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Gauteng plans to convert 5 000 vehicles to LPG

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 The Gauteng provincial government announced last month that phase one of a plan to make its 5 000 government-owned cars more environment-friendly had begun with the retrofitting of 210 vehicles with technology that allows petrol-engined vehicles to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

SA firm mulls Nigerian oil exploration

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 A local firm may become involved in Nigerian oil exploration if a deal with the licence holders of an oil-producing block and Exxoteq – the South African subsidiary of Exxoteq Corporation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – is concluded, discloses Exxoteq MD Gerhard Brink. 

Untold ramifications of new plastic-bag standard

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th June 2003 When something touches a spider’s web the whole web vibrates, and that’s how the spider knows he has a visitor or a victim. 

New head appointed to petroleum body

27th June 2003 The South African national committee of the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) announced yesterday that managing director of Afric Energy Resources Zellah Fuphe, was appointed chairperson of the South African chapter of the organisation. 

Auto plastics deal concluded

23rd June 2003 Chemical products company Plastamid – a member of the Chemical Services Group – and Dow Automotive SA, a division of Dow Southern Africa, reached an agreement for the manufacture of the automotive range of Dow Polypropylene Inspire compounds, it was announced on Friday. 

Plastic bags standard to be released today

20th June 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has announced that the SABS standard prescribing the required thickness for plastic bags used in South Africa would be published today. 

Petroleum sector fuels empowerment

By: Jill Stanford     16th June 2003 South Africa’s petroleum and liquid-fuels industry is setting the pace for black economic empowerment (BEE). 

An African Christmas is to be exported to the rest of the world

13th June 2003 The fusion of African folklore with the heritage of Christmas has ignited a niche industry in South Africa. 

Fuelling Empowerment

By: Jill Stanford     13th June 2003 South Africa’s petroleum and liquid-fuels industry is setting the pace for black economic empowerment (BEE). The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and its members were the first to sit down with government to develop and implement an industry sector charter to progress... 

Sasol director appointed chair of science forum

11th June 2003 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) executive committee and its stakeholders have announced that John Marriott is the newly appointed chairperson of the forum starting June 1, 2003. 

Sasol warns 2003 earnings may fall 22%

10th June 2003 South African synthetic fuels group Sasol warned on Friday it expected 2003 attributable earnings to fall 22% due to a strong rand and weak chemicals business, sending its share price lower. 

Sasol names synthetic fuel, chemical heads

10th June 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol announced a series of senior appointments yesterday, naming new directors for its chemicals, synthetic fuels and technology businesses. 

Rachid Moosa, Incledon-DPI

6th June 2003 Full name: Rachid Moosa Position: Director of Incledon-DPI since 1999 Main activity of the company: Engineering merchant, focusing on polyvinyl chloride and steel pipes and fittings Date and place of birth: May 1, 1955, Pretoria Education: Matriculated in 1972 from Pretoria Indian High; B.Com... 

Cosatu raises concern over plastic-bag enforcement

By: laurian clemence     6th June 2003 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) issued a statement yesterday saying that “urgent action” was needed on the implementation of the plastic bag agreement. 

10m valve order for Chinese petrochemical development

16th May 2003 The joint venture between Shell Nanhai BV and CNOOC Petrochemicals Investment, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company (CSPC), will construct a $4,3-billion petrochemicals complex in China. 

Polytronics: rolling out the chips

By: Karel Smrcka     9th May 2003 Semiconductors such as silicon have so far formed the basis of the microelectronics industry. Meanwhile, plastics are making great advances in electronics since it was discovered that they have conductive and light-emitting properties. 

New plastic bag standard published by SABS

9th May 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) this week announced its involvement in a new technical regulation, pertaining to the new standard for plastic bags in the country, which has been issued by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Biofuel developments are fast-tracked in a bid to tackle vehicle emissions

By: Karel Smrcka     9th May 2003 In the future, motor vehicles may be powered by wood energy, and that won’t mean a return to the wood-gas generators used in the Great Depression. Wood is already being used to produce liquid fuel for district heating plants and facilities, so the processing of forest resources into... 

Degradable plastic-bag breakthrough

By: Zonika Botha     2nd May 2003 A new degradable plastic bag, which has been under development for the past four years, could be the answer to South Africa’s ever-increasing plastic bag litter dilemma. 

