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SA utility bids Uganda hydropower contract

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom’s unregulated arm, Eskom Enterprises, and five other companies which are eyeing the build-own-operate (BOO) contract for two mini hydro-electric power stations in north-western Uganda will be asked to submit technical bids within the next three months, Uganda... 

Big fuels research push by petrochem giant

17th August 2001 Research and development (R&D) in the fuels area remains a top priority for local petrochemicals giant Sasol through its Sasol Oil operating division. 

$2,5-billion Algerian gas project finalised

13th August 2001 Algerian State oil and gas company Sonatrach and BP have finalised a deal for the development of the $2,5-billion In Salah gas project, officials at the two companies have revealed. 

Argentinian gas-plant

10th August 2001 US company Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) and its subsidiary Howe-Baker Engineers have been awarded a turnkey contract for a turbo-expander natural gas liquids recovery plant in Argentina by Pioneer Natural Resources. 

SA in Malawi power management

10th August 2001 MALAWI - The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has awarded Eskom Enterprises a two-year management-support contract. 

Natural gas pipeline, Mozambique to South Africa

1st August 2001 Petrochemical giant Sasol has compiled a shortlist of contractors which have prequalified to bid for the proposed natural gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa, part of its $1-billion natural gas project. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Enviro accolade for lube-blend plant

27th July 2001 Petroleum company Total South Africa continues to expand and upgrade its Island View blend plant, in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Big gas search on in Saudi Arabia

20th July 2001 UK-based BP energy group is to take a significant stake in a search to find and develop gas reserves in an area of more than 100 000 km2 in eastern Saudi Arabia. 

There's power in wave power

20th July 2001 Eskom shouldn’t build experimental wind farms, build some real working ones! 

Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Jacob Maroga, Eskom Distribution

6th July 2001 Jacob Maroga Eskom Distribution Leader of 15 424 

Hendrina moves to reduce pollution

6th July 2001 Power utility Eskom has embarked on the second phase of the Hendrina power station particulate emission retrofit programme as part of the national utility’s commitment towards cleaner thermal power. 

Gas measurement via the Internet

29th June 2001 Developed remotely from its offices in Cape Town and London, Sourcetec.Net has designed and developed a system for a measurement services company in Houston, Texas that allows its client to pull real-time flow data from its pipeline meters through the Internet and analyse it on a desktop. 

SA laying gas pipeline in Mozambique

29th June 2001 Construction of a $2,1-million 86-km-long 63-mm-diameter submerged high-density polyethylene gas pipeline to transfer gas from onshore town Vilanculos, to Santo Carolina, Magarugue, Benguerra and Bazurutho islands, in Mozambique, is well under way. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

$3,5bn Chad–Cameroon oil pipeline takes-off

25th June 2001 Chad and Cameroon are set to receive $600-million in financing from a consortium of private banks and the World Bank for their interstate oil- pipeline project. 

Swedes to help train furniture manufacturers

22nd June 2001 Swedish training instructors have joined Furntech, the new furniture manufacturing training centre in George, which is situated at the Port Elizabeth Technikon's Saasveld Campus. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Keeping the flame alive after 30 years

22nd June 2001 Flame and laser cutting specialist General Profiling is commemorating its thirty-year anniversary as the longest-established independent-profiling company in South Africa. 

Company has supplied market for 61 years

22nd June 2001 International company LVD was established in Belgium in the 1940s as a supplier of farming equipment, but quickly turned its talents to the manufacture of hydraulic presses, press brakes and shears. 

Sophisticated products for the sheet-metal industry

22nd June 2001 Designers and manufacturers of presses, presses, forging presses, press brakes, guillotines, press feeders and coil lines Walch Engineering Company is the sole agent and distributor for Belgium made LVD products in South Africa. 

SA oilfield development gets nod from govt

22nd June 2001 State-owned oil exploration and production company Soekor E and P has reported that the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has approved the development of the Sable oilfield. 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

New application for ‘solar hose’

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 A South African solar water heating company hopes to win a half-a-million rand contract in a neighbouring country for an old product that is proving valuable in a new application. 

Continued effort to enhance status

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Division is set to generate 50% of petrochemical giant’s income

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Final approval granted for R998-million alcohol plant

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Improved performance from four divisions

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Turnover increases by 5%

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

R2,5-billion in projects in progress

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Gas deposit, Northern Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Exploratory drilling off the Northern Cape coast has located a massive natural gas deposit. 

Production up from carbon dioxide plant

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A multimillion-rand carbon dioxide plant, which has been erected a third time by Afrox, this time in Sasolburg, Free State, is realising 20% increased production, while implementing new technology that brings it in line with a global trend towards greater automation. 

R1,4-billion acid plant design near completion

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Basic engineering of Sasol Chemical Industries’ R1,43-billion acrylic acid and acrylates complex in Sasolburg, Free State, is nearing completion. 

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