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Oil refineries reduce emissions

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 In the nine years between 1992 and 2001 oilrefineries have increased their capacity by 32%, from 513 000 barrels of fuel a day to 676 000 barrels a day. 

Oil industry seeks support for R10bn clean-fuels effort

26th March 2004 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represents all the large oil companies operating in South Africa, has renewed its call for a clean-fuels levy to assist refineries in recouping a portion of the multi-billion-rand investment required to meet new specifications for... 

‘Shell withheld Nigeria oil reserves data’

22nd March 2004 Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell withheld information about a big reduction in its oil and gas reserves in Nigeria for fear of damaging its business relationship with the government, the New York Times reported on Friday. 

Firm restructures for LPG growth

By: candice haase     19th March 2004 The growth potential in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market has prompted local supplier of LPG Easigas, a division of Shell South Africa Marketing which Royal Dutch Shell owns jointly with black economic empowerment (BEE) partner Thebe Investment Corporation, to restructure its supply-chain... 

Big job potential in oil, gas service sector

By: Jill Stanford     19th March 2004 IT is envisaged that between 2003 and 2008, the oil and gas industry off Africa’s West Coast will generate 11 000 jobs and increase economic growth in the Western Cape by 25% a year. 

Sasol to hold talks with Chinese investors

17th March 2004 China's largest coal company is sending a delegation to South Africa for exploratory talks with energy firm Sasol on building an oil-from-coal plant, a Sasol company official said yesterday. 

Sasol signs R300m LPG deal with Afrox

5th March 2004 Local gas group African Oxygen (Afrox) and petrochemicals giant Sasol have signed an agreement in which Sasol will supply Afrox with liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in a contract worth R300-million over the next three years. 

First natural gas from Moz arrives in SA

5th March 2004 Petrochemical giant Sasol last week announced the arrival of the first natural gas along the 865 km crossborder pipeline from the Temane gas field, in Mozambique, to Sasol’s synfuels plant at Secunda, near Johannesburg in South Africa. 

Study under way for Moz–Malawi oil pipeline

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th March 2004 Malawi – Oil company Petrolplus Africa, a subsidiary of Canadian diverse resources group DiamondWorks, has embarked on a feasibility study for the construction of a 400 km oil pipeline from the Mozambican Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi’s southern railway hub of Liwonde. 

Two or three deals in the pipeline for the IDC

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 Oil Africa 2004 sponsor, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), reports that it plans to invest about R500-million in oil, gas and related product projects in Africa in the next year. 

R2,5bn invested in oil and gas exploration to date

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 The South African Petroleum Agency reports that, to date, R2,5-billion has been invested in oil and gas exploration in South Africa. However, a significant proportion of this investment is by international companies. 

How local firms will supply a Western Cape oil and gas industry

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 If South Africa’s dealings with the international oil industry at the forthcoming oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, are successful, local companies will soon face the considerable challenge – and opportunity – of supplying a significant new... 

Sasol looks for partners for gas exploration well

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol is likely to look for partners to participate in a gas exploration well this year at Block 3A/4A, a gas exploration area situated off the west coast of South Africa between the Ibhubesi gas field and Saldanha Bay. 

Skills are crucial for oil and gas boom

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has begun an ambitious programme to place up to 150 student artisans with employers in the region. 

Western Cape may become oil and gas hub

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 The Western Cape's plan to promote the ports of Cape Town and Saldanha Bay as a service hub for the oil industry operating off the West coast of Africa is starting to take shape. 

Gas plan to be released for comment

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th February 2004 The gas-infrastructure plan which was developed by the Department of Minerals and Energy with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry and a Malaysian oil and natural-gas group is now before Cabinet and will be released for comment soon, says Deputy Minerals and Energy Minister... 

Oxygen plant breathes life into expansion ambition

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th February 2004 Synthetic fuels group Sasol has commissioned what it says is the world’s biggest oxygen-production facility at its Secunda site, in Mpumalanga. 

