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Reatile

Reatile Group is a 100% black owned investment holding company formed in 2003 to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the economic transformation in industrial sectors of the South African Economy.

Reatile Group’s strategic focus is on the energy, petrochemical and industrial sectors.

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Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

New products unveiled

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A new range of products has been launched by GE Fanuc Automation, of Isando, Gauteng, at an exhibition in Paris. “The technology involved is extremely advanced and of the highest standard,” GE Fanuc computer numeric control (CNC) sales and application engineer Norbert Barnard tells... 

State set to commercialise coal-conversion technologies

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) will shortly be appointing consultants to advise it on how best to commercialise proprietary technology which is able to convert coal into value-added products. CEF’s Dr Howard Roberts tells Engineering News the technology is currently housed in... 

Bob the Yank tries to psych out the ESP

By: System Author     9th July 1999 n ‘ESP’ is shorthand for an ‘electrostatic precipitator’ which is a device used to remove dust and particulate matter from a stream of gas normally discharged through a chimney stack. In my last article I told how my friend Paul and I had the chance to supervise the design... 

Future of fuel-cell technology looks good

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The future of the fuel-cell, touted as the answer to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, hinges on the technology ultimately chosen. Fuel-cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical energy in a highly-efficient manner, still need fuel to operate, and commonly use hydrogen. But non-petrol... 

R106m condensate-

By: System Author     9th July 1999 State-owned synthetic fuels producer Mossgas is to embark upon a R106-million project that will see its product output increase by up to 24% through the importation of oil condensate for refining at its plant near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. This project will add nearly R40-million to the... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Spotlight on improved drilling methods

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the application of technology in the field of drilling. The reason for the surge of activity in this direction has been the drop in crude-oil prices and corresponding profit reduction. As a result, companies have actively sought new and more... 

Project to explore further gasfield reserves

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In its bid to secure the company’s long-term future, Mossgas has, for the first time in its history, become involved in exploration for further gas reserves. In terms of an agreement signed last year with State-owned exploration company Soekor, the prospecting rights for the area... 

Tale of an electrostatic precipitator

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An ‘ESP’ is shorthand for an ‘electrostatic precipitator’, which is a device used to remove dust and particulate matter from a stream of gas which normally is discharged through a chimney stack. My friend Paul and I had the chance to supervise the design and commissioning... 

Ozone treatment for Kwazulu-Natal textile mill effluent

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A CONTRACT to supply ozone for a new effluent-treatment process that will allow a Kwazulu-Natal textile mill to recycle up to 75% of its effluent, has been awarded to industrial gas specialist Messer Fedgas. The Mym Textiles mill, at Umzinto, on the south coast, has installed a unique, patented... 

Strong commitment to ‘green’ management

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 As one of the first two companies in South Africa to be certified to ISO 14001 standards, Mossgas is committed to proper environmental management and responsible care in line with internationally acceptable standards and requirements. Detailed environmental-impact studies were therefore carried... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Skills training launched

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The partner of Mossgas in the Bredasdorp Alliance, Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), has brought another dimension to its involvement in the project. The UK-based company is simultaneously tackling the shortage of highly-specialised offshore skills in South Africa through a comprehensive... 

Contract strategy slashes costs

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Alliancing, a contract strategy not well known in South Africa, but applied successfully on mega projects in the global oil and gas industry, is working well for Mossgas and Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), the programme manager for the EM gasfield development in the Bredasdorp basin. In... 

Company’s restructuring process gets wind in its sails

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although the Mossgas project was launched in 1987, Mossgas in its present form was established in April 1989. It owns and operates the offshore production platform on the FA field, as well as the onshore plant. The company is part of the CEF group of companies through which the State’s... 

New work in the pipeline from upgrade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An R80-million up-grade by Hall Longmore has enabled the company to tender on critical projects such as a 12-km gas pipeline for Mossgas, which it had been unable to do previously, MD Alf Non 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

Hi-tech plant on Garden Route

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant is situated 11 km west of Mossel Bay on a 410 ha site on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. A modern solid-waste disposal facility is situated next to the main plant on a property of 360 ha. This high-technology plant has a design production capacity of 30 200 barrels of... 

