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Plastics and Synfibres

New division seeks to improve equipment performance

By: candice haase     12th September 2003 In efforts to enhance productivity among its clients, the local operation of global mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane has created a division called Performance Plus, which seeks to improve the performance of equipment at its clients. 

Petroleum firm increases spending as clean fuels deadline closes in

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Petroleum company Engen expects to spend between R100-million and R200-million before 2006, in preparation for the legislation enforcing the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel. 

Local fuel industry faces sea change

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 There have been several changes affecting the local fuel industry, such as the decision to phase out leaded petrol, the implementation of black economic empowerment and the 

Empowerment group included in jet fuel suppliers’ group

12th September 2003 Black economic empowerment oil company Exel Petroleum is the first empowerment oil company to be included in the jet fuel suppliers group at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Construction of R1bn Sapref converting process to start next year

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery, Sapref, is on track to convert to the production of unleaded petrol and low-sulphur diesel, with construction, totalling a billion rand, due to start early next year. 

From waste to profit Company turns low-value contaminated streams into industrial heating fuels

12th September 2003 As a processor and marketer of industrial liquid heating fuels, FFS Refiners is confident that the 2006 policy regarding the banning of leaded petrol and diesel with high sulphur content will enhance the value of the services the company offers to the oil industry. 

Insulation manufacturer increases its capacity

12th September 2003 Manufacturer of environment-friendly 1 050 ?C low-density calcium silicate insulation, Insulite, has increased capacity significantly by importing a fully-computerised profile cutting machine from the UK to service the pipe, tank and vessel markets. 

2006 cleaner fuels deadline looms

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 South Africa’s oil refineries face a number of challenges in the near future, due to the estimated R10-billion to R15-billion price tag to convert production to unleaded petrol, the oversupply of petrol stations locally, the new Petroleum Retail Act and the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

South Africa awaits air-pollution control legislation

By: zeena isaacs     12th September 2003 Oil refineries and industrial factories are major sources of air pollutants, namely sulphur-dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes. 

Safety shutoff valves for the oil and petrochemicals industries

12th September 2003 The South American petrochemical industry has become an active user of the full range of Maxon safety shutoff valves. 

Surface-heating tape installed on Durban pipelines

12th September 2003 More than two kilometres of Bartec-Heat PWB30 surface-heating tape has been installed on pipelines and a vessel at an oil-blending plant in Durban. 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Petronas gets new Sudan petroleum block

1st September 2003 Malaysia's national oil company Petroliam Nasional said at the weekend it has been awarded a new petroleum exploration block in Sudan, its eighth in that country. 

Plastic bag recycling company reports 80 t/m production decrease

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Cape Town company Atlantic Plastic Recycling has recorded a decrease in business of 80 t a month as a direct result of the plastic bag legislation implemented in May. 

Sasol places R2bn corporate bond

28th August 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday it had launched a two billion rand bond due September 1, 2007 to aid its funding requirements and improve its debt structures. 

PetroSA takes stake in gas project

28th August 2003 South Africa's state-owned oil and gas company PetroSA said yesterday it had joined US-based Forest Oil and local company Mvelaphanda Energy in a gas drilling project off the country's west coast. 

Unilever looks for speedy growth in Africa

27th August 2003 Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever said yesterday it hopes to double its annual turnover in Africa by 2007, growing sales at three times the target set for its global business overall. 

Siviwe Mafanya, AfricOil

22nd August 2003 Full name: Siviwe Mafanya Position: Chief executive officer, since June 2002 Main activity of the company: Petroleum company marketing and distributing petroleum product in the commercial sector Date and place of birth: 21 October, 1963, Port Elizabeth Education: Newell High, Matric, 1983; Vista... 

Workers set to protest plastic-bags regulations

12th August 2003 Three South African unions yesterday tabled a notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of possible protest action regarding job losses arising form new plastic-bag regulations. 

