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Site cleared for R1-billion SA–Asian petchem plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R1-billion polyethelene joint venture (JV) in Malaysia between South Africa’s Polifin, Malaysia’s Petronas and DSM of the Netherlands is merely the first step in Polifin’s strategy to penetrate the Asia/Pacific region, Engineering News can today report. “This project... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

R40-million coker plant revamp plan

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for the R40-million revamp of the delayed coker plant in Secunda is under way at present. Awarded in October last year, Lummus-EMS, in conjunction with Sastech, is the contracting party, providing project management, project controls, procurement and process engineering. ABB Lummus... 

More developed land for Free State industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Through an unusual public–private partnership (PPP), a solution has been found to develop large portions of land for industrial and other use, which have come to a halt in many regions as local authorities’ and developers’ budgets and resources diminish. With 13 of the 280... 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

State loosening oil grip

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE first steps in the restructuring and possible privatisation of parts of the controversial Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been taken. It is understood that moves are under way to separate the strategic, regulatory, promotional, administrative and commercial aspects of the fund so as to... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

New customer service initiative launced

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With customer service becoming an increasingly important component of the business environment, one of the leading lubricant specialists, Castrol SA, has introduced a customer service initiative, Castrol +Plus, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa. The service aims to assist the... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Firm restructures into business streams

By: System Author     19th February 1999 One of the world leaders in specialised lubrication technology Castrol is in the process of restructuring into global business streams in place of geographic regions. The business streams cover the consumer, commercial, industrial and marine markets. Burmah Castrol believes the new structures... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

Gas-storage facility transplanted

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Corex plant at Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, was commissioned in December amid extreme weather conditions and other challenges, reports Saldanha Steel engineering manager Gerrie van der Walt. The arrival of a gale-force North-westerly made it necessary to move the gas-storage facility... 

SA gas industry boom on the horizon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Despite South Africa’s small known gas resources, the country could soon be witnessing a boom in the gas industry if negotiations with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Namibia for the cross-border transport of natural gas are concluded successfully, Department of Minerals and Energy... 

R3m oxygen plant fuels drive into Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Achieving success with the establish- ment of an on-site oxygen-manufacturing plant at the Blanket gold-mine, owned by Kinross of Canada, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, only seven months after its establishment, Messer Fedgas sister company Messer Zimbabwe is creating a springboard for the company to... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

Welding mill for gas pipes installed

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The R80-million second phase of Hall Longmore’s R100-million production facility upgrade is nearing completion with the installation of the upgraded R65-million electric resistance welding (ERW) mill which will be dedicated to the manufacture of pipes for oil and gas, sales and marketing... 

Domestic gas-monitors to arrive in SA

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Domestic gas-detectors for the monitoring of stray carbon monoxide in light delivery vehicles, which leads to a number of deaths each year, could soon be made available to the South African market, reports Gas Alarm Systems sole proprietor Jim Cope. The company, which specialises in the supply of... 

Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

Waste-gas management boosts recoveries

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A higher efficiency rate can be achieved in ore-recovery smelters with the correct control, cleaning and conditioning of waste gas, reveals Gas Handling Systems MD Chris Rowland. Although expensive, proper waste-gas management in metal-recovery plants can be justified as it could lead to an... 

Bulk gas tankers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 More than R6-million was invested nationally by Afrox in new tankers for road transportation of bulk liquid gases last year, bringing the number of tankers in the gas giant’s fleet to more than 100 – excluding liquid petroleum gas tankers, reports bulk distribution manager Jan... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

SA’s gas pipeline installers under fire

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Quality standards in the South African pipeline gas indus- try compare poorly to those in other parts of the world as a result of a lack of clear-cut guidelines and training for participants in the industry, reveals Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) project manager for pressure vessels... 

 

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