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Oil Refineries

Aluminium smelter partners now tackle offshore projects

21st November 2003 Well known for their successful implementation of aluminium smelter projects, SNC-Lavalin and Murray & Roberts have joined forces to tackle offshore oil and gas projects. 

SA’s offshore potential is still being mapped

By: Jill Stanford     21st November 2003 Since South Africa opened its offshore areas to international investors in 1994, seven exploration leases and eight technical cooperation agreements have been signed. 

Oil: the third scramble for Africa is under way

By: Jill Stanford     21st November 2003 The great powers, mid-range states, African polities and the corporate oil interests of global, regional and local players are all vying for position, privilege and ascendance, a Global Pacific & Partners report on The Third Scramble for Africa written by chairman and CEO Dr Duncan Clarke claims. 

Heavy metal fight

By: nkolola halwindi     7th November 2003 Additive manufacturer and supplier Ethyl Corporation has refuted recent media reports alleging that the organic metallic compound methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) causes damage to vehicles components, indicating that the reports are untrue and unsubstantiated. 

IFC approves investments in Caspian oil projects

6th November 2003 The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, yesterday approved investments in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Phase 1 oilfield and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. 

SA oil explorer to accelerate drill programmes

4th November 2003 South African-based oil and gas exploration and production company Energy Africa yesterday reported sustained production levels and continued cash generation for the six months ended September 30, 2003. 

Exxon finds two new wells in Angola's Block 15

3rd November 2003 ExxonMobil Corporation has made two new oil discoveries in deepwater Block 15 offshore Angola, its Angolan affiliate Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) and state oil firm Sonangol said at the weekend. 


By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 Sasol Oil intends modelling its retail fuel brand on that of the highly-successful US QuikTrip, Engineering News can today report. 

Vision for petroleum company of future

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 An enlightened approach to business processes with enabling technologies can dramatically improve downstream company competitiveness. 

'Africa to supply 20% of world oil by 2010'

24th October 2003 Nearly 20% of global oil consumption will be sourced from sub-Saharan Africa by 2010, a senior ChevronTexaco official said on Wednesday. 

PetroSA to co-sponsor ‘Oil Olympics’

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th October 2003 South Africa’s national petroleum agency, PetroSA, said yesterday it would host and cosponsor the 18th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in September 2005. 

Post-war growth pushes Angola’s fuel demand

21st October 2003 Demand for petroleum products in Angola should grow five-fold over the next ten to 20 years as the oil-rich country rebuilds its economy after decades of war, a top Angolan industry official said yesterday. 

Countering filter contaminants

By: Steven Chiaberta     17th October 2003 Many filters are prematurely blocked because of problems associated with water contamination. ?This is the view of hydraulics director Philip Johnson of the multinational filter technology company Donaldson. 

Malawi seeks partners for oil exploration

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th October 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government is scouting for foreign companies or agencies to join hands with it to carry out an exploration exercise for oil and other gases in the Lake Malawi and lower Shire Valley area. 

Post-2007 uncertainty on oil, gas tax regime

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 Although the OP26oil and gas taxation regime which incorporates the 1977 Income Tax Act is old, it is more favourable and attractive to the industry than the provisions which apply under the current Income Tax Act observes David Clegg, partner in the Ernst & Young oil and gas taxation group. 

Angola's Sanha to hit 100 000 b/d by 2007

8th October 2003 US oil giant ChevronTexaco expects its Sanha oilfield in Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day by 2007, a senior official at its subsidiary CABGOC said on Monday. 

Angolan oil refinery project faces funding difficulties

26th September 2003 Plans to build a flagship oil refinery in Angola are in trouble over financing, a government-owned newspaper reported on Thursday. 

Nigeria plans to issue emergency fuels tenders

26th September 2003 Nigeria is planning to issue emergency tenders for the purchase of vital motor fuels to avert any shortages after suspending the formal award of billon-dollar contracts in the wake of an anti-corruption probe, industry sources said on Thursday. 

Opec set to keep oil taps on hold ahead of winter

24th September 2003 Opec oil producers prepared yesterday to weather a downturn in crude prices by keeping output limits unchanged for the rest of the year. 

