gas-to-liquids producer Mossgas is targeting demand for clean eco-friendly fuels in the lucrative US and European markets. 

New air-separation plant in progress

24th August 2001 Construction of Air Products’ new air-separation plant in Rustenburg in the North West Province is in progress. 

New bill to regulate natural-gas boom

24th August 2001 Natural gas is regarded widely as a fuel for the new millennium. This is particularly true in Africa, a continent well endowed in natural resources (including gas), yet historically starved of efficient, clean and reliable sources of energy. 

Demand for nitrogen gas increases

24th August 2001 Nitrogen gas, thanks to its inert properties and relatively low cost in comparison with other gases, is suitable for purging and pressure testing (pneumatic) applications, providing viable solutions to many process and plant problems. 

Local firm completes record hot tap

24th August 2001 Local company MCS Pipeline Services together with TD Williamson of Belgium has completed a 42 inch hot tap, which is the biggest hot tap to date, at Sasol Secunda in Mpumalanga. 

Natal moves to a greener energy source

24th August 2001 Division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas has reached another significant milestone by selling R1,1-million gigajoules of methane rich gas in Kwazulu-Natal, five years ahead of schedule. 

New approach required for SA gas suppliers

24th August 2001 Customers’ emphasis on service that meets their needs is having a far-reaching impact on the gas industry as users look beyond product excellence for supplier service that assists with their efficiencies and overall performance. 


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