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Oil Refineries

Specialist gains traction in oil, gas sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2023 Africa is “hungry for electricity”, and electrical specialist Zest WEG is seeing growing demand from the oil and gas sector, from both upstream and midstream facilities as nations on the continent look to these commodities to power their economies. Zest WEG business development specialist Lukas... 

Asia expected to dominate refinery FCCU capacity by 2027

8th September 2023 Asia is expected to witness the highest refinery fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) capacity additions globally between 2023 and 2027, contributing about 58% of the total capacity additions by 2027, says data and analytics company GlobalData. GlobalData’s latest report reveals that Asia is... 

Large-scale oil, gas comeback for Angola

8th September 2023 Recent deepwater discoveries and fiscal policy improvements have contributed to a significant uptick in investments in Angola’s oil and gas industry, says energy advocacy group African Energy Chamber executive chairperson NJ Ayuk. He explains that international oil companies are driving multiple... 

Breather range prevents contamination

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th September 2023 Lubrication and industrial equipment specialist ISO-Reliability Partners’ desiccant breather range is a cost-effective solution to prevent fuel contamination. Companies can reduce internal tank cleaning while increasing the life spans of oil and filters. The breathers can absorb water and prevent... 

An image of filling diesel in a vehicle
PROTECTION MEASURES Contaminants in the 1 μm to 10 μm range can damage equipment

Firm secures FPSO projects

8th September 2023 Industrial services specialist WSG Energy Services (WSGES) of Singapore has secured multiple contracts for floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel projects with a combined value in excess of $10-million.   WSGES has been commissioned by energy infrastructure company Yinson... 

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FPSO SUCCESS The projects have secured WSGES' credentials for providing reliable, efficient and solution-driven services to FPSO construction companies

Fuel contaminants result in equipment damage

8th September 2023 A lack of knowledge about fuel contaminants results in inadequate fuel protection during the various stages of distribution and storage, and these contaminants can negatively impact the efficient operation of equipment, says lubrication and industrial equipment specialist ISO-Reliability Partners... 

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COSTLY CONTAMINATION Fuel is largely contaminated during the distribution process

Mobile firefighting technology for high hazard applications

9th September 2022 Fighting high hazard and storage tank fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters and crisis management teams must plan for and manage, says fire protection foam dosing technology company DoseTech. DoseTech states that the occurrence of high hazard fires has reduced in the last... 

Sime Darby Oils

9th September 2022 Sime Darby Oils South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP), the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) and has been a trusted partner to some of the world’s most trusted consumer brands. Sime Darby Oils South Africa is a producer of... 

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MetaleN

9th September 2022 Copper and heat-exchange materials are critical in the modern technological age, forming part of the many essential areas such as energy, heating and cooling, medical, decorative, electronics, farming and mining. You can rely on MetaleN for quality that adheres to strict international standards... 

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Luminaires best fit for refineries

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     9th September 2022 Leading manufacturer of luminaires Beka Schréder deems their luminaires as the best fit for zoned environments, such as oil refineries. “All products produced by Beka Schréder are locally manufactured in Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, and developed specifically to withstand South Africa’s harsh... 

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LEDNOVA Offers optimal photometric performance and high reliability to reduce energy consumption

Shutdown of oil refineries requires more oil imports

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     9th September 2022 Local manufacturers and independent blenders of petroluem byproducts have to increase import expenses, owing to the shutdown of oil refineries, says lubricants manufacturer Oilflow director Enoch Qua-Enoo. “The closure of oil refineries has resulted in a detrimental position for companies... 

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ENOCH QUA-ENOO “The closure of oil refineries has resulted in a detrimental position for companies operating in the global market” – Enoch Qua-Enoo

Elcometer faces decline in demand

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     9th September 2022 High-quality corrosion instrumentation supplier British Allied Manufacturers Representatives (BAMR) CEO Graham Duk says the shutdown of oil refineries, including Engen oil refinery in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, has had a negative impact on the demand for Elcometer instrumentation. World leading... 

