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Oils and Lubricants

Oil-price surge a threat to growth

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 The 4,8% growth figure for the country’s second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) review will help balance the slower 3,5% first quarter growth and also supports hopes that the economy will be able to meet the treasury’s growth target of 4,3% for the year. 

Second Kuwait Oil and gas conference planned

2nd August 2005 The second Kuwait International Oil and Gas conference and Exhibition will take place in Kuwait from March 6 to March 8, under the patronage of Minister of Energy Sheikh Ahmad AL-Fahad AL-Sabah. 

Gas-turbine contract awarded for Nigerian oil-field

5th July 2005 Global firm Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract from ExxonMobil for gas turbine packages for an offshore Nigeria project in one of the most prolific oil and gas regions in the world. 

Full order book for Western Cape rope-access company

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A series of oil and gas rigs in need of repairs or maintenance is expected to dock in the port of Cape Town before the end of the year. 

Fuel additive passes airport tests

By: Nicola Mawson     24th May 2005 Oil-based additive company Fuel Effect has completed tests at a ground power-unit at Fleet Africa, Swissport at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Norway firm expands oil interests in Brazil

16th May 2005 Norwegian oil firm Northern Oil has agreed to purchase three offshore licenses in the Camamu and Almada Basin, Brazil. 

Oil sight glass makes inspection easy

By: Zonika Botha     22nd April 2005 Local company Echochem Pumps is the sole importers of a remarkable oil sight glass, which, according to the company, should be installed on every pump and gearbox on customers’ plants. 

New generation of crude oil distillation systems

25th March 2005 For a number of years now, there have been no new developments or fundamental enhancements in equipment used for laboratory crude oil distillation in compliance with ASTM standards D-2892, D-5236 and D-1160. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Resources giant to start West Coast drill this year

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 Resources giant BHP Billiton is still committed to the drilling programme off the West Coast of South Africa during this calendar year. 

75% increase in oil-analysis course attendance

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 What if your vehicle’s oil could tell you what was wrong with the engine? 

Mad Dog oil, gas project comes on stream

11th February 2005 Petrochemical company BP announced mid-January the start-up of oil and natural gas production from the Mad Dog development. 

Oil: are we running out?

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 “The continued growth in the energy-demand era is coming to an end unless we can quickly invent some other form of energy to take oil’s place,” said Simmons & Company International CEO Matthew Simmons on the question of ‘black gold’ supply reaching its peak. 

West Coast oil search enters the deeps

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 FOR the first time ever, deep-water oil exploration wells are to be drilled off the West Coast of South Africa. 

Success requires more than just product differentiation

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 In the oils and lubricants industry, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate themselves on the basis of product. 

SA fluid-transfer firm wins Ghana contract

11th February 2005 Lubrication-solutions provider FloSolve was awarded a global tender to fit Wiggins service systems on to a fleet of 42 CAT earthmoving machines for Gold Fields’s Tarkwa mine, in Ghana. 

Adoption of water-based lubricants rather slow

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Despite the current worldwide push to operate companies as environmentally-friendly as possible, Rothenberger South Africa GM Michael Fellendorf says that the company’s water-based threading lubricant is not receiving the reception that an environmental push suggest its should. 

Grease is the word for high temperatures and speeds

11th February 2005 Bearing company SKF has developed a new formulation for its LGLT 2 high-speed bearing grease to meet increasing demands for higher speeds. 

Opportunities flow from SA firm's alliance with global giant

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 In the middle of last year, ExxonMobil and Engen South Africa announced that Engen would be officially distributing Mobil lubricants in many sub-Saharan African countries. 

Institute to hold tribology course next week

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Next week the South African Institute of Tribology will be holding its first course this year at the Science Park, in Kelvin, Gauteng. 

Engine-condition monitoring kit launched

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 A revamped diagnostic kit for performing condition checks on engines was launched late last year, Engineering News has learnt. 

Synthetic-oils agency deal on the cards

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Although Bearing Man has been buying lubricants from Habot in an informal, open-ended arrangement for about five years, it now seems that it will be appointed a formal distributor, Engineering News has learnt. 

Energy diversification urged to counter oil depletion

By: Martin Czernowalow     31st January 2005 Energy diversification is crucial to counteract future shortages of oil supply, which could lead to the slowdown of the world economy, an oil industry expert told a seminar on Friday. 

Africa a key focus for oil explorer

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 INDEPENDENT oil and gas company Premier Oil is drilling up to 18 wells this year, 13 of which are in Africa. 

BHP Billiton to sell its interests in Oz oil fields

By: jenny furness     16th November 2004 Mining and energy group BHP Billiton yesterday announced it has agreed to sell its interests in the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields to Paladin Oil & Gas Australia, a fully-owned subsidiary of Paladin Resources, an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

West Coast exploration advances

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 SASOL Petroleum International, which develops the Sasol group’s interests in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, is going to conduct a 2D seismic survey in Blocks 3A/4A off the South Africa’s West Coast. 

Junior spending £190m on oil search

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 UK company Tullow Oil is to spend about  

State oil group seeks to transform into a technology firm

By: Jill Stanford     15th October 2004 STATE oil company PetroSA says it is emerging as a technology company. 

Africans join forces to host big oil event

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th October 2004 The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), which will host the 18th World Petroleum Conference (WPC) next year, yesterday announced that four other African countries have come on board as cohosts. 

Output from Sasol's Gabon oilfields rises

8th October 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced increased gross oil production at the Etame oil field, offshore southern Gabon, West Africa, from 15 000 to greater than 22 000 barrels per day (bpd). 

SA firm begins work on R200m Angola oil contract

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2004 Broad-based infrastructure company Group Five and tank and pressure-valve specialist CB&I Constructors South Africa have started work on their R200-million contract for the Malongo Greater Tukula Area (GTA) expansion project in Cabinda, Angola. 

BEE spurs growth at lubrication equipment firm

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 Johannesburg-based Lubrication Equipment aims to double its turnover over the next three years, on the back of an empowerment deal which saw black-owned investor Links Capital acquire 51% of the company in August. 

Kudu investment decision is expected next year

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Cape-based Energy Africa is an African oil and gas exploration and production group. 

Advertising strategy revamped

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 What do you do when your advertisements have become iconic, but most consumers have no idea what products they advertise? 

Local foundry receives Canadian order

10th September 2004 Precision casting company Rely Metpro has established a solid reputation in North America for quality castings, and this has again been underscored by the recent delivery of another order of tube sheets destined for a fractionator project in Canada. 

2 months of trading for new division

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Global company Hansen & Rosenthal (H&R) Wasag, which is listed on the SDAX, recently acquired additional special products activities from BP, the international oil and gas group. 

Industry competitors join forces to offer training 

10th September 2004 Oil refinery Engen has joined forces with other large industry players to bridge the skills gap in the construction industry. 

Italian refineries install temperature systems

10th September 2004 A new European regulation, aimed at reducing the air pollution caused by diesel-motor emissions, stipulates a significant reduction in the amount of sulphur present in diesel oil. 

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