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Oil Refineries

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

     2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Egyptian petrochemicals complex expected 2021

     2nd September 2016 Egyptian petrochemicals company Carbon Holding's proposed Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex is to be located within the Ain Sokhna industrial zone, near the Gulf of Suez. Major contracts for the project have been awarded, with the construction work expected to start later this year and commissioning... 

Egyptian petrochemicals complex expected 2021
SUNRISE INDUSTRY While the oil industry in other parts of the globe is stagnating the World Bank believes there is still potential in Africa's oil industry

Ghana oil refinery showing signs of profitability

     2nd September 2016 Recent reports demonstrate that Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) – Ghana’s only oil refinery –  has begun showing signs of profitability after seven years of stagnation. The refinery posted a profit of $800 000 from its operations from February 16 to April 20, a development described by market... 

Ghana oil  refinery showing signs of profitability
REFINERY IS FINE AGAIN The Ghanaian refinery has recovered from its seven year stagnation and is showing progress

Industry challenges blunt investment in oil and gas sector

     2nd September 2016 Demand for oil and gas from markets in Africa remains high but low crude prices combined with poor physical infrastructure, inadequate logistical solutions and onerous government regulations have blunted investment in oil and gas field development, says independent oil and gas company SacOil... 

Industry challenges blunt investment in oil and gas sector
THABO KGOGO 57% of Africa’s export earnings are derived from hydrocarbons

Newest firefighting technology delivered to South Africa

By: Nadine James     2nd September 2016 Fire protection technology provider DoseTech is promoting the concept of firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) units to the sub-Saharan Africa oil industry, and has concluded the delivery of the first system to the South African market. Further, the company is in discussions with a South African... 

Newest firefighting technology  delivered to South Africa
GERMAN ENGINEERING The FTM units are manufactured by DoseTech partner and German fire-safety product manufacturer FireDos

Nigeria, Spain to strengthen bilateral trade relationship

     2nd September 2016 Nigeria and Spain, last month expressed their readiness to strengthen their bilateral trade relationship for mutual benefit across the spectrum in the oil and gas industry. State-owned oil development corporation Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) group MD Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru... 

Nigeria, Spain to strengthen bilateral trade relationship
OIL ON TAP Two Nigerian refineries and a pipeline were brought back online to address the country's petrol shortage

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa

     2nd September 2016 With there being various commitments to improve infrastructure made by African countries, bitumen producers will be assured of significant work in future, says oil industry company Royal Dutch Shell. According to figures stated in the Roads and Highways overview compiled by international... 

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa
SAPREF The 10/20 bitumen is available for direct pick-up at the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries in Durban

Phase 1 of refinery expansion project to be completed this year

     2nd September 2016 The Cameroonian government is planning to complete the first phase of the expansion and modernisation works at national refinery company Sonara’s refinery later this year, which will lead to an increase in production. According to local media, the refinery – the only one in the country – has been... 

Phase 1 of refinery expansion project to be completed this year
DOGGED DEVELOPMENT The Sonara refinery has been in the process of expanding and modernising its equipment since 2013

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

     2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

Supplier development programme launched for black businesses

     2nd September 2016 Oil refining company Chevron Corporation’s local subsidiary Chevron South Africa (SA) –  which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand – last month announced a new enterprise and supplier development (E&SD) programme aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The... 

Supplier development programme launched for black businesses
CHEVRON OIL REFINERY The refinery produces petrol, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and other specialty products for South Africa

Combining operations for competitive edge

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Oil refining and marketing company Neste announced its decision to invest about €60-million in the Naantali production line last month. The investment pertains to the programme that was announced in October 2014, through which Neste will develop the refineries in Porvoo, on the southern coast of... 

Combining  operations for competitive edge
COMPANY COMBINES OPERATIONS Oil refining and marketing company Neste announced its decision to invest about €60-million in the Naantali production line last month

AGM discusses the rising energy demand of a growing continent

     4th September 2015 Stakeholders in the African downstream oil industry met at the Westin Grand Hotel, in Cape Town, in March as part of African Refiners Association (ARA) week to discuss how to invigorate investment in the refining and distribution sectors of all African countries, from the Mediterranean to the... 

