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Oils and Lubricants

Refinery prepares for cleaner-fuel project

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 The Durban-based Engen Refinery celebrated its fiftieth anniversary mid-year this year and has now set its sites firmly on the future of cleaner fuel 

New standard for diesel under negotiation

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 New-technology diesel engines, like racehorses, are fussy about the type of fuel that they consume. 

Oil prices to peak by year-end

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 The oil price per barrel had three successive record high prices during one week in August. 

Iraqi refineries are a growing source of business

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 South Africa’s only wholly locally-owned petrochemical pump manufacturing company, APE Pumps, has just despatched its latest order to Iraq. 

Engines battle with SA diesel

By: Nicola Mawson     10th September 2004 Impending legislation to govern emissions will require action now to be compliant when official emission levels are regulated. 

Sasol set to spend a record R15bn on projects in 2005

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2004 Petrochemicals group Sasol confirmed yesterday that it is likely to move towards the upper limit of its self-imposed gearing range of 50% as it prepares to spend a record R15-billion on capital projects in its 2005 financial year. 

Competition challenges designers to create safer paraffin stoves

19th August 2004 The Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa in association with Proudly South Africa is putting up half-a-million rand to encourage innovative designers to come up with safe, functional and cost-effective solutions for sub-standard paraffin stoves. 

SA contractor breaks into Angola oil market

11th August 2004 JSE-listed Group Five, in partnership with CBI Constructors, has gained a foothold in the Angolan oil industry, securing a major contract with the Cabinda Gulf Oil Company at one of its largest bases. 

R250m oil tanker is key to empowerment deal

By: Jill Stanford     9th July 2004 THE Southern Unity, a new R250-million ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts, was officially named in Cape Town on June 29 by South Africa’s first lady Zanele Mbeki. 

Oil group signs production-sharing deal in Uganda

5th July 2004 Independent international oil and gas exploration company Tullow Oil announced on Friday that its subsidiary, Energy Africa, has signed a production-sharing contract with the government of Uganda, in respect of Block 1. 

Could cutting sulphur burn SA refining?

By: tom robbins     2nd July 2004 Additional government environmental legislation to control fuel content post-2006 could threaten the viability of the country’s oil refining industry, according to Engen Refinery GM Wayne Hartmann. 

R250m oil tanker launched as part of BEE deal

30th June 2004 The Southern Unity – a new R250-million state-of-the-art ship designed to transport refined fuel around the Southern African and Namibian coasts – was officially named in Cape Town yesterday. 

‘Customers endorse ExxonMobil-Engen alliance’

28th June 2004 Customers of ExxonMobil and Engen have endorsed the lubricants alliance between the two companies, which made a wide range of Mobil lubricants available through Engen's extensive marketing network, the parties said last week. 

Bateman acquires French engineering group

17th June 2004 In a strategically important development for its services to the oil, gas and energy sectors, South African-based engineering group Bateman has acquired Litwin, of France, a company with some 50 years of worldwide experience in executing projects in these sectors. 

Chain series is corrosion resistant

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 The power transmission division of Bearing Man distributes the full range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, that includes the new corrosion resistant DP roller chain series. 

Centralised lubrication promoted

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 The Safematic centralised lubrication systems, from John Crane, provides a comprehensive and reliable coverage, which eliminates the need for any manual lubrication. 

Company pursues aggressive growth

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The local subsidiary of US-based Tyco, Tyco Valves and Controls Distribution South Africa, reports that it made a substantial investment in the Oil Africa 2004 show, which was held in March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

New lubrication technology on offer

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 With a new technology from Flosolve, distributor of Vogel lubricating systems, it is now a relatively simple task to retrofit the LubriLean digital minimal quantity lubrication (MQL) unit to existing equipment. 

Newly-established grease plant aims for significant market share

By: Zonika Botha     7th May 2004 As one of only five grease plants in South Africa, and indeed the only plant of its kind in the Vaal Triangle, Grease Manufacturing South Africa (GMSA) is poised to become a significant participant in the local grease-supply industry. 

