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Oil Refineries

Angola's Sanha to hit 100 000 b/d by 2007

8th October 2003 US oil giant ChevronTexaco expects its Sanha oilfield in Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day by 2007, a senior official at its subsidiary CABGOC said on Monday. 

Angolan oil refinery project faces funding difficulties

26th September 2003 Plans to build a flagship oil refinery in Angola are in trouble over financing, a government-owned newspaper reported on Thursday. 

Nigeria plans to issue emergency fuels tenders

26th September 2003 Nigeria is planning to issue emergency tenders for the purchase of vital motor fuels to avert any shortages after suspending the formal award of billon-dollar contracts in the wake of an anti-corruption probe, industry sources said on Thursday. 

Opec set to keep oil taps on hold ahead of winter

24th September 2003 Opec oil producers prepared yesterday to weather a downturn in crude prices by keeping output limits unchanged for the rest of the year. 

SA firm in Qatar methanol deal

16th September 2003 State-owned Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s PetroWorld have signed heads of agreement for the development of a large-scale fuel grade methanol project. 

SA women seek oil opportunities in Qatar

By: laurian clemence     15th September 2003 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka left South Africa for Qatar on Friday, leading a delegation, comprising mostly of women, which is keen to establish business ties in the Middle Easter country, particularly in the energy sector. 

New division seeks to improve equipment performance

By: candice haase     12th September 2003 In efforts to enhance productivity among its clients, the local operation of global mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane has created a division called Performance Plus, which seeks to improve the performance of equipment at its clients. 

R1,5-m IT upgrade at Natref completed

12th September 2003 Information technology (IT) services and solutions provider, arivia.kom, together with its implementation partner Lehae Technologies, an empowerment IT company, has completed a R1,5-million upgrade of the local area network (Lan) at National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) in... 

2006 cleaner fuels deadline looms

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s oil refineries face a number of challenges in the near future, due to the estimated R10-billion to R15-billion price tag to convert production to unleaded petrol, the oversupply of petrol stations locally, the new Petroleum Retail Act and the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

Lesley Crawford, Wearcheck Africa

12th September 2003 Full name: Lesley Marilyn Rhodes Crawford Position: MD of the Wearcheck Africa Division of Set Point Technology since July 2002 Main activity of the company: Condition monitoring of fixed and mobile plant through the analysis of used lubrication oils Date and place of birth: September 11, 1945,... 

Surface-heating tape installed on Durban pipelines

12th September 2003 More than two kilometres of Bartec-Heat PWB30 surface-heating tape has been installed on pipelines and a vessel at an oil-blending plant in Durban. 

Petroleum firm increases spending as clean fuels deadline closes in

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Petroleum company Engen expects to spend between R100-million and R200-million before 2006, in preparation for the legislation enforcing the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel. 

South Africa awaits air-pollution control legislation

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Oil refineries and industrial factories are major sources of air pollutants, namely sulphur-dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes. 

Local fuel industry faces sea change

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 There have been several changes affecting the local fuel industry, such as the decision to phase out leaded petrol, the implementation of black economic empowerment and the 

Insulation manufacturer increases its capacity

12th September 2003 Manufacturer of environment-friendly 1 050 ?C low-density calcium silicate insulation, Insulite, has increased capacity significantly by importing a fully-computerised profile cutting machine from the UK to service the pipe, tank and vessel markets. 

Safety shutoff valves for the oil and petrochemicals industries

12th September 2003 The South American petrochemical industry has become an active user of the full range of Maxon safety shutoff valves. 

Empowerment group included in jet fuel suppliers’ group

12th September 2003 Black economic empowerment oil company Exel Petroleum is the first empowerment oil company to be included in the jet fuel suppliers group at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Construction of R1bn Sapref converting process to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, Sapref, is on track to convert to the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel, with construction, totalling a billion rand, due to start early next year. 

From waste to profit Company turns low-value contaminated streams into industrial heating fuels

12th September 2003 As a processor and marketer of industrial liquid heating fuels, FFS Refiners is confident that the 2006 policy regarding the banning of leaded petrol and diesel with high sulphur content will enhance the value of the services the company offers to the oil industry. 

