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Gas

Chinese oil firm targets Algeria

16th August 2002 Oil firm China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) aims to have a major Algerian contract in the bag by the end of the year, despite hot competition and recent dashed hopes, industry sources say. 

Oil major wins promising Nigeria block

16th August 2002 Oil company Royal Dutch Shell has confirmend that it had been awarded a promising oil exploration block in Nigerian deepwaters next to two recent billion-barrel discoveries. 

Congo Republic oil output to fall in 2002

13th August 2002 Congo Republic's crude oil output is likely to fall to around 12-million tons (260 000 barrels per day) in 2002 from 13-million tons last year as old fields decline, the head of the state oil firm has said. 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

Gold-mine tank-farm is completed

9th August 2002 Supplier of products and services to Africa’s transport and mining industries IMS Industrial Products (IMS-I) has completed a lubricant and fuel installation to work in conjunction with automated fuel-management technology for the Afrikander Lease gold-mine in the Klerksdorp district. 

Spanish firm awarded Libyan oil contract

8th August 2002 Spanish oil major Repsol yesterday said a consortium it leads has won approval from the National Oil Company of Libya to explore and produce in the Murzuk basin. Repsol said in a statement it expects to produce 40 000 barrels per day of crude starting in the first quarter of 2004. 

Pressure on OPEC curbs from Algeria, Nigeria

By: Zonika Botha     7th August 2002 OPEC producers Algeria and Nigeria traded claims over oil output capacity earlier this week, increasing pressure on the cartel to lift stringent supply curbs when oil ministers meet in September. 

North Americans in Ghana oil hunt

5th August 2002 Ghana said it was trying to get in on West Africa's oil rush as North American independents Devon Energy and EnCana signed a deal to invest $56-million in offshore exploration. 

French firm gets fourth Gabon oil survey permit

5th August 2002 Private French consortium Perenco has won a fourth oil exploration licence in Gabon, the central African country has said. 

Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Triple bottom line principles for gas project

By: Zonika Botha     2nd August 2002 The triple-bottomline approach of financial performance, social responsibility and environmental responsibility is gaining momentum in South Africa and, as such, corporate citizenship is becoming more intertwined with a company’s business operations. 

SA oil companies to face parliament

2nd August 2002 South African oil companies will be called to parliament one by one to report progress towards the goal of 25% black industry ownership by 2010, a senior legislator has said. 

Algeria in LNG co-operation deal

29th July 2002 The Algerian state oil-and-gas company Sonatrach and energy major Shell have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to develop projects in Algeria and elsewhere, Shell has said. 

Oil firm announces fourth well success in Gabon

29th July 2002 US-based Pioneer Natural Resources has announced a fourth successful oil exploration well on its Olowi block in shallow waters off the central African country of Gabon. 

Innovative technology portends well for oxygen-poor SA water

26th July 2002 Environmental technology designed to re-oxygenate impounded water resources, being hailed as a major breakthrough in the UK and now in China, bodes well for the future environmental well-being of South Africa’s own oxygen-poor impounded water, says Dr Dave Ossin of Afrox. 

$5m boost for social development in Moz

By: Zonika Botha     26th July 2002 South African petrochemicals company Sasol has committed about $5-million to social development of the communities that live along the company’s $1,2-billion 865 km gas pipeline between Mozambique and South Africa under construction at present. 

Study on for a big Uganda fuel pipeline 

26th July 2002 A US Trade and Development Agency feasibility study to construct a $120-150-million petroleum products pipeline for Uganda and the markets of the western Lake Victoria region, is being finalised. 

Project to retrieve waste oil

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th July 2002 Used lubricating oil is unpleasant stuff – a concoction of degraded hydrocarbons, such as benzene, xylene and toluene, heavy metals and chemical additives. 

New Congo oil transport firm launched

24th July 2002 Three Western oil firms and the government of Congo Republic have formed a new company to transport oil products to the capital of the Central African country, officials have said. 

Sierra Leone launches oil exploration licensing

23rd July 2002 War-ravaged Sierra Leone is looking to secure petro-dollars to power its economy with the launch of an offshore licensing round for oil exploration in an extensive area north of the prolific Gulf of Guinea oilfields. 

