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Gas

R161m gas extension gets go-ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has announced that it will proceed with its R161-million extension into Durban South, in Kwazulu-Natal. The project includes the construction of gas distribution lines from Bayhead to Umbogintwini. Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger says that Sasol... 

Mini-gas cylinder developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A MINI-gas cylinder which is ideal for the safe and convenient transportation of limited quantities of gases, has been developed locally by the specialty gas department of Messer Fedgas. Known as Microcyl, the container is able to store up to 45 l of permanent gas or calibration gas mixtures.... 

Nelspruit casino on track

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nelspruit has been dealt a winning hand with the construction of Tsogo Sun’s new R32-million Emnotweni Casino having started. The construction contract is being undertaken by local company Norse Grinaker, a fully-owned subsidiary of Grinaker Construction. The casino will add to the surge of... 

South Africa set for a lull in oil deregulation

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A growing number of oil industry ob- servers and practitioners are hinting that there is no real urgency to bring about deregulation in the sector and that plans to increase black economic empowerment are also not well advanced. These views emerged as Engineering News canvassed the opinions of... 

Offshore petrol association launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa (known as Opasa) was officially launched last month in Cape Town. The Department of Minerals and Energy, and others interested in the upstream industry of South Africa, joined with companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of... 

Fluid couplings for gold-mine

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Fluid couplings have been supplied to Siguri gold-mine in Guinea by Stratford Engineering. The couplings have been supplied to project manager Senet Projects, which will be responsible for the installation and commissioning, due for completion in the first quarter of this year. A variety of... 

Fluid couplings supplied abroad

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first in a range of FST fluid couplings have been supplied to the Tar Sands oil-extraction plants in northern Alberta, Canada, by UK scoop-trimming, variable-filling and fluid-coupling company, Fluidrive. The tar deposits found in this area of Canada are extracted by excavator and transported... 

Smelter converts to gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The conversion of Billiton South Africa’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay from oil to Sasol pipeline gas by Gauteng firm The Combustion Group has reached the halfway mark, with completion expected by mid-1999, reports MD Flip du Plessis. The company was awarded the contract last... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Environmental management becomes a gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In line with its commitment to the environment, the gas division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has invested considerably in various programmes and technologies in the last few years to ensure that it can implement and maintain a world-class environmental-management system to ensure its operations have... 

Technical-achievement award

By: System Author     28th May 1999 recipient of several major international awards for excellence in the field of innovating improved Fischer-Tropsch process technologies Sasol Technology has received yet another coveted technical-achievement award. This time the company clinched a Thomas Kuhn bronze candidate award at the 1998... 

World’s most-desirable new natural resource

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Natural gas is fast becoming the world’s most desirable source of future hydrocarbons, and will play a far more important role in the global energy mix. The rationale for this trend is axiomatic, as the globe has abundant reserves of natural gas, and the extent of known reserves is... 

Gas firm embarks on Y2k drive

By: System Author     28th May 1999 IN line with Y2k compliance requirements, speciality and industrial gases manufacturer Fedgas has gone live with the SAP R/3 enterprise resource planning system. As a result, areas of growth and opportunities for enhanced service levels and efficiency have been identified. Fedgas already had a... 

Gas pipeline to link Britain to Belgium

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The United Kingdom–Continent Gas Interconnector has been described as one of the most important European energy infrastructure projects, providing a strategic link between the gas grids of the UK and mainland Europe. The interconnector, with a new 112 MW compression facility located within... 

Synfuel expansion project up in the air

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South African synthetic fuels and petrochemicals giant Sasol has announced that its proposed multibillion-rand Sky High expansion project has been put on hold for at least the next two to three years. As a result of the dramatic plunge in the price of crude oil, fuel and chemicals, in conjunction... 

Black gold from coal

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The oil-from-coal process is used by Sasol in its existing operating facilities in South Africa. Currently 150 000 barrels a day of synthetic fuels (synfuels) are produced, and a total of more than 700 million barrels have been produced since the start-up of Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) in the... 

Simulation tool designed for inland refinery

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africa’s only inland oil refinery, National Refiners of South Africa (Natref), could save thousands of rands in running costs following the installation of a simulation model for the effective planning of shutdowns and transfer capacities between units. The logistics tool was... 

Marketing campaign initiated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A MEMBER of the SMX group of companies, Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) has embarked on a full-scale marketing programme for its revolutionary new electronic initiator system (see page 24). The core of the system is the state-of-the-art SMI*IN*IT microchip technology used to initiate a unique... 

Significant R&D achievements highlighted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 lthough virtually impossible to single out Sasol’s greatest research and development (R&D) of the last year, considering the nature and scope of its various programmes, some achievements are worth highlighting, communications manager Alfonso Niemand tells Engineering News. Besides the... 

Road-surfacing material breakthrough

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In recent years, Sasol has become an influential and important player in the field of road-surfacing materials through its majority shareholding in Tosas, of Wadeville, Gauteng – a 70:30 joint-venture company formed in conjunction with Total South Africa in the early 1970s. Since its... 

Hard times energise changes in SADC

By: System Author     14th May 1999 NAMIBIA’s Fuel Rationalisation Plan (Ratplan) is to be deregulated over the next two months and abolished as soon as the Petroleum Products and Energy Amendment Act 1999 has been approved by the country’s Parliament. Namibian deputy director of energy Markus von Jeney says this will... 

Fledgeling company pumping black gold

By: System Author     14th May 1999 As Exel Petroleum celebrates the opening of its 30th retail service station after only two years of operation, the company seems on track to become a significant player in the South African oil industry. The company’s commercial expansion has exceeded industry expectations, recording 92%... 

R50m-worth of SA-made transformers destined for Nigeria

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R50-million order for the supply of 21 power transformers totalling 1 140 MVA for installation at various substations within Nigeria has been awarded to South African transformer manufacturer ABB Powertech Transformers by the Nigerian Energy Power Authority. All 21 transformers are scheduled to... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

Steel giant tackles gas emissions

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Steel giant Iscor has reportedly become the first company in South Africa to launch a project in partnership with foreign firms to study methods to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, which are produced at its steelworks as a result of the its commercial... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

Gas firm grows

By: System Author     26th March 1999 SCOPE for growth at Fedgas, the South African arm of German international industrial and speciality gas manufacturing and technology group Messer, has been boosted by a global restructuring of the company. Changes in the regional structure of the Messer group place Africa and the Middle East... 

South African oil plant for Saudi Arabia

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R2,6-million order from Saudi Arabia for a mobile transformer oil regeneration plant is being completed by South African company Fluidex Engineering, Engineering News can today report. “The plant, which employs our unique technology, is currently at sea, and will be commissioned for the... 

Oil-filtration benefits are punted

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry needs to be made aware of the monetary and other advantages of oil filtration instead of simply throwing out used oil, reports Chemilite GM Craig Allport. He explains that the company applies a process whereby machines are used to recycle and purify oil by removing solids,... 

Site cleared for R1-billion SA–Asian petchem plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R1-billion polyethelene joint venture (JV) in Malaysia between South Africa’s Polifin, Malaysia’s Petronas and DSM of the Netherlands is merely the first step in Polifin’s strategy to penetrate the Asia/Pacific region, Engineering News can today report. “This project... 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

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