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Oil Refineries

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... 

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

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)

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

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

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
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INCREASING CAPACITY The facility will help countries around the world meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements and higher performance standards for lubricants

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

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

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries

5th September 2014 The problem of corrosion-under-insulation (CUI), which is common in the oil refineries industry, can be controlled by applying a thermal spray that is available from wear, corrosion and hardfacing company Weartech. 

Thermal spray coatings to protect refineries
PREVENTING CORROSION Corrosion under insulation accounts for as much as 40% to 60% of a company’s piping maintenance costs

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

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
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SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Safety is non-negotiable in the oil and gas industry

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

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

Specialised compressor for refinery

By: Dylan Slater     5th September 2014 A large-capacity process gas compressor was delivered in July to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels Catalytic Cracker plant, in Secunda. 

Specialised compressor for refinery
PROCESS GAS COMPRESSOR The R11-million compressor forms part of Sasol’s expansion project

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


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... 


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

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

$2.4bn sale of California refinery completed

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP in June completed the sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corporation for about $2.4-billion as part of a plan to reshape BP’s US fuels business. Cash proceeds from the sale include... 

Pumps company receives oil refinery order

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Twelve Milton Roy dosing pumps are being installed at petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ water recovery growth project, in Secunda. Germiston-based pumps company Ecochem Pumps signed a contract with Germany-based engineering company ThyssenKruppe last year in September to supply the... 

Company reaches milestone with triethyl aluminium

6th September 2013 Producers of surfactants, surfactant intermediates, high-purity alumina and related specialty products Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (O&S) announced in July that it has reached an important milestone in the expansion of its capabilities with the production of its new ALCAT TEAL highly purified... 

Commissioning of new distillation unit marks major milestone in refinery upgrade

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP announced in July that it had completed commissioning and start-up of its new 250 000 bl/d crude distillation unit at the Whiting refinery, marking a major milestone in the multibillion-dollar upgrade of the facility in Northwest Indiana, in the US. “The safe... 

Wear-resistant product for oil refineries introduced to South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Wear, corrosion and hardfacing applications product supplier Weartech began distributing a new portfolio of wear-resistant surface treatments, called UltraFlex, last month. It is manufactured by Kennametal, a global supplier of tooling and industrial materials, and increases the wear performance... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

Reliability improvement for SA refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer and supplier John Crane has four reliability contracts with key oil refineries, in South Africa, to deliver rotating equipment to increase pump reliability and reduce the cost of ownership for the end-user. The company supplied the John Crane Dart One wireless remote... 

Oil refinery celebrates start up of new diesel and hydrogen units

6th September 2013 Oil and petrochemicals company BP in May announced the successful commissioning of a diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plant at its 234 000 bl/d Cherry Point Refinery located in Blaine, Washington. 

Local safety products provided for international oil refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Several South African and international refineries have been supplied by gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering recently. The company supplies liquid natural gas (LNG) producer Qatargas, LNG producer Oman LNG, South African oil and... 

Seals company supplying refinery in Angola

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Mechanical-seals manufacturer AESSEALS is supplying four seals, worth R500 000, to concessionaire for oil and gas exploration on the subsoil and continental shelf of Angola, Sonangol. AESSEAL MD Rob Waites tells Engineering News that the company first started working with Sonangol a year ago and... 

Many projects in pipeline for oil refiner

6th September 2013 Multinational energy company Chevron Corporation executives said at the company's annual security analyst meeting in March, in New York, that the company is continuing to deliver industry-leading operational and financial results and progressing key development projects. "We had an outstanding... 

Company to launch thermal camera for use in oil refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for use in safety and emergency applications at oil refineries and petrochemicals plants will be launched next month by safety products manufacturer MSA South Africa. The MSA Evolution 6000 TIC series of TICs has a 320 x 240 no unit of measure high-definition core,... 

Pumps supplied to oil refinery

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 Four Sundyne LMV311 feed-pump skids, with spare parts, were delivered to South African energy and chemicals producer Sasol’s Secunda complex last month by manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and compressors for the oil, gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power generation and water processing... 

Petrochemicals company teams up with fast food franchise

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 South African petrochemicals company Sasol signed an agreement with fast food franchise Burger King South Africa in July, which will enable the global restaurant chain to open stores within Sasol’s national fuel retail network in the next five to seven years. “The contract enables Sasol... 

Local refineries face many challenges

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South Africa’s ageing refining infrastructure, which was built more than 50 years ago, when less sophisticated technology was used, is struggling to compete with the modern and more sophisticated Asia-based refineries, says global professional services firm KPMG. 

Engineering firm undertakes its largest refinery maintenance shutdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz is undertaking its biggest-ever refinery maintenance shutdown at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, this year. 

Steam ejectors to reduce petrochemicals firm’s power consumption

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South African steam ejector equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum was awarded a contract in August to supply eight steam ejector sets to a petrochemicals refinery in Secunda. 

Refractory company installs four linings for petrochemicals group

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Johannesburg-based refractory engineering and installation company, Refraline, has been appointed by Germany-based refractory materials engineering and installation company, Beroa, as a subcontractor for the installation of refractory linings on four Gas-Heated Heat-Exchange Reformer (GHHER)... 

Petrochemicals upgrades provide good opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 The need for South Africa’s six oil refineries to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrades over the next five to ten years is a good opportunity for supplier of cast components to the petrochemicals industry, Steloy Castings, to step up to the plate as a trusted service organisation, the... 

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