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Oils and Lubricants

Company pursues aggressive growth

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The local subsidiary of US-based Tyco, Tyco Valves and Controls Distribution South Africa, reports that it made a substantial investment in the Oil Africa 2004 show, which was held in March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

New lubrication technology on offer

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 With a new technology from Flosolve, distributor of Vogel lubricating systems, it is now a relatively simple task to retrofit the LubriLean digital minimal quantity lubrication (MQL) unit to existing equipment. 

Newly-established grease plant aims for significant market share

By: Zonika Botha     7th May 2004 As one of only five grease plants in South Africa, and indeed the only plant of its kind in the Vaal Triangle, Grease Manufacturing South Africa (GMSA) is poised to become a significant participant in the local grease-supply industry. 

Petro SA invites tenders for 100%-BEE firms

By: jenny furness     4th May 2004 State-owned petroleum company Petro SA has set aside a number of contracts that will be awarded only to companies that can prove that they are wholly owned and managed by previously-disadvantaged individuals. 

Oil sector moves to boost BEE procurement

8th April 2004 A declaration of intent has been signed by liquid-fuels stakeholders outlining the development of an empowered supplier database and a proposed study into the creation of the a supplier development agency. 

Opec to implement oil cuts despite price spike

1st April 2004 Opec yesterday forged ahead with tighter oil supply curbs from April, deaf to consumer country complaints about crude prices close to 13-year highs. 

Oil will change the face of the Western Cape

26th March 2004 The first sub-Saharan oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, was held in Cape Town from March 9 – 11. 

Succeeding in repair and maintenance

By: Steven Chiaberta     26th March 2004 The development of an oil and gas industry in the Western Cape will herald a dramatic increase in business opportunities for many local industries in the region, and the inspection and maintenance sector is no exception. 

Oil refineries reduce emissions

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 In the nine years between 1992 and 2001 oilrefineries have increased their capacity by 32%, from 513 000 barrels of fuel a day to 676 000 barrels a day. 

Oil industry seeks support for R10bn clean-fuels effort

26th March 2004 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represents all the large oil companies operating in South Africa, has renewed its call for a clean-fuels levy to assist refineries in recouping a portion of the multi-billion-rand investment required to meet new specifications for... 

‘Shell withheld Nigeria oil reserves data’

22nd March 2004 Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell withheld information about a big reduction in its oil and gas reserves in Nigeria for fear of damaging its business relationship with the government, the New York Times reported on Friday. 

Study under way for Moz–Malawi oil pipeline

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th March 2004 Malawi – Oil company Petrolplus Africa, a subsidiary of Canadian diverse resources group DiamondWorks, has embarked on a feasibility study for the construction of a 400 km oil pipeline from the Mozambican Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi’s southern railway hub of Liwonde. 

Two or three deals in the pipeline for the IDC

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 Oil Africa 2004 sponsor, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), reports that it plans to invest about R500-million in oil, gas and related product projects in Africa in the next year. 

R2,5bn invested in oil and gas exploration to date

By: zeena isaacs     20th February 2004 The South African Petroleum Agency reports that, to date, R2,5-billion has been invested in oil and gas exploration in South Africa. However, a significant proportion of this investment is by international companies. 

How local firms will supply a Western Cape oil and gas industry

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 If South Africa’s dealings with the international oil industry at the forthcoming oil, gas and petrochemicals exhibition and conference, Oil Africa 2004, are successful, local companies will soon face the considerable challenge – and opportunity – of supplying a significant new... 

Sasol looks for partners for gas exploration well

By: Steven Chiaberta     20th February 2004 South African petrochemical colossus Sasol is likely to look for partners to participate in a gas exploration well this year at Block 3A/4A, a gas exploration area situated off the west coast of South Africa between the Ibhubesi gas field and Saldanha Bay. 

Skills are crucial for oil and gas boom

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 THE Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has begun an ambitious programme to place up to 150 student artisans with employers in the region. 

Western Cape may become oil and gas hub

By: Jill Stanford     20th February 2004 The Western Cape's plan to promote the ports of Cape Town and Saldanha Bay as a service hub for the oil industry operating off the West coast of Africa is starting to take shape. 

