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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. 

Overview of AES

23rd June 2006 AES is one of the world’s largest global power companies, generating and distributing electric power to millions of people in 26 countries on 5 continents. 

Continent's oil producers record strong growth, but sustainability questioned

By: Jade Davenport     9th June 2006 The recent surge in the commodity markets has paved the way for increased economic growth in mineral-rich Africa, especially amongst the continent’s leading oil-producing countries. 

Leading the market in supplying laser gases

3rd March 2006 Local company Air Products’ strategy for success in the laser industry has been focused on replacing conventional gas supply modes with technical innovations that bring real benefits to industry in terms of reduced labour, minimal handling, enhanced quality and fewer production interruptions 

African refiners to meet

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 In addition to the Oil Africa 2006 exhibition and conference to be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from March 22 to 24, the ARA (African Refiners Association) Annual Meeting and Downstream Workshop will be held in the city from March 20 to 24 at the Cullinan Hotel. 

Big guns set to visit oil show

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 Exhibitor numbers are nudging 100 for Africa’s leading oil expo and conference Oil Africa 2006 to be held in Cape Town from March 22 to 24, 2006. 

LPG industry looks to cars and low-cost housing

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 Adceng’s involvement in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry dates back to the mid-1950s when it operated as a division of ADC Engineering which was founded in 1948. 

Taking gas burners into the future

3rd February 2006 Local company Jetmaster has been building wood- and gas-burning fireplaces for several decades.? 

Zambia opens doors for local gas company

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 Air Products is a leading international supplier of industrial gases, chemicals and related equipment. 

Gas industry at mature stage in marketing cycle

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 The gas industry is currently at a somewhat mature stage in the marketing cycle and, consequently, companies need to find new innovations to generate income, says Harris Calorific MD Peter Boucher. ? 

New gas-fired shell boiler to be launched midyear

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 Various companies use boilers to produce their process steam used in production, including breweries, chemical processing plants, paper manufacturers and laundries. 

Domestic-gas market is set for growth

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) was founded in 1987 as there was a great concern that safety standards were not being adhered to by the various suppliers 

SA’s first fuel gas association finds its feet

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 “Our vision is to be the foremost pipeline gas association in Africa,” states South African Fuel Gas Association committee leader Roy Lubbe in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. By definition fuel gas entails any hydro carbon gas fuel transported by pipeline, and that is... 

Gas pipeline to undergo pressure test

3rd February 2006 The Sasol group of companies owns and operates a steel gas pipeline between the Sasol Synfuels factory in Secunda and the Sasol Chemical Industries factory in Sasolburg.? 

Local gas-detection system receives international interest

3rd February 2006 SureGas, the Cape-based manufacturer and distributor of leading gas leak and gas flow detection systems as well as gas products such as meters in South Africa and internationally, has partnered with well-known and respected gas expert, AJ de Wet, to open an office in Gauteng.?De Wet is well known... 

Change drives new approach

By: Matthew Hill     3rd February 2006 The industrial gases industry is facing a step-change in customer requirements which is driving the introduction of innovative value-added product packages and service solutions by suppliers. ?Afrox industrial gases business manager Nkululeko Magadla says the growth in exports of South African... 

Oz oil producer says production up 6%

1st February 2006 ASX-listed Cooper Energy yesterday reported on a strong December quarter of oil production, with oil sales of $7,3-million and an 11,6% rise in proved oil reserves. 

Nigerian firm's JSE listing adds oil-board choice

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 Nigerian energy firm Oando, which is the largest independent and privately-owned oil-trading company on the continent, last month became the first West African company to dual list on the JSE, when the group’s entire issued share capital was introduced on the main board of the JSE, in the... 

What is an OCGT plant?

9th December 2005 What is an OCGT plant? An open cycle gas turbine plant is a combustion turbine plant fired by liquid fuel – in this instance by turning a generator rotor that produces electricity. 

