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Gas

SA gas sector viable, despite challenges

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 South Africa is regarded as having significant potential as a bankable oil and gas investment destination, with leading hydrocarbon majors and independents, including oil giants Exxon Mobil, Shell, Eni, Total, Anadarko and Chevron, already in the country,” says Standard Bank Oil & Gas, Southern... 

Govt push for gas expected to continue

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 There is likely to be continued support from the South African government this year to promote gas as an alternative source of energy, says professional services firm EY Africa energy sector leader Claire Lawrie. “There is demand for gas in South Africa from households and industry. Therefore, we... 

GAS TO POWER
South Africa is likely to see accelerated plans to convert gas into power to meet the growing demand
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GAS TO POWER South Africa is likely to see accelerated plans to convert gas into power to meet the growing demand

Academics weigh in on gas industry outlook for 2015

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 The South African gas sector is likely to see an increase in mergers and acquisitions among gas producers in 2015, especially during the early part of the year, as the industry adjusts to deal with the effects of the dropping oil price, says North-West University School of Economics Economist... 

EXPLORATION Much research is being conducted in South Africa to establish a gas policy, including a Gas Utilisation Master Plan
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EXPLORATION Much research is being conducted in South Africa to establish a gas policy, including a Gas Utilisation Master Plan

Oil prices affecting progress of gas in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 The once-promising notion that gas was soon to become a game- changer in Africa seems unlikely to happen in the near future, owing to the negative impact of the low oil price on the industry, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. “A preliminary assessment of global market moves by... 

GAS PRODUCT
The gas industry produces industrial products, like gas condensates and urea fertiliser, which increase the investment return and attractiveness of gas projects
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GAS PRODUCT The gas industry produces industrial products, like gas condensates and urea fertiliser, which increase the investment return and attractiveness of gas projects

Hydrogen research laboratories launched

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 As part of government's response to the global challenge of energy security, its hydrogen and fuel cell technologies programme - Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) - and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Batteries Research Centre, aim to develop new types of materials to... 

IMRAAN PATEL
Using hydrogen as an energy carrier, combined with fuel cell technology, has attracted considerable interest from government, international bodies and commercial companies worldwide
IMRAAN PATEL Using hydrogen as an energy carrier, combined with fuel cell technology, has attracted considerable interest from government, international bodies and commercial companies worldwide

CANSA advises farmers to conduct prefracking water tests

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 Nonprofit organisation for cancer prevention the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has advised farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in the Karoo, in the Eastern Cape, to finance professional baseline analyses of their drinking water... 

TESTING WATERS
Farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations need to conduct baseline analysis of their drinking water before fracking starts
TESTING WATERS Farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations need to conduct baseline analysis of their drinking water before fracking starts

Cost-effective hydrogen production introduced 

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 Gas solutions provider Hydrox Holdings has introduced a new hydrogen production method that reduces production costs by eliminating the need for membranes or expensive electrodes typically required to produce the gas. Launched in December, the Hydrox Electrolyser is a simplified, robust and... 

EFFICIENT
The technology used in the Hydrox Electrolyser reduces the production costs of hydrogen
EFFICIENT The technology used in the Hydrox Electrolyser reduces the production costs of hydrogen

SA government on track with gas plans

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 The possibility of successful gas projects will depend on the emergence of willing investors to fund the costs of exploratory drilling.  An increase in appetite from private investors could encourage an increase in private participation in the South African gas market, speculates business law... 

SHALE ROCK DRILLING, TEXAS
Hydraulic fracturing, which is now prominent in South Africa, is expected to start within 12 to 18 months
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SHALE ROCK DRILLING, TEXAS Hydraulic fracturing, which is now prominent in South Africa, is expected to start within 12 to 18 months

Gas specialist acquires air separation unit

By: Bruce Montiea     30th January 2015 Industrial and specialty gas products manufacturer Air Products South Africa in November purchased the  A2100 air separation unit (ASU) from Sasol chemicals division Sasol Chemical Industries, says Air Products MD Mike Hellyar. He says the ASU was designed, constructed and commissioned by Air... 

