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Oils and Lubricants

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. 

Firm mulls upstream and downstream prospects

By: peter cromberge     9th December 2005 Worldwide African Investment Holdings, a black empowered investment holding company focused in the energy sector, discloses that it hopes to target investments in the area of power generation in the near future. 

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. 

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. 

Machine tool retrofitter only uses German lube systems

23rd September 2005 East Rand machine tool retrofitter Autonumerics Machine Tools installs only German-manufactured Vogel lubrication equipment on the milling machines and lathes that it refurbishes. 

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. 

Fuel additive passes airport tests

By: Nicola Mawson     24th May 2005 Oil-based additive company Fuel Effect has completed tests at a ground power-unit at Fleet Africa, Swissport at Johannesburg International Airport. 

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. 

Success requires more than just product differentiation

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 In the oils and lubricants industry, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate themselves on the basis of product. 

SA fluid-transfer firm wins Ghana contract

11th February 2005 Lubrication-solutions provider FloSolve was awarded a global tender to fit Wiggins service systems on to a fleet of 42 CAT earthmoving machines for Gold Fields’s Tarkwa mine, in Ghana. 

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