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Energy News

Dry-ice blasting for cleaning oil refineries

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Oil Refineries 

Three-year contract clinched by valve supplier

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Oil Refineries 

Oil discovery, Equatorial Guinea

By: System Author     15th October 1999 A significant oil discovery offshore of Equatorial Guinea. 

Rubbish-to-fuel could save 200m litres a year

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Converting landfill gas to methane gas which can be used as vehicle fuel could save South Africa 200-million litres of petrol a year. 

Kudu contract awards expected in Dec

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Cape Town local authorities, together with Shell, plan to award contracts in December for four detailed studies into the viability of a gas-fired power station linked through a pipeline to the Kudu gasfields off the Namibian coast. 

SA firm in Australian gas-to-liquids plan

By: System Author     24th September 1999 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is not the only local firm eyeing gas-to-liquids opportunities around the world. 

Full-on benefits of non-contacting design

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

R2,5m gas converter built

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Promise of battery factory for South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The introduction of rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries into the South African market will not only give sustainable renewable energy to the population but also energise the local economy to the tune of US$25-million within three years. 

SA synfuel protection review hots up

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Editorial 

Petrochemical billions are on the horizon

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South Africa’s petrochemicals colossus, Sasol, will spend between R20-billion and R30-billion over the next five years on capital projects and investments. 

SA’s world leader exports to the Far East

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The world’s largest producer of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), South African company Delta Electrical, is poised to take advantage of its long-term expansion potential to enter the lucrative Far East market. 

South African petrochemicals giant enters oil exploration

By: System Author     20th August 1999 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, most famous for its oil-from-coal technology, believes that it has substantial growth opportunities from oil exploration. 

Non-payment worsens as fee income dwindles

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

Torque limiters from the UK put on brakes

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Torque limiters perform an invaluable service by protecting machinery in the event of overload, and preventing machinery from being damaged. One application is in paper-manufacturing plants, where pulp stock is carried through pipes to various machines in the paper factory. Once a stock thickener... 

Decision soon on big oil refinery expansion

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A BOARD decision is expected soon on an expansion project at Natref in Sasolburg, Free State, to the value of around R750-million. The Natref 2000 upgrade would see capacity expansion of 20% on the full spectrum of products to meet the increasing demand for petroleum products. This translates... 

Record-breaking drilling in England

By: System Author     30th July 1999 WORLD records are being established with every turn of the drill-bit at Wytch Farm oilfield in southern England, reports oil giant BP Amoco. Although Wytch Farm is listed as an onshore field, much of its oil extends out under the waters of Poole Bay on the south coast of England, in what is known... 

Combating expensive leakage problem

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 In industry, compressed-air generation can account for as much as 10% of all energy costs, of which as much as 30% of the air is wasted through system inefficiencies. An averaged-sized plant with a capacity of about 1 000 1/s can lose as much as R200 000 a year. Leakage is the single largest... 

A–Z of determining air-quality requirements

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Controls and equipment that use compressed air have become increasingly sophisticated, says Ingersoll-Rand air-compressor group spokesperson Scott Krull. “Remember the good old days when an instrument air system upgrade meant adding another reciprocating compressor? “Now we worry... 

Noble gas production doubled

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Commissioning of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) R38-million plant to extract additional quantities of krypton and xenon gas at Secunda, Mpumalanga, has begun, in effect doubling production quantities. The rare gases are extracted from the atmosphere in SSF’s oxygen plant, through... 

Greasing the wheels of lubrication awareness

By: System Author     16th July 1999 What is your brief? It is to create an awareness of tribology that has been sorely lacking in the South African context. Until now, nobody has given much thought to the cost of wear, and how it can be minimised through correct lubrication and an informed choice of wear materials. I started out in... 

Sought-after ‘fit and forget’ material

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African industry needs to rid itself of the prejudice against polymer materials if it is to benefit from technological advances in the field of tribology, says Vesco Plastics marketing and projects manager Mark Opperman. “Many people can simply not believe that polymers can do a more... 

R106m condensate-

By: System Author     9th July 1999 State-owned synthetic fuels producer Mossgas is to embark upon a R106-million project that will see its product output increase by up to 24% through the importation of oil condensate for refining at its plant near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. This project will add nearly R40-million to the... 

Industrial hub plans for Ivory Coast

By: System Author     9th July 1999 As is the case with most West African countries, the Ivory Coast imports the bulk of machinery and manufactured goods at present, a situation the country plans to reverse to become the industrial hub of the subregion. The country produces only 21% of all manufactured products consumed and hopes... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Future of fuel-cell technology looks good

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The future of the fuel-cell, touted as the answer to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, hinges on the technology ultimately chosen. Fuel-cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical energy in a highly-efficient manner, still need fuel to operate, and commonly use hydrogen. But non-petrol... 

State set to commercialise coal-conversion technologies

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) will shortly be appointing consultants to advise it on how best to commercialise proprietary technology which is able to convert coal into value-added products. CEF’s Dr Howard Roberts tells Engineering News the technology is currently housed in... 

Gas from new fields to flow by April 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Mossgas project to bring the EM and associated gasfields into production is progressing well, with construction activities taking place in South Africa as well as abroad. Gas from the new fields is due to reach the onshore plant in April 2000. In the meantime, provisional test results on the... 

Strong commitment to ‘green’ management

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 As one of the first two companies in South Africa to be certified to ISO 14001 standards, Mossgas is committed to proper environmental management and responsible care in line with internationally acceptable standards and requirements. Detailed environmental-impact studies were therefore carried... 

New work in the pipeline from upgrade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An R80-million up-grade by Hall Longmore has enabled the company to tender on critical projects such as a 12-km gas pipeline for Mossgas, which it had been unable to do previously, MD Alf Non 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Skills training launched

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The partner of Mossgas in the Bredasdorp Alliance, Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), has brought another dimension to its involvement in the project. The UK-based company is simultaneously tackling the shortage of highly-specialised offshore skills in South Africa through a comprehensive... 

Contracts awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TWO contracts which are part of the phase-one development of the EM gasfield have been awarded to SA Five Engineering. The company is part of the SA Five group of companies and, as a member of the Bredasdorp Alliance, will be responsible for carrying out modifications to the FA platform and the... 

Hi-tech plant on Garden Route

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant is situated 11 km west of Mossel Bay on a 410 ha site on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. A modern solid-waste disposal facility is situated next to the main plant on a property of 360 ha. This high-technology plant has a design production capacity of 30 200 barrels of... 


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