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Nigeria invites oil refinery bids

14th January 2002 Nigeria has invited international bids from investors wanting to set up private refineries in the most far-reaching step towards liberalising its downstream oil industry. Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy Rilwanu Lukman told a news briefing that there was no predetermined limit to the... 

$7,5bn oil, gas investment plan for Nigeria

10th January 2002 A new five-year investment of $7,5-billion is being planned by Royal Dutch/Shell and its joint venture partners in Nigeria in the West African country’s oil and gas industry, company officials said. Much of the investment will go to Shell’s stake in new phases of the Nigeria Liquefied... 

Nigeria opens doors to private refineries

9th January 2002 Nigeria will start the bidding to build independent oil refineries in the country on Thursday in line with its deregulation of the downstream oil industry, officials said. 

The trouble with gensets

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th December 2001 Few things are more enduring than standby generator sets. In any building over (I think) 30 m high and in many installations which have smoke-extract systems or lifts, it is a legal obligation that the installation must have a permanent form of back up power plant to switch on essential services... 

Fuel-cell cogeneration system for homes

By: Karel Smrcka     14th December 2001 Japanese company Sanyo Electric has developed a fuel-cell cogeneration system for home use that uses city gas as its fuel. The rated output of the power-generation unit is one kilowatt and, by using the exhaust heat, it can produce over 300 l of warm water at over 60  

Egypt oil, gas firm in deal

14th December 2001 A deal has been signed by Shell Egypt to farm out 12% of its share in the North East Mediterranean Deepwater (Nemed) oil and gas block to a unit of Malaysian State-owned oil firm Petronas. “Shell Egypt Deepwater (SEDW) announced that they have signed an agreement whereby Petronas Carigali... 

Southern Africa joins the big global 'dash for gas'

14th December 2001 The progress of upstream gas production technology as well as a developing downstream demand for gas in industry has got energy giants, such as Shell and BP, racing in a worldwide dash for gas. 

Deal on new power-distribution regime by Jan

11th December 2001 A cooperative agreement between government and participants in the electricity distribution industry (EDI) on the restructuring of this sector – which includes the controversial formation of regional electricity distributors (Reds) – is expected to be finalised in January. 

Maiden oil exports this month from new Angola field

10th December 2001 Angola will make the maiden export in December from its giant $2,7- billion Girassol oilfield, which came on stream this week, industry sources said. 

Using nuclear tech to nuke malaria

By: Jill Stanford     7th December 2001 The International Atomic Energy Agency and some African states are trying to develop the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control or eradicate malaria transmitting mosquitoes, which are responsible for two-million deaths a year. 

Oil begins flowing at $2,7bn Angola field

6th December 2001 The first oil has started flowing from Angola’s giant $2,7-billion Girassol field in block 17, the world’s largest deepwater development, operator TotalFinaElf said. 

Angola expects $23bn in oil FDI in next five years

5th December 2001 Angola’s oil sector is expected to receive about $23-billion in investment over the next five years, Minister of Petroleum Jose Botelho Vasconcelos said. 

New Angola well poised for production

5th December 2001 The first oil will soon gush from Angola’s giant Girassol field in block 17, French oil company TotalFinaElf said. 

Russian wind farm still on cards

3rd December 2001 US wind turbine company Enron Wind, a unit of troubled energy firm Enron, said it might build Russia’s first big wind- arm with Swiss/Swedish industrial group ABB . 

Nuclear techniques for flies and water

By: Kelvin Kemm     30th November 2001 I was invited to be a member of a discussion panel at a public information seminar on nuclear issues held in Cape Town. The seminar was titled: 'Serving human needs: Nuclear energy and technology for Africa’. It was attended by a couple of hundred people, covering a wide cross section. 

Sam Mosikili, Alstom South Africa

30th November 2001 Sam Mosikili Alstom South Africa 

Resources group announces big oil production boost

28th November 2001 No longer seeking a marriage with fellow Australian oil company Woodside Petroleum, BHP-Billiton mapped out a heady growth strategy to increase oil production by 5,5% a year. 