OCGT plants to boost SA’s peaking-power capacity

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 In response to the recent above-average growth for electrical energy, power-utility Eskom has initiated a number of projects to ensure that the additional requirement for peaking power anticipated in Southern Africa in 2007 is met. 

Prequalified IPP bidders revealed

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 Over the next few years South Africa is expected to experience sustained growth in electricity demand, driven by growth in the industrial, mining, commercial and domestic consumer sectors. 

SA’s first OCGT power plant on schedule for 2007

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th December 2005 The first open-cycle gas-turbine power plant (OCGT) to be built on power-utility Eskom’s grid is well under way and is on schedule for its 2007 completion date. 

BHP gives green light to Pakistan gas expansion

23rd November 2005 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton yesterday announced approval for the Phase-2 development of the Zamzama gas field in Pakistan. 

Gas services to expand wine industry

18th November 2005 An industrial gas manufacturer has launched a comprehensive gas supply and technology service to add value to the winemaking industry in South Africa. 

Compressed natual gas a competitive alternative fuel?

By: peter cromberge     21st October 2005 South Africa could be moving closer to the take-up of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology. 

Unlocking gas riches

By: Helene Le Roux     14th October 2005 Since its inception, the South African synthetic-fuels industry has produced well over 1,5-billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from coal and gas. 

Vacuum pump orders are on the increase

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2005 About a year ago, the South African gas company Afrox, which is part of the international BOC group, was appointed as the official distributor for BOC Edward’s industrial vacuum pumps and systems in South Africa. 

Oil-and-gas challenges emergy

By: Liezel Hill     7th October 2005 Crucial issues of supply and demand, high and volatile prices, security of supply, environmental issues and alternative energy sources represent key questions deliberated by delegates and experts from over 50 countries at the 18th World Petroleum Congress, held in Johannesburg last month. 

Tribunal mulls Sasol, Engen merger

By: Liezel Hill     3rd October 2005 Competition Tribunal hearings into the planned merger of Sasol and Malaysia-based Petronas's respective liquid fuels businesses (Sasol Liquid Fuels and Engen) get under way today. 

Nigerian oil group sets sights on JSE listing

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The JSE's somewhat anaemic oil-and-gas board could be enlarged before the end of this year with the listing of Nigerian integrated energy-solutions firm Oando - currently, the board is dominated by petrochemical group Sasol, with the far smaller Exxoteq still suspended. 

Pan-African oil exploration venture examined

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 Discussions have begun between countries into the possibility of forming a so-called pan-African oil-exploration company, Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks confirmed yesterday. 

Developing world must lower dependence on exhaustible commodities

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 While improved transparency, anticorruption and social-responsibility measures are needed in the global oil industry, developing countries should not continue to depend on direct revenue from the extraction and export of oil and other commodities for economic growth, Nigerian Minister of... 

Challenges emerge as oil summit concludes

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 Crucial issues of supply and demand, high and volatile prices, security of supply, environmental issues and alternative energy sources represent key questions deliberated by delegates and experts from over 50 countries at the 18th World Petroleum Congress, held in Johannesburg this week. 

Natural-gas industry consolidates, expands

By: Liezel Hill     29th September 2005 The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is undergoing a transformation, from a sector focused on specific projects and long-term contracts, into a fully-integrated commodity market, Chevron global gas US President John Gass said yesterday. 

Africa to play key role in future energy supply - PwC

28th September 2005 Africa will play an important part in the world's oil supply as global demand for fuel increases drastically during the next two decades - and South Africa could become an oil hub of the continent during that time, according to 'African Oil and Gas: The New Horizon', released yesterday by... 

Infrastructure, skills key to sustainable fuel sectors

By: Liezel Hill     27th September 2005 African countries must improve fuel-sector infrastructure and downstream capabilities to transform their respective and collective energy industries into economic growth and effective poverty alleviation, PetroSA MD and CEO Sipho Mkhize said yesterday. 

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