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Gas

Morocco starts domestic oil market liberalisation

3rd July 2002 Morocco will implement a gradual liberalisation of its domestic oil market over the next six years as part of an agreement with the European Union (EU), a senior government minister said yesterday. 

Angola fines oil firm $2m for pollution

2nd July 2002 Angola has fined US oil major ChevronTexaco Corp $2-million for causing environmental damage, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported last week. 

PE used-oil depot a boost for recycling

1st July 2002 In 2001, at least 13,5-million litres of new lubricating oil was sold to the Eastern Cape province. 

Catalytic plant shows gas-to-liquids intent

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 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. 

Upgrade of oil vessel moves ahead

28th June 2002 Engineering company SA Five has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the upgrade of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Glas Dowr. 

Oil major starts Angola oilfield work

27th June 2002 Oil super major Exxon Mobil Corp started construction of the Xikomba deepwater field offshore Angola. 

Oil giant on course to double Nigeria output

26th June 2002 Oil giant Shell and its partners are set to commit the second half of a $7,5-billion Nigeria investment and looks on target to double output to 1,5 million barrels per day in two years, a company spokesman said earlier this week. 

Opec seeks to avoid oil-cheating row

25th June 2002 Opec oil producers yesterday sought to head off a row over cheating on output quotas that threatens to mar a routine rollover of supply curbs. 

India approves firm’s move into Sudan

20th June 2002 India's cabinet has approved Oil and Natural Gas Corp's (ONGC) proposal to buy Talisman Energy stake in a controversial Sudanese oil project for $750-million, Petroleum Minister Ram Naik said on Tuesday. 

Nigeria preselects bids for 21 oilfields

19th June 2002 Nigeria said it had pre-qualified bidders for 21 of 24 marginal oilfields on offer as part of its effort to encourage local participation in its mainstay oil industry. 

US reviews policy on oil in Africa

14th June 2002 The US is looking at Africa and its emerging potential as a major oil producer to diversify its energy supply - at present some 15% of that country's oil arises from Africa. 

Zambia to sell majority stake in oil refinery

14th June 2002 Zambia said it will sell a majority stake in its Indeni oil refinery as part of its privatisation plan, and that it has received bids from four companies to operate its Tanzania-Zambia (Tazama) pipeline. 

Emerging oil force prospects off SA

10th June 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton has acquired a 90% stake in a prospecting sub-lease for oil in in South Africa’s offshore Orange Basin. 

Nigeria makes oil cash call

10th June 2002 Nigeria has made its first cash call payment to its oil joint venture partners since a Supreme Court ruling in March effectively froze such funding. 

Gas: Africa's forgotten energy source

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Africa has one of the lowest energy consumption rates in the world, with only about 10% of its population having access to electrical energy. 

Ghana firm signs West African gas deal

7th June 2002 Ghana’s energy minister said the State power company signed the first big supply contract for the West African Gas Pipeline in an important boost for the $500-million project led by ChevronTexaco. 

Germans could manufacture an oil-recovery vessel in SA

7th June 2002 German firm Bremen is studying the possibility of manufacturing a multipurpose oil recovery vessel in South Africa, and is looking for a partner to this end. 

Emerging oil play signs LNG deal with major

31st May 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton, together with the other participants in the North West Shelf Venture, signed sales and purchase agreements with Shell for the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the North West Shelf Venture (NWS) in Western Australia (NWS). 

Iranians, Norwegians in gas-field deal

30th May 2002 Iranian oil company Petropars said that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway’s Statoil to take a stake in the giant South Pars gas project if Enterpise pulls out. 

Norway oil minister to visit Angola

28th May 2002 Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Einar Steensnaes will visit Angola from May 30 to June 4 for talks on oil and gas reserves in the African nation, the ministry said. 

Nigeria approves 18 private oil refinery licences

27th May 2002 The Nigerian government said it had granted 18 preliminary licences for the setting up of private oil refineries in the country in further deregulation of its energy sector. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

New GTL alliance with Japanese

24th May 2002 Sasol Technology has formed a groundbreaking alliance with a Japanese fabricating consortium for the design, fabrication and supply of the Sasol slurry phase Fishcer-Tropsch reactors to be incorporated in the South African petrochemical giant’s new-generation gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. 

Conversion from coal to natural gas

24th May 2002 A detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract has been awarded to Fluor South Africa to convert the Sasol Infrachem Plant (SCI) in Sasolburg from a coal to a natural gas based feedstock. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Control choice for natural-gas project

24th May 2002 Alpret Control Specialists, a member of Grinaker-LTA, has been awarded the contract for the design, supply, and commissioning of a DeltaV distributed control system for Sasol’s Temane Pande Development Project in Mozambique. 

Search for additional Kudu gas hits a low

24th May 2002 Namibia – Oil and gas company Shell International, which is leading the search to develop the natural gas reserves in the Kudu gas fields, off Namibia’s Atlantic Coast, has said the results of the first appraisal have not met its expectations in terms of reserve additions and will,... 

Malawi enters the oil-exploration dash

By: Marcel Chimwala     24th May 2002 Malawi – The Malawi government has set up a firm to engage in the exploration of crude oil in the country. 

Resources giant approves Aussie gas project

20th May 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton said a $137-million development of the offshore Victoria Minerva gas field would start this year, paving the way for first production in early 2004. 

Government cuts millions in fuel costs

17th May 2002 Eight of South Africa's oil companies, together with their technology and banking partners, have combined their resources and technical expertise to form a fuel management initiative in response to central government's decision to introduce an electronic fuel purchasing technology for its vast... 

Oil firm concerned about Sudan violence

17th May 2002 Austrian oil and gas company OMV said that it was deeply concerned about reports that Sudan’s government was using violence to depopulate villages in promising oil areas racked by a 19-year civil war. 

More oil finds off Nigeria

16th May 2002 The world’s largest publicly traded oil company, Exxon Mobil, announced a new oil discovery by its Nigerian unit bearing a test rate of 5 000 barrels per day. 

Dry Angola well does not deter Norwegians

14th May 2002 Norwegian industrial group Norsk Hydro has said that the first exploration well in its 30%-owned Block 34 off Angola had proven dry, but said it would not scale down prospects for the area. 

Handheld flue-gas analyser is now available in S Africa

10th May 2002 The South African distributor for the German-manufactured Afriso range, Instrotech, of Johannesburg, has added another product to its range. 

Nigerian State oil firm to be commercialised

10th May 2002 Nigeria said that State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will now operate as a commercial entity and assume responsibilty for cash call payments to the country’s oil joint venture partners. 

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