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Ethylene cracker project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     20th November 2015 The project entails the construction of a one-million-tonne-a-year grassroots ethane cracker in Belmont County, Ohio. 

Lubricants continue to drive equipment performance

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 South African petrochemicals major Engen’s two lubricant ranges - Engen Gengear XEP and PETRONAS Grease LiX Syn series – are just two recent additions to the range of lubricants which form part of its Fluidlink solutions to deal with equipment lubrication-related concerns and maintenance and... 

High-performance plug valves delivered

By: Dylan Stewart     6th November 2015 Valve manufacturer AZ-Armaturen (AZ) South Africa delivered a total of 22 high-pressure plug valves to a mineral sands operation near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal over two occasions, once in June and once in July, says AZ GM Erich Ermel, adding that the valves ranged in size from 50 mm to 500 mm... 

Specialised gate valves supplied to synfuels operation

By: Dylan Stewart     6th November 2015 Valves stockist and distributor Heaton Valves Africa in August supplied two 24", class 300 Langley gate valves to petrochemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based synfuels operation in Mpumalanga, says Heaton commercial executive Grant du Plessis. 

S African govt's ranking rises among global infrastructure owners 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th November 2015 The South African government has been ranked thirty-third out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, up two places from last year with a 0.55% increase in its infrastructure assets to $81.03-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets. Three other local entities made... 

Abnormal load vehicle tested on N2

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Sub-Saharan supply chain solutions provider Unitrans will operate one of its abnormal vehicles – designed according to performance-based standards (PBS) – from South Africa to Swaziland for the first time, says Unitrans technical GM Bruce Fraser. 

KSB Pumps and Valves

23rd October 2015 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps and Valves has been in operation since 1959, manufacturing a range of pumps, valves and related systems for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Most of the products are manufactured under... 

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 In addition to being involved in close to 20 projects a year for a local petrochemicals manufacturer, transport and heavy-lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa has noted a marked demand for its transportation, lifting, rigging and installation services in the petrochemicals industry.... 

Sasol’s new office construction progressing

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 More than 3 000 of integrated energy and petrochemicals major Sasol’s personnel will move to the group’s new headquarters in Katherine street, Sandton, Gauteng – a consolidation of the group’s 17 offices currently located in Rosebank, Randburg and Bryanston – in the second half of 2016.... 

Service ball valves increase valve service life at wax expansion project

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Commercial and technical valve solution specialist Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) last month supplied 14 Titan severe service ball valves for the second phase of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP). The FTWEP involves the construction of a new wax plant at the... 

Local petrochemicals giant turns 65 this year

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and chemicals company, with a... 

Sasol submits affidavit to Constitutional Court

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol submitted an affidavit in August to the Constitutional Court in response to an application made by the Competition Commission in July for leave to appeal the Competition Appeal Court’s (CAC’s) June ruling to overturn a Competition Tribunal finding, which resulted in... 

Petrochemicals giant maintains focus on US

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, Constable... 

Industry body sees drop in PVC production numbers

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62 000 t of PVC powder compounds... 

Stainless steel producer indicates local market pressures and challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Flat stainless steel products producer Columbus Stainless Steel expects its 2015 production at 500 000 t to remain similar to that of the past two years, says Columbus CEO Lucien Matthews, noting that given the challenging commodity prices the company is satisfied with its performance.   Columbus... 

Invincible Valves

23rd October 2015 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,... 

Filteg

23rd October 2015 Filtration specialist and filtration products provider Filteg boasts a combination if skills, versatility, experience and top-quality equipment that give the company a distinct advantage over other companies handling similar types of equipment. Filteg services a broad range of clients across... 

Dilles Bottom petrochemicals complex project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd October 2015 The project will produce petrochemical products using ethane extracted from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. 

Energy storage system introduced

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Tooling manufacturer S&D Precision Toolmakers last month activated its backup power supply system, the Gildermeister CellCube, which uses vanadium redox technology to store and discharge energy. Gildermeister Energy Solutions sales manager Andreas Feichtinger says that, in addition to mitigating... 

Hydra Arc Group

16th October 2015 Established in 1987, project services corporation Hydra Arc Group comprises associated companies that operate primarily in the petrochemicals, construction, mining and power generation industries. The companies that constitute Hydra Arc specialise in the fabrication of pressure vessels and... 

