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High-value industrial safety offering

31st August 2018 Industrial gases company Afrox now offers six nine (N6) of HiQ, which is the global brand for a specific range of made-for-purpose gases, gas mixtures and associated products that comply with high purity and quality standards. 

Majority of Solidarity members at Sasol Secunda in favour of proposed strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Eighty-three per cent of trade union Solidarity’s members at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Secunda operations have voted in favour of strike action regarding Sasol’s exclusion of white employees from an employee share ownership plan. Solidarity is also planning a national protest in which... 

GAIL plans core, noncore diversification

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 India’s State-owned natural gas marketer and infrastructure provider, GAIL India, is seeking to diversify into ‘core’ and ‘noncore’ business verticals that extend from solar power generation and electric vehicle charging stations to water transportation pipelines. The natural gas logistics major... 

Pennsylvania petrochemicals complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Shell plans to build a petrochemicals plant comprising an ethylene cracker. 

Emira delivers positive FY18 performance with 2.53% distribution increase

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund’s distributions for the financial year ended June 30, increased by 2.53% year-on-year, despite persistently tough trading conditions. This increase, CFO Greg Booyens said on Wednesday, reaffirms the company’s turnaround and return to... 

Sonatrach in talks with 14 foreign firms on trading venture – CEO

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach is in talks with 14 international firms for a joint venture to trade oil and gas products after agreeing to buy its first overseas refinery, its CEO said on Thursday. "I am happy to say that 14 firms are on the list to do a JV on trading with us," Abdelmoumen... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

Industrial training and safety pilot project launched

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2018 Industrial equipment multinational 3M and JSE-listed petrochemicals multinational Sasol have launched an industrial training and safety initiative that aims to nurture local welding and grinding skills, as well as improve safe working conditions using appropriate safety equipment. 3M South Africa... 

Emira to start leasing The Bolton apartments in Rosebank from August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund’s R200-million The Bolton apartment block, in Rosebank, will start welcoming its first residents in August. Emira converted an office property block formerly occupied by petrochemicals giant Sasol into a contemporary residential... 

Electricity interruptions impact on Sasol’s FY18 production performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Several unplanned electricity supply interruptions and two internal outages at its Secunda synfuels operations, resulted in lower production volumes for petrochemicals group Sasol for the financial year ended June 30. In a trading update published on Friday, the company said its earnings before... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

6th July 2018 Macsteel Fluid Control is a key niche-focused business which operates throughout various industry sectors. It supplies a comprehensive range of valves, actuators, liquid level gauges, filter systems, valve interlock systems and a comprehensive range of steam products, including traps, strainers... 

Company extends offering

6th July 2018 Safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa has extended its gas detection capabilities with the acquisition of gas detection technology manufacturer Senscient in the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima X5000 with Bluetooth communication. 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

New draft Mining Charter better than ‘disaster’ it is replacing – Mohale

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 The latest draft of the third Mining Charter is not perfect, but it is better than the “disaster” it is replacing, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale told attendees at the African Mining Network event on Thursday evening. He explained that the previous draft, which was... 

Skills development and in-house training crucial for boiler industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering strongly advocates the importance of skills development and in-house training, says director Gerhard Holtshauzen, as this significantly improves boiler making and other skills. “We provide people with a chance to become a... 

Butene-1 production unit, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 PT Chandra Asri Petrochemicals has awarded the construction contract for the unit. 

Electric thermometer launched for polar applications

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Measuring instrument supplier WIKA launched a tailored electrical thermometer for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries in polar climates. WIKA Instruments sales GM Ralf Hesse states that the electrical thermometer can function in ambient temperatures down to... 

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... 

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... 

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