Sasol warns again on profits

11th August 2003 South African synthetic fuels group Sasol added its name on Friday to the list of firms hurt by a strong rand, warning that annual earnings under US accounting rules would fall 22% from a year earlier. 

Natref upgrade EIA to be completed this year

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th August 2003 The consulting firm that has been retained to undertake the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) of the planned upgrade of National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa’s (Natref’s) crude-oil refinery in Sasolburg, Nemai Consulting, says it will have finalised its report by December. 

SA–Iran boost petchem ties

By: Deborah Spicer     1st August 2003 The role that the Iranian oil industry plays in the South African economy was underscored during a visit by senior Iranian ministers to South Africa in July. 

Stainless body extends interest to petchem sector

15th July 2003 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) recently established the Fabricating Industry Development Centre (FIDC) and has expanded its area of interest from the petro-chemical industry to include the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. 

Plastic bag production plummets

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has received reports from industry that it anticipates a general decrease of between 50% and 80% in the production of local plastic bags, following the ban on thin plastic bags that came into effect on May 9. 

Plastics sector gloom as shopping bag law bites

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th July 2003 The forecast for South African plastic bag manufacturers is gloomy, unless government and industry can come up with a strategy to combat imminent job losses, brought on as a result of the country’s new plastic bag legislation. 

‘SA must address substandard diesel’

By: Zonika Botha     11th July 2003 The Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa), which represents the majority of construction and mining equipment suppliers in South Africa, is calling for the current SABS diesel-fuel quality specification to be upgraded and made enforceable by law. 

Gauteng plans to convert 5 000 vehicles to LPG

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 The Gauteng provincial government announced last month that phase one of a plan to make its 5 000 government-owned cars more environment-friendly had begun with the retrofitting of 210 vehicles with technology that allows petrol-engined vehicles to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

SA firm mulls Nigerian oil exploration

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 A local firm may become involved in Nigerian oil exploration if a deal with the licence holders of an oil-producing block and Exxoteq – the South African subsidiary of Exxoteq Corporation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – is concluded, discloses Exxoteq MD Gerhard Brink. 

Untold ramifications of new plastic-bag standard

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th June 2003 When something touches a spider’s web the whole web vibrates, and that’s how the spider knows he has a visitor or a victim. 

New head appointed to petroleum body

27th June 2003 The South African national committee of the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) announced yesterday that managing director of Afric Energy Resources Zellah Fuphe, was appointed chairperson of the South African chapter of the organisation. 

Auto plastics deal concluded

23rd June 2003 Chemical products company Plastamid – a member of the Chemical Services Group – and Dow Automotive SA, a division of Dow Southern Africa, reached an agreement for the manufacture of the automotive range of Dow Polypropylene Inspire compounds, it was announced on Friday. 

Plastic bags standard to be released today

20th June 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has announced that the SABS standard prescribing the required thickness for plastic bags used in South Africa would be published today. 

Petroleum sector fuels empowerment

By: Jill Stanford     16th June 2003 South Africa’s petroleum and liquid-fuels industry is setting the pace for black economic empowerment (BEE). 

An African Christmas is to be exported to the rest of the world

13th June 2003 The fusion of African folklore with the heritage of Christmas has ignited a niche industry in South Africa. 

Fuelling Empowerment

By: Jill Stanford     13th June 2003 South Africa’s petroleum and liquid-fuels industry is setting the pace for black economic empowerment (BEE). The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and its members were the first to sit down with government to develop and implement an industry sector charter to progress... 

Sasol director appointed chair of science forum

11th June 2003 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) executive committee and its stakeholders have announced that John Marriott is the newly appointed chairperson of the forum starting June 1, 2003. 

Sasol warns 2003 earnings may fall 22%

10th June 2003 South African synthetic fuels group Sasol warned on Friday it expected 2003 attributable earnings to fall 22% due to a strong rand and weak chemicals business, sending its share price lower. 

Sasol names synthetic fuel, chemical heads

10th June 2003 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol announced a series of senior appointments yesterday, naming new directors for its chemicals, synthetic fuels and technology businesses. 

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