Petro SA invites tenders for 100%-BEE firms

By: jenny furness     4th May 2004 State-owned petroleum company Petro SA has set aside a number of contracts that will be awarded only to companies that can prove that they are wholly owned and managed by previously-disadvantaged individuals. 

Oil sector moves to boost BEE procurement

8th April 2004 A declaration of intent has been signed by liquid-fuels stakeholders outlining the development of an empowered supplier database and a proposed study into the creation of the a supplier development agency. 

Opec to implement oil cuts despite price spike

1st April 2004 Opec yesterday forged ahead with tighter oil supply curbs from April, deaf to consumer country complaints about crude prices close to 13-year highs. 

Oil will change the face of the Western Cape

26th March 2004 The first sub-Saharan oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, was held in Cape Town from March 9 – 11. 

Succeeding in repair and maintenance

By: Steven Chiaberta     26th March 2004 The development of an oil and gas industry in the Western Cape will herald a dramatic increase in business opportunities for many local industries in the region, and the inspection and maintenance sector is no exception. 

Oil refineries reduce emissions

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 In the nine years between 1992 and 2001 oilrefineries have increased their capacity by 32%, from 513 000 barrels of fuel a day to 676 000 barrels a day. 

Oil industry seeks support for R10bn clean-fuels effort

26th March 2004 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represents all the large oil companies operating in South Africa, has renewed its call for a clean-fuels levy to assist refineries in recouping a portion of the multi-billion-rand investment required to meet new specifications for... 

‘Shell withheld Nigeria oil reserves data’

22nd March 2004 Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell withheld information about a big reduction in its oil and gas reserves in Nigeria for fear of damaging its business relationship with the government, the New York Times reported on Friday. 

Study under way for Moz–Malawi oil pipeline

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th March 2004 Malawi – Oil company Petrolplus Africa, a subsidiary of Canadian diverse resources group DiamondWorks, has embarked on a feasibility study for the construction of a 400 km oil pipeline from the Mozambican Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi’s southern railway hub of Liwonde. 

Two or three deals in the pipeline for the IDC

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 Oil Africa 2004 sponsor, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), reports that it plans to invest about R500-million in oil, gas and related product projects in Africa in the next year. 

R2,5bn invested in oil and gas exploration to date

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 The South African Petroleum Agency reports that, to date, R2,5-billion has been invested in oil and gas exploration in South Africa. However, a significant proportion of this investment is by international companies. 

How local firms will supply a Western Cape oil and gas industry

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 If South Africa’s dealings with the international oil industry at the forthcoming oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, are successful, local companies will soon face the considerable challenge – and opportunity – of supplying a significant new... 

Sasol looks for partners for gas exploration well

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol is likely to look for partners to participate in a gas exploration well this year at Block 3A/4A, a gas exploration area situated off the west coast of South Africa between the Ibhubesi gas field and Saldanha Bay. 

Skills are crucial for oil and gas boom

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has begun an ambitious programme to place up to 150 student artisans with employers in the region. 

Western Cape may become oil and gas hub

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 The Western Cape's plan to promote the ports of Cape Town and Saldanha Bay as a service hub for the oil industry operating off the West coast of Africa is starting to take shape. 

Equipment lasts longer with uncontaminated lubricants

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of CSI condition monitoring equipment in Sub Saharan Africa Andersen & Hurley Instruments reports that it has undertaken a drive to increase awareness of lubricant-monitoring equipment. 

Container distributor will supply other African countries

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of the Oil Safe container system in Southern Africa Lubrequip reports that business increased significantly last year, and that the company is currently negotiating distribution rights with a number of African countries. 

SA diesel sometimes contaminated

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 The quality of some South African diesel is substandard, containing high-levels of dirt contamination and low-lubricity due to illegal spiking of fuel with illuminating paraffin (IP). 

New oil lubrication system

13th February 2004 Supplier for grease lubrication systems Lincoln Lubrication South Africa has introduced a precise and economical solution for the oil lubrication of chains found on machines and agriculture equipment such as balers. 

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