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Innovation helps firm to make $70m

By: Deborah Spicer     20th August 2004 A new automation solution has been developed for liquid natural-gas (LNG) carriers. 

Competition challenges designers to create safer paraffin stoves

19th August 2004 The Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa in association with Proudly South Africa is putting up half-a-million rand to encourage innovative designers to come up with safe, functional and cost-effective solutions for sub-standard paraffin stoves. 

SA contractor breaks into Angola oil market

11th August 2004 JSE-listed Group Five, in partnership with CBI Constructors, has gained a foothold in the Angolan oil industry, securing a major contract with the Cabinda Gulf Oil Company at one of its largest bases. 

LNG contract awarded in Nigeria

6th August 2004 An equal joint venture team which includes Technip, Snamprogetti, KBR and JGC Corporation, has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract by Nigeria LNG (NLNG) for the NLNGSix project at its existing liquefied natural gas facility. 

SA-made gas equipment set for world launch

By: Helene Le Roux     30th July 2004 Gas company Afrox is on the verge of launching a new medical gas cylinder and integrated valve, designed and manufactured in South Africa, to the world market.?The lightweight cylinder will make it easier for patients and other users, such as medical personnel and emergency-services workers, to... 

New Moz gasline contract awarded

28th July 2004 In Mozambique, WBHO Construction in joint venture with Shearwater Construction has been awarded an Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract to build a natural-gas pipeline from Ressano Garcia to Matola. 

Durban signs SA’s first carbon-finance deal

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality has signed and sealed South Africa’s first carbon emission reduction purchase agreement, for a trash to power project, with the World Bank. 

IFC invests $90m in Brazil gas industry

16th July 2004 Private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), will reportedly provide up to $90-million in financing to Comg 

Gas supply likely to run out after supplier problems

9th July 2004 Thousands of households and businesses in Johannesburg could be without petroleum gas today after the main supplier, Sasol, experienced problems in its factory, distributor Egoli Gas said. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

Namibian gas-to-power project takes off

6th July 2004 Namibian power utility NamPower, Energy Africa and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) announced yesterday that they have concluded a joint development agreement in relation to the planned Kudu gas-to-power project. 

Oil group signs production-sharing deal in Uganda

5th July 2004 Independent international oil and gas exploration company Tullow Oil announced on Friday that its subsidiary, Energy Africa, has signed a production-sharing contract with the government of Uganda, in respect of Block 1. 

Johannesburg natural gas conversion to take 18 months

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 Since May, four of Egoli Gas’s ten thousand coal-gas customers have been converted to natural gas (NG), with the entire network conversion projected to be completed by November 2005. 

Inter-SADC projects require cultural acclimatisation

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 Although it shares a border with South Africa, culture and customs in Mozambique are different enough that ‘cultural acclimatisation’ is necessary to establish respectful working relationships. 

Last five industrial gas users converted last month

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 As of February’s end, methane-rich natural gas has been piped through the much-hyped-about gas pipeline from Mozambique’s Pande and Temane gas fields, to Sasol’s gas-distribution network, which starts at Secunda.? 

Company awarded industrial gas-conversion contracts

2nd July 2004 The arrival of natural gas from Temane and Pande gas fields in northern Mozambique is the most significant fossil fuel change in South African since Sasol started distributing its hydrogen-rich gas to general Industry.? 

Housing project due to be completed in October

2nd July 2004 Two large-scale construction contracts for Sasol have been completed by Group Five, involving work on the world’s largest air separation unit (ASU) and the natural-gas pipeline. 

Government energy company considers 25% stake in pipeline

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 Now that its first project is complete, as a government instrument for establishing the infrastructure for hydrocarbon gas in South Africa, iGas has the option of a 25% ownership stake in the natural gas (NG) pipeline running from near Vilanculos, in Mozambique, to Sasol’s Secunda plant. 

Pipeline heating system prevents condensation of natural gas

2nd July 2004 Sasolburg’s receiving end of the natural-gas pipeline will be supplied with Bartec Barlian heating products and systems.? 

Could cutting sulphur burn SA refining?