Statoil aims for 100 000 b/d in Angola

2nd September 2003 Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil aims for its holdings in fields offshore Angola to produce 100 000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude oil in the future, daily Aftenposten reported yesterday. 

Ibhubesi field set for new drill campaign

By: Jill Stanford     29th August 2003 The Ibhubesi Gas Group comprising Forest Oil, PetroSA, Anschutz and Mvelapahanda, which holds an option to join the group, announced yesterday that they are to begin a second drilling campaign in the Ibhubesi gas field northwest of Saldanha Bay. 

Sasol mulls propylene oxide plant

22nd August 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday it was studying producing propylene oxide and propylene glycol ethers at its Sasolburg site, some 100 km south of Johannesburg. 

Exel secures Eskom contract

18th August 2003 After a ten-month audit by Eskom, South Africa’s main electricity utility, Exel Petroleum has won a tender to supply fuel oil to a number of Eskom power stations, including Matla, Majuba, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo, Kendal, Matimba, Kriel and Hendrina. 

Statoil to bid for Saudi gas projects

5th August 2003 Norwegian energy group Statoil said yesterday it plans to bid for gas projects in Saudi Arabia, which will come up for tender as part of a major opening of that country's gas industry. 

New oil strike off Angola

4th August 2003 Norwegian energy group Statoil said on Friday that more oil had been found in ExxonMobil operated block 15 off Angola. 

Earthlife prepares case against first PBMR

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st August 2003 To comply with new government regulations, the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) refinery, in Sasolburg, is required to upgrade and modify its processes to produce low-sulphur diesel and unleaded petrol. 

Energy Africa seeks growth through exploration

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st August 2003 South African oil company Energy Africa’s exploration and appraisal programme has potential to contribute to significant further growth in the company within the coming months, chairperson Datoc Idris Mansor said at the company’s annual general meeting, in Cape Town, this week. 

Oil groups to raise E Guinea field’s capacity

1st August 2003 Participants in the offshore Zafiro oilfield in Equatorial Guinea have boosted production capacity by 37%, to 300 000 barrels per day (bpd), US energy producers said. 

Chad-Cameroon oil line flowing

30th July 2003 A Chad-to-Cameroon oil pipeline, the first oil duct to ever be partly financed by the World Bank, began flowing last week its operator said on Monday. 

BP in Angola ultra deepwater oil find

29th July 2003 Oil major BP yesterday announced it had struck oil at the Saturno field in Block 31 in ultra-deepwaters off Angola. 

Offshore Australia well hits oil- BHP Billiton

24th July 2003 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said yesterday its Ravensworth-1 exploration well offshore Western Australia had made a "small to medium" oil discovery. 

Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline due online

16th July 2003 Oil from impoverished Chad should have begun flowing through a pipeline to Cameroon yesterday as part of a project led by US giant ExxonMobil, officials in Cameroon said. 

ChevronTexaco agrees Nigeria deepwater partners

16th July 2003 Oil major ChevronTexaco has reached agreement on its partners in a large Nigerian deepwater oil block, the company said on Monday. 

New offshore field production

16th July 2003 New offshore field production in Nigeria French oil major Total said yesterday it was starting production at its Amenam/Kpono oilfield offshore Nigeria. 

Algeria trims oil exports

14th July 2003 Algeria cut crude exports by about 100 000 barrels a day in July, but remains well above its official quota, market sources said on Friday. 

Impoverished Chad starts pumping oil

11th July 2003 Impoverished Chad said on Wednesday it had begun pumping oil from a project led by US giant ExxonMobil that it hopes will revolutionise a subsistence economy of small farms and wandering cattle herds. 

Canadian oil group discovers big Nigeria reserve

9th July 2003 Nexen, Canada's No. 4 oil explorer and producer, said on Monday two of its recent discoveries off Nigeria had large recoverable reserves, including one with at least 300-million barrels. 

Oil prices watch as Nigeria strike continues

8th July 2003 US oil prices slipped on Monday in catch-up play with the London market, but held above $30 a barrel as a general strike in Nigeria entered a second week, threatening crude exports from the Opec member. 

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