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New economy cynics speak out

19th October 2001 The strong productivity gains of the late 1990s were concentrated in only 30% of the private sector and are likely to be whittled away in the coming months and years, according to a study released yesterday by McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm. 

Gas-to-electricity project, Tanzania

17th October 2001 In a $310-million project, the Songo Songo gasfield, off the Tanzanian coast, will be developed; gas will be processed at a plant on the nearby Songo Songo island, and the product (in gas form) transported through a pipeline to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital. 

Grease pump for grease pails

12th October 2001 South African oil companies have introduced a new 20 kg plastic grease drum. 

Russians to invest in Sudan

10th October 2001 Russian-Belarus oil firm Slavneft said it would invest $126-million in developing an oilfield in Sudan once it has signed a production-sharing agreement with the Sudanese government in January 2002. 

Hydrocarbon search offshore Morocco

9th October 2001 Morocco’s state-run Onarep office and Kerr-McGee du Maroc, an arm of US oil and gas company Kerr-McGee, signed an accord over offshore hydrocarbon research in the Western Sahara region. 

Egypt calls for Arab-pipeline urgency

8th October 2001 Egypt’s Prime Minister, Atef Obeid, said that plans to build a pipeline to supply Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with Egyptian natural gas should be accelerated. 

LPG mooted as stand-in for acetylene

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Gas companies like any other company are in business to make a profit. However, the different solutions offered to customers may not necessarily be the most appropriate nor cost-effective for the intended application, says welding engineer Wayne Holt. 

Gas-to-energy moves in East Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 The Songo Songo gas-to-electricity project represents the first step in developing natural-gas infrastructure in East Africa, says Songas MD Jim McCardle. 

Africa's big gas adventure begins

5th October 2001 Natural gas was, until a few years ago, seen as a nuisance by the energy industry. In fact, it is still often flared against the night sky in spectacular orange plumes wherever it is found on the world's oil fields. 

Africa’s big gas adventure begins

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 Natural gas was, until a few years ago, seen as a nuisance by the energy industry. 

Algeria strikes new oil, gas reserve

4th October 2001 Algeria had discovered a new oil and gas province where reserves could be as large as those in the promising Hassi Berkine basin. 

Algerian, Venezuelen leaders to talk oil

4th October 2001 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will discuss OPEC’s oil price strategy with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, when the two leaders meet in Algiers this month, Venezuela’s foreign minister said. 

Nigeria issues anti-flaring oil-permit preconditions

2nd October 2001 Determined to make good its target of attaining complete eradication of flaring its natural gas associated with oil and gas exploration in the country, the Nigerian federal government has issued fresh conditions for granting new exploration permits . 

Oz could host next gas-to-liquids plant

1st October 2001 Fuel producer Sasol Chevron is racing against time for the establishment of its proposed multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Australia. 

East Africa offshore oil project gets go-ahead

1st October 2001 East African fledgeling oil industry has received a boost with the announcement of an oil exploration project off the Tanzanian coast. 

Integrated safety system for centre

28th September 2001 Setting new safety standards for tenants and the public, the R1,4-billion Canal Walk retail shopping complex at Century City on the outskirts of Cape Town incorporates a sophisticated, locally-designed gas safety system that interfaces directly with the fire detection and alarm system. 

New board precursor to State oil merger

28th September 2001 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has started recruiting a new board for the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which will come into existence when exploration and oil and gas production companies Soekor and Mossgas have merged to form a new South African oil company – dubbed Petro SA. 

Natref to reopen next month

27th September 2001 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol’s 95 000 barrels per day (bpd) capacity Natref oil refinery will reopen for production in the first week of October, company officials said. 

Egyptian gas-plant developments advance

26th September 2001 Spain’s third-largest power utility, Union Fenosa, is talking to several companies interested in participating in its liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in Egypt, a company official said. 

Gas law by year end

21st September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the current sitting. 

Petchem firm plans gas explosion

21st September 2001 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol expects gas to become a far bigger part of its future growth plans, reporting 6,5% compound growth from this sector over the past four years. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

SA oil group in Zambia push

21st September 2001 South African oil marketing company Engen has pledged continued investment in Zambia with initial capital investment of K7-billion (US$1=K 3660) on the opening of its first service station in Lusaka last month. 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

US oil group in West African deals

11th September 2001 US Phillips Petroleum Corporation said it has joined with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian government to study the possibility of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Nigeria. 

Oil firms move to end flaring in Nigeria

10th September 2001 With two multinational oil companies teaming up with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to set up another liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the federal government has issued fresh directives to oil firms to end gas flaring in their oil installations by the year 2008. 

Algeria awards $120m hydrocarbon project

8th September 2001 French engineering and construction firm, Entrepose, won a $120-million deal to build a hydrocarbon-processing unit in Algeria’s Menzel Ledjmat North (MLN) site, State-run hydrocarbon monopoly Sonatrach said. 

Some promising results from oil, gas search

7th September 2001 Licensing of prospective oil and gas exploration areas by Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has seen many international firms becoming involved in various levels of exploration off the coast of South Africa, spanning from the Orange river, on the West coast, all the way around to the... 

Gas law promised for year-end

6th September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the present sitting. 

Fresh moves to pump up oil industry empowerment

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2001 South Africa’s petroleum industry last week moved a step closer to the target as set in the Liquid Fuels Charter in November last year, whereby empowerment groups should own 25% of equity in operating assets of South African oil companies in ten years. 

Work starts on $3bn Angola oil platform

30th August 2001 Italian energy giant Eni has started work on a $3-billion offshore Angola deepwater oil plant, in which it has a 20% stake. 

Gas company up for sale

28th August 2001 One of South Africa’s leading gas companies, Messer Fedgas, is still up for sale. 

UK State approves a new gas project

24th August 2001 UK company Conoco (UK) and its co-venturers GDF Britain and Tullow Exploration, have received government consent to develop five natural gas discoveries next to the Caister and Murdoch fields in the southern area of the North Sea. 

Firm steps on the gas to deliver

24th August 2001 Brighter gas results helped power second quarter earnings for the Royal Dutch/ Shell group of companies to another record. 

Aussie firm wins contract for new gas expansion

24th August 2001 A large Australian construction and engineering company Thiess has been awarded the civil construction contract for the fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) train on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia. 

Production starts in Gulf of Mexico

24th August 2001 Oil and gas production has started at the Typhoon field, located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, reports US firm Chevron Production. 

Second stage of gas asset acquisition now completed

24th August 2001 Independent UK oil and gas exploration, development and production company Tullow Oil has completed a further stage of the purchase of the Thames-Hewett Package. 

Norwegian gas sales contract signed

24th August 2001 Petrochemical companies Statoil and BP have signed the first Norwegian long-term natural gas sales contract after the abolition of the Norwegian gas sales committee, GFU. 

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