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SA acquisition doubles London oil firm's size

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 London Stock Exchange-listed Tullow Oil, which owns South African-based Energy Africa, indicated that its acquisition of the firm last year effectively doubled the size of the company. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Landlocked Mali seeks more oil and gas exploration

12th September 2005 The west African country, Mali says it wants its “open for business” mat for new oil and gas exploration investment to become “well worn”. 

Chemicals firm calls for a rethink on possible MMT ban

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 January 1, 2006 marks the deadline for the introduction of cleaner fuels into South Africa. 

$4bn oil refinery mooted for Richards Bay  

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Plans are under way for a $4-billion oil refinery to be built in Richards Bay. 

Vegetable-oil refiner develops new products

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Established in 1996, PSS Oils deals in the refining of vegetable oil for animal feed and trades in edible oil. 

Mobile plants regenerate transformer oil on-site

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 In an effort to break the monopoly on the supply of re-refined transformer oil and on-site transformer oil regeneration, F&C Technologies was established in 1999. 

New safety overalls developed for oil refinery workers

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Having gained a reputation as one of the safest companies worldwide, DuPont is now one of the industry leaders in supplying safety products and services. 

World petroleum conference coming to Africa this month

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 In a significant move for South Africa, and in fact the entire African continent, the 18th World Petroleum Congress (18th WPC) was awarded to South Africa and will be taking place later this month, from September 25 to 29. 

Nondestructive testing specialist completes oil refinery projects

By: sarah-leigh paul     9th September 2005 Nondestructive testing specialist De-Tect has been involved in significant projects in the oil refining industry. 

'Pigs' play crucial role in pipeline maintenance

9th September 2005 Oil refineries are highly reliant upon pipelines for their ongoing successful operation as the raw materials and finished products (crude oil and petroleum products) are usually transported by means of pipeline to and from the refinery. 

Oil-price surge a threat to growth

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 The 4,8% growth figure for the country’s second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) review will help balance the slower 3,5% first quarter growth and also supports hopes that the economy will be able to meet the treasury’s growth target of 4,3% for the year. 

Jo’burg gas conversions successfully completed

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 The project to convert Johannesburg’s gas infrastructure from hydrogen-rich gas to natural gas has been completed. 

Ambitious pipeline construction under way

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 An ambitious project to pipe natural gas from Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana is under way and should be completed by December 2006. 

Two new products to aid gas industry

2nd September 2005 South African supplier of analysis and monitoring equipment OEN Enterprises recently announced the release of two new products to aid the gas industry. 

Gas industry focuses on laser technology

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 Laser technology is a growing industry throughout the world and in South Africa the situation is no different. 

Massive rural LP gas roll-out under way

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 The challenge by government to dramatically increase the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in low-income homes in South Africa has been taken up by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of South Africa (LPGASA) and its members, and the project is now well under way. 

Better service delivery is the name of the game

By: warren robertson     2nd September 2005 A recent value-added service by an Alrode company should see significant improvements to health and safety in the metalworking, welding and cutting industries. 

Second Kuwait Oil and gas conference planned

2nd August 2005 The second Kuwait International Oil and Gas conference and Exhibition will take place in Kuwait from March 6 to March 8, under the patronage of Minister of Energy Sheikh Ahmad AL-Fahad AL-Sabah. 

Gas-turbine contract awarded for Nigerian oil-field

5th July 2005 Global firm Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract from ExxonMobil for gas turbine packages for an offshore Nigeria project in one of the most prolific oil and gas regions in the world. 

Full order book for Western Cape rope-access company

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A series of oil and gas rigs in need of repairs or maintenance is expected to dock in the port of Cape Town before the end of the year. 

Norway firm expands oil interests in Brazil

16th May 2005 Norwegian oil firm Northern Oil has agreed to purchase three offshore licenses in the Camamu and Almada Basin, Brazil. 

Oil sight glass makes inspection easy

By: Zonika Botha     22nd April 2005 Local company Echochem Pumps is the sole importers of a remarkable oil sight glass, which, according to the company, should be installed on every pump and gearbox on customers’ plants. 

Private power

By: Nicola Mawson     1st April 2005 Independent production less about competition than keeping wires live 

Now that's cooking with gas!

By: Nicola Mawson     25th March 2005 One year to convert all existing users on Egoli Gas's database, that was the target the company set itself. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Gas, welding giant in new growth push

By: Nicola Mawson     25th March 2005 Gases company African Oxygen (Afrox) is to spend R100-million in the next three years to reengineer its Gases Operations Centre (GOC), in Germiston. 

New generation of crude oil distillation systems

25th March 2005 For a number of years now, there have been no new developments or fundamental enhancements in equipment used for laboratory crude oil distillation in compliance with ASTM standards D-2892, D-5236 and D-1160. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Resources giant to start West Coast drill this year

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 Resources giant BHP Billiton is still committed to the drilling programme off the West Coast of South Africa during this calendar year. 

75% increase in oil-analysis course attendance

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 What if your vehicle’s oil could tell you what was wrong with the engine? 

Mad Dog oil, gas project comes on stream

11th February 2005 Petrochemical company BP announced mid-January the start-up of oil and natural gas production from the Mad Dog development. 

Oil: are we running out?

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 “The continued growth in the energy-demand era is coming to an end unless we can quickly invent some other form of energy to take oil’s place,” said Simmons & Company International CEO Matthew Simmons on the question of ‘black gold’ supply reaching its peak. 

West Coast oil search enters the deeps

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 FOR the first time ever, deep-water oil exploration wells are to be drilled off the West Coast of South Africa. 

Gas giant outlines its mega-project plans

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th February 2005 An outline of Sasol Gas’s plans for 2005 is revealed to Engineering News by MD Hans Naude. 

Deal to enhance medical, industrial gases standards

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th February 2005 Standards South Africa (StanSA) and the Southern African Compressed Gases Association (Sacga) have signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) for the development and adoption of technical and operating standards for the medical and industrial gases industries in South Africa. 

Gas detectors for gold-mining giant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th February 2005 Gas leak-detection and monitoring-equipment company Titration & Test Systems has supplied ten controllers with six sensors each to TSI Communications, a Johannesburg-based company subcontracted to mining group Gold Fields Limited. 

Winery installs second nitrogen plant as production soars

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th February 2005 Industrial-, specialty- and medical-gases manufacturer Air Liquide Southern Africa is commissioning a nitrogen-production system, known as Floxal, it installed at the Robertson Coop Winery, in the Western Cape. 

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