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GRAHAM DUK “We stay abreast of the latest technology and research as part of educating the market” – Graham Duk

Company highlights importance of adequate lighting in oil refineries

By: Anna Moross     3rd September 2021 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder emphasises the importance of using correct lighting in oil refineries to ensure productivity and avoid injury.  

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LEDNOVA The LEDNOVA is designed for applications where a robust, performing luminaire is needed

Need for alertness in refineries

3rd September 2021 The easiest way to avoid disasters at an industrial facility is if personnel quickly identify and act upon, imminent danger.  

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OMNIFLEX’S ALARM ANNUNCIATORS The product offers peace of mind for facility managers worried about on-site safety as they can access all live and historical alarm data whenever necessary

Caltex to be rebranded

3rd September 2021 All petroleum brand Caltex-branded service stations in South Africa and Botswana are to be rebranded Astron Energy in one of the most significant and exciting events in the local fuel industry for almost three decades. 

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CALTEX RETAIL SITE Petroleum product supplier Astron Energy is South Africa’s second largest petroleum network with over 850 Caltex-branded service stations in South Africa

Investment required in local oil refineries

By: Anna Moross     3rd September 2021 Oil refineries lack the ability to provide sufficient base lubricants and are unable to keep up with the local demand from local lubricant blenders. 

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DAVID COUGHLAN Oil refineries refine base oil to make petrol and diesel, and several by-products such as lubricant base oils

Wieland SA

30th September 2020 Wieland SA celebrates 45 years of supplying high-quality, semi-finished copper and copper alloy products to the local and export markets.  Based in Edenvale, Johannesburg, Wieland SA specialises in producing high-performance low- and high-finned mono- and bi-metal tubes. 

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Long-term demand structure for petroleum unclear

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 It is expected that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to negatively affect liquid fuels demand in the short term, but whether this represents a long-term structural shift is not yet clear, says South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo. Before... 

NO NEED TO IMPORT
Reduced demand will see South Africa becoming somewhat self-sufficient in terms of fuels production if all refineries are operational
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NO NEED TO IMPORT Reduced demand will see South Africa becoming somewhat self-sufficient in terms of fuels production if all refineries are operational

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

New proportioning system ideal for refineries

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 Fire-suppression systems developer FireDos launched the third generation (Gen III) of its foam proportioners for fire extinguishing systems globally at the end of last year. The technology has since been made available in South Africa through local partner and distributor DoseTech. The Gen III... 

A NEW GENERATION
The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents
A NEW GENERATION The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents

Company committed to youth empowerment

6th September 2019 Young chemical engineer Nokubonga Ngqulunga is one of many whose horizons have broadened thanks to oil company Engen. 

NOKUBONGA NGQULUNGA 
Anything and everything is possible if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself
NOKUBONGA NGQULUNGA Anything and everything is possible if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself

Company to use virtual reality to enhance offering for refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 Spray technology distributor Monitor Engineering is currently ordering a virtual reality system that will enable the company to show clients how its spray nozzles and spray systems operate in their applications. 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 
While 4IR may bring about the reality of job losses, it could also present added benefits that the country may not be aware of as yet
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY While 4IR may bring about the reality of job losses, it could also present added benefits that the country may not be aware of as yet

Foundation celebrates 25 years of success in used oil recycling

6th September 2019 More than 1.5-billion litres of hazardous used motor oil has been kept out of the environment. 

COLLABORATION 
It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry
COLLABORATION It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulation has prescribed for a large reduction in the maximum sulphur content of bunker fuels which presents a challenge for South African oil refineries. 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE 
Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act

Beneficial operation at facility reached

6th September 2019 Oil company Sasol, a leading integrated energy company which jointly runs the Natref refinery located in the Free State, reached beneficial operation of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China on April 18, 2019. 

