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Refineries & Retail News

Safety solution provided for contractor at Sappi mill

30th March 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has provided a working at height safety solution for a contractor undertaking maintenance at paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp and paper mill, in Mpumalanga. The company explains that this follows an earlier successful project in 2016 where it... 

Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The price of 95 unleaded and leaded petrol in Gauteng will increase by 72c/l and at the coast 62c/l with effect from next Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced on Wednesday. The per litre pump price of 93 unleaded and leaded petrol will increase 69c/l in Gauteng and 59c/l at the coast,... 

 Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday inaugurated French gas company Air Liquide’s €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at chemicals and energy group Sasol's Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. The ASU is the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, with a capacity of 5 000 t/d... 

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 Although basic fuel prices are showing signs of further decreases at month end, the overall price of fuel is set to increase because of the addition of increased fuel levies in April. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data... 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

Africa’s downstream oil industry holds promise

By: Kim Cloete     14th March 2018 The downstream market is dynamic in Africa and continues to evolve and become more transparent throughout the supply chain, says African energy specialist CITAC Africa executive director Gary Still. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, on... 

Tribunal approves Sinopec’s $900m acquisition of Chevron SA with conditions

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved Hong Kong-based Sinopec’s proposed $900-million acquisition of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA), subject to a range of employment, investment and other public interest conditions. Sinopec and CSA had tendered a set of proposed conditions, which... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality
METICULOUS MONITORING There are up to 23 points in an oil refinery where the level of hydrogen needs to be very accurately monitored

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Fuel prices to fall in March on stronger rand

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 The retail price of petrol and the wholesale price of diesel in South Africa will fall on Wednesday after the rand strengthened, the energy department said on Friday. The price of petrol will fall by 36 cents to 13.76 rand per litre in commercial hub Gauteng province. Diesel will go down by 47... 

SA company exploring nuclear, other opportunities abroad

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services’ current plans surrounding diversification into biomass, waste-to-energy and gas projects as well as its targeted geographical expansion is supported by the company’s niche expertise in bespoke... 

Fuel price to drop in March – AA

By: News24Wire      26th February 2018 Fuel prices are set to drop in March as South Africans benefit from a stable exchange rate and lower international fuel prices, reports the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA says: "The Rand was trading at... 

Fuel price to drop in March – AA

Afrox rises above weak environment, achieves strong FY17 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) on Thursday reported yet another year of strong results, with revenue for the 12 months to December 31 up 6% to R5.69-billion. Headline earnings a share rose by 32.3% year-on-year to 201c and basic earnings a share by 30.7% to 203.6c. 

Afrox rises above weak environment, achieves strong FY17 results
Photo by Duane Daws
Afrox CEO Schalk Venter

SNC-Lavalin awarded Engen refinery shutdown contract

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $12.4-million contract for the February 2018 refinery turnaround at the Engen crude refinery, in Durban, for Engen Petroleum. The scope of work on this project involves the planning, preparation and execution of all mechanical activities on the North Complex and... 

SNC-Lavalin secures 4yr maintenance contract with Shell South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a four-year maintenance service and support contract for ten fuel storage facilities for oil multinational Shell Downstream South Africa. The scope of work includes mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping maintenance related services for ten Shell terminal... 

Petrol, diesel prices drop for February

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 The price of all grades of petrol will drop by 30c/l with effect from midnight on Tuesday. Diesel (0.05 percent sulphur) will drop by 17c/l, as will diesel (0.005 percent sulphur), the energy department said in a statement on Sunday. 

Sasol service stations attract largest number of visitors, survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

More fuel price relief for SA motorists – AA

By: News24Wire      15th January 2018 Fuel prices are set for month-end decreases, this is according to the Automobile Association (AA) commenting on mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA said: "The Rand/US dollar exchange rate has had one of its flattest periods of trading in recent times. It has... 

More fuel price relief for SA motorists – AA

Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace

11th January 2018 Chinese oil company China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has undertaken to invest R6-billion to upgrade and modernise Chevron South Africa’s (CSA’s) Cape Town-based oil refinery, if it succeeds in its bid to acquire control of CSA. 

Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace

Fuel prices to drop in January

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 The price of fuel products will drop with effect from midnight on Tuesday, according to the energy department. Petrol 93 octane ULP (unleaded) and LRP (lead replacement) will drop by 29 cents a litre (c/ℓ), petrol 95 ULP and LRP by 34 c/ℓ, diesel 0.05 percent sulphur by 22 c/ℓ, and diesel 0.005... 

Fuel prices to drop in January

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma used his address at the Energy Indaba, taking place in Johannesburg this week, to assure business and investors that the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference would be “orderly and peaceful”, while promising a “seamless” handover to the new ANC... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate
President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Total, Sonangol sign new project pipeline agreements

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Oil and gas multinational Total and Angola State-owned oil company Sonangol have signed various agreements to jointly develop new upstream and downstream projects. Total chairperson and CEO Patrick Pouyanné on Monday held an audience with Angolan President João Lourenço and Sonangol chairperson... 

Vivo to gain 300 stations in 9 African countries in Engen share transaction

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Petroleum and energy company Vivo Energy, which represents oil multinational Shell’s brand of fuels and lubricants in Africa, will gain 300 service stations across nine African countries after it agreed to buys shares in oil multinational Engen International Holdings from Engen Holdings in... 

Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

 Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

Company expands diesel supply to include buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Wholesale prices fuel supplier Next Grace Investments is providing a valuable diesel supply solutions for clients in the bus and truck industry. During the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, Next Grace Investments... 

Company expands diesel supply to include buses
PARKING THE BUS Next Grace Investments’ depots enables buses and trucks to refuel and park at the facilities, while drivers have access to food and shower facilities

Financial results exhibit value-based growth

27th October 2017 In the 2017 financial year, energy and chemicals company Sasol’s results portrayed value-based growth on a robust foundation owing to a strong business performance across most of the value chain. 

Financial results exhibit value-based growth
STRONG PERFORMANCE The company’s strong cost performance was achieved by the sustainable delivery of its Business Performance Enhancement Programme and Response Plan

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges
MEASURING HYDROGEN The Hy-Optima 2700 series hydrogen analysers uses a solid-state, non-consumable sensor that is configured to operate in process gas streams

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says it will be beneficial being a local distributor and service provider for Italy-based specialised equipment manufacturer VRV, to local refineries and petrochemicals companies in particular.  

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry
UNDER PRESSURE Energas' core focus is supplying systems and equipment for natural gas and petrochemical industries

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020

27th October 2017 The mass production of the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude will become a reality from 2020, says research and development company Sunfire.  

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020
GOING BLUE Refineries can use Blue Crude as a raw material for waxes, and petrol, diesel, kerosene and even rocket fuel

Initiatives aim to reduce carbon footprint and production costs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Current initiatives in the global synthetic fuels (synfuels) industry are focussing on using coal feedstock more efficiently to reduce operational and capital costs of production, states chemicals process engineering company Holland and Hausberger CEO Dr Brendon Hausberger. 

Initiatives aim to  reduce carbon footprint and production costs
GENERAL PUBLIC PERCEPTION The general public perception is that coal is a dirty and undesirable environment-costly option

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

US to strengthen energy partnerships in Africa, says US Energy Secretary

By: Kim Cloete     25th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry says his government is committed to strengthening its energy partnerships with African countries, but has called for a clear and transparent regulatory environment. “There is no more important message that governing bodies can send to both the US government and the... 

US to strengthen energy partnerships in Africa, says US Energy Secretary
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Empowered lubricants firm seeks to raise market share with blending plant investment

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Blue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The company will be aided in this ambition by the sale of 51% of the business to black-owned firm... 

DA to report minister Brown to public protector and ethics committee over Eskom contract

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for any role she played in awarding lucrative oil contracts worth R1.2-million from Eskom “to her lover and close business associate” despite their lack of expertise in... 

Energy Minister Kubayi denies her secondment of Zulu to fuel fund was illegal

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she had no doubt about the legality of her secondment of former director general Thabane Zulu to the Strategic Fuel Fund as its acting chief executive officer, but stopped short of assuring them it had been approved by the board of the entity.... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales
SPECIAL DESIGN The personal protective equipment was designed to not restrict operator movement and flexibility

Sale of South Africa’s strategic fuel stocks heads to court

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The question of whether South Africa can access strategic fuel stocks sold way below market price in a controversial deal made in late 2015 will be answered by a court of law, Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) acting chief executive Thabani Zulu said on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines... 

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