Plastic-bag recycler expands ahead of law change

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd May 2003 Mpumalanga recycler Transpaco Recycling, based in Bronkhorstspruit, will be expanding its plastic carrier-bag, refuse bag, and plastic container recycling facility, ahead of an expected increase in demand for these recycled products. 

Sasol woos foreigners with NYSE listing

10th April 2003 South African synthetic fuels group Sasol made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, in a move it hopes will transform it into a truly global firm and showcase its technology, CEO Pieter Cox said. 

BEE oil firm bids to supply jet fuel

By: Laura Franz     4th April 2003 Exel Petroleum has become the first black empowerment oil company to be included in the jet fuel suppliers’ group at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA). ?Members of the group comp 

SA firm’s contract with Kuwait national petroleum company extended

28th March 2003 Pretoria-based asset management solutions provider MST, which was acquired by the IST group in December last year – has had its contract to assist the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) with the rollout of a new integrated asset management system initiative, extended to provide data... 

Local subsidiary of oil giant launches new diesel fuel

28th March 2003 Wholly-owned subsidiary com-pany of Shell, Shell South Africa, has launched DieselTech. 

Oil industry’s long-term sustainability questioned

28th March 2003 South Africa’s oil industry returns may still be insufficient to attract the investment need for the industry’s rapidly growing capex requirements. 

Sasol to double octene output

27th March 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced construction of a multi-million US dollar new 1-octene production plant at Secunda, in South Africa, to meet growing global demands from plastics manufacturers for this hydrocarbon molecule, that imparts performance features such as... 

Plastics from maize? Isn’t it ama(i)zing!

By: Luxolo Tyali     21st March 2003 Engineering News was this week handed a small “plastic” container. Its appearance was so normal that it could well have passed for a conventional plastic bowl. But in actual fact it was not made from exhaustible crude oil at all but from renewable maize starch. 

Turnkey ability secured preferred supplier position, says firm

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 The South African arm of international company Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Nonwovens, was selected as the preferred supplier of air-purification technology and systems to Sasol Synfuels, Secunda. 

Make-or-buy decision looms for SA oil

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 With the local refining industry having less than three years to revamp its plants to be able to replace leaded fuel with unleaded fuel, refiners will have to make a decision whether to produce the fuel locally or import it from overseas, South African Petroleum Industry Association director... 

New fuel formula explained

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 The In Bond Landed Cost (IBLC) formula, currently used as the basis for fuels product-cost valuation in the regulated fuels-pricing system in South Africa, will be replaced by a new basic fuels price (BFP) formula from April 2.? 

New R870m comonomer project for petrochem giant

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st March 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is in the process of spending R870-million on another comonomer project, Engineering News can exclusively report. 

The state of State oil

By: Jill Stanford     17th March 2003 State oil company PetroSA, formed last year from a merger of synthetic-fuel producer Mossgas, oil production and explor-ation company Soekor and some of the Strategic Fuel Fund operations, hopes to shed its ‘white elephant’ tag and transform itself into an effective vehicle for... 

The state of State oil

14th March 2003 State oil company PetroSA, formed last year from a merger of synthetic-fuel producer Mossgas, oil production and exploration company Soekor and some of the Strategic Fuel Fund operations, hopes to shed its ‘white elephant’ tag and transform itself into an effective vehicle for... 

Decision time for oil sector as 2006 looms

14th March 2003 SOME very important decisions will have to be made by the oil companies on how they are going to meet their post-2006 product requirements says the South African Petroleum Industry Association’s (Sapia’s) 2002 report released earlier this month. 

New R870m comonomer project for petrochem giant

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th March 2003 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is in the process of spending R870-million on another comonomer project, Engineering News Online can today exclusively report. 

Big empowerment thrust at petchem giant

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th March 2003 In its latest move to promote black economic empowerment (BEE), petrochemicals group Sasol has, through a partially-owned subsidiary, concluded a deal which has created probably the largest black-owned engineering merchant company in South Africa. 

Sasol expected to report strong results

7th March 2003 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol is expected to post a small rise in half year earnings when it reports results next week, fuelled by a stronger crude oil price and a weaker rand. 

High-strength plastic piping technology for SA

By: Zonika Botha     21st February 2003 Leading manufacturer and marketer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping systems in Southern Africa DPI Plastics is launching a new product into the market in February. 

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