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Oils and Lubricants

Synfuel expansion project up in the air

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South African synthetic fuels and petrochemicals giant Sasol has announced that its proposed multibillion-rand Sky High expansion project has been put on hold for at least the next two to three years. As a result of the dramatic plunge in the price of crude oil, fuel and chemicals, in conjunction... 

Black gold from coal

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The oil-from-coal process is used by Sasol in its existing operating facilities in South Africa. Currently 150 000 barrels a day of synthetic fuels (synfuels) are produced, and a total of more than 700 million barrels have been produced since the start-up of Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) in the... 

Simulation tool designed for inland refinery

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africa’s only inland oil refinery, National Refiners of South Africa (Natref), could save thousands of rands in running costs following the installation of a simulation model for the effective planning of shutdowns and transfer capacities between units. The logistics tool was... 

Marketing campaign initiated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A MEMBER of the SMX group of companies, Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) has embarked on a full-scale marketing programme for its revolutionary new electronic initiator system (see page 24). The core of the system is the state-of-the-art SMI*IN*IT microchip technology used to initiate a unique... 

Significant R&D achievements highlighted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 lthough virtually impossible to single out Sasol’s greatest research and development (R&D) of the last year, considering the nature and scope of its various programmes, some achievements are worth highlighting, communications manager Alfonso Niemand tells Engineering News. Besides the... 

Environmental management becomes a gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In line with its commitment to the environment, the gas division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has invested considerably in various programmes and technologies in the last few years to ensure that it can implement and maintain a world-class environmental-management system to ensure its operations have... 

Road-surfacing material breakthrough

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In recent years, Sasol has become an influential and important player in the field of road-surfacing materials through its majority shareholding in Tosas, of Wadeville, Gauteng – a 70:30 joint-venture company formed in conjunction with Total South Africa in the early 1970s. Since its... 

Fledgeling company pumping black gold

By: System Author     14th May 1999 As Exel Petroleum celebrates the opening of its 30th retail service station after only two years of operation, the company seems on track to become a significant player in the South African oil industry. The company’s commercial expansion has exceeded industry expectations, recording 92%... 

R50m-worth of SA-made transformers destined for Nigeria

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R50-million order for the supply of 21 power transformers totalling 1 140 MVA for installation at various substations within Nigeria has been awarded to South African transformer manufacturer ABB Powertech Transformers by the Nigerian Energy Power Authority. All 21 transformers are scheduled to... 

Method to grease up on bearing lubrication

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Anew lubrication method for bearings used in industry has been developed by NTN Bearings, which are distributed in South Africa by Invicta Bearings. It is a solid patent-pending grease called polylube, and combines the strength properties of an ultra-high polymer polyethylene with the good... 

South African oil plant for Saudi Arabia

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R2,6-million order from Saudi Arabia for a mobile transformer oil regeneration plant is being completed by South African company Fluidex Engineering, Engineering News can today report. “The plant, which employs our unique technology, is currently at sea, and will be commissioned for the... 

Oil-filtration benefits are punted

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry needs to be made aware of the monetary and other advantages of oil filtration instead of simply throwing out used oil, reports Chemilite GM Craig Allport. He explains that the company applies a process whereby machines are used to recycle and purify oil by removing solids,... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Italian oils make the grade

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Since Agip Lubricants started operations in South Africa in 1973, it has been the company’s objective to manufacture only products of the highest quality and performance. The company forms part of the ENI group, which is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, with operations... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

New customer service initiative launced

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With customer service becoming an increasingly important component of the business environment, one of the leading lubricant specialists, Castrol SA, has introduced a customer service initiative, Castrol +Plus, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa. The service aims to assist the... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Firm restructures into business streams

By: System Author     19th February 1999 One of the world leaders in specialised lubrication technology Castrol is in the process of restructuring into global business streams in place of geographic regions. The business streams cover the consumer, commercial, industrial and marine markets. Burmah Castrol believes the new structures... 

New oil monitor available

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Unnecessary oil changes are costly and time-consuming. A low-cost solution that takes the guesswork out of oil changes is presented in the form of Oilcheck. The portable microprocessor-controlled oil monitor combines the technology to detect and analyse the dielectric of oil. Fully automatic,... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

Draglines use new open gear lubrication

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new product from Johannesburg company Lubritene has proved so successful that the main lubrication systems on 12 of the 33 draglines in South Africa have already been converted to using the Lubrene Multi Serv open gear lubrication (OGL) system. The company provides the full scope of lubricant... 

Lubricant firm will release R&D results

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Pretoria company Lubrioil is going public with the results of nine years of research and development. The company develops problem-solving products in lubrication, chemicals and coatings for specific applications in light and heavy industries. It is in the process of launching a high-profile... 

Central lube systems

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Adequate fifth-wheel lubrication on articulated vehicles was a difficulty in Sasol’s fleet operation. “We found that this was an area that was often neglected in our routine maintenance programmes,” says Sasol Oil transport services manager MJ du Plessis. He adds that this is... 

Automatic lubricators destined for matla

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Supplier of automatic lubricators Perma Lubrication, of Johannesburg has secured a contract to supply lubricators to Eskom’s Matla power station through an agent. Perma will supply a number of the Perma Classic 3, Classic 6 and Star units to Eskom over two years. The Perma Star is a new... 

Science of enhancing lube performance

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The earliest recorded use of lubricants dates back nearly 20 centuries before Christ. In the 15th century before Christ, the Pharaohs’ chariots of war used grease of lime and animal tallow for the lubrication of axles and other friction areas. “Historically, however, lubrication... 

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