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Nine oil, gas blocks on offer in Algeria

11th February 2002 Algeria is offering nine onshore oil and gas exploration blocks for licence auctions this week, energy and mining ministry officials said. 

Few conferences of good use

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th February 2002 Each year South Africa has some sort of theme and the theme for this year is undoubtedly going to be ‘green bunny hugger alternative save the world’. 

SA opens to deep-sea oil, gas explorers

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Exploration of the potentially oil-rich deepwater off the West Coast of South Africa has begun. 

GTL contract is awarded

8th February 2002 A front-end engineering and design contract for a gas to liquids (GTL) project, based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, has been awarded to Foster Wheeler Energy. 

Jhb shopping malls rely on gas

8th February 2002 Piped-gas supplier to about 13 000 end-users in the Johannesburg region, Egoli Gas, is actively supporting both the low-scale, informal industry as well as shopping centres and up-market developments like Melrose Arch, a security residential and retail complex in Johannesburg North. 

Future with gas-powered fuel-cells

8th February 2002 Small gas-powered fuel cells or microturbines in homes and offices are the way of the future for efficient, environmentally-friendly power generation, according to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Energy Technology chief, Dr John Wright. 

Two African JVs for SA gas supplier

8th February 2002 Late last year Southern African gas supplier Afrox expanded its distribution network for the supply of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) by entering two joint-venture agreements in Mozambique and Madagascar. 

Gas system installed in Moz heart hospital

8th February 2002 Southern African gas supplier Afrox has commissioned a turnkey gas installation at Mozambique’s new Instituto do Cora 

Gas moisture level analyser

8th February 2002 The new Model 3050-OLV Process Moisture Analyser from Ametek measures trace levels of moisture in a gas through the use of a quartz-crystal oscillator sample cell. 

Home-care oxygen therapy

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th February 2002 A new range of oxygen therapy solutions for the home care market was launched by Oxy-Gen Respiratory Systems last month, reports MD Melanie McGregor. 

Consolidation set to fuel competition

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th February 2002 The imminent consolidation of two of the main participants in the South African gas industry is expected to benefit gas customers by better positioning the new company to compete in the gas market, says Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association (SACGA) general secretary Albert Spencer. 

Weak rand bolsters optimism for SA gas exports

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th February 2002 South Africa’s Air Products remains optimistic in the wake of the weakening rand, with the view that exporting companies should see the current exchange rate as a growth opportunity that needs to be capitalised on. 

Jhb gas utility awaits arrival of Moz gas

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th February 2002 South Africa’s first gas sector utility privatisation is bearing fruit, reports Egoli Gas CEO, and Cinergy Global Power business development director for Africa Kevin Chapman. 

Gas Bill promulgation in the air

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th February 2002 One of the determining factors for an investment decision by potential foreign investors in any industry is the legislation regulating that industry, observes Egoli Gas chairman CEO Kevin Chapman. 

Gas safety seminar

8th February 2002 Senior Engineers from the gold and platinum mining industry have recognised that there are safety concerns relating to the maintenance and use of industrial gas equipment. 

Gas safety system protects Durban mall

8th February 2002 Fuelling the trend towards enhanced gas safety in large shopping centres, Durban's new R1,4-billion retail development, Gateway, developed by Old Mutual Properties, has been equipped with the advanced gas-leakage detection and alarm system from SureGas, of Cape Town. 

$40m oil exploration project for Morocco

7th February 2002 Morocco’s oil refiner, Samir, will invest up to $40-million in oil exploration in the coming years, a senior company official said. 

Gas demand to double in 30 years

6th February 2002 World gas demand will double over the next 30 years, helped in particular by growth in gas fired generation, but gas reserves are becoming increasingly remote from major markets. 

Algeria aims to raise gas exports to Europe

4th February 2002 Algerian State-run oil and gas giant Sonatrach aims to boost natural-gas exports to Europe by 41% to reach 85-billion cubic metres (bcm)a year by 2010, senior company officials said. 