By: tom robbins     2nd July 2004 Additional government environmental legislation to control fuel content post-2006 could threaten the viability of the country’s oil refining industry, according to Engen Refinery GM Wayne Hartmann. 

Contractor makes exclusive use of local skills

By: lauren rota     2nd July 2004 A silver Logistics Achiever Award for 2003 has been awarded to Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB) for its successful accomplishment of its line-haul contract on the natural-gas pipeline project. 

R250m oil tanker launched as part of BEE deal

30th June 2004 The Southern Unity – a new R250-million state-of-the-art ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts – was officially named in Cape Town yesterday. 

‘Customers endorse ExxonMobil-Engen alliance’

28th June 2004 Customers of ExxonMobil and Engen have endorsed the lubricants alliance between the two companies, which made a wide range of Mobil lubricants available through Engen's extensive marketing network, the parties said last week. 

Bateman acquires French engineering group

17th June 2004 In a strategically important development for its services to the oil, gas and energy sectors, South African-based engineering group Bateman has acquired Litwin, of France, a company with some 50 years of worldwide experience in executing projects in these sectors. 

Egypt’s natural gas sector gets $45m boost

16th June 2004 The private sector arm of the World Bank Group, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), this week announced a $45-million investment in Egypt’s growing natural gas sector. 

SA–Moz still mulling gas options

By: Zonika Botha     11th June 2004 Last week saw the official inauguration of petrochemical giant Sasol’s $1,2-billion natural gas venture between Mozambique and South Africa. 

World-first safety gas cylinder launched in SA

By: jenny furness     7th June 2004 Industrial gases manufacturer and distributor Air Liquide has introduced a world-first in South Africa – the Altop system – by which gas cylinders are supplied to the metalworking, welding and cutting industry with a permanently attached fully adjustable built-in pressure regulator... 

Chissano-Mbeki inaugurate $1,2bn gas venture

2nd June 2004 Presidents Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa yesterday officially inaugurated Sasol’s $1,2-billion natural gas venture at a ceremony held near Vilanculos in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. 

Company pursues aggressive growth

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The local subsidiary of US-based Tyco, Tyco Valves and Controls Distribution South Africa, reports that it made a substantial investment in the Oil Africa 2004 show, which was held in March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

Global standard to reduce gas flaring unveiled

13th May 2004 The Global Gas Venting and Flaring Reduction Voluntary Standard was unveiled at the second International Gas Flaring Reduction Conference in Algeria earlier this week. 

BP discovers new gas deposit in Nile Delta

10th May 2004 More gas and condensate has been discovered in the Nile Delta by the London-based BP oil and energy group. 

Petro SA invites tenders for 100%-BEE firms

By: jenny furness     4th May 2004 State-owned petroleum company Petro SA has set aside a number of contracts that will be awarded only to companies that can prove that they are wholly owned and managed by previously-disadvantaged individuals. 

Role of LP gas in rural growth to be probed

9th April 2004 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), the World LP Gas Association and the United Nations Development Programme will host an LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge Workshop in Pretoria from April 20 to 22. 

Oil sector moves to boost BEE procurement

8th April 2004 A declaration of intent has been signed by liquid-fuels stakeholders outlining the development of an empowered supplier database and a proposed study into the creation of the a supplier development agency. 

Big Angolan gas study delayed - source

1st April 2004 A detailed study key to the launch of Angola's proposed $3-4 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant has been pushed back to the second quarter, a source close to one of the partners said on Wednesday. 

Opec to implement oil cuts despite price spike

1st April 2004 Opec yesterday forged ahead with tighter oil supply curbs from April, deaf to consumer country complaints about crude prices close to 13-year highs. 

Oil will change the face of the Western Cape

26th March 2004 The first sub-Saharan oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, was held in Cape Town from March 9 – 11. 

Succeeding in repair and maintenance

By: Steven Chiaberta     26th March 2004 The development of an oil and gas industry in the Western Cape will herald a dramatic increase in business opportunities for many local industries in the region, and the inspection and maintenance sector is no exception. 

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