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Mlambo-Ngcuka to court Indian oil, gas explorers

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will market South Africa’s oil and gas opportunities to Indian energy companies during her visit to the country this week. 

Post-2007 uncertainty on oil, gas tax regime

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 Although the OP26oil and gas taxation regime which incorporates the 1977 Income Tax Act is old, it is more favourable and attractive to the industry than the provisions which apply under the current Income Tax Act observes David Clegg, partner in the Ernst & Young oil and gas taxation group. 

Angola's Sanha to hit 100 000 b/d by 2007

8th October 2003 US oil giant ChevronTexaco expects its Sanha oilfield in Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day by 2007, a senior official at its subsidiary CABGOC said on Monday. 

Angolan oil refinery project faces funding difficulties

26th September 2003 Plans to build a flagship oil refinery in Angola are in trouble over financing, a government-owned newspaper reported on Thursday. 

Nigeria plans to issue emergency fuels tenders

26th September 2003 Nigeria is planning to issue emergency tenders for the purchase of vital motor fuels to avert any shortages after suspending the formal award of billon-dollar contracts in the wake of an anti-corruption probe, industry sources said on Thursday. 

Opec set to keep oil taps on hold ahead of winter

24th September 2003 Opec oil producers prepared yesterday to weather a downturn in crude prices by keeping output limits unchanged for the rest of the year. 

SA firm in Qatar methanol deal

16th September 2003 State-owned Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s PetroWorld have signed heads of agreement for the development of a large-scale fuel grade methanol project. 

Big gas exploration on SA's West Coast

By: Jill Stanford     15th September 2003 By the end of this year the Ibhubesi Gas Group will have spent $100-million on exploring the Ibhubesi gasfield, which comprises Blocks 1 and 2A, 280 km north-west of Saldanha Bay. 

SA women seek oil opportunities in Qatar

By: laurian clemence     15th September 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka left South Africa for Qatar on Friday, leading a delegation, comprising mostly of women, which is keen to establish business ties in the Middle Easter country, particularly in the energy sector. 

Coal-to-gas preparations in hand

By: Helene Le Roux     12th September 2003 Petrochemical giant Sasol reports that preparations are proceeding as planned to convert its operations in Sasolburg, Free State, from coal-based feedstock to natural gas. ?The company is busy with the installation of a complete reforming process plant with two new 

Gas Economy

By: Jill Stanford     12th September 2003 BY the end of this year the Ibhubesi Gas Group will have spent $100-million on exploring the Ibhubesi gas field, which comprises Blocks 1 and 2A, 280 km northwest of Saldanha Bay. 

New division seeks to improve equipment performance

By: candice haase     12th September 2003 In efforts to enhance productivity among its clients, the local operation of global mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane has created a division called Performance Plus, which seeks to improve the performance of equipment at its clients. 

R1,5-m IT upgrade at Natref completed

12th September 2003 Information technology (IT) services and solutions provider, arivia.kom, together with its implementation partner Lehae Technologies, an empowerment IT company, has completed a R1,5-million upgrade of the local area network (Lan) at National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) in... 

2006 cleaner fuels deadline looms

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s oil refineries face a number of challenges in the near future, due to the estimated R10-billion to R15-billion price tag to convert production to unleaded petrol, the oversupply of petrol stations locally, the new Petroleum Retail Act and the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

Lesley Crawford, Wearcheck Africa

12th September 2003 Full name: Lesley Marilyn Rhodes Crawford Position: MD of the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology since July 2002 Main activity of the company: Condition monitoring of fixed and mobile plant through the analysis of used lubrication oils Date and place of birth: September 11, 1945,... 

West African gas pipeline to start up by mid-2005

3rd September 2003 The West African gas pipeline (WAGP) project, which will transport natural gas from Nigeria to Benin, Ghana and Togo, will come on stream in mid-2005, an official statement said on Monday. 

Statoil aims for 100 000 b/d in Angola

2nd September 2003 Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil aims for its holdings in fields offshore Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude oil in the future, daily Aftenposten reported yesterday. 

Ibhubesi field set for new drill campaign

By: Jill Stanford     29th August 2003 The Ibhubesi Gas Group comprising Forest Oil, PetroSA, Anschutz and Mvelapahanda, which holds an option to join the group, announced yesterday that they are to begin a second drilling campaign in the Ibhubesi gas field northwest of Saldanha Bay. 

