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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

International company eyes African growth

23rd March 2012 Multinational chemicals company BASF is planning to more than double its sales in Africa by 2020 and it has opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve its customers in sub-Saharan and East Africa. 

New demoulding product to improve concrete surface quality

23rd March 2012 Construction chemicals solutions provider Chryso South Africa has introduced an environmental-friendly, biodegradable and vegetable-based demoulding oil.  

Refineries corrosion damage mechanisms discussed at conference

23rd March 2012 Corroding infrastructure is costing the South African economy about 5% of its gross national product; however, corrosion costs can be reduced by up to 25% if proper inspections are carried out by industries, says the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) president Vanessa Sealy-Fisher.  

Petroleum group’s maths, science schools continue to impress

23rd March 2012 Malaysia-based petroleum group Engen, which has established eight maths and science schools across South Africa, says its Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme achieved a 96.5% pass rate nationally last year, an increase of 3.5% compared with 2010. This is also better than the 70.2%... 

Gas, chemicals supplier wins accolade

23rd March 2012 South African industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals manufacturer and supplier Air Products has been declared a preferred supplier to industrial services provider A Hak Industrial Services, following the commitment and flexibility it exhibited during a petrochemicals facility... 

Partnership yields positive results through learning programme

23rd March 2012 Multinational energy corporation Chevron and nonprofit organisation Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP), have celebrated the success of their Learning Centre initiative in the Sekhukhune district, in Limpopo, and officially handed the project over to the Limpopo Department of... 

SA can contribute to East African hydrocarbon boom, but risks remain

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 South Africa can become an important player in the East African oil and gas boom by investing in oil and gas projects, as well as sharing its economic knowledge with the sector and region, says research and strategy firm Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI).  

Chemicals company commits to global initiative

23rd March 2012 Chemicals supplier Industrial Distillers & Refiners has signed the global chemicals industry sustainability initiative the Responsible Care Public Commitment, which commits it to implement the guiding principles of the initiative.  

Fuel conditioner to prolong fuel system components’ life

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 Fuel degradation, caused largely by the ingress of water, poses a significant challenge to all fuel users, resulting in higher costs as engines have to be serviced more frequently, increased plant downtime and higher carbon emissions, warns fuel additives distributor Liquid Engineering... 

Planning, quality control critical in the chemicals industry

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Continuous quality assurance and accurate planning are key factors in achieving efficient supply chain management in the chemicals industry, consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly reports. It is critical to know exactly what chemicals, and what grades of... 

Demand for SA fertilisers set to grow

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals sector, mainly comprising fertilisers, base chemicals and petrochemicals, is expected to experience slower growth this year, risk analysis firm Coface reports. Coface industry analyst Johan Coetzee says that the fertiliser industry experienced a relatively profitable... 

Chemicals sector to show moderate growth

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals industry is expected to grow by about 0,5% to 1,5% above the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) during this year, industry analyst Frost & Sullivan reports. In his 2011 budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan outlined that real GDP growth is projected to... 

Product stewardship key to ensuring safety

18th March 2011 Chemicals safety initiatives in emerging economies in Africa are being hampered by serious gaps in the availability of skills and a lack of capacity in the management and stewardship of chemicals and chemical products, says the Zambia-based Africa regional representative for the Strategic... 

SMMEs thrive with business incubator’s assistance

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Business incubator Sasol ChemCity reports that its efforts to support new and existing businesses have resulted in more than 85% of those small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the chemicals, energy and related services sector still being in business one year after receiving... 

Aggressive chemicals-resistant pump introduced

18th March 2011 Equipment supplier Air & Vacuum Technologies reports that it has introduced a new chemicals-resistant pump to the Southern African market. The new Minichem pump, from UK-based original-equipment manufacturer Flotronic Pumps, is intended for customers which need to transfer aggressive chemicals... 

Sasol wax reactor key to doubling output

18th March 2011 South African petrochemicals group Sasol says a 712 t hard wax reactor, which was recently delivered to its Sasol One site, in Sasolburg, is a key component of the group’s plans to double its hard wax production capacity in South Africa. 

New chemical-resistant pump distributed in South Africa

18th March 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Filtration division has introduced the Pall Ultipleat stress resistant technology (SRT) Pall filter unit (PFU) filters, which can be used in chemicals plants, to the local market.  

Range of medical grade polymers expanded

18th March 2011 International chemicals giant DuPont reports that it has broadened the available range of high-performance polymers with healthcare specific manufacturing applications. These high-grade polymers are intended to support healthcare companies that use polymers to produce new and innovative medical... 