Equipment lasts longer with uncontaminated lubricants

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of CSI condition monitoring equipment in Sub Saharan Africa Andersen & Hurley Instruments reports that it has undertaken a drive to increase awareness of lubricant-monitoring equipment. 

Container distributor will supply other African countries

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 Sole supplier of the Oil Safe container system in Southern Africa Lubrequip reports that business increased significantly last year, and that the company is currently negotiating distribution rights with a number of African countries. 

SA diesel sometimes contaminated

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 The quality of some South African diesel is substandard, containing high-levels of dirt contamination and low-lubricity due to illegal spiking of fuel with illuminating paraffin (IP). 

New oil lubrication system

13th February 2004 Supplier for grease lubrication systems Lincoln Lubrication South Africa has introduced a precise and economical solution for the oil lubrication of chains found on machines and agriculture equipment such as balers. 

European growth of everlasting green oil

13th February 2004 The majority of the industrial world uses oil. ?However, supply is far from unlimited. 

Business unit converts to company’s own oil brand

13th February 2004 The Cat Rental Store of Barloworld Equipment has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Cat Oil dispensing system, as part of a strategy to reduce downtime and operating costs through extended oil-drain intervals. 

Filter failure – a major cause of breakdowns

13th February 2004 Filter problems are the cause of up to 80% of heavy-truck roadside break-downs, according to engine manufacturer Cummins Diesel South Africa. 

Tribology conference will probe renewable oils

By: zeena isaacs     13th February 2004 The South-African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) will be hosting a conference, Tribology 2004, on March 24 to March 26 at the University of Pretoria’s conference centre, De Vaal reports. 

Threading lubricant protects drinking water

13th February 2004 Local plumbers and pipe professionals are not making sufficient use of the environment-friendly pipe-threading lubricants available to them for drinking water applications, says Rothenberger Tools South Africa GM Michael Fellendorf. 

Lubricator ensures continuous and automatic lubrication

13th February 2004 The bearings division of Africa’s leading distributor of bearings, seals and power transmission components Bearing Man has launched a new automatic single-point refillable lubricator, the Simalube system. 

Congo oilfield output set to treble in 2004

By: Jill Stanford     23rd January 2004 South African oil and gas exploration and production company Energy Africa has bought an 11% interest in the M’Boundi production permit in the Congo (Brazzaville) from French company Maurel & Prom. 

Orange Basin oil search intensifies

By: Jill Stanford     23rd January 2004 Resources giant BHP Billiton Petroleum Great Britain is forging ahead with its plans to search for oil and gas in Blocks 3B/4B in the Orange Basin off the West Coast of South Africa. 

More additives expected as cleaner-fuel deadline approaches

16th January 2004 As the deadline for the implementation of the 50-ppm standard for low-sulphur diesel closes in, motorists should expect more additives on the market as oil refiners are introducing additives to meet these stringent requirements. 

Half of West Coast block on offer

16th January 2004 An equity interest of up to 50% in Block 3A/4A off the West Coast of South Africa is being farmed out by Sasol Petroleum International. 

Woodside declares W Africa oil find commercial

7th January 2004 Australian oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum declared its Chinguetti oil find off the West African coast commercial yesterday, paving the way for development and sending its shares to a two-and-a-half-year high. 

PetroSA silent on Sable sale

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th January 2004 South Africa’s State-owned oil company, PetroSA, which last year launched a high-profile bid to sell a 9% interest in its Sable oilfield, off the southern Cape coast, is refusing, at this stage, to comment on the status of the transaction. 

ExxonMobil pumps first oil from Xikomba field

5th December 2003 Oil major ExxonMobil has begun pumping its first oil out of the Xikomba field, in deepwater Block 15 offshore Angola, sources at the US company's Angolan affiliate said yesterday. 

Opec unlikely to cut output as prices hold firm

3rd December 2003 Opec producers, bolstered by an upbeat world economy, gathered yesterday for a meeting this week that is expected to defer supply cuts as oil prices hold strong. 

Total mulls second test well in Angola’s Block 32

1st December 2003 French oil giant Total is weighing up drilling a second test well in Block 32 offshore Angola later this year or early in 2004, a spokesperson for the said on Friday. 

New horizons

By: Jill Stanford     21st November 2003 The world’s super majors and key companies are spending billions of dollars a year on exploration and production on the offshore oil and gas fields of West Africa. 

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