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Oil Refineries

Industry in good health, but challenges niggle

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 The local oil refining industry is in good shape, but faces the challenge of adjusting to meet growing demand and the need to make progressively cleaner fuels, notes South African Petroleum Industry Association Director Colin McClelland. 

African refiners establish far-reaching forum

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 In an effort to counter the pressures created by new refining capacity in the Arabian Gulf and Indian subcontinent, African refiners earlier this year established an association aimed at investigating challenges and opportunities facing the downstream sector of the oil industry in Africa. This is... 

SA firm helps curb refinery emissions

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Mounting concerns over air pollution emissions and the desulpherisation of plants has opened a niche in the market for process analysers and emission reduction equipment. 

Local contractor in Angolan offshore project

8th September 2006 For many years, the oil and gas downstream division of Grinaker-LTA M&E has been a market leader in the execution of shutdowns for the petrochemical plants and refineries in South Africa. 

Wide range of catalysts supplied

8th September 2006 Catalyst innovations are key to high performance process technology. 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

Coal may surpass oil as best-performing energy investment

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2006 Coal, the hard, black byproduct of fossilized plants used as fuel since China’s Western Han dynasty 2000 years ago, may overtake oil as the best performing energy investment. 

SA plans coal-to-fuel plant with Sasol, rivals

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2006 South Africa’s government plans to announce a coal-to-liquid fuels project with companies including Sasol, the world’s biggest producer of motor fuel from coal, Minerals and Energy Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said. 

Refiners mull new capacity projects

8th September 2006 In a report on the impact of new refineries on the African market, Citac Africa notes that, with strong products demand, and refining margins at record-high levels, an economic and strategic incentive exists for many countries to consider building new refineries. 

Continent's oil producers record strong growth, but sustainability questioned

By: Jade Davenport     9th June 2006 The recent surge in the commodity markets has paved the way for increased economic growth in mineral-rich Africa, especially amongst the continent’s leading oil-producing countries. 

African refiners to meet

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 In addition to the Oil Africa 2006 exhibition and conference to be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from March 22 to 24, the ARA (African Refiners Association) Annual Meeting and Downstream Workshop will be held in the city from March 20 to 24 at the Cullinan Hotel. 

Big guns set to visit oil show

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 Exhibitor numbers are nudging 100 for Africa’s leading oil expo and conference Oil Africa 2006 to be held in Cape Town from March 22 to 24, 2006. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Second Kuwait Oil and gas conference planned

2nd August 2005 The second Kuwait International Oil and Gas conference and Exhibition will take place in Kuwait from March 6 to March 8, under the patronage of Minister of Energy Sheikh Ahmad AL-Fahad AL-Sabah. 

Gas-turbine contract awarded for Nigerian oil-field

5th July 2005 Global firm Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract from ExxonMobil for gas turbine packages for an offshore Nigeria project in one of the most prolific oil and gas regions in the world. 

Full order book for Western Cape rope-access company

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A series of oil and gas rigs in need of repairs or maintenance is expected to dock in the port of Cape Town before the end of the year. 

Norway firm expands oil interests in Brazil

16th May 2005 Norwegian oil firm Northern Oil has agreed to purchase three offshore licenses in the Camamu and Almada Basin, Brazil. 

Oil sight glass makes inspection easy

By: Zonika Botha     22nd April 2005 Local company Echochem Pumps is the sole importers of a remarkable oil sight glass, which, according to the company, should be installed on every pump and gearbox on customers’ plants. 

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