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Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders is currently providing maintenance solutions on the deluge fire sprinkler system installed at one of South Africa’s largest petrochemicals companies’ fuel and gas tanks as part of a five-year contract.  Skyriders was contracted by the petrochemical company... 

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks. He tells... 

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this, he notes that the company can... 

Legislation prompts refineries to employ safer seal technology

4th March 2016 Mechanical and industrial seal supplier AESSEAL’s sales at its Secunda branch have doubled year-on-year owing to petrochemical refineries replacing their single mechanical seals with a double mechanical design in order to comply with stringent safety legislation. The company claims to be the only... 

German fan specialist acquires majority share in local company

By: David Oliveira     26th February 2016 Germany-based global fan producer TLT-Turbo acquired a majority shareholding – from previous majority shareholders the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa and private investors – in local fan-manufacturing company MechCaL last month. MechCaL’s management team remains the minority... 

Tahrir petrochemicals project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     12th February 2016 The project will be the largest petrochemicals plant in Egypt and the largest naphtha cracker plant in the world. 

Cooling solution benefits outdoor industrial processes

By: Bruce Montiea     5th February 2016 Companies operating in hot and harsh environments are benefiting from Germany-headquartered engineering electronic instruments protection company Intertec’s active cooling solution for small outdoor electronics and instrumentation equipment.  Intertec commercial director Hans Geiger tells... 

Emerson inks $150m automation deal for Egypt petrochemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 Engineering solutions provider Emerson Process Management has signed a $150-million deal to provide automation and reliability technologies and services for petrochemical firm Carbon Holdings’ Tahrir petrochemicals project at Ain Sokhna, Egypt. When completed, the $6.9-billion Tahrir project, in... 

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

Engen Mauritius MD is one of Africa’s most influential

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2016 Joan Njeri Njoroge, Managing Director of Engen Mauritius is a leading light. Recently named the Most Influential Woman in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical & Petrochemicals sector at the CEO Global sponsored ‘Most Influential Women in Business & Government and Titans of Africa Awards’, Joan is top of... 

Are Diy Cleaning Products Actually Green?

6th January 2016 It is that time of year when New Year’s resolutions abound, the gyms are full and everyone has committed to living a cleaner, greener and smarter lifestyle in 2016. Yet, while many believe that do-it-yourself cleaning products are safer for their users and the environment, because they do not... 

Sasol launches global search for new CEO

By: News24Wire      4th December 2015 Sasol's search for CEO David Constable’s replacement has almost been concluded, chairperson Mandla Gantsho told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Friday. Sasol earlier this year announced that Constable had decided not to renew his contract when it expires in... 

Carbon tax – be careful of future trade measures

By: Saliem Fakir     4th December 2015 The National Treasury has released a draft Carbon Tax Bill and has invited interested parties to submit comments by the middle of this month. There are design and implementation issues with the tax; however, what is important is not so much the tax but whether an implicit carbon price or tax... 

Sasol Inzalo lists on the JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2015 Following hot on the heels of the listing of MTN Zakhele earlier this month, petrochemicals company Sasol’s broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) fund Sasol Inzalo Public, followed suit on Tuesday – the second company to list on the Empowerment Segment of the JSE this year. A total of 16... 

South African infrastructure assets rank 33 in global 500 ranking

By: Samantha Herbst     27th 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... 

Steloy Casting

27th November 2015 Steloy Casting, which was founded 30 years ago and now has branches in Bronkstspruit and Krugersdorp, both in Gauteng, is one of South Africa’s leading specialist foundry groups, serving customers in a diverse range of industries. The 400-employee company supplies static and centrifugally cast... 

Industrial equipment company opens new Wadeville sales office 

By: Anine Kilian     27th November 2015 Industrial equipment sales and rental company Renttech South Africa launched its new sales outlet adjacent to its premises in Wadeville, Ekurhuleni last month. The facility has convenient access for many industries in the area - as well as power generation projects and local refineries – and... 

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

Offshore oil & gas training centre aims to attract more SA citizens

20th November 2015 Cape Town-based chemicals industry training centre AOOG company coordinator Nicole Smithdorf would like more South Africans to enrol for training at the centre, as he predicts an end to the current oil slump in 2016, leaving the industry in need of trained personnel to work on offshore platforms.... 

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... 

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