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Oil & Gas News

Gas to gain weight in SA energy market

By: Zonika Botha     5th July 2002 In less than two year’s time natural gas piped from Mozambique will be available in South Africa. Engineering News features reporter Zonika Botha speaks to Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger about South Africa’s current gas portfolio and how natural gas will influence this... 

Catalyst plant first tangible sign of gas-to-liquids intent

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2002 The first physical manifestation of the commitment of fuels and chemicals giant Sasol to the pursuit of a serious gas-to-liquids (GTL) business emerged yesterday with the opening of a new catalyst facility at De Meern near Utrecht in the Netherlands. 

Morocco starts domestic oil market liberalisation

3rd July 2002 Morocco will implement a gradual liberalisation of its domestic oil market over the next six years as part of an agreement with the European Union (EU), a senior government minister said yesterday. 

Angola fines oil firm $2m for pollution

2nd July 2002 Angola has fined US oil major ChevronTexaco Corp $2-million for causing environmental damage, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported last week. 

PE used-oil depot a boost for recycling

1st July 2002 In 2001, at least 13,5-million litres of new lubricating oil was sold to the Eastern Cape province. 

Loudspeakers in a hall

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th June 2002 Hannes Bornmann wrote to ask if I would write something about stereo sound and the best place to put loud-speakers in a hall. 

Heating and cooling directly with wind

By: Karel Smrcka     28th June 2002 Wind energy is already being used worldwide for the generation of electricity. Another very interesting possibility is the use of the kinetic energy to drive cold and heat compressors. 

Upgrade of oil vessel moves ahead

28th June 2002 Engineering company SA Five has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the upgrade of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Glas Dowr. 

Catalytic plant shows gas-to-liquids intent

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2002 The first physical manifestation of the commitment of fuels and chemicals giant Sasol to the pursuit of a serious gas-to-liquids (GTL) business emerged yesterday with the opening of a new catalyst facility at De Meern near Utrecht in the Netherlands. 

Oil major starts Angola oilfield work

27th June 2002 Oil super major Exxon Mobil Corp started construction of the Xikomba deepwater field offshore Angola. 

Oil giant on course to double Nigeria output

26th June 2002 Oil giant Shell and its partners are set to commit the second half of a $7,5-billion Nigeria investment and looks on target to double output to 1,5 million barrels per day in two years, a company spokesman said earlier this week. 

Test pipeline completed on big Southern African gas project

By: Zonika Botha     26th June 2002 Gauteng-based company Pipeline Erectors has been awarded a R1-million contract by Sasol Technologies (Sastech) to construct the first kilometre of Sasol’s $549-million 865-km natural gas pipeline between Temane in Mozambique and Secunda in South Africa. 

Opec seeks to avoid oil-cheating row

25th June 2002 Opec oil producers yesterday sought to head off a row over cheating on output quotas that threatens to mar a routine rollover of supply curbs. 

Utility unleashes SA's technical talent

21st June 2002 A range of focused activities are coordinated by the Eskom Development Foundation (ESDEF), a section 21 company formed in 1998, in a drive to unleash the technical skills of young South Africans. 

The greatest mining engineering feat

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st June 2002 The leaks persisted and then, as bolts started blowing off flanges, it was decided to abandon the pump station. 

Africa's utilities add energy to renaissance plan

21st June 2002 Africa's top power utilities say they are ready to take a leading role in a recovery plan for the continent through the provision of infrastructure development. 

Algeria-Tunisia in oil, gas deal

21st June 2002 OPEC member Algeria and neighboring Tunisia signed an accord this week to set up a joint venture to explore for natural gas and oil in the two countries, officials said. 

$550m Ugandan power project ‘will go ahead’

21st June 2002 President Yoweri Museveni said in remarks published yesterday a controversial $550-million Ugandan power project would go ahead whether environmentalist critics liked it or not. 

Renewable Energy White Paper released

21st June 2002 Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka released the Draft White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development for public comments on Friday. 

India approves firm’s move into Sudan

20th June 2002 India's cabinet has approved Oil and Natural Gas Corp's (ONGC) proposal to buy Talisman Energy stake in a controversial Sudanese oil project for $750-million, Petroleum Minister Ram Naik said on Tuesday. 

Nigeria preselects bids for 21 oilfields

19th June 2002 Nigeria said it had pre-qualified bidders for 21 of 24 marginal oilfields on offer as part of its effort to encourage local participation in its mainstay oil industry. 

Big business 'cautious' in SADC dealings

By: candice haase     14th June 2002 Multinational technology group Siemens has in the last four years expanded its operations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to the extent that 20% of its earnings were generated beyond South Africa’s borders last year. 

Innovations to kick-start economic upturn

By: Karel Smrcka     14th June 2002 In the previous Developments column, published in the June 7 to 13 edition of Engineering News, we dealt with trends that appeared at several specialist trade fairs as part of Hanover Fair 2002. 

US reviews policy on oil in Africa

14th June 2002 The US is looking at Africa and its emerging potential as a major oil producer to diversify its energy supply - at present some 15% of that country's oil arises from Africa. 

Zambia to sell majority stake in oil refinery

14th June 2002 Zambia said it will sell a majority stake in its Indeni oil refinery as part of its privatisation plan, and that it has received bids from four companies to operate its Tanzania-Zambia (Tazama) pipeline. 

Conference to extend industry horizons

14th June 2002 Sasol Polymers will hold in conjunction with the Polymeric Composites Institute of South Africa (PCISA) the yearly Composites Africa 2002 conference at Caesars Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 21. 

Eliphus Monkoe Sasol Mining

14th June 2002 Eliphus Monkoe Sasol Leader of 1 330 

Emerging oil force prospects off SA

10th June 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton has acquired a 90% stake in a prospecting sub-lease for oil in in South Africa’s offshore Orange Basin. 

Nigeria makes oil cash call

10th June 2002 Nigeria has made its first cash call payment to its oil joint venture partners since a Supreme Court ruling in March effectively froze such funding. 

Power-hungry Namibia's projects

7th June 2002 To meet growing demand for electricity in Namibia, State-owned electricity utility NamPower has embarked on a N$250-million project that will see the construction of a 275 km twin pelican conductor 220 kV transmission line to the coast and a new indoor substation called Kuiseb. 

Africa's deregulation challenge

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Jumping on the worldwide bandwagon on deregulation, the deregulation of African electricity markets is at different stages in Africa, with some countries already having made significant progress. 

Gas: Africa's forgotten energy source

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Africa has one of the lowest energy consumption rates in the world, with only about 10% of its population having access to electrical energy. 

How to avoid California's power mistakes

By: Seeraj Mohamed     7th June 2002 Plans to restructure Eskom and privatise parts of it are moving along at full steam. Soon South Africa will have privately-owned electricity generators and distributors. 

$172-million Ethiopian energy access project under way

7th June 2002 The African office of the World Bank has announced that it will be participating in a $171,8-million energy access project in Ethiopia. 

Germans could manufacture an oil-recovery vessel in SA

7th June 2002 German firm Bremen is studying the possibility of manufacturing a multipurpose oil recovery vessel in South Africa, and is looking for a partner to this end. 

S African gov powers SADC rural electrification plans

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Thus far, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has invested about R84-million, with an additional EUR15,9-million received as a grant, into renewable energy projects. 

Union to unlock Africa's energy potential

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 A new vision to ensure that the Union of Producers, Conveyors and Distributors of Electrical Energy in Africa (Updea) becomes the main catalyst in the electrification of the continent, will be launched at the 14th Updea congress to be held in Durban in June. 

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