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Oil Refineries

System benefits petrochemicals sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Control instrumentation and analyser vendor OEN Enterprises has released the next generation German-manufactured Durag D-VTA 200 EX video and thermography system to the South African petrochemicals market. 

Large refinery order for dosing pumps company

7th September 2012 Germiston-based pumps company Ecochem Pumps has secured the dosing pumps contract for Sasol Synfuels’ water recovery growth project, in Secunda. 

Solution improves safety, reliability

7th September 2012 Large oil and gas companies around the world are using process automation and control firm Honeywell Process Solutions’ new Blending and Movement Automation (BMA) R400.1 solution at refinery off-sites, terminals and large tank farms to improve safety, reliability and operational performance, the... 

Firm plans to enter local petrochemicals sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Following its success in the international petrochemicals sector, environmental management technology supplier Procon Environmental Technologies plans to enter the local petrochemicals sector this year, reports chief environmental engineer Jacques Steyn. 

SA will need extra oil refining capacity in future – Sapia

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South Africa will eventually have to build an additional refinery, asserts South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo. 

Move to cleaner fuels realistic, despite challenges

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 It is a realistic aim for South Africa to move towards cleaner fuels even though there are challenges to achieving this, South African economic analysis and business modelling services consultancy Econometrix reports. 

Industrial services company introduces 3D sludge mapping technology

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Integrated industrial services company A Hak Industrial Services has introduced a three-dimensional (3D), sludge-mapping technology to its services offering, aimed at the petrochemicals industry. 

Steam silencers supply contract under way

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 South African steam jet equipment manufacturer Applied Vacuum is currently involved with a contract to design, fabricate and supply petrochemicals firm Sasol, in Secunda, with two vent steam silencers. 

Refinery and depot receive environmental accreditation

2nd September 2011 Energy company Engen has received ISO 14001 certification for the environmental management systems at its crude oil refinery depot in Wentworth, Durban. 

Petrochemicals group encourages learners at National Science Week

2nd September 2011 South African petrochemicals firm Sasol believes that education is the foundation of a prosperous future and is continually investing in significant projects as part of its efforts to ensure that the youth are well-equipped for the future.  

Firm supports clean fuels market in South Africa

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Engineering and construction firm Fluor is tapping into the local cleaner fuels market and aims to provide refineries with engineering and construction solutions to assist the various refiners in establishing appropriate production facilities to meet the cleaner fuels specifications by 2017. 

Petroleum product refiner focuses on safety

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 Refiner and marketer of petroleum products Chevron South Africa is involved in a long-term strategic initiative to ensure that safe operations and practices are maintained at its refinery in Cape Town. 

Seal technology to reduce refineries’ environmental compliance costs

2nd September 2011 Seal solution specialist AESSeal says refineries will not have to spend tens of millions of rands modifying or replacing older API 610 editions 5, 6, 7 and 8 pumps to comply with industrial emissions legislation. 

Group gears up for second phase of refinery project

2nd September 2011 Engineering group Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering & Construction Group has been appointed to perform the second phase of an existing contract to modernise Colombian petroleum company Ecopetrol’s Barrancabermeja refinery.  

Completion of multiple petrochemicals projects

2nd September 2011 Engineering firm Vital Engineering recently completed multiple contracts to supply gratings and stair treads for various applications for petrochemicals companies. 

The way forward for cleaner fuels in SA

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd September 2011 South Africa needs complete fuel specifications, clear regulations and definite proposals on how to fund the move to cleaner fuels, Engen refinery and strategic planner Ian Baxter said during a lecture, hosted last month by the South African National Energy Association, on the implications... 

High-tech TLP tensioner system delivered

2nd September 2011 General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas’ Drilling & Production business has received a contract valued at about $45-million to supply and service the industry’s largest tension leg platform (TLP) marine riser tensioner system, for oil and natural gas explorer Chevron. Chevron plans to deploy the TLP at... 

Compressors for India’s oil industry

15th October 2010 Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric (GE) has signed a licensing agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) of India, to develop and build compressors for the oil and gas industry, says GE India CEO John Flannery. 

Mthombo recognised for excellence

3rd September 2010 State-owned oil company PetroSA’s proposed oil refinery, the Mthombo project, was recognised as the top infrastructure project in the Oil & Gas subsector of Infrastructure 100, a concept launched by professional services firm KPMG International and insight and data service provider... 

