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Oil & Gas News

Secunda plant keeps its cool

22nd March 2002 The Brainchild model BTC 9200 microprocessor-based proportional integral derivative temperature controller was selected by Bartec Barlian for the multi-million rand heating contract awarded by Krupp-Uhde and Kvaerner, managing contractors for Sasol Olefins and Surfactants new detergent alcohol... 

Petrochem giant's R13,2bn capex plan

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 Petrochemical giant Sasol will be investing R13,2-billion over the next few years, R12,2-billion of which will be ploughed into more than 71 projects in Southern Africa, making it the largest individual industrial spender in the region. 

Libya is top oil-exploration destination

20th March 2002 Libya has retained its place as the world’s top oil-exploration hotspot, attracting oil companies despite slow contract negotiations and continued US sanctions, according to an industry survey. 

Subsea oil pipeline for Congo

15th March 2002 French oil major TotalFinaElf is building a subsea oil pipeline from its declining Nkossa field to the Djeno field in an effort to rationalise production in Congo Republic. 

Advanced fuels research laboratory launched

15th March 2002 Petrochemical giant Sasol and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have expanded their existing research collaboration by establishing a new advanced fuels research laboratory within the university’s department of mechanical engineering in Cape Town. 

Australia in line for gas-to-liquids project

12th March 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol has announced Australia as the destination of its third gas-to-liquid (GTL) project. 

West Coast oil development a boon for SA

11th March 2002 The rapidly-developing oilfields off the West Coast of Africa have opened up huge opportunities for steel and engineering companies in the Western Cape and South Africa. 

'Walk-away safe' nuclear plant

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th March 2002 To make nuclear fuel or to obtain it is not a matter of just digging the stuff up. 

Four-year renewable-energy project launched

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2002 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has launched a four-year programme to build capacity in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Malawi, Moz plan joint fuel procurement

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th March 2002 Malawi and Mozambique are discussing plans to extend their fuel storage facilities at the Mozambique Indian Ocean Port of Beira. 

Nigeria sets $176m oil spill fine

5th March 2002 Nigeria said oil tankers or production companies responsible for oil spills in its territorial waters could face a fine of up to $176-million. 

Donkey-powered generator 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st March 2002 I undertook that the next few columns would discuss alternative energy, based on a number of papers given at a recent conference. 

SA petchem firm join West Coast gas search

27th February 2002 South African energy firm Sasol has received formal approval to look for natural gas off the country’s west coast, joining a list of firms keen to tap into a potential gas market. 

SA petchem firm to buy balance of wax interest

25th February 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol said at the weekend that it had agreed to buy the 33% of Schumann Sasol International it does not already own from its German joint venture partners VARA Holding for 49-million euros ($42,7 million). 

Wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd February 2002 Ian Smit of Eskom TSI gave a paper which was titled “Looking at Eskom’s proposed research and demonstration of wind farms in the Western Cape”. 

Nothing crude about crude business

By: Philip Lloyd     22nd February 2002 Some of my best friends are oil boilers. It is an unlikely way of making a living, but boil enough oil, and the living can be quite good. 

High hopes for oil finds in deep-sea lease area

22nd February 2002 South African offshore oil exploration company Global – an affiliate of Global Energy of the US – has been the awarded a prospecting sublease agreement for block 3B/4B by South Africa’s Ministry of Minerals and Energy and the Petroleum Agency of South Africa. 

Resources giant invest $100m in Gulf of Mexico pipeline

21st February 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton said it would invest $100-million in a pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico to ship oil and gas from the ultra-deepwater Atlantis and Mad Dog fields. 

Underground lubrication goes mobile

15th February 2002 Lubrication equipment specialist IMS Industrial Products (IMS), in conjunction with Specpro Projects and Caltex Oil South Africa, has developed a mobile lubricant-dispensing unit for underground equipment, designed to increase efficiency and reduce downtime. 

R145m-deal for recovery of used oil

15th February 2002 A R145-million-deal has been signed between the Rose Foundation and Oilkol to ensure the collection of more than 200-million litres of used-oil in the next five years. 

