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Oil Refineries

Wear-resistant product for oil refineries introduced to South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Wear, corrosion and hardfacing applications product supplier Weartech began distributing a new portfolio of wear-resistant surface treatments, called UltraFlex, last month. It is manufactured by Kennametal, a global supplier of tooling and industrial materials, and increases the wear performance... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

Reliability improvement for SA refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer and supplier John Crane has four reliability contracts with key oil refineries, in South Africa, to deliver rotating equipment to increase pump reliability and reduce the cost of ownership for the end-user. The company supplied the John Crane Dart One wireless remote... 

Oil refinery celebrates start up of new diesel and hydrogen units

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP in May announced the successful commissioning of a diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plant at its 234 000 bl/d Cherry Point Refinery located in Blaine, Washington. 

Local safety products provided for international oil refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Several South African and international refineries have been supplied by gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering recently. The company supplies liquid natural gas (LNG) producer Qatargas, LNG producer Oman LNG, South African oil and... 

Seals company supplying refinery in Angola

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Mechanical-seals manufacturer AESSEALS is supplying four seals, worth R500 000, to concessionaire for oil and gas exploration on the subsoil and continental shelf of Angola, Sonangol. AESSEAL MD Rob Waites tells Engineering News that the company first started working with Sonangol a year ago and... 

Many projects in pipeline for oil refiner

6th September 2013 Multinational energy company Chevron Corporation executives said at the company's annual security analyst meeting in March, in New York, that the company is continuing to deliver industry-leading operational and financial results and progressing key development projects. "We had an outstanding... 

Company to launch thermal camera for use in oil refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for use in safety and emergency applications at oil refineries and petrochemicals plants will be launched next month by safety products manufacturer MSA South Africa. The MSA Evolution 6000 TIC series of TICs has a 320 x 240 no unit of measure high-definition core,... 

Pumps supplied to oil refinery

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Four Sundyne LMV311 feed-pump skids, with spare parts, were delivered to South African energy and chemicals producer Sasol’s Secunda complex last month by manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and compressors for the oil, gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power generation and water processing... 

Petrochemicals company teams up with fast food franchise

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 South African petrochemicals company Sasol signed an agreement with fast food franchise Burger King South Africa in July, which will enable the global restaurant chain to open stores within Sasol’s national fuel retail network in the next five to seven years. “The contract enables Sasol... 

Local refineries face many challenges

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South Africa’s ageing refining infrastructure, which was built more than 50 years ago, when less sophisticated technology was used, is struggling to compete with the modern and more sophisticated Asia-based refineries, says global professional services firm KPMG. 

Engineering firm undertakes its largest refinery maintenance shutdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz is undertaking its biggest-ever refinery maintenance shutdown at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, this year. 

Steam ejectors to reduce petrochemicals firm’s power consumption

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South African steam ejector equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum was awarded a contract in August to supply eight steam ejector sets to a petrochemicals refinery in Secunda. 

Refractory company installs four linings for petrochemicals group

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Johannesburg-based refractory engineering and installation company, Refraline, has been appointed by Germany-based refractory materials engineering and installation company, Beroa, as a subcontractor for the installation of refractory linings on four Gas-Heated Heat-Exchange Reformer (GHHER)... 

Petrochemicals upgrades provide good opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 The need for South Africa’s six oil refineries to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrades over the next five to ten years is a good opportunity for supplier of cast components to the petrochemicals industry, Steloy Castings, to step up to the plate as a trusted service organisation, the... 

System benefits petrochemicals sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Control instrumentation and analyser vendor OEN Enterprises has released the next generation German-manufactured Durag D-VTA 200 EX video and thermography system to the South African petrochemicals market. 

Large refinery order for dosing pumps company

7th September 2012 Germiston-based pumps company Ecochem Pumps has secured the dosing pumps contract for Sasol Synfuels’ water recovery growth project, in Secunda. 

Solution improves safety, reliability

7th September 2012 Large oil and gas companies around the world are using process automation and control firm Honeywell Process Solutions’ new Blending and Movement Automation (BMA) R400.1 solution at refinery off-sites, terminals and large tank farms to improve safety, reliability and operational performance, the... 

Firm plans to enter local petrochemicals sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Following its success in the international petrochemicals sector, environmental management technology supplier Procon Environmental Technologies plans to enter the local petrochemicals sector this year, reports chief environmental engineer Jacques Steyn. 

