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Oil Refineries

Tribunal mulls Sasol, Engen merger

By: Liezel Hill     3rd October 2005 Competition Tribunal hearings into the planned merger of Sasol and Malaysia-based Petronas's respective liquid fuels businesses (Sasol Liquid Fuels and Engen) get under way today. 

Pan-African oil exploration venture examined

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 Discussions have begun between countries into the possibility of forming a so-called pan-African oil-exploration company, Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks confirmed yesterday. 

Developing world must lower dependence on exhaustible commodities

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 While improved transparency, anticorruption and social-responsibility measures are needed in the global oil industry, developing countries should not continue to depend on direct revenue from the extraction and export of oil and other commodities for economic growth, Nigerian Minister of... 

Challenges emerge as oil summit concludes

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 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 this week. 

Africa to play key role in future energy supply - PwC

28th September 2005 Africa will play an important part in the world's oil supply as global demand for fuel increases drastically during the next two decades - and South Africa could become an oil hub of the continent during that time, according to 'African Oil and Gas: The New Horizon', released yesterday by... 

Infrastructure, skills key to sustainable fuel sectors

By: Liezel Hill     27th September 2005 African countries must improve fuel-sector infrastructure and downstream capabilities to transform their respective and collective energy industries into economic growth and effective poverty alleviation, PetroSA MD and CEO Sipho Mkhize said yesterday. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Energy diversification urged to counter oil depletion

By: Martin Czernowalow     31st January 2005 Energy diversification is crucial to counteract future shortages of oil supply, which could lead to the slowdown of the world economy, an oil industry expert told a seminar on Friday. 

Africa a key focus for oil explorer

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 INDEPENDENT oil and gas company Premier Oil is drilling up to 18 wells this year, 13 of which are in Africa. 

BHP Billiton to sell its interests in Oz oil fields

By: jenny furness     16th November 2004 Mining and energy group BHP Billiton yesterday announced it has agreed to sell its interests in the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields to Paladin Oil & Gas Australia, a fully-owned subsidiary of Paladin Resources, an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

West Coast exploration advances

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 SASOL Petroleum International, which develops the Sasol group’s interests in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, is going to conduct a 2D seismic survey in Blocks 3A/4A off the South Africa’s West Coast. 

Junior spending £190m on oil search

By: Jill Stanford     29th October 2004 UK company Tullow Oil is to spend about  

State oil group seeks to transform into a technology firm

By: Jill Stanford     15th October 2004 STATE oil company PetroSA says it is emerging as a technology company. 

Africans join forces to host big oil event

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th October 2004 The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), which will host the 18th World Petroleum Conference (WPC) next year, yesterday announced that four other African countries have come on board as cohosts. 

Output from Sasol's Gabon oilfields rises

8th October 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced increased gross oil production at the Etame oil field, offshore southern Gabon, West Africa, from 15 000 to greater than 22 000 barrels per day (bpd). 

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