Oil firm hopeful of peace in Sudan

1st February 2002 A ceasefire covering all of Sudan, Africa’s largest country, ravaged by civil war for two decades, could be in place soon, oil company Lundin Petroleum, which has drilling operations there, said. 

Big gas acquisition finished

30th January 2002 The world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services, Air Liquide, announced that the South Africa Competition Commission has approved its acquisition of Fedgas, a subsidiary of German group Messer. 

Sudan invests in 257 MW power station

28th January 2002 German technology giant Siemens said it had won a contract to build a 257 MW power station in Sudan worth more than $175,7-million. 

SA – Scot alliance in catalyst R&D

28th January 2002 An alliance has been formed by Sasol Technology and the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, to enhance catalyst research. 

Letter of intent for R1,7bn gas pipeline

28th January 2002 A letter of intent has been issued by Sasol today to the Grinaker-LTA, McConnell Dowell and CCIC Consortium for the engineering and design, procurement management, construction and commissioning of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa. 

Gas pipelines gain prominence in SADC

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 The potential is great for Hall Longmore to expand its influence in the gas-pipeline industry which is becoming increasingly important in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and elsewhere. 

R35m power contract for KZN aluminium plant

25th January 2002 Power and automation technology group ABB South Africa has secured a R35-million order to provide power factor correction (PFC) and harmonic filters for the Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Seismic surveys for West Coast gas

25th January 2002 A Cape Town firm has been appointed to compile the environmental management programme reports for seismic surveys and prospect well drilling for gas exploration projects off the West Coast of South Africa. 

Commercial gas deal signed

25th January 2002 The upstream oil and gas industry in Africa is an exciting market that many are targeting, but there are few indigenous African participants. 

New technology needed to monetise natural gas

25th January 2002 There is increasing pressure on the energy industry from governments, environmental organisations and the public to reduce pollution, which includes the gaseous and particulate emissions traditionally associated with conventional petrol- and diesel-fuelled vehicles. 

Managing the risks of natural gas

25th January 2002 “While natural gas is made up of 92% flammable methane it is a relatively safe gas if associated risks are managed properly,” says Martin Peet of Sasol at a conference held in Midrand at the end of last year. 

Gas's growing popularity

25th January 2002 Natural gas is fast becoming the world’s more desirable source of future hydrocarbons and will play a far more important role in the global energy mix. Reason being that the globe has abundant reserves of natural gas, and the extent of known reserves is increasing as exploration continues... 

Tunisia signs oil development deal with Iraq

24th January 2002 Tunisia has signed an agreement with Iraq to develop an oilfield near the southern Iraqi province of Najaf. The agreement was signed by Iraq’s oil minister Amir Muhammed Rasheed and visiting Tunisian industry minister Moncef Ben Abdullah. “We have agreed to start development of... 

$275m Algerian oil, gas project

24th January 2002 Algerian State-run oil-and-gas firm Sonatrach granted a consortium of Italian oilfield equipment maker Saipem and French construction firm Bouygues a $257-million oilfield development project. Under the contract, the consortium will set up an 80 000 barrels per day processing train and an... 

Oil majors in big black-empowerment move

24th January 2002 Oil giants BP Southern Africa and Shell South Africa have awarded an oil-shipping contract worth a total R600-million to a black- empowerment firm. South African empowerment group Southern Tankers will ship oil and refined chemical products from the 168 000 barrels-per-day Sapref refinery in... 

Egypt clinches 20 yr deal to supply gas to France

23rd January 2002 Egypt made another push into the European gas market, its second in two years, with a 20-year deal to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to France. 

Big power equipment maintenance contract signed

22nd January 2002 A renewal of the service level agreement between Eskom Generation and Rotek Engineering, a division of Rotek Industries was signed yesterday. The agreement covers the maintenance and repair of Eskom’s power generation plant and equipment and has a duration of three years, starting this... 

Angola oil consignment arrives in Durban

21st January 2002 Oil firm BP has sent the first major consignment of oil from the huge new Girassol field off Angola to its South African subsidiary, company officials said. BP Southern Africa spokesperson Keith Bryer said the one-million-barrel cargo would arrive in Durban on February 11 for processing by the... 


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