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
From left: Sasol executive VP Bernard Klingenberg, Air Products MD Mike Hellyar and Sasol senior VP of Sasolburg operations Louis Fourie
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED From left: Sasol executive VP Bernard Klingenberg, Air Products MD Mike Hellyar and Sasol senior VP of Sasolburg operations Louis Fourie

Gas-generator-sets market to grow by 2019

29th August 2014 In the last three years, gas generator-sets have risen in prominence in Europe and the US, owing to stricter emission laws and lower gas prices. The shale gas boom in the US and increasing adoption of biogas in Europe have kept the gas generator-sets market in the two regions buoyant, while... 

Fire and gas detection technology helps avert plant failure

29th August 2014 The implementation of a comprehensive fire and gas detection and proactive emergency shutdown (ESD) system solution is essential in ensuring the protection of active plants and associated assets of substantial value, and is invaluable in averting any type of potentially catastrophic failure.... 

Eastern Cape ASU project two-thirds complete – Afrox

By: David Oliveira     29th August 2014 South African gas company Afrox’s R300-million, 150 t/d air separation unit (ASU) in the Coega industrial development zone of the Eastern Cape, is more than 75% complete, Afrox MD Brett Kimber tells Engineering News. Major equipment, including the cold box and storage vessels, will arrive on site... 

COLD BOX
The cold box, which weighs almost 100 t, was designed and manufactured by Germany-based Linde Group
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COLD BOX The cold box, which weighs almost 100 t, was designed and manufactured by Germany-based Linde Group

Acquisition increases company’s Eastern Cape presence

29th August 2014 Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa’s acquisitions of East London-based gas and welding supplier East Coast Industries (ECI), in July, has offorded Renttech South Africa a far greater presence in the Eastern Cape. “With branches in Port Elizabeth and Durban,... 

New technology to solve decreasing pressure challenges

29th August 2014 An issue for many subsea oil and gas fields is that decreasing natural pressure is reducing recovery and shortening the lifetime of fields. Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil-owned Åsgard oilfield, situated about 200 km off the coast of Norway, has developed a process that could benefit... 

Coega IDZ’s first ASU to come on line  

By: David Oliveira     29th August 2014 Industrial gases and chemicals supplier Air Products South Africa is commissioning its R300-million air separation unit (ASU) in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. “The project is about 95% complete and we anticipate that the ASU will come on stream soon and will be... 

AIR PRODUCTS COEGA ASU Air Products’ Coega R300-million air separation unit is currently being commissioned and is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2014
Air Products MD Mike Hellyar and on-sites GM Rob Richardson discuss the latest developments at the company’s Coega IDZ air separation unit project and the company’s investment strategy.

Minister pushes shale gas agenda, solar company urges caution

By: Ilan Solomons     31st January 2014 The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) findings of 2011, which estimated that South Africa possesses technically recoverable resources of about 485-trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Karoo basin region, is not something that government can easily ignore, according to Transport... 

FRACKING UP A STORM Dipuo Peters believes that it would be wrong for government not to explore all potential gas opportunities, including shale gas explorations
FRACKING UP A STORM Dipuo Peters believes that it would be wrong for government not to explore all potential gas opportunities, including shale gas explorations

Gas-engine-based technology supplies power to banking firm

By: Ilan Solomons     31st January 2014 Power equipment company Barloworld Power’s multimillion-rand gas-powered generator plant solution is in full operation at banking firm Standard Bank’s offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Barloworld Power sales  manager Nalen Alwar tells Engineering News. The plant was in operational readiness in... 

GAS-POWERED SOLUTION SOLVES POWER PROBLEMS The Standard Bank gas-powered solution comprises a 1 MW Caterpillar gas-powered engine
GAS-POWERED SOLUTION SOLVES POWER PROBLEMS The Standard Bank gas-powered solution comprises a 1 MW Caterpillar gas-powered engine

Ibhubesi has potential to raise R40b FDI

By: Ilan Solomons     31st January 2014 Gas exploration and development company Sunbird Energy is scheduled to start its front-end engineering design (FEED) work on its Ibhubesi gas project, in the Western Cape, in first quarter of this year. It also targeted 2015 for a final investment decision on development of Ibhubesi, MD Will... 