SA firm in Qatar methanol deal

16th September 2003 State-owned Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s PetroWorld have signed heads of agreement for the development of a large-scale fuel grade methanol project. 

SA women seek oil opportunities in Qatar

By: laurian clemence     15th September 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka left South Africa for Qatar on Friday, leading a delegation, comprising mostly of women, which is keen to establish business ties in the Middle Easter country, particularly in the energy sector. 

New division seeks to improve equipment performance

By: candice haase     12th September 2003 In efforts to enhance productivity among its clients, the local operation of global mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane has created a division called Performance Plus, which seeks to improve the performance of equipment at its clients. 

R1,5-m IT upgrade at Natref completed

12th September 2003 Information technology (IT) services and solutions provider, arivia.kom, together with its implementation partner Lehae Technologies, an empowerment IT company, has completed a R1,5-million upgrade of the local area network (Lan) at National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) in... 

2006 cleaner fuels deadline looms

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s oil refineries face a number of challenges in the near future, due to the estimated R10-billion to R15-billion price tag to convert production to unleaded petrol, the oversupply of petrol stations locally, the new Petroleum Retail Act and the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

Lesley Crawford, Wearcheck Africa

12th September 2003 Full name: Lesley Marilyn Rhodes Crawford Position: MD of the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology since July 2002 Main activity of the company: Condition monitoring of fixed and mobile plant through the analysis of used lubrication oils Date and place of birth: September 11, 1945,... 

Surface-heating tape installed on Durban pipelines

12th September 2003 More than two kilometres of Bartec-Heat PWB30 surface-heating tape has been installed on pipelines and a vessel at an oil-blending plant in Durban. 

Petroleum firm increases spending as clean fuels deadline closes in

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Petroleum company Engen expects to spend between R100-million and R200-million before 2006, in preparation for the legislation enforcing the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel. 

South Africa awaits air-pollution control legislation

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Oil refineries and industrial factories are major sources of air pollutants, namely sulphur-dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes. 

Local fuel industry faces sea change

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 There have been several changes affecting the local fuel industry, such as the decision to phase out leaded petrol, the implementation of black economic empowerment and the 

Insulation manufacturer increases its capacity

12th September 2003 Manufacturer of environment-friendly 1 050 ?C low-density calcium silicate insulation, Insulite, has increased capacity significantly by importing a fully-computerised profile cutting machine from the UK to service the pipe, tank and vessel markets. 

Safety shutoff valves for the oil and petrochemicals industries

12th September 2003 The South American petrochemical industry has become an active user of the full range of Maxon safety shutoff valves. 

Empowerment group included in jet fuel suppliers’ group

12th September 2003 Black economic empowerment oil company Exel Petroleum is the first empowerment oil company to be included in the jet fuel suppliers group at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Construction of R1bn Sapref converting process to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, Sapref, is on track to convert to the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel, with construction, totalling a billion rand, due to start early next year. 

From waste to profit Company turns low-value contaminated streams into industrial heating fuels

12th September 2003 As a processor and marketer of industrial liquid heating fuels, FFS Refiners is confident that the 2006 policy regarding the banning of leaded petrol and diesel with high sulphur content will enhance the value of the services the company offers to the oil industry. 

Statoil aims for 100 000 b/d in Angola

2nd September 2003 Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil aims for its holdings in fields offshore Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude oil in the future, daily Aftenposten reported yesterday. 

Ibhubesi field set for new drill campaign

By: Jill Stanford     29th August 2003 The Ibhubesi Gas Group comprising Forest Oil, PetroSA, Anschutz and Mvelapahanda, which holds an option to join the group, announced yesterday that they are to begin a second drilling campaign in the Ibhubesi gas field northwest of Saldanha Bay. 

Sasol mulls propylene oxide plant

22nd August 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday it was studying producing propylene oxide and propylene glycol ethers at its Sasolburg site, some 100 km south of Johannesburg. 

Exel secures Eskom contract

18th August 2003 After a ten-month audit by Eskom, South Africa’s main electricity utility, Exel Petroleum has won a tender to supply fuel oil to a number of Eskom power stations, including Matla, Majuba, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo, Kendal, Matimba, Kriel and Hendrina. 

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