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Approval gained for valves range

31st October 2003 With the recent Sasol Technology (Sastech) approval of both Leser API specification safety relief valves and TLV steam traps and related equipment for use on Sasol?plants being granted, Heaton Valves Africa is looking ahead with optimism. 

Projects show trend to integration

31st October 2003 Automation and control solution provider Honeywell is a technology partner with Sasol and has had much experience providing control solutions for the petrochemical industry worldwide 

Innovative technology for projects

31st October 2003 Sourcing the best solutions and products and ensuring innovative technology for plant operations is a key to the success of any leading conglomerate. 

Columns contract for octene plant

31st October 2003 A leading engineering and construction company based in Secunda, Mpumalanga, CB&I Constructors SA, was awarded a contract by Linde on behalf of Sasol, in April this year, to supply three carbon steel columns for Sasol’s new 1-Octene Train 2 plant at Secunda, CB&I director of sales and... 

The stick and the carrot of the big Project Turbo

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 South Africa’s biggest industrial project in years is being firmed up for submission to the board of this country’s largest petrochemicals company, Engineering News can today report. 

QuikTrip

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 Sasol Oil intends modelling its retail fuel brand on that of the highly-successful US QuikTrip, Engineering News can today report. 

More success from total cost-of-ownership savings

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2003 There has been more success than expected from Sasol’s NetGain programme. 

Shell set to send oil production vessel to Nigeria

17th October 2003 Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that it plans to send its massive Bonga oil production and storage vessel from Newcastle to Nigeria on Friday and will start production by the end of June 2004. 

Sasol appoints Max Sisulu

16th October 2003 Synfuels group Sasol announced Wednesday that Max Sisulu has been appointed a group general manager of the company with effect from November 1. 

BP to invest up to $8bn in Angola by 2010

7th October 2003 British oil giant BP said yesterday its Angola projects were running smoothly and that it would invest a total of $8-billion into its operations in the oil-rich southwest African country by the end of 2010. 

Will low-sulphur diesel reduce lubricity?

By: Zonika Botha     26th September 2003 Government and the oil industry have agreed to the reduction of sulphur levels in diesel from the current level of 0,3% to 0,05% to coincide with the replacement of leaded fuel with unleaded fuel by 2006. 

Oil sector sets up BEE database

By: Deborah Spicer     26th September 2003 The oil industry is assessing requests for quotations (RFQs) for a black economic enterprise (BEE) database which will be used by six oil producers. 

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. 

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. 

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 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Petronas gets new Sudan petroleum block

1st September 2003 Malaysia's national oil company Petroliam Nasional said at the weekend it has been awarded a new petroleum exploration block in Sudan, its eighth in that country. 

Plastic bag recycling company reports 80 t/m production decrease

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Cape Town company Atlantic Plastic Recycling has recorded a decrease in business of 80 t a month as a direct result of the plastic bag legislation implemented in May. 

Sasol places R2bn corporate bond

28th August 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday it had launched a two billion rand bond due September 1, 2007 to aid its funding requirements and improve its debt structures. 

PetroSA takes stake in gas project

28th August 2003 South Africa's state-owned oil and gas company PetroSA said yesterday it had joined US-based Forest Oil and local company Mvelaphanda Energy in a gas drilling project off the country's west coast. 

Unilever looks for speedy growth in Africa

27th August 2003 Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever said yesterday it hopes to double its annual turnover in Africa by 2007, growing sales at three times the target set for its global business overall. 

Siviwe Mafanya, AfricOil

22nd August 2003 Full name: Siviwe Mafanya Position: Chief executive officer, since June 2002 Main activity of the company: Petroleum company marketing and distributing petroleum product in the commercial sector Date and place of birth: 21 October, 1963, Port Elizabeth Education: Newell High, Matric, 1983; Vista... 

Workers set to protest plastic-bags regulations

12th August 2003 Three South African unions yesterday tabled a notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of possible protest action regarding job losses arising form new plastic-bag regulations. 

Sasol warns again on profits

11th August 2003 South African synthetic fuels group Sasol added its name on Friday to the list of firms hurt by a strong rand, warning that annual earnings under US accounting rules would fall 22% from a year earlier. 

Natref upgrade EIA to be completed this year

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th August 2003 The consulting firm that has been retained to undertake the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) of the planned upgrade of National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa’s (Natref’s) crude-oil refinery in Sasolburg, Nemai Consulting, says it will have finalised its report by December. 

SA–Iran boost petchem ties

By: Deborah Spicer     1st August 2003 The role that the Iranian oil industry plays in the South African economy was underscored during a visit by senior Iranian ministers to South Africa in July. 

Stainless body extends interest to petchem sector

15th July 2003 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) recently established the Fabricating Industry Development Centre (FIDC) and has expanded its area of interest from the petro-chemical industry to include the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. 

Plastic bag production plummets

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has received reports from industry that it anticipates a general decrease of between 50% and 80% in the production of local plastic bags, following the ban on thin plastic bags that came into effect on May 9. 

Plastics sector gloom as shopping bag law bites

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th July 2003 The forecast for South African plastic bag manufacturers is gloomy, unless government and industry can come up with a strategy to combat imminent job losses, brought on as a result of the country’s new plastic bag legislation. 

‘SA must address substandard diesel’

By: Zonika Botha     11th July 2003 The Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa), which represents the majority of construction and mining equipment suppliers in South Africa, is calling for the current SABS diesel-fuel quality specification to be upgraded and made enforceable by law. 

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