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Petroleum conference renewed for a third year

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 The West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) will be renewed for a third consecutive year, following an overwhelmingly successful reception from regional and international participants at this year’s second annual conference in Lagos, Nigeria.   Petroleum Technology... 

Rope-access service reduces maintenance costs

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Using rope access for legally required maintenance tasks at large petrochemicals plants can result in significant savings for operations in terms of maintenance and associated downtime. Rope access specialist Skyriders marketing manager Mark Zinn tells Engineering News that petrochemicals plants... 

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Company invests in new petrochemicals complex

15th June 2018 Petroleum industry company Qatar Petroleum plans to build a “world-scale” petrochemicals complex that will include the Middle East's largest ethane cracker, according to Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi. Qatar Petroleum has invited a group of leading international... 

Best practice drug testing improves workplace safety

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 Routine testing for illicit and intoxicating substances conducted by companies is leading to the distribution of health and safety best practices and helping to improve workplace performance and safety, says workplace testing company Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. Greater exposure to devices used... 

Eltherm’s EHT regulates cold, prevents heat loss

8th June 2018 Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heaters do not have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss, says EHT... 

JST to introduce Swarm in July

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Local corrosion control solution provider JST in association with Total Heating Solutions, or THS, will introduce Swarm, a new corrosion-monitoring system, to the South African market next month, following its distribution agreement finalisation with US-based corrosion and erosion monitoring... 

Liquid fuels in focus

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 With so much attention having been paid, correctly, to electricity in South Africa over the past ten-and-a-bit years other energy subsectors, such a liquid fuels, have been left to evolve in relative anonymity. That’s not to say they haven’t faced serious policy and existential challenges. The... 

Euro Steel

1st June 2018 Part of AFMETCO Group of Companies, Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributors and exporters. The company operates predominantly in all major cities in South Africa, but also has... 

Petrochemicals complex, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Saudi Aramco and Total plan to build a giant petrochemicals complex in Jubail. 

Total, Sonangol agree to increased activity in Angola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 During a recent official visit to France by Angola President João Lourenço and a delegation of Angolan businesspersons, petrochemicals giant Total chairperson and CEO Patrick Pouyanné and Angolan petroleum parastatal Sonangol chairperson Carlos Saturnino signed several agreements to cover the... 

MSA Africa offers latest safety technology for hazardous environments

23rd May 2018 From hearing protection to integrated harness systems, MSA Africa offers industries such as petrochemicals and oil-and-gas the latest technology to guarantee worker health and safety in hazardous environments. For example, the Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD) integrated harness system from... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Refocused enX delivers pleasing half-year results; well-positioned for future growth

15th May 2018   Revenue increases to R3.6bn from R2.4bn EBIT improves to R354.4m from R257.1m Profit before tax grows to R182.7m from R175.2m Balance sheet strengthened, and debt maturity profile extended Group well positioned for future growth Diversified JSE-listed industrial group enX today announced... 

enX subsidiaries post satisfactory performance in six months to February 28

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Diversified industrial group enX’s Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) and Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics (EFML) operations performed satisfactorily in the six months to February 28, enX reported on Monday. Group revenue for the six-month period ended February 28, increased to R3.6-billion,... 

Wheel of industrial safety has turned too far

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th May 2018 There is no hotter topic than safety matters on mines and industrial plants. It has become a religion. Like all religions, it causes some unintended problems. When I was young, I worked for a number of years on various mines and industrial plants. (I did this to get money to pay my university... 

Shell sells out of Canadian Natural position for C$4.3bn

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its entire stake in Calgary, Alberta-based company Canadian Natural Resources in a deal valued at about C$4.3-billion. Shell has reached agreement with underwriters Goldman Sachs & Co, RBC Capital Markets,... 

EIUG, associate organisation appoint board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and its associated organisation, the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), on Monday announced their new chairpersons, who were elected at the yearly general meetings of the two bodies.  

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order 

3rd May 2018 Kwatani is steadily delivering on its largest single screening machine order to date after kicking off the manufacturing process at its East Rand facilities in March. Also making headlines, petrochemicals giant Sasol last month inaugurated its seventeenth Air Separation Unit at their operations... 

Foreign bidders give India’s maiden open acreage oil, gas block auction a miss

By: Ajoy K Das     3rd May 2018 International oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) majors have stayed away from the first round of India’s oil and gas fields auction. According to the sector regulator, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), 110 bids have been received for 55 onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks,... 

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge Amber II is now operational at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, serving as a floating storage and fuel replacement vessel for petrochemicals company BP’s customer vessels at the port.  

‘Clamping’ down on safety: Vital Engineering’s Vitaclamps enhance safety in the power generation and other industrial sectors

26th March 2018 When it comes to quality, reliability and safety, companies responsible for supplying the nation with power cannot afford to make mistakes. That is why Vital Engineering, a long-established manufacturer of gratings, stair treads, expanded metals, pressed floors and safety handrail, was selected... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     16th March 2018 Overall construction on the project is continuing on all fronts. 

Nigeria aims to become net exporter of refined petroleum by the end of 2019

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria (NNPC) is pushing ahead with its goal to revive its oil refineries and become a net exporter of petroleum products by the end of next year, delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), in Cape... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

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 –... 

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 The private sector is not investing enough money and resources in innovation in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, says thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak business development director Malindi Nkambule. “One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is the lack of product... 

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Sowing the wind

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd March 2018 Once upon a time – long, long ago – in a faraway land, there was a small State-funded village in a magical kingdom. Just in case you were wondering, this is considered the most popular and most famous of fairy-tale story starter, but the phrase ‘State-funded’ is my addition. 

Steel manufacturer manages processing upgrades despite hostile industry

2nd March 2018 Despite the plethora of difficulties facing the steel industry, steel tubing and profiling manufacturer Augusta Steel has invested in processing line upgrades to improve its offerings. Augusta Steel says the local steel industry has been made to compete with cheap imports, rising production and... 

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