Cleaner-fuels upgrades a top priority for African refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 With the January 2020 International Marine Organization deadline for further reductions in sulphur in marine fuels looming, continued advances in emissions monitoring in new vehicles and the ever-present pressure on refining margins, South Africa’s aging coastal refineries have a renewed focus on... 

PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES 
The predictability of the project’s outcome has always been a critical and constant issue for oil refineries
PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES The predictability of the project’s outcome has always been a critical and constant issue for oil refineries

Company launches management solution

6th September 2019 Petroleum products and solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions has extended its long-standing strategic partnership with oil industry company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) – which jointly runs the Sapref refinery located in KwaZulu-Natal – to deliver an innovative fleet management solution, BP... 

Significant growth expected in flame arrestor market

7th September 2018 The global flame arrestors market is estimated to be $713.8-million in 2018 and is projected to reach $924.7-million by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.31%, according to research company Research and Markets. In their report titled ‘Flame Arrestors Market by Type (In-Line and... 

New flowmeter from Instrotech introduced

7th September 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech is offering the latest Kobold Model VKP flowmeter that works on the Variable Area principle, still one of the most-used measurement principles in flow engineering.  Instead of the conical measuring pipe generally used, a conical... 

VARIABLE FLOW
The Kobold Model VKP flowmeter is able to monitor variable liquid flows
VARIABLE FLOW The Kobold Model VKP flowmeter is able to monitor variable liquid flows

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions

7th September 2018 At Marcus Evans' tenth annual Chemical/Petrochemical and Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Event in San Antonio, Texas, in May, US-based business management consultant KAP Project Services and US-based industrial workforce management company Mobideo Technologies announced a strategic partnership... 

TURNING AROUND
A new partnership will make Special Technical Operations easier
TURNING AROUND A new partnership will make Special Technical Operations easier

S African refineries pulled in two

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 Local oil refineries will find it difficult to adjust to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) new sulphur cap of 0.5% by 2020 for residual marine fuels, and the Clean Fuels Two Programme in South Africa, says South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) head of strategic... 

LOCAL REFINERIES 
South African oil refineries face two main challenges
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LOCAL REFINERIES South African oil refineries face two main challenges

Two new refineries in the works for Nigeria

7th September 2018 As part of its refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has hinted of plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery in both Port Harcourt and Warri in... 

Investment affected by environmental impact compliance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 South African oil refineries need to be aware of their impact on the environment to comply with changing legislation and to further investment opportunities, states Norton Rose Fulbright insurance litigation director Caroline Theodosiou. “Oil refineries need to ensure that if they are increasing... 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Oil refineries need to take steps to reduce their environmental impact to pacify investors
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Oil refineries need to take steps to reduce their environmental impact to pacify investors

Sasol develops new IT solution for head office

7th September 2018 In partnership with integrated energy and chemical company Sasol’s Information Management Services (IMS) to develop and deliver an integrated information technology (IT) solution for its new head office, professional services company Turner & Townsend has helped Sasol – which is involved in... 

FLEXIBLE TECHNOLOGY 
The use of flexible technology will make future refurbishments less complicated
FLEXIBLE TECHNOLOGY The use of flexible technology will make future refurbishments less complicated

New oil refinery for Uzbekistan

7th September 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum, a joint venture of Uzbekistan’s State-owned Uzbekneftegaz and Russian oil exploration company Gazprom International’s subsidiary Gas Project Development Central Asia will use American multinational conglomerate Honeywell Universal Oil Products (UOP) technologies to build a new... 

NEW OIL 
Uzbekistan is getting a new five-million tons a year oil refinery
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NEW OIL Uzbekistan is getting a new five-million tons a year oil refinery

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION
Nearly 100 workers from various international locations needed to be trained and housed for the duration of the three-month project
SHORT-TERM SOLUTION Nearly 100 workers from various international locations needed to be trained and housed for the duration of the three-month project

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

SAFETY AND PRECISION
The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint
SAFETY AND PRECISION The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country
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INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country
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