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Oil Refineries

Phase 1 of refinery expansion project to be completed this year

2nd September 2016 The Cameroonian government is planning to complete the first phase of the expansion and modernisation works at national refinery company Sonara’s refinery later this year, which will lead to an increase in production. According to local media, the refinery – the only one in the country – has been... 

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa

2nd September 2016 With there being various commitments to improve infrastructure made by African countries, bitumen producers will be assured of significant work in future, says oil industry company Royal Dutch Shell. According to figures stated in the Roads and Highways overview compiled by international... 

SAPREF The 10/20 bitumen is available for direct pick-up at the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries in Durban
SAPREF The 10/20 bitumen is available for direct pick-up at the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries in Durban

Supplier development programme launched for black businesses

2nd September 2016 Oil refining company Chevron Corporation’s local subsidiary Chevron South Africa (SA) –  which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand – last month announced a new enterprise and supplier development (E&SD) programme aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The... 

CHEVRON OIL REFINERY The refinery produces petrol, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and other specialty products for South Africa
CHEVRON OIL REFINERY The refinery produces petrol, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and other specialty products for South Africa

Combining operations for competitive edge

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Oil refining and marketing company Neste announced its decision to invest about €60-million in the Naantali production line last month. The investment pertains to the programme that was announced in October 2014, through which Neste will develop the refineries in Porvoo, on the southern coast of... 

COMPANY COMBINES OPERATIONS 
Oil refining and marketing company Neste announced its decision to invest about €60-million in the Naantali production line last month
COMPANY COMBINES OPERATIONS Oil refining and marketing company Neste announced its decision to invest about €60-million in the Naantali production line last month

Chevron refinery completes planned maintenance and inspections

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Comprising a network of Caltex service stations and a refinery, as well as a sizeable supply and trading organisation, Chevron South Africa  recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town, shortly after one if its most significant and successfully planned maintenance... 

MAINTENANCE INSPECTION COMPLETED Chevron South Africa recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town
MAINTENANCE INSPECTION COMPLETED Chevron South Africa recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town

Global expertise leveraged to service the liquid fuels and petrochemicals industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Having seen business potential in the refining and manufacture of liquid fuels and chemicals, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS)  business development and sales GM Vishal Harichund tells Engineering News that TKIS South Africa (SA) can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the... 

THYSSENKRUPP, WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the global TKIS organisation’s specialist divisions
THYSSENKRUPP, WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the global TKIS organisation’s specialist divisions

Oil refinery’s planned maintenance completed

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 South Africa’s second-largest oil refinery, Engen Refinery (Enref), in Durban, South Africa has undergone a planned maintenance outage that was completed last month. The outage started on July 9 and, on August 8, Enref’s mainstream units were fully online, while the remaining units underwent a... 

Oil refinery’s planned maintenance completed

Joint agreement finalised to modernise Assiut refinery in Egypt

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Engineering and construction project managers for the energy industry Technip Italy announced, in July, the finalization of a joint agreement with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Assiut Oil Refining Company (ASORC) for the modernisation project of the Assiut refinery located in... 

Joint agreement finalised to modernise Assiut refinery in Egypt

Oil and gas company responds to industry and market demands

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total presented its French refining roadmap to employee representatives in April this year. The plan is designed to provide each Total refining site in France the means to resist the volatile business environment and perform profitably. Total... 

Oil and gas company  responds to industry  and market demands

Water treatment specialist services global oil refineries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International water-treatment solutions specialist Degrémont, a subsidiary of France-based utility company Suez Environment, is committed to supplying sustainable, efficient and cost-effective water management services to the oil refinery and petrochemicals industry. The company supplies robust... 

Water treatment specialist services global oil refineries

Uganda’s $2.5bn crude oil refinery to start commercial production in 2018

4th September 2015 Uganda’s $2.5-billion crude oil refinery, currently being constructed by a consortium led by Russia’s raw materials and infrastructure development company RT Global Resources, will start commercial production in 2018. The consortium was chosen by Uganda’s government in February to build and... 

Uganda’s $2.5bn crude oil refinery to start commercial production in 2018

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International and African key decision-makers in the oil and gas industry have confirmed their attendance at the yearly Africa Oil & Gas Expo 2015, which will take place on September 8 and 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. They will discuss the latest developments and... 

