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Valves supplier secures long-term contracts with petrochemicals major

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     11th May 2012 Amid continuing tough business conditions that put pressure on margins and result in uncertain business activity levels, valves distributor LVSA Valves has been awarded two new long-term contracts to supply valves to national oil company PetroSA.  

Systems integration can help improve industrial operations

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Consistent control and operation across different plants and systems can be accomplished by networking existing systems and controls into a single industrial operation control platform, ensuring that operations can be managed in a sustainable and profitable manner, says process control and... 

IDC to issue green bond, divest shares

By: Reuters     24th April 2012 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a State-owned financing institution, will raise R5-billion to invest in domestic green economy initiatives, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. Patel told parliament during his budget vote speech the IDC will issue a green... 

Proactive approach vital when dealing with hazardous chemicals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2012 The importance of a proactive approach to safety and its implementation in the chemicals industry was again highlighted at the Chemical & Allied Industries Association’s (CAIA) Responsible Care Process Safety workshop, held in Johannesburg, in March. 

Gas-fired power plant project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2012 The proposed project could see the development of a 140 MW gas-fired power plant. 

Banking group reports affordable-housing milestone 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th March 2012 South African banking firm First National Bank (FNB) reports it has reached its R10-billion target in the affordable housing market – houses aimed at qualifying customers with a gross monthly income of up to R18 000, by providing homes to more than 90 000 families, just five months after hitting... 

Sasol finds alternatives to Iran crude 

By: Reuters     23rd March 2012 South African petrochemicals group Sasol has found alternative supplies of crude oil to replace product coming from Iran, the company said on Thursday. Sasol said in January its oil unit was procuring 12 000 barrels per day, or 20% of the crude required by its Natref refinery, from Iran. 

Canadian gas curtailment won’t impact on gas-to-liquids plans, Sasol insists

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed last week that the development plan for its Canadian upstream shale-gas assets had been curtailed for 2012, owing to the sharp decline in North American gas prices. But CEO David Constable insisted that the medium- and long-term ramp-up of... 

Gas-to-liquids fuel plant, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2012 Sasol is investigating the possibility of constructing a two-train gas-to-liquids facility to convert natural gas to liquid fuels, using its proprietary GTL technology. 

285 Gauteng taxis to run on LPG by the end of April 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th March 2012 The Automotive Industry Development Centre' s (AIDC's) project to reduce emissions in Gauteng's 32 000 strong passenger vehicle segment would see 285 minibus taxis operating on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrol by the end of April and hopefully motivate other vehicle owners to follow suit,... 

Canadian gas curtailment won’t impact gas-to-liquids plans - Sasol

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Monday that the development plan for its Canadian upstream shale gas assets had been curtailed for 2012, owing to the sharp decline in North American gas prices. But CEO David Constable insisted that the medium- and long-term ramp-up of... 

Sasol moves ahead with 140 MW gas-fired Moz power plant study 

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 JSE-listed energy group Sasol says it is well advanced with a feasibility investigation into a 140 MW gas-fired power plant, which could be developed near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. The project, which had not yet been board sanctioned, could be pursued in joint venture between Sasol and... 

Sasol says R14bn coal replacement projects will sustain 4 000 jobs

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol is moving ahead with its R14-billion coal-replacement programme across three sites in a bid to secure supply to its coal-to-liquids refinery in Secunda, as well as sustain its coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). CEO David... 

Sasol reports record interim earnings, outlook favourable

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2012 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported record interim earnings of R13.9-billion for the six months to December 31, 2011, an 83% increase on the R7.6-billion reported for the corresponding period in the prior year, mainly on the back of higher product prices and a weaker rand. Operating profit... 

Fact box example

By: Yolande Botes     25th November 2011 In the last five years, Johannesburg-based natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has signed several ongoing multimillion-rand contracts with businesses wanting to implement alternative energy solutions. The company has implemented solutions for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,... 

South Africa’s big cleaner-fuels poser: capital costs versus environmental benefits

By: Jade Davenport     10th July 2009 As the issue of climate change and environmental degradation mitigation becomes increasingly entrenched in global commercial and political discourse, one of the greatest challenges confronting the global petroleum industry presently is the need to combat its impact upon the environment by... 

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