AGM discusses the rising energy demand of a  growing continent

Chevron refinery completes planned maintenance and inspections

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Comprising a network of Caltex service stations and a refinery, as well as a sizeable supply and trading organisation, Chevron South Africa  recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town, shortly after one if its most significant and successfully planned maintenance... 

Chevron refinery completes planned maintenance and inspections
MAINTENANCE INSPECTION COMPLETED Chevron South Africa recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town

Company announces services contract for Russian oil refinery unit

     4th September 2015 Engineering contractors Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced in June that its main subsidiary, Tecnimont S.p.A., in cooperation with Russian partners, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management services contract by Russian oil producer, JSC Gazprom Neft, for the... 

Company announces  services contract for Russian oil refinery unit

Company delivers oil refinery control systems

     4th September 2015 Japanese electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa China has received an order from Chinese oil and gas company PetroChina Yunnan Petrochemical to deliver control systems for an oil refinery that is being built in China’s Yunnan province. The first stage of the project includes... 

Construction project aims to expand crude oil throughput

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International professional technical service providers Jacobs Engineering Group announced last month that it was selected by multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its crude flexibility engineering and... 

Global expertise leveraged to service the liquid fuels and petrochemicals industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Having seen business potential in the refining and manufacture of liquid fuels and chemicals, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS)  business development and sales GM Vishal Harichund tells Engineering News that TKIS South Africa (SA) can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the... 

Global expertise  leveraged to service  the liquid fuels and  petrochemicals industries
THYSSENKRUPP, WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the global TKIS organisation’s specialist divisions

Joint agreement finalised to modernise Assiut refinery in Egypt

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Engineering and construction project managers for the energy industry Technip Italy announced, in July, the finalization of a joint agreement with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Assiut Oil Refining Company (ASORC) for the modernisation project of the Assiut refinery located in... 

Joint agreement finalised to modernise Assiut refinery in Egypt

Kentz (member of the SNC-Lavalin group)

     4th September 2015 With offices in over 50 countries and a staff complement of about 40 000, Montreal-based global engineering firm SNC-Lavalin provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to clients in a variety of industrial... 

Kentz (member of the SNC-Lavalin group)

Oil and gas company responds to industry and market demands

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total presented its French refining roadmap to employee representatives in April this year. The plan is designed to provide each Total refining site in France the means to resist the volatile business environment and perform profitably. Total... 

Oil and gas company  responds to industry  and market demands

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International and African key decision-makers in the oil and gas industry have confirmed their attendance at the yearly Africa Oil & Gas Expo 2015, which will take place on September 8 and 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. They will discuss the latest developments and... 

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate  industry challenges

Oil refinery’s planned maintenance completed

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 South Africa’s second-largest oil refinery, Engen Refinery (Enref), in Durban, South Africa has undergone a planned maintenance outage that was completed last month. The outage started on July 9 and, on August 8, Enref’s mainstream units were fully online, while the remaining units underwent a... 

Oil refinery’s planned maintenance completed

Technology provider to supply Malaysian refinery project

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has selected international provider of advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents and services Axens as a technology provider for Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in... 

Technology provider to supply Malaysian refinery project
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES Petronas has selected Axens as a technology provider for its Rapid project in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia

Uganda’s $2.5bn crude oil refinery to start commercial production in 2018

     4th September 2015 Uganda’s $2.5-billion crude oil refinery, currently being constructed by a consortium led by Russia’s raw materials and infrastructure development company RT Global Resources, will start commercial production in 2018. The consortium was chosen by Uganda’s government in February to build and... 

Uganda’s $2.5bn crude oil refinery to start commercial production in 2018

Water treatment specialist services global oil refineries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International water-treatment solutions specialist Degrémont, a subsidiary of France-based utility company Suez Environment, is committed to supplying sustainable, efficient and cost-effective water management services to the oil refinery and petrochemicals industry. The company supplies robust... 

Water treatment specialist services global oil refineries

Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees

     5th September 2014 Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees To quality as a broad-based black economic empowered (BBBEE) company in terms of the BBBEE Amendment Act, 2013, Aerosud is placing the focus on putting suitable mechanisms in place to enable its lower-paid employees to share in its... 