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate  industry challenges

AGM discusses the rising energy demand of a growing continent

4th September 2015 Stakeholders in the African downstream oil industry met at the Westin Grand Hotel, in Cape Town, in March as part of African Refiners Association (ARA) week to discuss how to invigorate investment in the refining and distribution sectors of all African countries, from the Mediterranean to the... 

AGM discusses the rising energy demand of a  growing continent

Technology provider to supply Malaysian refinery project

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has selected international provider of advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents and services Axens as a technology provider for Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in... 

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES 
Petronas has selected  Axens as a technology provider for its Rapid project in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES Petronas has selected Axens as a technology provider for its Rapid project in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia

Company delivers oil refinery control systems

4th September 2015 Japanese electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa China has received an order from Chinese oil and gas company PetroChina Yunnan Petrochemical to deliver control systems for an oil refinery that is being built in China’s Yunnan province. The first stage of the project includes... 

Construction project aims to expand crude oil throughput

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International professional technical service providers Jacobs Engineering Group announced last month that it was selected by multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its crude flexibility engineering and... 

Company announces services contract for Russian oil refinery unit

4th September 2015 Engineering contractors Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced in June that its main subsidiary, Tecnimont S.p.A., in cooperation with Russian partners, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management services contract by Russian oil producer, JSC Gazprom Neft, for the... 

Company announces  services contract for Russian oil refinery unit

Kentz (member of the SNC-Lavalin group)

4th September 2015 With offices in over 50 countries and a staff complement of about 40 000, Montreal-based global engineering firm SNC-Lavalin provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to clients in a variety of industrial... 

Kentz (member of the SNC-Lavalin group)

Conference highlights oil and gas industry

5th September 2014 A weeklong conference, aimed at uniting and networking between major role-players in the global oil industry, will run from November 3 to 7 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

HIGHLIGHTING OIL INDUSTRY
Africa Oil Week will feature recent industry trends and critical issues
Photo by Bloomberg
HIGHLIGHTING OIL INDUSTRY Africa Oil Week will feature recent industry trends and critical issues

SA oil below par on international scale

By: Donna Slater     5th September 2014 The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus. 

APPROPRIATE FILTRATION
The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes

New facility increases manufacturing capacity

5th September 2014 US-based oil refiner Chevron Corporation started commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s refinery in Pascagoula, near Mississippi, in July. 

INCREASING CAPACITY
The facility will help countries around the world meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements and higher performance standards for lubricants
Photo by Reuters
INCREASING CAPACITY The facility will help countries around the world meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements and higher performance standards for lubricants

Local lubricant manufacturers acquired to boost offering

5th September 2014 Germany-based lubricants manufacturer Fuchs Petrolub, with a yearly turnover of €1.8-billion, announced in May that it had acquired South African lubricant manufacturing companies Lubritene and Lubrasa. 

LOCAL INDUSTRY GROWTH
The acquisition of two local lubricant manufacturers will enable the Fuchs Group to enter new markets worldwide and provide export opportunities for the local subsidiary
LOCAL INDUSTRY GROWTH The acquisition of two local lubricant manufacturers will enable the Fuchs Group to enter new markets worldwide and provide export opportunities for the local subsidiary

Smart attendance device monitors personnel in remote regions

5th September 2014 A time and attendance monitoring system that works with satellite communications can assist in the monitoring of staff in remote locations, such as those on sea-based oil rigs, according to workforce management and business process outsourcing company Adcorp Operations Shared Services. 

KEEPING TABS ON STAFF
The aim of using the new system is to create efficient time acquisition, administration and payroll functions in remote areas
KEEPING TABS ON STAFF The aim of using the new system is to create efficient time acquisition, administration and payroll functions in remote areas

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries

5th September 2014 The problem of corrosion-under-insulation (CUI), which is common in the oil refineries industry, can be controlled by applying a thermal spray that is available from wear, corrosion and hardfacing company Weartech. 

PREVENTING CORROSION
Corrosion under insulation accounts for as much as 40% to 60% of a company’s piping maintenance costs
PREVENTING CORROSION Corrosion under insulation accounts for as much as 40% to 60% of a company’s piping maintenance costs

Reliability contract improves performance

By: Donna Slater     5th September 2014 A second-term contract to enhance the reliability of 565 pumps at Cape Town-based oil refinery Chevron has been improved through training the site personnel and mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane’s constantly monitoring the pumps. 

