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Oil Refineries

New generation of crude oil distillation systems

25th March 2005 For a number of years now, there have been no new developments or fundamental enhancements in equipment used for laboratory crude oil distillation in compliance with ASTM standards D-2892, D-5236 and D-1160. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Resources giant to start West Coast drill this year

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 Resources giant BHP Billiton is still committed to the drilling programme off the West Coast of South Africa during this calendar year. 

75% increase in oil-analysis course attendance

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 What if your vehicle’s oil could tell you what was wrong with the engine? 

Mad Dog oil, gas project comes on stream

11th February 2005 Petrochemical company BP announced mid-January the start-up of oil and natural gas production from the Mad Dog development. 

Oil: are we running out?

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 “The continued growth in the energy-demand era is coming to an end unless we can quickly invent some other form of energy to take oil’s place,” said Simmons & Company International CEO Matthew Simmons on the question of ‘black gold’ supply reaching its peak. 

West Coast oil search enters the deeps

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 FOR the first time ever, deep-water oil exploration wells are to be drilled off the West Coast of South Africa. 

Energy diversification urged to counter oil depletion

By: Martin Czernowalow     31st January 2005 Energy diversification is crucial to counteract future shortages of oil supply, which could lead to the slowdown of the world economy, an oil industry expert told a seminar on Friday. 

Africa a key focus for oil explorer

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 INDEPENDENT oil and gas company Premier Oil is drilling up to 18 wells this year, 13 of which are in Africa. 

BHP Billiton to sell its interests in Oz oil fields

By: jenny furness     16th November 2004 Mining and energy group BHP Billiton yesterday announced it has agreed to sell its interests in the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields to Paladin Oil & Gas Australia, a fully-owned subsidiary of Paladin Resources, an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

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  

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. 

Forecourt training is continuing

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 The forecourt training that was introduced by the local petroleum industry last year is to be continued this year, with an emphasis on safety and security. 

Engines battle with SA diesel

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Impending legislation to govern emissions will require action now to be compliant when official emission levels are regulated. 

Industry calls for fuel levy to fund cleaner fuel

By: Deborah Spicer     10th September 2004 One of the biggest challenges facing the petroleum industry is the need to invest capital to meet the planned introduction of cleaner fuels in January 2006. 

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. 

Competition challenges designers to create safer paraffin stoves

19th August 2004 The Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa in association with Proudly South Africa is putting up half-a-million rand to encourage innovative designers to come up with safe, functional and cost-effective solutions for sub-standard paraffin stoves. 

SA contractor breaks into Angola oil market

11th August 2004 JSE-listed Group Five, in partnership with CBI Constructors, has gained a foothold in the Angolan oil industry, securing a major contract with the Cabinda Gulf Oil Company at one of its largest bases. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

Oil group signs production-sharing deal in Uganda

5th July 2004 Independent international oil and gas exploration company Tullow Oil announced on Friday that its subsidiary, Energy Africa, has signed a production-sharing contract with the government of Uganda, in respect of Block 1. 

Could cutting sulphur burn SA refining?

By: tom robbins     2nd July 2004 Additional government environmental legislation to control fuel content post-2006 could threaten the viability of the country’s oil refining industry, according to Engen Refinery GM Wayne Hartmann. 

R250m oil tanker launched as part of BEE deal

30th June 2004 The Southern Unity – a new R250-million state-of-the-art ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts – was officially named in Cape Town yesterday. 

‘Customers endorse ExxonMobil-Engen alliance’

28th June 2004 Customers of ExxonMobil and Engen have endorsed the lubricants alliance between the two companies, which made a wide range of Mobil lubricants available through Engen's extensive marketing network, the parties said last week. 

Bateman acquires French engineering group

17th June 2004 In a strategically important development for its services to the oil, gas and energy sectors, South African-based engineering group Bateman has acquired Litwin, of France, a company with some 50 years of worldwide experience in executing projects in these sectors. 

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