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Oils and Lubricants

Synthetic oil results in cost savings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 A demonstration trial undertaken by South African downstream petrochemicals marketer Engen Lubricants, an affiliate of Petronas, points to synthetic oils as being able to significantly reduce operating temperatures and associated energy consumption in plant machinery and gearboxes.  

Energy efficiency drives lubricant development

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for lubricant development is currently based on energy efficiency, which is attributed to environmental reasons, says South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton. 

Industry focuses on energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for energy efficiency will have beneficial outcomes on the environmental footprint of any company using oils and lubricants, wear analysis organisation South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton says. 

Innovating with industrial waste

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 Industrial waste, specifically the waste containing oil or oil distillates, must be disposed of properly because it is considered hazardous. Oil recycling company Oil Separation Solutions (OSS) believes that it can turn waste oil or used oil, as well as sludge, solids and contaminated soils... 

Oil recycling foundation proves its worth

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 The Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation, a non-profit organisation that manages environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil in South Africa, has collected more than 400-million litres of used oil since its formation in April 1994. 

New Middelburg lab offers oil analysis, thermography service

16th January 2009 Oil and fuel analysis company WearCheck Africa, part of the Set Point group has opened a new laboratory in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. 

New range of greases set for 2009 launch

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 Friction management company Timken South Africa will officially launch its range of different greases for specific applications to the South African market this year, says MD Danie Coetser. 

New products for the oleochemicals, biodiesel industries

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 Vegetable oil related products procurement company PSS Oils has developed new products for the oleochemical industry and biodiesel manufacturers, says company MD Francois Labuschagne.  

New oil-analysis laboratory opens in Gauteng

By: Leandi Kolver     4th April 2008 JSE-listed scientific and industrial group Set Point Industrial Technology has opened its third WearCheck laboratory in Isando, east of Johannesburg.  

Association raises SA’s lubricant blender standards

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 In its first year of existence non-profit organisation, the Independent Lubricant Blender’s Association (Ilba) has made strides to test members’ lubricant products in an effort to ensure that these adhere to industry standards. 

Local company develops new microdosing lubricant system

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Lubrication company Producut Lubrication Technologies has developed the minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) or microdosing system for lubrication for metalworking operations, owner Eben Du Plessis tells Engineering News. 

Oil recycling scheme pays off 

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Over R1-million was paid out in environmental incentives (EI) for used oil collections between March and August this year, says the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation CEO Raj Lochan. 

Improved lubrication saves energy

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Improved lubrication and the consequent reduction of friction on gear sets can result in energy savings of up to 15%, suggests international research. Benefits can accumulate from fuel savings as well as a reduction in carbon emissions, South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president... 

Timken lubricants and maintenance tools launched in South Africa

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th July 2007 Friction management company Timken has expanded its line of lubricants and maintenance tools in South Africa. 

Scheduled oil sampling reduces machine operating costs 

19th January 2007 Scheduled oil sampling (SOS) is a proactive equipment management service offered by Barloworld Equipment that acts as a health barometer for the customers� Caterpillar machines, recording critical oil analysis information, such as ingress of dirt, abnormal wear, fluid contamination and incorrect... 

BEE firm clinches RBCT fuel, lubricants supply contract

19th January 2007 In a deal worth some R70-million over five years, black empowerment company Masana Petroleum Solutions, is to take over the supply and participate in the management of fuel and lubricants for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). 

Additive enhances automotive performance

19th January 2007 Additive enhances automotive performance ?Bearing specialist Bearing Man’s automotive division, Top Class, supplies a large range of quality branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry, including performance chemicals. 

Environment-friendly synthetic lubricants meet cross-industry needs

19th January 2007 Bearing specialist Bearing Man distributes the locally manufactured range of Habot synthetic and speciality lubricants, which are designed to meet the exact lubricating needs in diverse industries. 

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. 

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. 

Lube pump installed on front-end loader

21st April 2006 FloSolve’s Western Cape distributor, Calberg Lubrication, has installed a Vogel GSE multi-outlet driven pump for a centralised lubrication system on a Komatsu WA800 front-end loader for Namakwa Sands on the West Coast. 

New filter range unveiled

17th March 2006 A brand-new range of filters, regulators and lubricators has just been released by Ernest Lowe under its own Elco label. 

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. 

Another industry benchmark for petrochemicals giant

10th February 2006 An ultralow sulphur diesel well below new government standards has been introduced by Sasol. 

Grease pump developed for remote lubrication

10th February 2006 A compact, centralised grease pump developed by Vogel specifically for remote lubrication on mobile and fixed plants is now available from lubrications equipment supplier and solutions provider FloSolve. 

Local lubricants supplier targets partnership with electricity utility

10th February 2006 Improved lubrication creates less friction, improves output and reduces the amount of energy required for an operation – this is a fundamental fact in the study of tribolology. 

SA’s first dedicated food-grade oil and grease plant opened

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 The first dedicated food-grade oil and grease plant in South Africa, Lubrax, produced its first batch of oils and grease in this new plant early last month. 

New grease plant commissioned on the East Rand

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 A new six-ton capacity grease plant has recently been commissioned by Lubritene of Chloorkop on the East Rand. 

BEE status not living up to expectations

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 A number of companies undertaking black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals believe that once the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, doors of new business opportunities will automatically open to them. 

Small lubricant producer competitive in tough market

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 As a small entity in competition with major oil companies Fuchs Lubricants, a member of the worldwide Fuchs Lubricants Group, believes that its specialised and general product is the reason for its success and continued growth. 

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