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Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Kelvion Thermal Solutions

9th September 2016 Kelvion Thermal Solutions – formerly GEA Aircooled Systems – designs and manufactures heat exchangers, pressure vessels and cooling systems for the petrochemicals and power industries. GEA Aircooled Systems was founded in 1975 in South Africa. GEA sold GEA Heat Exchangers Group to an investor,... 

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Supplier development programme launched for black businesses

2nd September 2016 Oil refining company Chevron Corporation’s local subsidiary Chevron South Africa (SA) –  which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand – last month announced a new enterprise and supplier development (E&SD) programme aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The... 

Egyptian petrochemicals complex expected 2021

2nd September 2016 Egyptian petrochemicals company Carbon Holding's proposed Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex is to be located within the Ain Sokhna industrial zone, near the Gulf of Suez. Major contracts for the project have been awarded, with the construction work expected to start later this year and commissioning... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell has said that the “fundamentals” of the project remain intact. 

Indo-Russia Summit expected to fast-track mining, hydrocarbon collaboration projects

By: Ajoy K Das     26th August 2016 The forthcoming yearly Indo-Russia Summit, in October, is expected to lay down the framework for scaling up bilateral engagements in the mining, energy and hydrocarbon sectors, wherein mega marquee investments have already been put on the anvil. While the bilateral agreements up for discussion... 

Invincible Valves

26th August 2016 Established in 1982, Invincible Valves has grown into a medium-sized enterprise employing 39 people. The company, which is based in Knights, Germiston, on Gauteng’s East Rand, sells, reconditions and rubber-lines a range of valves. These include actuators, ball valves, butterfly valves,... 

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning

26th August 2016 Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany. 

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Southern African piped gas industry booming

26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Sasol awards SNC-Lavalin five-year contract

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a mechanical engineering-led framework agreement and associated project management services contract by petrochemicals group Sasol, in support of the general maintenance projects at its sub-Saharan Africa sites.   The five-year... 

Caltex Australia to Distribute Chevron Premium Base Oils in Australia

25th August 2016 Chevron Corporation announced today that its affiliate, Chevron Singapore Pty Ltd, has signed an agreement with Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd. to become an authorized distributor of Chevron premium Group II base oils in Australia. With limited in-country production of premium base oils, this... 

Sasol Inzalo Foundation hosts symposium on the role of technical schools in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2016 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, through the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, is, this week, hosting a three-day inaugural symposium on the role of technical schools in South Africa at the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark.   The conference, which starts on August 16, will bring together 150... 

Chevron South Africa launches supplier development programme for black businesses

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2016 Oil and gas company Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, has started a new enterprise and supplier development (E&SD) programme aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The initiative is open to businesses that are 51% black-owned... 

Increasing demand for gasket installation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th August 2016 Having identified a need in the market for the correct installation of gaskets at industrial plants, supplier of sealing products and services Klinger Mzansi is offering a Joint Integrity Management Service in addition to its product line to help increase the safety and efficiency of plants. 

Correct sealing products imperative

5th August 2016 The selection of the correct industrial sealing product in modern engineering is a critical consideration, both in the design of new equipment and in the choice of products to replace those that are no longer suitable, says industrial static sealing products manufacturer and supplier BMG gaskets... 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan

22nd July 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) announced, early in May, a call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the appointment of strategic partners to assist State-owned companies (SoCs) in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power plant, says international law firm White & Case.  

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 South African non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians can possibly look forward to the global influx of new technology, following the completion of the nineteenth World Conference on NDT held in Munich, Germany, last month. According to South African Institute of Non-Destructive Testing... 

Gas filtration prevents corrosion in plant components

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th July 2016 Air, gas and liquid filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies explains that petrochemical facilities are extremely corrosive environments.  Therefore, an oil refinery commissioned Freudenberg’s Viledon ChemControl recirculation system and the Viledon ChemControl deep-bed... 

New heavy-duty diesel oil said to improve engine protection

By: David Oliveira     15th July 2016 Petrochemicals group Shell launched a new range of products in its Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) range at the Maslow Hotel, in Sandton, last month. The new Shell Rimula R6 LM 10W-40 fully synthetic HDDEO features the company’s unique Dynamic Protection Plus Technology. It combines... 

Institute moves to raise awareness of importance of nondestructive testing

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 With nondestructive testing (NDT) considered as an unknown, or “Cinderella science”, a key driver of the South African Institute for Nondestructive Testing (Saint) is to drive awareness of this process of testing, inspecting and evaluation of materials or components, says Saint president Keith... 

Ethylene cracker project, Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project entails the construction of an additional cracking furnace to boost ethylene production at Saudi Kayan’s petrochemicals facility, in Jubail. 

Cabinet approves designation of Musina-Makhado SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Cabinet has approved the decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Vhembe region of Limpopo. The designated zone would promote industrial development in the region with a specific focus on mineral beneficiation,... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine uses industrial waste 

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2016 Local mechanical and chemical engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has developed a low-water brickmaking machine, acid-resistant bricks and chemical-resistant paints that consume industrial waste. The brickmaking machine is adaptable to local conditions and uses vibration compaction to compress the... 

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Cilacap refinery upgrade project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves expanding the Cilacap refinery to 370 000 bbl/d. 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and micro- enterprises (SMMEs) in entering the local bio- industry, will have provided about R50-million... 

Plant-based packaging gains popularity

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak produced the world’s first package made entirely from plant materials, the Tetra Rex Bio-based, using a combination of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard and certified bio-plastics materials. The company is expected to... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

GCC Engineering

17th June 2016 Established in 1994 as GC Construction, GCC Engineering assumed its current name early this year, a year after the company had built a new workshop and new offices in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. It is a leading fabrication, refurbishment and maintenance service provider in the province and is... 

On-The-Air (10/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 New joint action is underway to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry; Great news for platinum is that fuel cell development is bursting out all over the country; and Petrochemicals giant Sasol is investing R20-billion in neighbouring Mozambique to find more natural... 

BASF alcohol and plasticisers facility revamp, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The project involves the revamp of an alcohol and plasticisers facility in Pasadena to produce Palatinol diethylhexyl terephthalate. 

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