Aerosud programme aimed at empowering lower-paid employees

Conference highlights oil and gas industry

     5th September 2014 A weeklong conference, aimed at uniting and networking between major role-players in the global oil industry, will run from November 3 to 7 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

Conference highlights oil and gas industry
Photo by Bloomberg
HIGHLIGHTING OIL INDUSTRY Africa Oil Week will feature recent industry trends and critical issues

Dehydrator purifies oil faster

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 Contaminated oil stored in a static hydraulic 2 000 ℓ tank was purified completely using wear control company Filter Focus’ vacuum dehydrator. 

Dehydrator purifies  oil faster
DRYING OIL The vacuum dehydrator is fully automated, allowing for ‘one-touch’ operation

Diesel vehicle sales push fuel development

     5th September 2014 An increasing local demand for diesel vehicles is pushing further development of diesel fuels to become more environment-friendly while increasing engine power, reports petroleum industry company BP. 

Diesel vehicle sales push fuel development
Photo by Duane Daws
DRIVING DEMAND South African diesel vehicle sales have shown positive growth over the past few years

Gearbox oil launched

     5th September 2014 Petroleum products refining company Engen announced in July that it launched its Gengear XEP-series industrial gearbox oils for high-performance under pressure applications to the local market. 

Gearbox oil launched
Photo by Duane Daws
LUBRICATION OIL AVAILABLE Modern gearboxes put enormous pressure on the lubricant

Local lubricant manufacturers acquired to boost offering

     5th September 2014 Germany-based lubricants manufacturer Fuchs Petrolub, with a yearly turnover of €1.8-billion, announced in May that it had acquired South African lubricant manufacturing companies Lubritene and Lubrasa. 

Local lubricant  manufacturers acquired  to boost offering
LOCAL INDUSTRY GROWTH The acquisition of two local lubricant manufacturers will enable the Fuchs Group to enter new markets worldwide and provide export opportunities for the local subsidiary

New facility increases manufacturing capacity

     5th September 2014 US-based oil refiner Chevron Corporation started commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s refinery in Pascagoula, near Mississippi, in July. 

New facility increases manufacturing capacity
Photo by Reuters
INCREASING CAPACITY The facility will help countries around the world meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements and higher performance standards for lubricants

PackSolve

     5th September 2014 Established in 2014 through the merger of South Africa’s two leading industrial packing solution entities, PackSolve is the largest diversified industrial packaging group in the Southern African Development Community. The company, which has an order book of R200-million, offers clients a full... 

PackSolve

Reliability contract improves performance

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 A second-term contract to enhance the reliability of 565 pumps at Cape Town-based oil refinery Chevron has been improved through training the site personnel and mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane’s constantly monitoring the pumps. 

Reliability contract improves performance
RELIABLE PUMPING The John Crane Performance Plus team ensured that standards set by the American Petroleum Institute were met at all times

SA oil below par on international scale

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus. 

SA oil below par on international scale
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes

Safety promoted at expo

     5th September 2014 Energy services company Lloyd’s Register Energy is challenging oil and gas companies to improve their approach to safety, performance and technical innovation to ensure the world’s advancing energy supply is changing in a sustainable way, from reservoir and refinery to beyond. 

Safety promoted at expo
ECOURAGING SAFETY The oil and gas industry cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to safety

Safety protocol wins contract

     5th September 2014 Celebrating a milestone safety achievement of three-million man-hours without lost time through injury, diversified steel manufacturer Belmet Marine & Engineering recently announced the company was awarded a major oil rig contract by subsea engineering, construction and services company Subsea 7,... 

Safety protocol  wins contract
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Safety is non-negotiable in the oil and gas industry

Smart attendance device monitors personnel in remote regions

     5th September 2014 A time and attendance monitoring system that works with satellite communications can assist in the monitoring of staff in remote locations, such as those on sea-based oil rigs, according to workforce management and business process outsourcing company Adcorp Operations Shared Services. 

Smart attendance device monitors personnel in  remote regions
KEEPING TABS ON STAFF The aim of using the new system is to create efficient time acquisition, administration and payroll functions in remote areas
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