Development plans on cards for Nigeria’s oil territories

27th November 2001 The European Union (EU) and a Nigerian government development agency are scheduled this month to launch separate plans to develop the troubled oil-producing region of Nigeria. 

Gas entering Southern African energy mix

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2001 The poverty-stricken Southern African country of Mozambique is set to receive more than $2-billion in royalties and taxes over the life of the $1,2-billion natural gas project being developed by South Africa’s petrochemical giant Sasol. 

Local academics pursue vanadium-battery research

23rd November 2001 A research project involving a system that is able to supply reliable and continuous electricity has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch. 

Nigeria to get bigger slice of oil profits

23rd November 2001 Oil majors operating in Nigeria have agreed to increase the Nigerian government’s share of oil profits to 30% from the present 20%, State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said. 

Oil giant plans to double output at Angola refinery

21st November 2001 French giant TotalFinaElf aims to increase capacity at its oil refinery outside Luanda by roughly half to an annual throughput of three-million tons of crude by 2004, a senior company official said. 

Proposal to enhance transformer life

By: Laura Franz     16th November 2001 Extending the lifespan of South Africa’s transformers from an average of 25-years to the more universal 50-years is achievable, maintains oil purification, desludging and regeneration service provider Karabo Transformer Oil (Karabo), of Bloemfontein. 

$6m resin plant nears completion

16th November 2001 The $6-million ortho-cresol novolac (OCN) plant – a joint venture between Sumitomo Chemical Company, of Japan, and Merisol, which is in itself a joint venture between the South African-based Sasol group and Merichem, of the US – is in the final stages of construction, testing and... 

Oil exploration off Kenyan coast

12th November 2001 The Kenya government has signed a $270 000 agreement with UK-based Star Petroleum to prospect for oil in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Energy said. 

Saudi's set up new energy holding company

8th November 2001 Saudi Arabia stated that a new energy services holding company to provide a platform for further private and foreign investment in the kingdom’s multibillion-dollar gas development initiative could be up and running in December. 

Biggest volcano ever seen

By: Kelvin Kemm     2nd November 2001 A new volcano has erupted and its plume shot 500 km straight up. 

A letter from The D Warner

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd November 2001 I got a letter from a person who signs themselves ‘D Warner’. The letter is as follows: 

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

State oil firm to pursue high-value chemicals

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The new company to arise from the merger of synfuel producer Mossgas and oil and gas explorer Soekor may broaden its product range to lessen its dependence on the production of synfuels, reports chairperson Sipho Mkhize. 

Oil major thumbs nose at renewables

1st November 2001 US oil giant Exxon Mobil defended its decision not to invest in renewable energy at an industry conference in London and said it was focusing on energy efficiency instead. 

Algeria delays oil, gas bidding process

1st November 2001 Algerian State-owned oil and gas giant Sonatrach has delayed to next week the opening of bids for the development of oil and gas projects, a company official said. 

Sudan oil project for sale

31st October 2001 Talisman Energy has indicated that it could sell its stake in war-torn Sudan’s biggest oil project to Sweden’s Lundin Petroleum. 

New Egyptian well begins producing

30th October 2001 US Ocean Energy has begun production at its newly-discovered find offshore, Egypt, which will almost double the firm's output in the country, a company official said. 

Radwaste, compare their ice and our sand

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th October 2001 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invited Mr Jukka Laaksonen to visit South Africa to present the annual NNR Guest Lecture. Mr Laaksonen is the director general of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, which is known by its Finnish abbreviation STUK. 

Maurice Radebe, Exel Petroleum

26th October 2001 Maurice Radebe Exel Petroleum 

Nigeria plans big LPG investment

25th October 2001 Techno Oil Nigeria has concluded arrangements to establish a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) extraction plant worth about R50-million in the Niger Delta in order to boost operations of the company. 

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