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Oil Refineries

Fuel giant focused on reducing its environmental footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Fuel giant Engen’s oil refinery, in Durban, has stepped up its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, with the most recent initiative being the implementation of its integrated waste management plan (IWMP). 

$3,7bn greenfield 
second-stage refinery for Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Petroleum processor Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), controlled by an opportunity-specific fund of private equity firm Citadel Capital, is building a $3,7-billion greenfield second-stage refinery, in Mostorod, in the Greater Cairo district, to decrease Egypt’s reliance on imported refined products. 

Oil giants 
designing new spill containment system

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Oil producing giants Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil are working together to start planning for the construction and deployment of a new oil spill containment system, designed to improve the capture and containment of oil in underwater well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Heavy crude oil refining economics improve

3rd September 2010 The refining industry performance of the US has improved during the first quarter of 2010, says independent professional consulting firm Baker & O’Brien. 

Oil refinery meets eThekwini’s trade permit requirements 

3rd September 2010 At the yearly performance review of its schedule trade permit with the eThekwini municipality’s health unit, oil giant Sapref shows that the company consistently operates within the requirements as set by the city. 

Contract awarded 
for conversion to 
oil-associated gases

3rd September 2010 Marine and energy power solutions company Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to convert the Eden Yuturi - block 15 power plant, in Ecuador, to run on oil-associated gases, which normally flares into the atmosphere, rather than on crude oil as it currently does, says Wärtsilä Americas services... 

Technology developments for nonpiggable pipelines

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Integrated industrial services company A Hak Industrial Services intelligent pigging system technology and the continued development of its ultrasonic tool (UT), have led to the introduction of the push-pull UT intelligent pig system, which will be released in South Africa in early 2011, and will... 

Crude oil production takes off in Angola

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Global oil refiner Chevron Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) and its partners have begun crude oil production from its Mafumeira Norte project, in Block O, offshore of Angola, bringing the field on stream ahead of schedule. 

R125-million single buoy mooring successfully installed

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery Sapref’s new single buoy mooring (SBM) has been successfully installed safely, on time and within budget.  

Maintenance at Durban refinery under way 

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, the South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) Durban refinery is currently undergoing a planned maintenance shutdown, which is expected to last less than two months. 

Petroleum giant seeks 
aggressive profitable growth

4th September 2009 South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum is seeking to maintain aggressive profitable growth in sub-Saharan Africa during the current global economic downturn. 

Industrial services company focused on expanding its capabilities

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Integrated industrial service company A Hak Industrial Services, a subsidiary of the Dutch multinational A Hak, is in the final design stages of new equipment that will expand the company’s capabilities in the testing and inspection of refinery plant processes and pipelines. 

Plant hire company 
undertakes education drive

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Plant hire and equipment rental company Rand Air is undertaking an education drive to highlight the benefits of using oil-free compressors during refinery shutdowns. 

Safety product enters refinery market

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Safety product supplier Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa recently launched the first portable 5-gas detector, the new Altair 5 Multigas Detector with motion alert and instant alert features, to the South African market. 

Global engineering firm wins refinery contracts

4th September 2009 Global engineering, construction firm KBR has recently secured two new contracts for refineries in Angola and Saudi Arabia. 

Engineering company awarded turnkey contracts

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 French engineering company Technip has been awarded two significant turnkey contracts by Saudi joint-venture company the Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company (SATORP). 

Durban refinery lowers sulphur emissions

5th September 2008 Durban's Engen oil refinery has made strides in improving its environmental performance, particularly in controlling its atmospheric sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, states the company's annual performance report.  

Plant hire company grows Cape's marine, offshore services capacity

5th September 2008 Plant-hire company Rand-Air is seeing an increase in the demand for its air and power service supplies from Cape Town's marine and offshore facilities, says Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus. 

Two work contracts completed at polypropylene plant

5th September 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA mechanical and electrical, a division of Aveng Africa, recently completed two separate contracts for South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol's polypropylene plant 2. 

Company strengthens its hold in the oil and gas industry

5th September 2008 Diversified technology company 3M announced the addition of protective coating manufacturers Copon and Thortex, to its existing range of high-performance specialist coatings and repair products.  