Gas industry benefits from expansion at stainless-steel manufacturer

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 The R1, 047-billion expansion project currently undertaken by stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, is having long-term economic spin-offs for the gas industry. 

New bulk supply replaces more-costly cylinder deliveries

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of specialty gases and equipment, Air Products South Africa, has become one of the first companies in the country to bridge the divide between cylinder and bulk gas supply. 

Gas supplier aims to improve welding efficiencies

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 One of the country’s major suppliers of welding gases, consumables and equipment, Afrox, reports that its latest range of shielding gases uses more ultrahigh-purity gases than previous products, which enables its customers to realise improved welding efficiencies. 

Fill her up – with gas

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 The conversion of a petrol-driven vehicle to run on liquefied-petroleum gas (LPG) is a relatively simple process, and although the owner has to pay the conversion cost upfront, it makes sound economic sense in the long term to convert vehicle fleets that cover large distances daily. 

Moz–SA gas pipeline 78% complete

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 South African petrochemical giant Sasol reports that its $1,2-billion natural gas processing and pipeline project that will bring gas from Temane, in Mozambique, to its Secunda operations, in Mpumalanga, is proceeding well. 

LPG supplier expects vehicle gas-use to increase

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd August 2003 Liquefied-petroleum gas (LPG) is gaining worldwide popularity as an alternative to conventional petrol and diesel motor vehicle fuels. 

Gas manufacturer to supply oxygen to KZN plant

22nd August 2003 Industrial gas manufacturer and supplier Air Liquide has secured a long-term agreement to supply oxygen to titanium-dioxide pigments manufacturer Huntsman Tioxide, at its Umbogintwini plant south of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Dual heating system designed

22nd August 2003 Specialist supplier of electrical heating systems, controllers, sensors, components and dispensing systems, Bartec Barlian, of Johannesburg, has received an order from Foster Wheeler for an electrical surface-heating system. 

Gas association develops a website for industry and public enquiries

22nd August 2003 Membership of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) is becoming increasingly important for those involved in the supply and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and related equipment. 

Gas mass flow-controller launched

22nd August 2003 Distributor of imported process measurement and control products N&Z Instrumentation and Control, based in Gauteng, has launched Sierra’s all-digital Smart-Trak gas mass flow controller, which is imported from the US. 

Gas giant introduces a medical business unit

22nd August 2003 Recognising the growing importance of medical gases, Afrox, the gas welding and healthcare company, has created a stand-alone business unit for its medical gases. 

Gas gains ground in the energy market, says company

22nd August 2003 The market is beginning to recognise gas as the prime source of energy for industrial applications, based on cost, convenience, cleanliness and technological adaptability, says Afrox Energy business manager Enzo d’Alessio. 

In search of a South African gas standard

22nd August 2003 The advent of natural gas from Mozambique towards the beginning of next year, has prompted many gas users to investigate their own installations to see how they measure up to the new gas standards, which are about to be introduced. 

Petroleum producer’s control-room upgraded

22nd August 2003 In June, process industry services and solutions company Ilitha Project Services completed a R1,4-million engineering design, procurement construction and management project to upgrade South Africa’s national petroleum company, PetroSA’s FA gas production platform off the... 

Local gas-safety firm secures Dubai contract

22nd August 2003 Cape Town gas safety product company SureGas reports that it has been active on the new product and new market fronts in the past few months. 

Sasol mulls propylene oxide plant

22nd August 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday it was studying producing propylene oxide and propylene glycol ethers at its Sasolburg site, some 100 km south of Johannesburg. 

Israel picks Egypt over British Gas

20th August 2003 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday selected Egypt as a second supplier of natural gas, opting against British Gas, which operates wells off the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported. 

BHPB targets US west coast for LNG growth

19th August 2003 The world's largest diversified miner BHP Billiton said yesterday it was planning a $600-million California liquefied natural gas facility as part of an expansion of its LNG operations. 

Exel secures Eskom contract

18th August 2003 After a ten-month audit by Eskom, South Africa’s main electricity utility, Exel Petroleum has won a tender to supply fuel oil to a number of Eskom power stations, including Matla, Majuba, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo, Kendal, Matimba, Kriel and Hendrina. 

Statoil to bid for Saudi gas projects

5th August 2003 Norwegian energy group Statoil said yesterday it plans to bid for gas projects in Saudi Arabia, which will come up for tender as part of a major opening of that country's gas industry. 

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