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Oil Refineries

Engineering company awarded turnkey contracts

By: Carla Thomaz     4th September 2009 French engineering company Technip has been awarded two significant turnkey contracts by Saudi joint-venture company the Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company (SATORP). 

Durban refinery lowers sulphur emissions

5th September 2008 Durban's Engen oil refinery has made strides in improving its environmental performance, particularly in controlling its atmospheric sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, states the company's annual performance report.  

Plant hire company grows Cape's marine, offshore services capacity

5th September 2008 Plant-hire company Rand-Air is seeing an increase in the demand for its air and power service supplies from Cape Town's marine and offshore facilities, says Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus. 

Two work contracts completed at polypropylene plant

5th September 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA mechanical and electrical, a division of Aveng Africa, recently completed two separate contracts for South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol's polypropylene plant 2. 

Company strengthens its hold in the oil and gas industry

5th September 2008 Diversified technology company 3M announced the addition of protective coating manufacturers Copon and Thortex, to its existing range of high-performance specialist coatings and repair products.  

World refining capacity under pressure

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The BP Statistical Review of World Energy for June 2008 states that the world refining capacity for 2007 was 87 913-million barrels a day (bbl/d), which is marginally under what is currently required, says petroleum products group Engen’s corporate planning GM Dave Wright 

Green Scorpions compliance project on track

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The National Oil Refineries Environmental Compliance Project is currently on track for completion by the end of this year says Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) spokesperson Mava Scott. 

Oil giant signs second major black empowerment deal

5th September 2008 Oil company Shell South Africa announced the sale of its 25% stake in the Sapref operated Durban refinery to investment company Thebe, in July, as part of its commitment to black economic-empowerment (BEE). 

Reduced emissions for oil refinery

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Petroleum producer Engen’s oil-refinery recently completed a R57-million environment project involving the commissioning of a fourth stage separator on the fluidised catalytic cracker unit (FCCU), to reduce the emissions of particulate matter from the refinery, in an effort to comply with... 

DME plans around 2010 fuel supplies

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 The Department of Minerals and Energy's (DME's) Project Delta has been commissioned to implement various aspects of the Energy Security Master Plan on liquid fuels. 

High performance filters seperate the good from the great

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Petrochemical solutions producers Chemflo is providing chemical compatibility and separation solutions for challenges arising from new technology and innovations in the petrochemical industry. 

Guided wave technology allows for 100% inspection

By: Fatima Gabru     5th September 2008 Government-approved inspection authority De-Tect Unit Inspection has recently complimented its existing equipment with the latest technology software in long-range guided wave inspection, the Wavemaker Pipe Screening System (WPSS). 

Supplier supports refinery maintenance shutdowns

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2007 Generator and compressor supplier Rand-Air has been involved in several shut down operations at most of the large oil refineries in South Africa, making it one of the preferred pressured air and generator suppliers, states Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus. 

SA facing permanent import of fuel – Sapia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2007 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) reports that South Africa might face becoming a permanent importer of fuel, should local refineries be unable to start operating at nameplate capacity. 

Possible oil refinery on the cards for east coast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2007 Black economic empowerment entrepreneurial company Bidevco states that the prefeasibility study for a possible oil refinery in the Eastern Cape is currently under way, and will be completed during September 2007. Bidevco COO Jacques van Wyk states that the study is being conducted by a group of... 

Bearings contractor reduces oil refinery operational cost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2007 Bearing supplier Bearings International is nearing the end of its second, three-year contract as the exclusive supplier of bearings, to oil producer Sasol's Secunda and Sasolburg refineries. Part of the contract included saving Sasol in excess of 20% on operational costs, over a three year... 

New Mozambique oil refinery approved

7th September 2007 The Mozambican Council of Ministers has approved the construction of an oil refinery, valued at more than $1,3-billion, in the northern province of Nampula, reports news agency Bloomberg. Dubbed the 'Ayr Logistics Limited - Nacala', the project is spearheaded by privately owned American... 

Study group formed to monitor Middle Eastern growth

7th September 2007 Controlling the impact of what has been described as a veritable tsunami of oil products shortly to hit Africa from new refineries in Asia and the Middle East, is one of the major concerns of the one-year-old African Refiners Association (ARA) which held its second general meeting in Cape Town... 

Development agency move to empower oil industry suppliers

7th September 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) announced in June that the South African Supplier Development Agency (Sasda) will be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF) group of companies as part of broader initiatives to accelerate the empowerment of black economic-empowerment (BEE)... 

R110-million wastewater treatment plant upgrade for Milnerton refinery

7th September 2007 The Chevron refinery in Milnerton has started construction of a R110-million upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant, as part of an ongoing environmental improvement programme. 

Oil refineries under Green Scorpion review

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2007 The environmental management inspectorate from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), popularly referred to as the Green Scorpions are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the environmental compliance of South Africa's oil refineries. The first compliance... 

Contractor focuses on safety improvements

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Safety is one of the key issues when working in oil refineries. Grinaker LTA M&E has taken this to heart. Spending about 1,2 million manhours per month on various projects including oil refineries, the company has brought its disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) to below 0,29. 

Software product developed for combustion plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Through its local representation of international suppliers, South African company The Combustion Group (TCG) is providing innovative designs, and solutions for the manufacture, installation and commissioning of burner equipment for any plant and application. 

Industry in good health, but challenges niggle

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 The local oil refining industry is in good shape, but faces the challenge of adjusting to meet growing demand and the need to make progressively cleaner fuels, notes South African Petroleum Industry Association Director Colin McClelland. 

African refiners establish far-reaching forum

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 In an effort to counter the pressures created by new refining capacity in the Arabian Gulf and Indian subcontinent, African refiners earlier this year established an association aimed at investigating challenges and opportunities facing the downstream sector of the oil industry in Africa. This is... 

SA firm helps curb refinery emissions

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Mounting concerns over air pollution emissions and the desulpherisation of plants has opened a niche in the market for process analysers and emission reduction equipment. 

Local contractor in Angolan offshore project

8th September 2006 For many years, the oil and gas downstream division of Grinaker-LTA M&E has been a market leader in the execution of shutdowns for the petrochemical plants and refineries in South Africa. 

Wide range of catalysts supplied

8th September 2006 Catalyst innovations are key to high performance process technology. 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

Coal may surpass oil as best-performing energy investment

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2006 Coal, the hard, black byproduct of fossilized plants used as fuel since China’s Western Han dynasty 2000 years ago, may overtake oil as the best performing energy investment. 

SA plans coal-to-fuel plant with Sasol, rivals

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2006 South Africa’s government plans to announce a coal-to-liquid fuels project with companies including Sasol, the world’s biggest producer of motor fuel from coal, Minerals and Energy Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said. 

Refiners mull new capacity projects

8th September 2006 In a report on the impact of new refineries on the African market, Citac Africa notes that, with strong products demand, and refining margins at record-high levels, an economic and strategic incentive exists for many countries to consider building new refineries. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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