World refining capacity under pressure

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The BP Statistical Review of World Energy for June 2008 states that the world refining capacity for 2007 was 87 913-million barrels a day (bbl/d), which is marginally under what is currently required, says petroleum products group Engen’s corporate planning GM Dave Wright 

Green Scorpions compliance project on track

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The National Oil Refineries Environmental Compliance Project is currently on track for completion by the end of this year says Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) spokesperson Mava Scott. 

Oil giant signs second major black empowerment deal

5th September 2008 Oil company Shell South Africa announced the sale of its 25% stake in the Sapref operated Durban refinery to investment company Thebe, in July, as part of its commitment to black economic-empowerment (BEE). 

Reduced emissions for oil refinery

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Petroleum producer Engen’s oil-refinery recently completed a R57-million environment project involving the commissioning of a fourth stage separator on the fluidised catalytic cracker unit (FCCU), to reduce the emissions of particulate matter from the refinery, in an effort to comply with... 

DME plans around 2010 fuel supplies

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The Department of Minerals and Energy's (DME's) Project Delta has been commissioned to implement various aspects of the Energy Security Master Plan on liquid fuels. 

High performance filters seperate the good from the great

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Petrochemical solutions producers Chemflo is providing chemical compatibility and separation solutions for challenges arising from new technology and innovations in the petrochemical industry. 

Guided wave technology allows for 100% inspection

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Government-approved inspection authority De-Tect Unit Inspection has recently complimented its existing equipment with the latest technology software in long-range guided wave inspection, the Wavemaker Pipe Screening System (WPSS). 

Supplier supports refinery maintenance shutdowns

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2007 Generator and compressor supplier Rand-Air has been involved in several shut down operations at most of the large oil refineries in South Africa, making it one of the preferred pressured air and generator suppliers, states Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus. 

SA facing permanent import of fuel – Sapia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2007 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) reports that South Africa might face becoming a permanent importer of fuel, should local refineries be unable to start operating at nameplate capacity. 

Possible oil refinery on the cards for east coast

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2007 Black economic empowerment entrepreneurial company Bidevco states that the prefeasibility study for a possible oil refinery in the Eastern Cape is currently under way, and will be completed during September 2007. Bidevco COO Jacques van Wyk states that the study is being conducted by a group of... 

Bearings contractor reduces oil refinery operational cost

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2007 Bearing supplier Bearings International is nearing the end of its second, three-year contract as the exclusive supplier of bearings, to oil producer Sasol's Secunda and Sasolburg refineries. Part of the contract included saving Sasol in excess of 20% on operational costs, over a three year... 

New Mozambique oil refinery approved

7th September 2007 The Mozambican Council of Ministers has approved the construction of an oil refinery, valued at more than $1,3-billion, in the northern province of Nampula, reports news agency Bloomberg. Dubbed the 'Ayr Logistics Limited - Nacala', the project is spearheaded by privately owned American... 

Study group formed to monitor Middle Eastern growth

7th September 2007 Controlling the impact of what has been described as a veritable tsunami of oil products shortly to hit Africa from new refineries in Asia and the Middle East, is one of the major concerns of the one-year-old African Refiners Association (ARA) which held its second general meeting in Cape Town... 

Development agency move to empower oil industry suppliers

7th September 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) announced in June that the South African Supplier Development Agency (Sasda) will be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF) group of companies as part of broader initiatives to accelerate the empowerment of black economic-empowerment (BEE)... 

R110-million wastewater treatment plant upgrade for Milnerton refinery

7th September 2007 The Chevron refinery in Milnerton has started construction of a R110-million upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant, as part of an ongoing environmental improvement programme. 

Oil refineries under Green Scorpion review

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2007 The environmental management inspectorate from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), popularly referred to as the Green Scorpions are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the environmental compliance of South Africa's oil refineries. The first compliance... 

Contractor focuses on safety improvements

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Safety is one of the key issues when working in oil refineries. Grinaker LTA M&E has taken this to heart. Spending about 1,2 million manhours per month on various projects including oil refineries, the company has brought its disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) to below 0,29. 

Software product developed for combustion plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Through its local representation of international suppliers, South African company The Combustion Group (TCG) is providing innovative designs, and solutions for the manufacture, installation and commissioning of burner equipment for any plant and application. 

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