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New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

Regulations stymie R5,2bn gas project

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The potential development of an estimated R5,2-billion project to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa is dependent on favourable regulations and fiscal dispensation, reveals Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger. The South African pipeline gas supplier has been closely... 

Gas-storage facility transplanted

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Corex plant at Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, was commissioned in December amid extreme weather conditions and other challenges, reports Saldanha Steel engineering manager Gerrie van der Walt. The arrival of a gale-force North-westerly made it necessary to move the gas-storage facility... 

SA gas industry boom on the horizon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Despite South Africa’s small known gas resources, the country could soon be witnessing a boom in the gas industry if negotiations with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Namibia for the cross-border transport of natural gas are concluded successfully, Department of Minerals and Energy... 

R3m oxygen plant fuels drive into Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Achieving success with the establish- ment of an on-site oxygen-manufacturing plant at the Blanket gold-mine, owned by Kinross of Canada, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, only seven months after its establishment, Messer Fedgas sister company Messer Zimbabwe is creating a springboard for the company to... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

Welding mill for gas pipes installed

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The R80-million second phase of Hall Longmore’s R100-million production facility upgrade is nearing completion with the installation of the upgraded R65-million electric resistance welding (ERW) mill which will be dedicated to the manufacture of pipes for oil and gas, sales and marketing... 

Domestic gas-monitors to arrive in SA

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Domestic gas-detectors for the monitoring of stray carbon monoxide in light delivery vehicles, which leads to a number of deaths each year, could soon be made available to the South African market, reports Gas Alarm Systems sole proprietor Jim Cope. The company, which specialises in the supply of... 

Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

Waste-gas management boosts recoveries

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A higher efficiency rate can be achieved in ore-recovery smelters with the correct control, cleaning and conditioning of waste gas, reveals Gas Handling Systems MD Chris Rowland. Although expensive, proper waste-gas management in metal-recovery plants can be justified as it could lead to an... 

Bulk gas tankers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 More than R6-million was invested nationally by Afrox in new tankers for road transportation of bulk liquid gases last year, bringing the number of tankers in the gas giant’s fleet to more than 100 – excluding liquid petroleum gas tankers, reports bulk distribution manager Jan... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

SA’s gas pipeline installers under fire

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Quality standards in the South African pipeline gas indus- try compare poorly to those in other parts of the world as a result of a lack of clear-cut guidelines and training for participants in the industry, reveals Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) project manager for pressure vessels... 

Nitrogen air-separation membranes

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A distribution agreement with world-leading industrial gas firm MG Generon has been concluded by Alpha Air Separation for its nitrogen air-separation membranes. The systems are cost-effective, providing the lowest-cost supply of nitrogen because users pay only for the quantities and purities... 

Business confidence gets executive thumbs-down

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Executives of the top 100 industrial companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are negative about business confidence and the political situation in South Africa this year compared to 1998. This view is in contrast to the expectations expressed towards the end of 1997 with regard to... 

Plant triples carbon dioxide output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Leading pipeline gas manufacturer Air Products’ carbon dioxide plant in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is able to produce three times more the amount of carbon dioxide a day following the completion of R27-million-worth of extensions to the plant in September last year, reveals deputy MD Michael... 

Argon-purification plant order filled

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Two argon-purification plants have been supplied to Air Products by Keyplan, which is at present in the detailed engineering and procurement phase of a third plant for the gas supplier being exported to Malaysia, Engineering News can today report. To ensure the success of each project the two... 

LPG meter purchased

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A liquid controls liquid petroleum gas (LPG) meter fitted with the Lectro count electronic register with electronic temperature has been purchased by Gasfreight from Liquid Automation Systems. Since the unit is specifically designed for the metering of LPG it provides the user with complete... 

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