Analysts bullish on resources group oil prospect

22nd July 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton’s Neptune oil find in the US Gulf of Mexico could be worth $600-million for the company based on upper-range estimates for the field, broker Merrill Lynch revealed in a research report. 

Escravos fire forces production shut-down

22nd July 2002 A fire at ChevronTexaco’s key Escravos oil terminal in southern Nigeria has forced the shut-in of some 300 000 barrels per day of oil production, a company source revealed. 

Gas burner helps steel mill improve operations

19th July 2002 Since incorporating the BOC Burnjector technology into its operations in August last year, CitiSteel, a carbon plate steel mill based in Delaware, in the north-west of the US, has improved the energy efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing processes. 

Flux supplied for offshore steel-welding application

19th July 2002 Algoa Oil of Port Elizabeth is using welding company Oerlikon’s OP121TT flux in its offshore welding applications. 

Oil firm aims to start new E Guinea field

19th July 2002 Independent US producer Amerada Hess, which has made a slew of discoveries in Equatorial Guinea recently, hopes to get these oilfields in production by the end of next year or early 2004, a company spokesperson has said. 

Oil demand expected to rise in 2003

15th July 2002 World oil demand growth in 2003 is set to rebound next year from this year’s paltry increase, but the impact of high crude prices on consumption and hiccups in the global economy recovery will stem the rise, oil analysts have predicted. 

Israel oil pipeline to send Russian crude to Asia

15th July 2002 Russian oil could soon be flowing through a pipeline partly built by Iran and alleged by traders to have handled Iraqi crude in the most unlikely of places – Israel. 

Angola might extend Cabinda oil rights to 2030

12th July 2002 A consortium led by Angolan state energy firm Sonangol has extended its offshore drilling and exploration rights in Cabinda until 2030, Portuguese lawyers negotiating the deal have said. 

Tunisia to export LNG to Europe by 2004

11th July 2002 Tunisia hopes to export up to 900-million cubic metres of liquefied natural gas within two years in a bid to attract foreign investment in its energy sector, a government official said in remarks published earlier this week. 

Resources firm reviews Iran oil project role

11th July 2002 The world’s largest diversified miner BHP Billiton yesterday said it was reviewing whether it would participate in the Iran Foroozan-Esfandiar oilfields rejuvenation project. 

Gas to gain weight in SA energy market

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 In less than two year’s time natural gas piped from Mozambique will be available in South Africa. Engineering News features reporter Zonika Botha speaks to Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger about South Africa’s current gas portfolio and how natural gas will influence this... 

Site set for construction of $294-m processing facility

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 The $294-million central processing facility, which will be located at the Temane gasfields in Mozambique, some 30 km north-west of Vilanculos, is an integral part of Sasol’s $1,2-billion project to bring natural gas to South Africa by 2004. 

Welding to start on 865-km pipeline

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 Work on Sasol’s $549-million transmission pipeline to transport natural gas from the Temane gasfields, in Mozambique to Secunda, in South Africa is progressing well, with line pipe currently being strung on the Mozambican route and welding scheduled to begin this month, pipeline project... 

Gas project to up Moz GDP

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 As one of the most significant capital investments in Mozambique, Sasol’s $1,2-billion natural-gas project is well poised to bring economic growth and industrial development to one of the poorest countries in Africa. 

Pipeline route mindful of environment

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 Petrochemical giant Sasol’s $1,2-billion venture to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa by 2004 will consist of five integrated, yet separate projects, including an upstream gasfield development in Mozambique, a transmission pipeline from Temane to Secunda, the conversion of... 

Catalyst plant first tangible sign of gas-to-liquids intent

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2002 The first physical manifestation of the commitment of fuels and chemicals giant Sasol to the pursuit of a serious gas-to-liquids (GTL) business emerged yesterday with the opening of a new catalyst facility at De Meern near Utrecht in the Netherlands. 

Subsea pipeline to be completed this month

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 A 1,8-km subsea pipeline from PetroSA’s Voorbaai tank farm at Mossel Bay, Western Cape, to the tanker mooring offshore is set to be completed by the end of July. 

Nigeria pushes for West Africa pipeline

4th July 2002 Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo earlier this week said he would hold ChevronTexaco and its partners to a promised 2005 completion date of an ambitious West Africa gas pipeline. 

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