SA will need extra oil refining capacity in future – Sapia

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South Africa will eventually have to build an additional refinery, asserts South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo. 

Move to cleaner fuels realistic, despite challenges

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 It is a realistic aim for South Africa to move towards cleaner fuels even though there are challenges to achieving this, South African economic analysis and business modelling services consultancy Econometrix reports. 

Industrial services company introduces 3D sludge mapping technology

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Integrated industrial services company A Hak Industrial Services has introduced a three-dimensional (3D), sludge-mapping technology to its services offering, aimed at the petrochemicals industry. 

Steam silencers supply contract under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 South African steam jet equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum is currently involved with a contract to design, fabricate and supply petrochemicals firm Sasol, in Secunda, with two vent steam silencers. 

Refinery and depot receive environmental accreditation

2nd September 2011 Energy company Engen has received ISO 14001 certification for the environmental management systems at its crude oil refinery depot in Wentworth, Durban. 

Petrochemicals group encourages learners at National Science Week

2nd September 2011 South African petrochemicals firm Sasol believes that education is the foundation of a prosperous future and is continually investing in significant projects as part of its efforts to ensure that the youth are well-equipped for the future.  

Firm supports clean fuels market in South Africa

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Engineering and construction firm Fluor is tapping into the local cleaner fuels market and aims to provide refineries with engineering and construction solutions to assist the various refiners in establishing appropriate production facilities to meet the cleaner fuels specifications by 2017. 

Petroleum product refiner focuses on safety

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Refiner and marketer of petroleum products Chevron South Africa is involved in a long-term strategic initiative to ensure that safe operations and practices are maintained at its refinery in Cape Town. 

Seal technology to reduce refineries’ environmental compliance costs

2nd September 2011 Seal solution specialist AESSeal says refineries will not have to spend tens of millions of rands modifying or replacing older API 610 editions 5, 6, 7 and 8 pumps to comply with industrial emissions legislation. 

Group gears up for second phase of refinery project

2nd September 2011 Engineering group Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering & Construction Group has been appointed to perform the second phase of an existing contract to modernise Colombian petroleum company Ecopetrol’s Barrancabermeja refinery.  

Completion of multiple petrochemicals projects

2nd September 2011 Engineering firm Vital Engineering recently completed multiple contracts to supply gratings and stair treads for various applications for petrochemicals companies. 

The way forward for cleaner fuels in SA

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 South Africa needs complete fuel specifications, clear regulations and definite proposals on how to fund the move to cleaner fuels, Engen refinery and strategic planner Ian Baxter said during a lecture, hosted last month by the South African National Energy Association, on the implications... 

High-tech TLP tensioner system delivered

2nd September 2011 General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas’ Drilling & Production business has received a contract valued at about $45-million to supply and service the industry’s largest tension leg platform (TLP) marine riser tensioner system, for oil and natural gas explorer Chevron. Chevron plans to deploy the TLP at... 

Compressors for India’s oil industry

15th October 2010 Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric (GE) has signed a licensing agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) of India, to develop and build compressors for the oil and gas industry, says GE India CEO John Flannery. 

Mthombo recognised for excellence

3rd September 2010 State-owned oil company PetroSA’s proposed oil refinery, the Mthombo project, was recognised as the top infrastructure project in the Oil & Gas subsector of Infrastructure 100, a concept launched by professional services firm KPMG International and insight and data service provider... 

Water filtration system 
removes 99,9% of 

3rd September 2010 Water contaminated by heavy industries can be safely and more quickly discharged into the environment, owing to a technology designed and developed by environmental management expert Procon Environmental Technologies. The MyCelx water filtration system can remove 99,9% of the hydrocarbons to meet... 

Economic recovery of spill dependent on moratorium

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 The six-month moratorium on oil and gas exploration, issued by the Obama Administration on May 30, shortly after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, might trigger a loss of more than 8000 jobs, nearly $500-million in wages and more than $2,1-billion in economic activity in the Gulf region. 

US refiner to install 
more pipelines

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2010 Refineries and pipelines owner Holly Corporation, based in Dallas, in the US, will install more pipelines between its two refineries in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, fully integrating the operations by the first quarter of 2011. 

Project management consultancy contract for Iraq expansion project

3rd September 2010 Engineering and construction group Foster Wheeler has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) services contract, by the Iraqi State-owned South Oil Company (SOC), for the onshore Iraq crude oil export expansion project, in southern Iraq, and offshore, in Iraqi waters. 

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