Black gold brimming with black empowerment

By: nkolola halwindi     15th February 2002 Black economic empowerment (BEE) within South Africa’s lucrative oil industry will be pervasive, and will not merely involve a minority equity stake by black shareholders, predicted the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) in its yearly report published late last year. 

Heavy-loaded gear lubricant launched

By: nkolola halwindi     15th February 2002 Lubrication product and service specialist Geared Lubricants, of Johannesburg North, which is jointly owned by oil company Mobil and the Bafokeng Nation, is now the supplier of the Petron Corporation’s gear shield ‘NC’ and ‘NCW’ products for the lubrication of... 

Petrochem giant unveils all-purpose oil

By: nkolola halwindi     15th February 2002 A subsidiary of petro-chemical giant Sasol, Sasol Oil, has launched the Sapphire 15W-40 oil, an oil for naturally aspirated and turbo-charged petrol and diesel engines. 

Getting to grips with grease

15th February 2002 Grease and grease lubrication is all but forgotten by many plant engineers. Few lubricant suppliers have staff skilled enough to understand the technology of the mechanical equipment being lubricated with grease as well as the grease technology, says lubrication consultant Simon Norton. 

Expanded synthetic-lubricants range

15th February 2002 One of the leaders in synthetic lubricant technology Habot, of Krugersdorp, in Gauteng, has launched a range of priced-for-performance synthetic lubricants based on the world wide-accepted group III base-fluid technology. 

Affiliation of SA/US tribology institutions

15th February 2002 The South Africa Institute of Tribology (SAIT) will be signing an agreement with the US Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), which will result in the two associations becoming affiliates. 

Heavy-vehicle diesel multigrade

15th February 2002 An advanced high-performance SAE 15W/40 diesel multigrade has been launched by Engen for the heavy-vehicle market. 

Oil extends diesel-engine drainage intervals

By: nkolola halwindi     15th February 2002 Leading manufacturer of automotive lubricants Caltex has launched the Delo 400 multigrade, a diesel and gasoline oil intended to extend oil-drain intervals. 

State oil merger to be completed soon

15th February 2002 The merger of synfuel producer Mossgas, upstream petroleum company Soekor Exploration and Production (E&P) and elements of the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) into a new South African national petrochemical company called PetroSA will be complete in the second quarter of this year. 

SA awards global group deep-sea oil prospecting licence

13th February 2002 Global Offshore Oil Exploration South Africa, a wholly-owned affiliate of Global Energy Holdings, has announced the formal approval of its prospecting sublease Agreement for block 3B/4B from the Ministry of Minerals and Energy and the South African Agency for Promotion of Petroleum Exploration... 

Few conferences of good use

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th February 2002 Each year South Africa has some sort of theme and the theme for this year is undoubtedly going to be ‘green bunny hugger alternative save the world’. 

SA opens to deep-sea oil, gas explorers

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Exploration of the potentially oil-rich deepwater off the West Coast of South Africa has begun. 

GTL contract is awarded

8th February 2002 A front-end engineering and design contract for a gas to liquids (GTL) project, based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, has been awarded to Foster Wheeler Energy. 

Jhb shopping malls rely on gas

8th February 2002 Piped-gas supplier to about 13 000 end-users in the Johannesburg region, Egoli Gas, is actively supporting both the low-scale, informal industry as well as shopping centres and up-market developments like Melrose Arch, a security residential and retail complex in Johannesburg North. 

Future with gas-powered fuel-cells

8th February 2002 Small gas-powered fuel cells or microturbines in homes and offices are the way of the future for efficient, environmentally-friendly power generation, according to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Energy Technology chief, Dr John Wright. 

Two African JVs for SA gas supplier

8th February 2002 Late last year Southern African gas supplier Afrox expanded its distribution network for the supply of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) by entering two joint-venture agreements in Mozambique and Madagascar. 

Gas system installed in Moz heart hospital

8th February 2002 Southern African gas supplier Afrox has commissioned a turnkey gas installation at Mozambique’s new Instituto do Cora 

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