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Helping oil-tankers moor more safely

19th October 2001 An as yet unsung, technologically sophisticated installation is now in use every day, preventing ecological disaster 1,5 km to sea off Durban’s shoreline, helping huge oil tankers to moor to an offshore buoy and pump out 80% of South Africa’s crude oil through the city’s Sapref... 

Pipeline upgrade

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th October 2001 The R250-million project for the upgrade of the Petronet crude-oil pipeline between Durban and the Natref refinery is 50% complete, with civil construction in progress. 

Refinery's R770m expansion on track

19th October 2001 South Africa’s only inland refinery, National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa’ (Natref’s) R770-million capacity expansion project is under way at present. 

Gas-to-electricity project, Tanzania

17th October 2001 In a $310-million project, the Songo Songo gasfield, off the Tanzanian coast, will be developed; gas will be processed at a plant on the nearby Songo Songo island, and the product (in gas form) transported through a pipeline to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital. 

Power, heat and cooling from manure

By: Karel Smrcka     12th October 2001 Alternative energy sources currently enjoy good market prospects in Germany: from 1998 to 2000 alone, the number of biogas plants doubled to 1 200. 

Without fossil fuels

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th October 2001 I was wondering, just the other day, what will happen when fossil fuels run out. 

Debate on US energy grid heats up

12th October 2001 Utility executives and lawmakers debated the need for federal energy regulators to force US utilities to combine their electricity transmission networks. 

Grease pump for grease pails

12th October 2001 South African oil companies have introduced a new 20 kg plastic grease drum. 

Russians to invest in Sudan

10th October 2001 Russian-Belarus oil firm Slavneft said it would invest $126-million in developing an oilfield in Sudan once it has signed a production-sharing agreement with the Sudanese government in January 2002. 

Hydrocarbon search offshore Morocco

9th October 2001 Morocco’s state-run Onarep office and Kerr-McGee du Maroc, an arm of US oil and gas company Kerr-McGee, signed an accord over offshore hydrocarbon research in the Western Sahara region. 

Egypt calls for Arab-pipeline urgency

8th October 2001 Egypt’s Prime Minister, Atef Obeid, said that plans to build a pipeline to supply Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with Egyptian natural gas should be accelerated. 

LPG mooted as stand-in for acetylene

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Gas companies like any other company are in business to make a profit. However, the different solutions offered to customers may not necessarily be the most appropriate nor cost-effective for the intended application, says welding engineer Wayne Holt. 

Gas-to-energy moves in East Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 The Songo Songo gas-to-electricity project represents the first step in developing natural-gas infrastructure in East Africa, says Songas MD Jim McCardle. 

Africa's big gas adventure begins

5th October 2001 Natural gas was, until a few years ago, seen as a nuisance by the energy industry. In fact, it is still often flared against the night sky in spectacular orange plumes wherever it is found on the world's oil fields. 

Africa's nuclear industry advances

5th October 2001 West African country Morocco and the US have signed an agreement for peaceful nuclear co-operation, including research. 

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 

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