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Gas company appoints new MD

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Industrial gas and welding products group African Oxygen (Afrox) has appointed Tjaart Kruger, an executive at Tiger Brands, as its new MD and CEO, following the retirement of Rick Hogben. 

Pipe product plays a part in the move towards greener energy

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) vision is to promote the effective use of South Africa’s alternative energy sources. 

Pipe insulation product sales sky-rocket

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Foam manufacturer Air-o-thene recorded a 215% sales increase this year in its Air-o-therm division, a growth rate the company attributes to its Air-o-therm pipe insulation product. 

BEE firm clinches RBCT fuel, lubricants supply contract

19th January 2007 In a deal worth some R70-million over five years, black empowerment company Masana Petroleum Solutions, is to take over the supply and participate in the management of fuel and lubricants for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). 

Portable particle counter

19th January 2007 Operational Marketing, Johannesburg has acquired the Filtertechnik (a division of Hydrotechnik, London) agency for their portable particle counters. 

Tight schedules demand intercompany cooperation

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th December 2006 The tight schedule necessary for the completion of the open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) stations project means that many companies are required to work in the same site area simultaneously. 

OCGT plants on track to meet peaking power demands

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th December 2006 Growth in the South African economy has resulted in the rapid depletion of the country’s excess electricity generation capacity, especially during peak demand times. s our infrastructure strengthens, we believe that we will be able to ensure continuity of supply and continue to function as... 

South African pipeline association draws up more stringent criteria

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 The South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga) has instituted an updated registration process, with more stringent criteria, that calls for a selected membership to the individuals particular area of expertise. 

New 1 000 MW gas project could be operational in W Cape by winter 2008

By: Jade Davenport     27th October 2006 South African State-owned enterprise Eskom is in the process of authorising a new gas turbine energy project that will provide an additional 1 000 MW to the Western Cape region by the winter of 2008. 

Gas industry tender outcome known by December, Nersa promises

By: Nelendhre Moodley     20th October 2006 The outcome of a tender to develop a compliance mechanism for the South African gas industry would be made known by December, the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) promised on Friday. 

Contractor focuses on safety improvements

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Safety is one of the key issues when working in oil refineries. Grinaker LTA M&E has taken this to heart. Spending about 1,2 million manhours per month on various projects including oil refineries, the company has brought its disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) to below 0,29. 

Software product developed for combustion plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Through its local representation of international suppliers, South African company The Combustion Group (TCG) is providing innovative designs, and solutions for the manufacture, installation and commissioning of burner equipment for any plant and application. 

Industry in good health, but challenges niggle

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 The local oil refining industry is in good shape, but faces the challenge of adjusting to meet growing demand and the need to make progressively cleaner fuels, notes South African Petroleum Industry Association Director Colin McClelland. 

African refiners establish far-reaching forum

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 In an effort to counter the pressures created by new refining capacity in the Arabian Gulf and Indian subcontinent, African refiners earlier this year established an association aimed at investigating challenges and opportunities facing the downstream sector of the oil industry in Africa. This is... 

SA firm helps curb refinery emissions

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Mounting concerns over air pollution emissions and the desulpherisation of plants has opened a niche in the market for process analysers and emission reduction equipment. 

Local contractor in Angolan offshore project

8th September 2006 For many years, the oil and gas downstream division of Grinaker-LTA M&E has been a market leader in the execution of shutdowns for the petrochemical plants and refineries in South Africa. 

Wide range of catalysts supplied

8th September 2006 Catalyst innovations are key to high performance process technology. 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

Boom times ahead for fuel-gas sector

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 The recent outages in the Western Cape have raised concerns about electrical energy supplies. 

Shielding-gas economiser sees success

1st September 2006 Shield Technologies’ shielding gas economiser, has been a runaway success notching up savings for users of 50% or more in many instances, the company reports. 

New gas-leak detector for households

1st September 2006 In a bid to support Eskom’s initiative to reduce household dependency on electricity as a power source, SureGas has developed a new gas leak detector for households that are worried about gas leaks in their homes. 

Gas cleaner launched

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 In the quest to make renewable energy accessible and affordable to the lower end of the domestic market, Easigas has introduced a specific solution known as the EasiCooka. 

Gas viewed as ‘increasingly viable’ alternative to oil

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 With the price of oil at about $72/bl, gas has become a far more sought after commodity and it is anticipated that the sector will continue to experience an upswing. 

Association partners DME to ensure adequate gas supply

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 The demand for gas has increased drastically since it has become a popular choice for energy, but there have been shortages of LPGas recently that were confined to specific areas due, in part, to the shut down of some refineries. 

Academy tackles shortage of qualified installers 

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 There are about 100 000 gas appliances currently being installed in households and businesses throughout South Africa and only 450 qualified gas installers to do the job, says Gas Academy director AJ De Wet. Further, the problem is being exacerbated by the recent launch of the Cape’s LPGas... 

Community kitchen opens in Mozambique

1st September 2006 Matola Gas Company (MGC), the distributor of natural gas in Southern Mozambique, opened donated a community kitchen, fueled entirely by natural gas, to the Matola Municipality outside Maputo, Mozambique. 

Contract awarded for combined cycle power plant in Spain

1st September 2006 Power supply group Alstom has won contracts worth more than €300-million with Spanish utility Gas Natural to build, operate and maintain a 400 MW combined cycle power plant in Malaga, Spain. 

Sasol opens world-first gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar

1st September 2006 The $950-million Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant at Ras Laffan Industrial City was inaugurated by His Highness, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar on June 6, this year. 

Gas giant to showcase diverse product range

1st September 2006 South Africa-based gas giant Afrox will afford show visitors the opportunity to view a selection of the safest, highest-quality industrial equipment, consumables and systems currently available in South Africa at the Electra Mining 2006 exhibition. 

Gas sales reach record levels

1st September 2006 Unprecedented demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) continued unabated as a result of the cold weather experienced this winter, which hampered all efforts to normalise the supply position in the inland area, Afrox said in a statement in July. 

South African liquid fuels consumption continues to grow

1st September 2006 South Africa’s petroleum industry continued to grow its sales in the second quarter of 2006 and was on track to exceed 24-billion litres for the full year, the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) said last month. 

Botswana strikes gas

1st September 2006 Botswana will soon be producing vast quantities of coalbed methane gas (CBM), to be marketed both locally and internationally. 

Holistic approach to gas supply needed

1st September 2006 An increasingly demanding market is changing industrial gas supply models to a point where customer-oriented services and support are as important as the quality of the products, according to leading gas supplier, Afrox. 

Namibia plans gas ‘revolution’

1st September 2006 Considerable progress has been recorded in the construction of a multi-million dollar liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) depot in Windhoek, New Era/All Africa Global Media reported last week. 

1 050 MW by winter 2007

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 Two new open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) peaking plants in the Western Cape are expected to add 1 050 MW to the region’s power supply by as early as next year, Eskom has indicated. The steady increase in peak demand for electricity is a critical challenge for South Africa and, because of this,... 

Successful IPP bid expected early next year

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 As South Africa’s economy grows, the spare capacity in power generation is running short. 

DPE tightens reins on parastatals

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd June 2006 State-owned Eskom will commission 1050 MW of open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plants at Atlantis and Mossel Bay by 2007, while independent power procedures (IPPs) will commission another 1050 MW of OCGT plants in KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth by 2009. 

Swiss firm seeks OCGT participation

23rd June 2006 As part of a contract for the refurbishment and upgrade of the generator busbars, Alstom SA will be supplying and installing generator circuit breakers at all six generator units at Grootvlei power station for Eskom. 

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