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Change drives new approach

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 The industrial gases industry is facing a step-change in customer requirements which is driving the introduction of innovative value-added product packages and service solutions by suppliers. ?Afrox industrial gases business manager Nkululeko Magadla says the growth in exports of South African... 

Oz oil producer says production up 6%

1st February 2006 ASX-listed Cooper Energy yesterday reported on a strong December quarter of oil production, with oil sales of $7,3-million and an 11,6% rise in proved oil reserves. 

Nigerian firm's JSE listing adds oil-board choice

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 Nigerian energy firm Oando, which is the largest independent and privately-owned oil-trading company on the continent, last month became the first West African company to dual list on the JSE, when the group’s entire issued share capital was introduced on the main board of the JSE, in the... 

What is an OCGT plant?

9th December 2005 What is an OCGT plant? An open cycle gas turbine plant is a combustion turbine plant fired by liquid fuel – in this instance by turning a generator rotor that produces electricity. 

OCGT plants to boost SA’s peaking-power capacity

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 In response to the recent above-average growth for electrical energy, power-utility Eskom has initiated a number of projects to ensure that the additional requirement for peaking power anticipated in Southern Africa in 2007 is met. 

Prequalified IPP bidders revealed

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 Over the next few years South Africa is expected to experience sustained growth in electricity demand, driven by growth in the industrial, mining, commercial and domestic consumer sectors. 

SA’s first OCGT power plant on schedule for 2007

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 The first open-cycle gas-turbine power plant (OCGT) to be built on power-utility Eskom’s grid is well under way and is on schedule for its 2007 completion date. 

BHP gives green light to Pakistan gas expansion

23rd November 2005 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton yesterday announced approval for the Phase-2 development of the Zamzama gas field in Pakistan. 

Gas services to expand wine industry

18th November 2005 An industrial gas manufacturer has launched a comprehensive gas supply and technology service to add value to the winemaking industry in South Africa. 

Compressed natual gas a competitive alternative fuel?

By: peter cromberge     21st October 2005 South Africa could be moving closer to the take-up of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology. 

Unlocking gas riches

By: Helene Le Roux     14th October 2005 Since its inception, the South African synthetic-fuels industry has produced well over 1,5-billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from coal and gas. 

Vacuum pump orders are on the increase

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2005 About a year ago, the South African gas company Afrox, which is part of the international BOC group, was appointed as the official distributor for BOC Edward’s industrial vacuum pumps and systems in South Africa. 

Oil-and-gas challenges emergy

By: Liezel Hill     7th October 2005 Crucial issues of supply and demand, high and volatile prices, security of supply, environmental issues and alternative energy sources represent key questions deliberated by delegates and experts from over 50 countries at the 18th World Petroleum Congress, held in Johannesburg last month. 

Tribunal mulls Sasol, Engen merger

By: Liezel Hill     3rd October 2005 Competition Tribunal hearings into the planned merger of Sasol and Malaysia-based Petronas's respective liquid fuels businesses (Sasol Liquid Fuels and Engen) get under way today. 

Nigerian oil group sets sights on JSE listing

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The JSE's somewhat anaemic oil-and-gas board could be enlarged before the end of this year with the listing of Nigerian integrated energy-solutions firm Oando - currently, the board is dominated by petrochemical group Sasol, with the far smaller Exxoteq still suspended. 

Pan-African oil exploration venture examined

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 Discussions have begun between countries into the possibility of forming a so-called pan-African oil-exploration company, Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks confirmed yesterday. 

Developing world must lower dependence on exhaustible commodities

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 While improved transparency, anticorruption and social-responsibility measures are needed in the global oil industry, developing countries should not continue to depend on direct revenue from the extraction and export of oil and other commodities for economic growth, Nigerian Minister of... 

Challenges emerge as oil summit concludes

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 Crucial issues of supply and demand, high and volatile prices, security of supply, environmental issues and alternative energy sources represent key questions deliberated by delegates and experts from over 50 countries at the 18th World Petroleum Congress, held in Johannesburg this week. 

Natural-gas industry consolidates, expands

By: Liezel Hill     29th September 2005 The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is undergoing a transformation, from a sector focused on specific projects and long-term contracts, into a fully-integrated commodity market, Chevron global gas US President John Gass said yesterday. 

Africa to play key role in future energy supply - PwC

28th September 2005 Africa will play an important part in the world's oil supply as global demand for fuel increases drastically during the next two decades - and South Africa could become an oil hub of the continent during that time, according to 'African Oil and Gas: The New Horizon', released yesterday by... 

Infrastructure, skills key to sustainable fuel sectors

By: Liezel Hill     27th September 2005 African countries must improve fuel-sector infrastructure and downstream capabilities to transform their respective and collective energy industries into economic growth and effective poverty alleviation, PetroSA MD and CEO Sipho Mkhize said yesterday. 

SA acquisition doubles London oil firm's size

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 London Stock Exchange-listed Tullow Oil, which owns South African-based Energy Africa, indicated that its acquisition of the firm last year effectively doubled the size of the company. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Landlocked Mali seeks more oil and gas exploration

12th September 2005 The west African country, Mali says it wants its “open for business” mat for new oil and gas exploration investment to become “well worn”. 

Chemicals firm calls for a rethink on possible MMT ban

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 January 1, 2006 marks the deadline for the introduction of cleaner fuels into South Africa. 

$4bn oil refinery mooted for Richards Bay  

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Plans are under way for a $4-billion oil refinery to be built in Richards Bay. 

Vegetable-oil refiner develops new products

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Established in 1996, PSS Oils deals in the refining of vegetable oil for animal feed and trades in edible oil. 

Mobile plants regenerate transformer oil on-site

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 In an effort to break the monopoly on the supply of re-refined transformer oil and on-site transformer oil regeneration, F&C Technologies was established in 1999. 

New safety overalls developed for oil refinery workers

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Having gained a reputation as one of the safest companies worldwide, DuPont is now one of the industry leaders in supplying safety products and services. 

World petroleum conference coming to Africa this month

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 In a significant move for South Africa, and in fact the entire African continent, the 18th World Petroleum Congress (18th WPC) was awarded to South Africa and will be taking place later this month, from September 25 to 29. 

Nondestructive testing specialist completes oil refinery projects

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Nondestructive testing specialist De-Tect has been involved in significant projects in the oil refining industry. 

'Pigs' play crucial role in pipeline maintenance

9th September 2005 Oil refineries are highly reliant upon pipelines for their ongoing successful operation as the raw materials and finished products (crude oil and petroleum products) are usually transported by means of pipeline to and from the refinery. 

Oil-price surge a threat to growth

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 The 4,8% growth figure for the country’s second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) review will help balance the slower 3,5% first quarter growth and also supports hopes that the economy will be able to meet the treasury’s growth target of 4,3% for the year. 

Jo’burg gas conversions successfully completed

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 The project to convert Johannesburg’s gas infrastructure from hydrogen-rich gas to natural gas has been completed. 

Ambitious pipeline construction under way

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 An ambitious project to pipe natural gas from Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana is under way and should be completed by December 2006. 

Two new products to aid gas industry

2nd September 2005 South African supplier of analysis and monitoring equipment OEN Enterprises recently announced the release of two new products to aid the gas industry. 

Gas industry focuses on laser technology

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 Laser technology is a growing industry throughout the world and in South Africa the situation is no different. 

Massive rural LP gas roll-out under way

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 The challenge by government to dramatically increase the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in low-income homes in South Africa has been taken up by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of South Africa (LPGASA) and its members, and the project is now well under way. 

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