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Oil & Gas News

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

New customer service initiative launced

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With customer service becoming an increasingly important component of the business environment, one of the leading lubricant specialists, Castrol SA, has introduced a customer service initiative, Castrol +Plus, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa. The service aims to assist the... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Firm restructures into business streams

By: System Author     19th February 1999 One of the world leaders in specialised lubrication technology Castrol is in the process of restructuring into global business streams in place of geographic regions. The business streams cover the consumer, commercial, industrial and marine markets. Burmah Castrol believes the new structures... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

LPG meter purchased

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A liquid controls liquid petroleum gas (LPG) meter fitted with the Lectro count electronic register with electronic temperature has been purchased by Gasfreight from Liquid Automation Systems. Since the unit is specifically designed for the metering of LPG it provides the user with complete... 

Science festival launched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The third National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, Sasol SciFest ’99, is expected to pull large crowds into Grahamstown in the eastern Cape from all over Southern Africa next month. Organisers say visitor numbers doubled from 15 000 in the first year to 28 000 in the... 

Massive R1,2bn IT deal is clinched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE professional-services division of PQ Africa, Q Data Consulting, has purchased all the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division for an undisclosed sum in a comprehensive outsourcing agreement heralded as a strategic breakthrough for both companies. The... 

Regulations stymie R5,2bn gas project

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The potential development of an estimated R5,2-billion project to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa is dependent on favourable regulations and fiscal dispensation, reveals Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger. The South African pipeline gas supplier has been closely... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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