Gas giant returns to its roots

By: ongezwa manyathi     13th February 2004 It is one of life’s phenomenons that some things come in twos. 

Equipment lasts longer with uncontaminated lubricants

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of CSI condition monitoring equipment in Sub Saharan Africa Andersen & Hurley Instruments reports that it has undertaken a drive to increase awareness of lubricant-monitoring equipment. 

Container distributor will supply other African countries

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of the Oil Safe container system in Southern Africa Lubrequip reports that business increased significantly last year, and that the company is currently negotiating distribution rights with a number of African countries. 

SA diesel sometimes contaminated

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 The quality of some South African diesel is substandard, containing high-levels of dirt contamination and low-lubricity due to illegal spiking of fuel with illuminating paraffin (IP). 

New oil lubrication system

13th February 2004 Supplier for grease lubrication systems Lincoln Lubrication South Africa has introduced a precise and economical solution for the oil lubrication of chains found on machines and agriculture equipment such as balers. 

European growth of everlasting green oil

13th February 2004 The majority of the industrial world uses oil. ?However, supply is far from unlimited. 

Business unit converts to company’s own oil brand

13th February 2004 The Cat Rental Store of Barloworld Equipment has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Cat Oil dispensing system, as part of a strategy to reduce downtime and operating costs through extended oil-drain intervals. 

Filter failure – a major cause of breakdowns

13th February 2004 Filter problems are the cause of up to 80% of heavy-truck roadside break-downs, according to engine manufacturer Cummins Diesel South Africa. 

Tribology conference will probe renewable oils

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 The South-African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) will be hosting a conference, Tribology 2004, on March 24 to March 26 at the University of Pretoria’s conference centre, De Vaal reports. 

Countdown to SA's natural-gas lift-off begins

By: Helene Le Roux     9th February 2004 The gas age has dawned globally, with many countries having turned to it as a cleaner alternative to other primary energy sources such as coal and oil. 

Laser-cutting process introduced by leading industrial gas supplier

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 Industry demand for new products and services that improve productivity and efficiency is transforming the development of industrial gases worldwide. 

Jo’burg residents to convert gas appliances this year

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 Johannesburg gas distribution company Egoli Gas has successfully completed the first phase of a R50-million programme to convert its gas reticulation network for the arrival of natural gas. 

On-site gas-production plants installed at tube firm

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 The industrial gas manufacturing business is gradually progressing from the supply of cylinders and bulk products to a new era where on-site production plants are gaining popularity. 

R7m LPG plant will help expand market coverage

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 Local supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Easigas, is currently completing construction of its new R7-million packaging and distribution plant in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA is a good base from which to service the West Coast

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 The discovery of large reserves of natural gas at the lbhubesi gas field 280 km north-west of Saldanha Bay, and significant exploration growth along Africa’s West Coast, from the Gulf of Guinea down to the offshore oil fields of Angola, are leading to strong demand for specialised offshore... 

Safety lamp launched

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 Manufacturer of explosion-proof safe lighting equipment Wolf Safety has launched the new generation of Turbolite high-power compressed-air driven safety lamps. 

Prepayment system aims to capture local gas market

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 The prepaid metering and billing of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas is possible for the first time in South Africa by Adceng Gas Equipment, one of Africa’s largest LP gas equipment and service providers. 

Human resources important in petrochemical sector

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 The latest scramble into Africa is for offshore oil and natural gas, as mainly Western users see their own resources being depleted and the risks of unrest and political conflicts threaten their other traditional sources of supply. 

UAE gas-detection contract completed by June

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 Cape Town-based gas safety product company SureGas reports that it, together with Cylingas – its representative in the United Arab Emirates – has won another large tender for its gas detection systems in Dubai. 

LPG growth expected

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 The liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in South Africa still has considerable scope for growth. 

Five-year old seal still in use

By: Helene Le Roux     6th February 2004 This year, Springs-based seal manufacturer John Crane’s engineers were able to see for themselves how well their largest dry gas seal had performed in an oil and gas industry application after five years in operation. 

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