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Joburg’s natural-gas switch well advanced

By: Zonika Botha     29th October 2004 Following the arrival of Sasol’s natural gas in South Africa from Mozambique earlier this year, Johannesburg gas distributor Egoli Gas is well under way with its extensive network conversion process, which will allow 8 833 customers within the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan to switch... 

West Coast exploration advances

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 SASOL Petroleum International, which develops the Sasol group’s interests in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, is going to conduct a 2D seismic survey in Blocks 3A/4A off the South Africa’s West Coast. 

Junior spending £190m on oil search

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 UK company Tullow Oil is to spend about  

Steel prices stymie local manufacture of cheap gas cooker

By: Martin Czernowalow     29th October 2004 Heeding government's call to provide affordable, safe and accessible energy to the South African domestic market, Easigas - a division of Shell South Africa Marketing - yesterday launched the Easicooka, at its depot in Alberton, Johannesburg. 

Gas project holds potential for SA's development

20th October 2004 The Mozambique to South Africa gas project holds much potential in terms of unlocking further industrial and infrastructural development in South Africa, a senior South African government official said yesterday. 

Stainless-steel electrode advance tested

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Welding, cutting and gases company Afrox has launched a new product that was developed in cooperation with petrochemicals giant Sasol. 

State oil group seeks to transform into a technology firm

By: Jill Stanford     15th October 2004 STATE oil company PetroSA says it is emerging as a technology company. 

Africans join forces to host big oil event

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th October 2004 The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), which will host the 18th World Petroleum Conference (WPC) next year, yesterday announced that four other African countries have come on board as cohosts. 

Output from Sasol's Gabon oilfields rises

8th October 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced increased gross oil production at the Etame oil field, offshore southern Gabon, West Africa, from 15 000 to greater than 22 000 barrels per day (bpd). 

SA firm begins work on R200m Angola oil contract

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2004 Broad-based infrastructure company Group Five and tank and pressure-valve specialist CB&I Constructors South Africa have started work on their R200-million contract for the Malongo Greater Tukula Area (GTA) expansion project in Cabinda, Angola. 

Kudu investment decision is expected next year

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Cape-based Energy Africa is an African oil and gas exploration and production group. 

Advertising strategy revamped

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 What do you do when your advertisements have become iconic, but most consumers have no idea what products they advertise? 

Local foundry receives Canadian order

10th September 2004 Precision casting company Rely Metpro has established a solid reputation in North America for quality castings, and this has again been underscored by the recent delivery of another order of tube sheets destined for a fractionator project in Canada. 

2 months of trading for new division

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Global company Hansen & Rosenthal (H&R) Wasag, which is listed on the SDAX, recently acquired additional special products activities from BP, the international oil and gas group. 

Industry competitors join forces to offer training 

10th September 2004 Oil refinery Engen has joined forces with other large industry players to bridge the skills gap in the construction industry. 

Italian refineries install temperature systems

10th September 2004 A new European regulation, aimed at reducing the air pollution caused by diesel-motor emissions, stipulates a significant reduction in the amount of sulphur present in diesel oil. 

Refinery prepares for cleaner-fuel project

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 The Durban-based Engen Refinery celebrated its fiftieth anniversary mid-year this year and has now set its sites firmly on the future of cleaner fuel 

New standard for diesel under negotiation

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 New-technology diesel engines, like racehorses, are fussy about the type of fuel that they consume. 

Oil prices to peak by year-end

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 The oil price per barrel had three successive record high prices during one week in August. 

Iraqi refineries are a growing source of business

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 South Africa’s only wholly locally-owned petrochemical pump manufacturing company, APE Pumps, has just despatched its latest order to Iraq. 

Sasol set to spend a record R15bn on projects in 2005

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2004 Petrochemicals group Sasol confirmed yesterday that it is likely to move towards the upper limit of its self-imposed gearing range of 50% as it prepares to spend a record R15-billion on capital projects in its 2005 financial year. 