Polyethylene plant complex project, Czech Republic

By: Sheila Barradas     9th October 2015 The project involves the construction of a new polyethylene Unit 3, which will produce high-density polyethylene that is also produced by the two polyethylene units currently in operation.  

New cavity pump significantly reduces maintenance downtime

2nd October 2015 Pumping solutions manufacturer Franklin Electric South Africa last month launched its new range of cost-saving Mono EZstrip progressive cavity pumps into the Southern African market.  The new Mono EZstrip transfer pump is easy to install and drastically reduces downtime, as pump maintenance,... 

Energy efficiency requirements exceeded

2nd October 2015 Rotating machines service provider Sulzer launched its innovative SNS end suction single stage process pump range last month, which is designed to exceed the highest standards of performance and reliability, and also the design requirements of the ISO 5199 standard. For end-users this means... 

Sasol cautious on resumption of Iran oil imports

By: News24Wire      1st October 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol has taken a wait and see stance on the possible resumption of crude oil imports from Iran, following the landmark July 14 agreement, which set the scene for the lifting of sanctions on the country. Historically, Iran is a major source of crude oil for South Africa. At... 

Rolfes reports higher earnings, continues aggressive growth strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2015 As Rolfes Holdings tucks away the acquisition that will open new doors for it, the JSE-listed firm continues to aggressively pursue chemicals and related product opportunities in the mining, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, animal health and feeds and personal care sectors as it builds a strategic... 

Local gas sector small but to emerge

By: Dylan Slater     18th September 2015 The South African gas sector is currently small, compared with global standards, but there are several signs of the local sector emerging, says international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. 

Mooted free-trade area seen boosting intra-African minerals trade flows

By: Ilan Solomons     11th September 2015 Formal negotiations are taking place among the 54 member States of the African Union (AU) to create a free-trade zone on the continent by 2017. The AU Assembly launched the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations during the twenty-fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on... 

Rope access teams maintain access network, ensure safety

11th September 2015 Rope access specialist company Skyriders was in early-2015 commissioned by a large listed, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group to establish, inspect and maintain access systems at a petrochemical plant for a 14 month period. 

SAIW welding inspectors programme a proven success

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Welding Inspector programme has been a success locally and internationally, says the institute, which regards the course as one of its most significant achievements to date. The Welding Inspector suite of... 

Hydra-Arc Group wins SAIW gold medal

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) gold medal. Hydra-Arc consists of associated companies that operate primarily in the petrochemical, construction, mining and power generation industries and water storage solutions.... 

Distribution partnership demonstrates shared vision for the future

11th September 2015 With a strong focus on supply chain efficiencies, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals supplier Air Products South Africa has built up strong relationships with its distributors, creating partnerships which are mutually beneficial, and which are in support of the gas industry as a... 

Kentz (member of the SNC-Lavalin group)

4th September 2015 With offices in over 50 countries and a staff complement of about 40 000, Montreal-based global engineering firm SNC-Lavalin provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to clients in a variety of industrial... 

Water treatment specialist services global oil refineries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International water-treatment solutions specialist Degrémont, a subsidiary of France-based utility company Suez Environment, is committed to supplying sustainable, efficient and cost-effective water management services to the oil refinery and petrochemicals industry. The company supplies robust... 

Company delivers oil refinery control systems

4th September 2015 Japanese electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa China has received an order from Chinese oil and gas company PetroChina Yunnan Petrochemical to deliver control systems for an oil refinery that is being built in China’s Yunnan province. The first stage of the project includes... 

Oil and gas company responds to industry and market demands

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total presented its French refining roadmap to employee representatives in April this year. The plan is designed to provide each Total refining site in France the means to resist the volatile business environment and perform profitably. Total... 

Global expertise leveraged to service the liquid fuels and petrochemicals industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Having seen business potential in the refining and manufacture of liquid fuels and chemicals, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS)  business development and sales GM Vishal Harichund tells Engineering News that TKIS South Africa (SA) can draw on the technology and expertise provided by the... 

Technology provider to supply Malaysian refinery project

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has selected international provider of advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents and services Axens as a technology provider for Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in... 

Company announces services contract for Russian oil refinery unit

4th September 2015 Engineering contractors Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced in June that its main subsidiary, Tecnimont S.p.A., in cooperation with Russian partners, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management services contract by Russian oil producer, JSC Gazprom Neft, for the... 

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