Local tech at heart of plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant receives gas at a normal operating rate of about 210 000 m3/h, and the associated condensate at a rate of more than 9 000 barrels a day. Upon arrival, the natural gas is first treated to recover the liquefied petroleum gas range of materials, propane, butane and heavier. The gas... 

Business benefits realised

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A drive initiated by Deloitte Consulting to realise further business benefits from Mossgas’s enterprise resource-planning (ERP) implementation has realised substantial gains for the world’s only producer of liquid transportation fuels from offshore gas. ERP – an integrated... 

Additional electricity generation not required

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THERE will be no need for new electricity-generating capacity before the end of this year, provided plans to implement demand-side management options are put in place. This emerged from the Eskom environmental media seminar, where this year’s corporate environmental report was released... 

Good chrome-chem output from new plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R700-million sodium dichromate and chromic acid manufacturing plant, a joint-venture project between Bayer and Dow-Sentrachem, located in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is operating satisfactorily at about 70% of capacity. The plant, on which construction began in 1997, was officially opened in... 

Gas from new fields to flow by April 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Mossgas project to bring the EM and associated gasfields into production is progressing well, with construction activities taking place in South Africa as well as abroad. Gas from the new fields is due to reach the onshore plant in April 2000. In the meantime, provisional test results on the... 

Aluminium fabricators cut costs

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Correct process and gas selection can help aluminium fabricators reduce overall welding costs and improve productivity at the same time, argues a leading welding specialist. Afrox process development welding specialist Wayne Holt works in co-operation with Afrox clients to develop more efficient... 

‘Do-it-yourself’ aluminium welding promoted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Aluminium welding can be catered for by a process called Techno-Weld, an innovative aluminium fusion-welding and repair process now available in South Africa. It is described as a breakthrough in welding with aluminium, and is a low-temperature (380?C) system which fusion-welds virtually all... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

R100-million global business for Gauteng gas specialist

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN a bold export plan that is set to develop into a R100-million-a-year global business by 2001, Gauteng gas company Afrox is taking its new locally-designed and -produced gas equipment product range into new international markets. This major new dimension to the globalisation of Afrox is the... 

Joint agreement to market furnaces

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An agreement to market oxy-fuel-fired tilting rotary furnaces to aluminium and other non-ferrous melting and processing customers worldwide has been signed by Air Products & Chemicals (APCI) and Altek International. Under the agreement, Air Products’ proprietary oxy-fuel combustion controls... 

New Johannesburg gas owner by September

By: System Author     25th June 1999 One of South Africa’s few local government gas distributors, Johannesburg’s Metro Gas is to be privatised by the beginning of next year. The selection of prequalification bidders, of which there are expected to be between two to five local and international companies, should be... 

$1bn Nigeria project set to get nod by Nov

By: System Author     25th June 1999 It is likely that the final go-ahead for a $1-billion gas-to-liquids plant in Nigeria will be obtained following Sasol and Chevron’s respective board meetings in November this year. The two petrochemical companies have been studying the construction of a 30 000- barrel-a-day plant since... 

Big natural gas plan for Southern Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Arange of discussions are under way between the South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and a “variety of parties,” concerning the construction of natural gas pipelines between Gauteng and the Namibian Kudu gas fields and Gauteng and the Mozambican Pande and Temane gas... 

Mini-gas cylinder developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A MINI-gas cylinder which is ideal for the safe and convenient transportation of limited quantities of gases, has been developed locally by the specialty gas department of Messer Fedgas. Known as Microcyl, the container is able to store up to 45 l of permanent gas or calibration gas mixtures.... 

R161m gas extension gets go-ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has announced that it will proceed with its R161-million extension into Durban South, in Kwazulu-Natal. The project includes the construction of gas distribution lines from Bayhead to Umbogintwini. Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger says that Sasol... 

‘Green’ message spreads to associated industries

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Environmental awareness in the South African chemical industry is improving drastically, with not only chemical-manufacturing companies, but also associated industries, becoming signatories of the worldwide environmental initiative dubbed Responsible Care (RC). “The latest move in South... 

Boost for chemical-freight transport sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A provider of freight logistics solutions to the chemicals and various other industries Spoornet committed itself to the international Responsible Care (RC) initiative last month. RC is the international chemical industry’s initiative for continuous improvement of performance in health,... 

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