RELIABLE PUMPING
The John Crane Performance Plus team ensured that standards set by the American Petroleum Institute were met at all times
RELIABLE PUMPING The John Crane Performance Plus team ensured that standards set by the American Petroleum Institute were met at all times

Safety protocol wins contract

5th September 2014 Celebrating a milestone safety achievement of three-million man-hours without lost time through injury, diversified steel manufacturer Belmet Marine & Engineering recently announced the company was awarded a major oil rig contract by subsea engineering, construction and services company Subsea 7,... 

SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT
Safety is non-negotiable in the oil and gas industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Safety is non-negotiable in the oil and gas industry

Gearbox oil launched

5th September 2014 Petroleum products refining company Engen announced in July that it launched its Gengear XEP-series industrial gearbox oils for high-performance under pressure applications to the local market. 

LUBRICATION OIL AVAILABLE
Modern gearboxes put enormous pressure on the lubricant
Photo by Duane Daws
LUBRICATION OIL AVAILABLE Modern gearboxes put enormous pressure on the lubricant

Dehydrator purifies oil faster

By: Donna Slater     5th September 2014 Contaminated oil stored in a static hydraulic 2 000 ℓ tank was purified completely using wear control company Filter Focus’ vacuum dehydrator. 

DRYING OIL
The vacuum dehydrator is fully automated, allowing for ‘one-touch’ operation
DRYING OIL The vacuum dehydrator is fully automated, allowing for ‘one-touch’ operation

Specialised compressor for refinery

By: Donna Slater     5th September 2014 A large-capacity process gas compressor was delivered in July to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels Catalytic Cracker plant, in Secunda. 

PROCESS GAS COMPRESSOR
The R11-million compressor forms part of Sasol’s expansion project
PROCESS GAS COMPRESSOR The R11-million compressor forms part of Sasol’s expansion project

Safety promoted at expo

5th September 2014 Energy services company Lloyd’s Register Energy is challenging oil and gas companies to improve their approach to safety, performance and technical innovation to ensure the world’s advancing energy supply is changing in a sustainable way, from reservoir and refinery to beyond. 

ECOURAGING SAFETY
The oil and gas industry cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to safety
ECOURAGING SAFETY The oil and gas industry cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to safety

PackSolve

5th September 2014 Established in 2014 through the merger of South Africa’s two leading industrial packing solution entities, PackSolve is the largest diversified industrial packaging group in the Southern African Development Community. The company, which has an order book of R200-million, offers clients a full... 

PackSolve

Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees

5th September 2014 Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees To quality as a broad-based black economic empowered (BBBEE) company in terms of the BBBEE Amendment Act, 2013, Aerosud is placing the focus on putting suitable mechanisms in place to enable its lower-paid employees to share in its... 

Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees

Diesel vehicle sales push fuel development

5th September 2014 An increasing local demand for diesel vehicles is pushing further development of diesel fuels to become more environment-friendly while increasing engine power, reports petroleum industry company BP. 

DRIVING DEMAND
South African diesel vehicle sales have shown positive growth over the past few years
Photo by Duane Daws
DRIVING DEMAND South African diesel vehicle sales have shown positive growth over the past few years

$2.4bn sale of California refinery completed

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP in June completed the sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corporation for about $2.4-billion as part of a plan to reshape BP’s US fuels business. Cash proceeds from the sale include... 

Pumps company receives oil refinery order

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Twelve Milton Roy dosing pumps are being installed at petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ water recovery growth project, in Secunda. Germiston-based pumps company Ecochem Pumps signed a contract with Germany-based engineering company ThyssenKruppe last year in September to supply the... 

Company reaches milestone with triethyl aluminium

6th September 2013 Producers of surfactants, surfactant intermediates, high-purity alumina and related specialty products Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (O&S) announced in July that it has reached an important milestone in the expansion of its capabilities with the production of its new ALCAT TEAL highly purified... 

Commissioning of new distillation unit marks major milestone in refinery upgrade

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP announced in July that it had completed commissioning and start-up of its new 250 000 bl/d crude distillation unit at the Whiting refinery, marking a major milestone in the multibillion-dollar upgrade of the facility in Northwest Indiana, in the US. “The safe... 

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