Gas company gears up retail business

By: Helene Le Roux     20th August 2004 Manufacturer of gases, gas- and arc-welding and cutting equipment and welding consumables, Afrox, is making a multimillionrand investment in launching a new chain of retail outlets aimed at small- and medium-sized customers. 

Oxygen analyser is improving

By: Deborah Spicer     20th August 2004 Manufacturer of Orbital tungsten-inert-gas tube welding equipment Orbimatic GmbH has upgraded its weld purge meter. 

Enhanced customer relations is this company's goal

By: ongezwa manyathi     20th August 2004 Specialist liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier Easigas, a division of Shell South Africa Marketing – owned joint by Royal Dutch Shell black-economic-empowerment partner, Thebe Investment Corporation – has embarked on a bulk market segmentation programme in an attempt to enhance... 

Chlorine gas to be heated using tape

20th August 2004 Chlorine gas at Anglo Platinum’s precious metals refinery near Rustenburg will be heated by Bartec HSB45 self-limiting tape to maintain its temperature in piping above 50  

Natural-gas pipeline commissioning due in May

20th August 2004 In Mozambique, WBHO Construction, in joint venture with Shearwater Construction has been awarded an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a natural-gas pipeline from Ressano Garcia to Matola. 

Products' safety guaranteed by accreditation

20th August 2004 Users of John Crane products can be assured of their safety for use in hazardous environments now that a large proportion of the company’s product range has achieved full compliance with Atex approval. 

Technology adds value for gas users

20th August 2004 Industrial gases are critical in many manufacturing operations producing products ranging from rubber tyres to steel and from chemicals to plastics and paper. 

Oil and energy are outgrowths of this company’s activities

By: ongezwa manyathi     20th August 2004 A global leader in supply-chain management provides customer-focused solutions to a variety of industries. 

Gas – a possible alternative to thermal home energy?

By: ongezwa manyathi     20th August 2004 The winter season does not only bring the dreaded cold but also a string of power failures – especially in cities like Johannesburg. 

Gas counter is suitable for remote regions

20th August 2004 The Flowsic 600 gas counter from Protea Automation Solutions, operates with the use of ultrasound, and is able to measure and count the gas volume, without contact and without loss of pressure in industrial applications. 

Transacting system improves supply chain

20th August 2004 Afrox has introduced a new computer-based management and control system called PartnerNET that aims to streamline and improve the efficiency of the company’s channels to market in respect of compressed gases. 

SA firm awarded Romanian power station contract

20th August 2004 A contract to build-own-operate (BOO) two new electrical-power stations in Romania has been awarded to a consortium consisting of Bateman and Somogin, a Domberger subsidiary registered in Monaco. 

Solution posed for front end engineering design

20th August 2004 Aspen Technology has announced that Parsons E&C, a leading worldwide engineering and construction company, has signed a new licence agreement to standardise on AspenTech’s solution for front-end engineering design (FEED). 

Nitric acid plant’s problem solved

20th August 2004 Jones international, a division of Chemplast, a leader in the field of specialised mixing equipment globally and in Africa, supplies products that are manufactured from high-quality, wear-resistant material to increase life and reduce maintenance and downtime. ? 

Contact-centre uses browser-based evaluation

20th August 2004 Afrox, a manufacturer of gas and welding products, has installed QAssessment, a comprehensive browser-based evaluation tool, which forms part of the Qnique? Performance Management product set, to manage its contact centre experience with its customers. 

Autogas offers environmental benefits

By: ongezwa manyathi     20th August 2004 According to a recent European-wide scientific study autogas (LPG) can improve air quality as it releases less Nox and particulates than petrol or diesel. 

LNG contract awarded in Nigeria

By: Deborah Spicer     20th August 2004 Petrochemical and engineering company Technip announced that Nigeria LNG (NLNG) has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the NLNGSix project at its existing liquefied natural-gas facility to partners of the equal joint-venture team, which includes Technip,... 

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