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Synfuels shutdown welding completed

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 The welding on Sasol Synthetic Fuel’s (SSF) largest shutdown to date has been completed on time, despite delays in operations caused by bad weather conditions, reports the shutdown’s main maintenance welding contractor Hydra-Arc director Jos 

Africa’s big gas adventure begins

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 Natural gas was, until a few years ago, seen as a nuisance by the energy industry. 

Algeria strikes new oil, gas reserve

4th October 2001 Algeria had discovered a new oil and gas province where reserves could be as large as those in the promising Hassi Berkine basin. 

Algerian, Venezuelen leaders to talk oil

4th October 2001 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will discuss OPEC’s oil price strategy with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, when the two leaders meet in Algiers this month, Venezuela’s foreign minister said. 

Nigeria issues anti-flaring oil-permit preconditions

2nd October 2001 Determined to make good its target of attaining complete eradication of flaring its natural gas associated with oil and gas exploration in the country, the Nigerian federal government has issued fresh conditions for granting new exploration permits . 

Oz could host next gas-to-liquids plant

1st October 2001 Fuel producer Sasol Chevron is racing against time for the establishment of its proposed multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Australia. 

East Africa offshore oil project gets go-ahead

1st October 2001 East African fledgeling oil industry has received a boost with the announcement of an oil exploration project off the Tanzanian coast. 

Integrated safety system for centre

28th September 2001 Setting new safety standards for tenants and the public, the R1,4-billion Canal Walk retail shopping complex at Century City on the outskirts of Cape Town incorporates a sophisticated, locally-designed gas safety system that interfaces directly with the fire detection and alarm system. 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Senegal seeks energy partner

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners with Senegal's electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

New board precursor to State oil merger

28th September 2001 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has started recruiting a new board for the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which will come into existence when exploration and oil and gas production companies Soekor and Mossgas have merged to form a new South African oil company – dubbed Petro SA. 

Natref to reopen next month

27th September 2001 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol’s 95 000 barrels per day (bpd) capacity Natref oil refinery will reopen for production in the first week of October, company officials said. 

Egyptian gas-plant developments advance

26th September 2001 Spain’s third-largest power utility, Union Fenosa, is talking to several companies interested in participating in its liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in Egypt, a company official said. 

Gas law by year end

21st September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the current sitting. 

Petchem firm plans gas explosion

21st September 2001 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol expects gas to become a far bigger part of its future growth plans, reporting 6,5% compound growth from this sector over the past four years. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

Development of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2001 This column is about the above, but before we get into the topic per se, I would like to tell a true tale from the crypt. 

SA oil group in Zambia push

21st September 2001 South African oil marketing company Engen has pledged continued investment in Zambia with initial capital investment of K7-billion (US$1=K 3660) on the opening of its first service station in Lusaka last month. 

MK Mohlala, City Power

14th September 2001 MK Mohlala City Power Leader of 3 000 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

US oil group in West African deals

11th September 2001 US Phillips Petroleum Corporation said it has joined with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian government to study the possibility of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Nigeria. 

Oil firms move to end flaring in Nigeria

10th September 2001 With two multinational oil companies teaming up with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to set up another liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the federal government has issued fresh directives to oil firms to end gas flaring in their oil installations by the year 2008. 

Algeria awards $120m hydrocarbon project

8th September 2001 French engineering and construction firm, Entrepose, won a $120-million deal to build a hydrocarbon-processing unit in Algeria’s Menzel Ledjmat North (MLN) site, State-run hydrocarbon monopoly Sonatrach said. 

Industry, ecology and development

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2001 A few weeks ago, the Economist dedicated three pages to an article by Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg entitled ‘The truth about the environment’. 

Some promising results from oil, gas search

7th September 2001 Licensing of prospective oil and gas exploration areas by Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has seen many international firms becoming involved in various levels of exploration off the coast of South Africa, spanning from the Orange river, on the West coast, all the way around to the... 

UK, SA defence technology deal

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 BRITAIN and South Africa are to co-operate in the commercialisation of defence technology, with a formal agreement to be signed on September 11. 

Klamflex

7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

Gas law promised for year-end

6th September 2001 The final version of the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) proposed Bill on gas, is currently in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee, and is likely to be presented to parliament during the present sitting. 

Exporting our birthright II

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2001 Last week I wrote about how Eskom is selling of power generated in this country, using our non-renewable reserves, to organisations (specifically Mozal, in Mozambique) so that they can make a profit. I wrote how this seemed of very little benefit to this fair land. 

Flying high with perception

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st August 2001 Statistics and risk is a highly complex mathematical subject but, unfortunately, it is often distorted by people who think that they are statisticians, because they can add three numbers and divide by three. 

Awareness key to fighting energy waste

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 The Canadian-funded Southern African Development Community Industrial Energy Management Project (SIEMP) has identified lack of awareness as the main barrier to industrial energy efficiency in Southern Africa. 

Fresh moves to pump up oil industry empowerment

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2001 South Africa’s petroleum industry last week moved a step closer to the target as set in the Liquid Fuels Charter in November last year, whereby empowerment groups should own 25% of equity in operating assets of South African oil companies in ten years. 

Work starts on $3bn Angola oil platform

30th August 2001 Italian energy giant Eni has started work on a $3-billion offshore Angola deepwater oil plant, in which it has a 20% stake. 

Wind-farm, Western Cape

29th August 2001 State utility Eskom has requested expressions of interest from companies which wish to partner it in one of South Africa's first wind-farm projects. 

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