Water filtration system 
removes 99,9% of 
hydrocarbons

3rd September 2010 Water contaminated by heavy industries can be safely and more quickly discharged into the environment, owing to a technology designed and developed by environmental management expert Procon Environmental Technologies. The MyCelx water filtration system can remove 99,9% of the hydrocarbons to meet... 

Economic recovery of spill dependent on moratorium

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 The six-month moratorium on oil and gas exploration, issued by the Obama Administration on May 30, shortly after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, might trigger a loss of more than 8000 jobs, nearly $500-million in wages and more than $2,1-billion in economic activity in the Gulf region. 

US refiner to install 
more pipelines

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2010 Refineries and pipelines owner Holly Corporation, based in Dallas, in the US, will install more pipelines between its two refineries in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, fully integrating the operations by the first quarter of 2011. 

Project management consultancy contract for Iraq expansion project

3rd September 2010 Engineering and construction group Foster Wheeler has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) services contract, by the Iraqi State-owned South Oil Company (SOC), for the onshore Iraq crude oil export expansion project, in southern Iraq, and offshore, in Iraqi waters. 

Fuel giant focused on reducing its environmental footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Fuel giant Engen’s oil refinery, in Durban, has stepped up its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, with the most recent initiative being the implementation of its integrated waste management plan (IWMP). 

$3,7bn greenfield 
second-stage refinery for Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Petroleum processor Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), controlled by an opportunity-specific fund of private equity firm Citadel Capital, is building a $3,7-billion greenfield second-stage refinery, in Mostorod, in the Greater Cairo district, to decrease Egypt’s reliance on imported refined products. 

Oil giants 
designing new spill containment system

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Oil producing giants Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil are working together to start planning for the construction and deployment of a new oil spill containment system, designed to improve the capture and containment of oil in underwater well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Heavy crude oil refining economics improve

3rd September 2010 The refining industry performance of the US has improved during the first quarter of 2010, says independent professional consulting firm Baker & O’Brien. 

Oil refinery meets eThekwini’s trade permit requirements 

3rd September 2010 At the yearly performance review of its schedule trade permit with the eThekwini municipality’s health unit, oil giant Sapref shows that the company consistently operates within the requirements as set by the city. 

Contract awarded 
for conversion to 
oil-associated gases

3rd September 2010 Marine and energy power solutions company Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to convert the Eden Yuturi - block 15 power plant, in Ecuador, to run on oil-associated gases, which normally flares into the atmosphere, rather than on crude oil as it currently does, says Wärtsilä Americas services... 

Technology developments for nonpiggable pipelines

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Integrated industrial services company A Hak Industrial Services intelligent pigging system technology and the continued development of its ultrasonic tool (UT), have led to the introduction of the push-pull UT intelligent pig system, which will be released in South Africa in early 2011, and will... 

Crude oil production takes off in Angola

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Global oil refiner Chevron Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) and its partners have begun crude oil production from its Mafumeira Norte project, in Block O, offshore of Angola, bringing the field on stream ahead of schedule. 

R125-million single buoy mooring successfully installed

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery Sapref’s new single buoy mooring (SBM) has been successfully installed safely, on time and within budget.  

Maintenance at Durban refinery under way 

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, the South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) Durban refinery is currently undergoing a planned maintenance shutdown, which is expected to last less than two months. 

Petroleum giant seeks 
aggressive profitable growth

4th September 2009 South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum is seeking to maintain aggressive profitable growth in sub-Saharan Africa during the current global economic downturn. 

Industrial services company focused on expanding its capabilities

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Integrated industrial service company A Hak Industrial Services, a subsidiary of the Dutch multinational A Hak, is in the final design stages of new equipment that will expand the company’s capabilities in the testing and inspection of refinery plant processes and pipelines. 

Plant hire company 
undertakes education drive

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Plant hire and equipment rental company Rand Air is undertaking an education drive to highlight the benefits of using oil-free compressors during refinery shutdowns. 

Safety product enters refinery market

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 Safety product supplier Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa recently launched the first portable 5-gas detector, the new Altair 5 Multigas Detector with motion alert and instant alert features, to the South African market. 

Global engineering firm wins refinery contracts

4th September 2009 Global engineering, construction firm KBR has recently secured two new contracts for refineries in Angola and Saudi Arabia. 

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