Company ramps up biodiesel catalyst manufacturing capacity

18th March 2011 International chemicals company BASF has announced its intention to build a second sodium methylate production plant in South America. The plant will be located in Argentina, and will be designed to produce about 60 000 t/y of the chemical. 

HIV/Aids programme supports chemicals sector employees

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Regional industry association, the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) in KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, report that it wants to expand an HIV/Aids workplace awareness and treatment programme for member companies’ employees. 

Chemically inert fibre used in propulsion solution

18th March 2011 Wind propulsion technology developer SkySails has applied fibre manufacturer DSM Dyneema’s proprietary ultrahigh molecular-weight polyethylene fibre, reputed to be one of the strongest known synthetic fibres, to create a sustainable propulsion solution, in the form of towing kites for the... 

Focus remains on EPCM after fifty years of service to SA industry

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Engineering company Fluor South Africa reports that it expects to play a significant role in the upgrading of a number of South African fuel refineries, once government has promulgated new fuel quality standards. The company says that it wants to continue focusing on expanding its downstream... 

Plant turnaround achieved in reduced time

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Fluor South Africa is providing construction and turnaround support services to most of the major petrochemicals facilities in South Africa. 

Mining and metals division’s presence grows

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Global engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation reports that it expects its Mining & Metals (M&M) division to significantly increase its contribution to the company’s turnover in South Africa.  

EPCM work for diesel processing unit

26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that it was awarded the Hijau Gasoil Phase-1 project by petrochemicals giant Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaysia), Malaysia.

The project comprises a new 6 000 t/d diesel processing unit, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Fluor will perform... 

$2,1bn contract for nuclear decontamination

26th November 2010 Engineering giant Fluor Corporation reports that a Fluor-led team has been awarded a ten-year, $2,1-billion contract to decontaminate and decommission the Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) at Portsmouth, in Pike County, Ohio, US. 

Petroleum company 
appoints distributor

19th March 2010 South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum has appointed chemical marketer and distributor the Chemicals & Marketing (C&M) Company as the official distributor of Engen’s full range of lubricants and selected chemical products in Malawi.  

Local company takes 
delivery of new tanker

19th March 2010 Timber preservative and fire retardant protection product company Arch Wood Protection South Africa has taken delivery of a new tanker. 

Poor rail infrastructure weighs on chemicals sector

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 One of the biggest challenges facing the chemicals sector is the deficiency in South Africa’s rail infrastructure, says Chemicals Sector Expert Advisory Committee (CSEAC) chairperson Dr Tshenge Demana.  

New carbon footprint guidelines for chemicals industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will be releasing a carbon footprint guideline document later this month, as part of its Responsible Care initiative.  

Increasing safety in industrial plants

19th March 2010 Industrial gases are used in confined spaces throughout the world, however, site accidents still happen too often, with potentially fatal consequences, warns gases and welding company African Oxygen (Afrox) manufacturing industries business manager Johan Pieterse. 

Local energy industry faces several challenges

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 South African company Hatch Africa Energy says that the professional energy industry is facing several challenges, including a number of large contracts, with the potential to leave a legacy in the country, leaving local shores to be engineered elsewhere. 

Eastern Cape incubator tackles quality control for SMEs

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 Quality control in the products produced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge, but chemical technology incubator Chemin has various strategies in place to tackle this issue. 

High-profile projects under way in SA

19th March 2010 Several high-profile projects that are in operation in South Africa, set to improve the country’s fuel and chemical reserves, electricity generation and petrochemical transport.  

Growth awaits downstream chemicals sector

20th March 2009 The downstream sector of South Africa’s chemicals industry has been identified as having substantial growth and employment potential by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa. 

Phosphate producer 
considers JSE listing

20th March 2009 Processor and producer of phosphate and phosphoric acid, Foskor, is considering listing on the JSE. 

Improved competitiveness key to EU chemicals 
industry survival

20th March 2009 The overall competitiveness of the European Union’s (EU’s) chemicals industry, compared with other regions of the world, must be enhanced, says the EU High Level Group (HLG) on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry in a report issued in February in Brussels. 

Synthetic-fuels plant to 
upgrade electricity 
generation 

20th March 2009 Multinational US technology and services conglomerate General Electric (GE) has signed a R500-million contract to upgrade electricity generation turbines at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s synthetic-fuels plant at Secunda, in Mpumalanga. 

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