IBHUBESI GAS PROJECT Since 2000, R1.2-billion has been spent on the exploration and appraisal of the Ibhubesi gasfield
IBHUBESI GAS PROJECT Since 2000, R1.2-billion has been spent on the exploration and appraisal of the Ibhubesi gasfield

Open protocol gas detection system released onto market

31st January 2014 Gas detection and environmental monitoring systems manufacturer Trolex released an open protocol version of its industry proven Sentro gas detector, the SentrO P, which allows direct integration with existing data networks, in December.  Trolex explains that when other existing gas detectors... 

SENTRO P SYSTEM
US mining-supply company Pillar realised the benefits of replacing their failed gas detectors with Trolex’s new SentrO P gas detection system
SENTRO P SYSTEM US mining-supply company Pillar realised the benefits of replacing their failed gas detectors with Trolex’s new SentrO P gas detection system

Major growth in global gas use by 2025

By: Ilan Solomons     31st January 2014 Electric services and capital company General Electric’s (GE’s) white paper report, ‘The Age of Gas and the Power of Networks’ predicts that global gas consumption will increase to about 4 800-billion cubic meters a year (bcm/y), rising significantly from the current figure of about 3 500 bcm/y,... 

TIMOTHY SCHWEIKERT 
The US and Canada produce a combined 25% of the world’s natural gas supplies, compared with Africa, which produces only about 4% of the world’s natural gas resources
TIMOTHY SCHWEIKERT The US and Canada produce a combined 25% of the world’s natural gas supplies, compared with Africa, which produces only about 4% of the world’s natural gas resources

ASU structural construction completed 

By: Ilan Solomons     31st January 2014 The structural construction of industrial and speciality gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa’s R300-million air separation unit (ASU), in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone, in the Nelson Mandela metropolitan municipality, in the Eastern Cape, has been completed.... 

AIR SEPARATION UNIT The plant will assist in supplying gas to the Eastern Cape
Air Products South Africa MD Mike Hellyar discusses the company's 2013 fortunes and 2014 prospects. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams.

Gas increasingly more important for African energy mix

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The gas industry is grappling with the pressure of a challenging economic and political environment on the African continent, fuelled by poor infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework and a lack of skills. This is according to audit, tax and advisory firm PwC’s ‘From promise... 

LOCAL SKILLS NEEDThe percentage of the African gas and oil workforces comprising expatriates increased from 10% to 25%, while only South Africa had expatriate figures of below 10% in all skills categories
LOCAL SKILLS NEEDThe percentage of the African gas and oil workforces comprising expatriates increased from 10% to 25%, while only South Africa had expatriate figures of below 10% in all skills categories

Govt engages gas company, LPG suppliers under pressure

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE) met with liquefiable petroleum gas (LPG) supplier Easigas earlier this month at the company’s Bellville depot, in the Western Cape, to discuss pertinent industry matters. “These related to infrastructural and supply chain challenges; the... 

ENGAGING GOVERNMENTIn its discussions with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy, Easigas has proposed that the Department of Energy revise its policy of pricing imports of liquefiable petroleum gas based on petroleum prices
ENGAGING GOVERNMENTIn its discussions with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy, Easigas has proposed that the Department of Energy revise its policy of pricing imports of liquefiable petroleum gas based on petroleum prices

Infrastructure required to realise full potential of region’s gas reserves

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The discovery of large gas deposits on the Southern African coastline in the past three years could potentially result in significant benefits for the region; however, the lack of adequate infrastructure may hinder the full realisation of these opportunities, says global management consulting... 

GAS DISCOVERIESEstimates of offshore gas reserves, discovered in Mozambique in 2010 and 2011, range from 50-trillion cubic feet to 100-trillion cubic feet at depths of 1 000 m to 3 000 m
GAS DISCOVERIESEstimates of offshore gas reserves, discovered in Mozambique in 2010 and 2011, range from 50-trillion cubic feet to 100-trillion cubic feet at depths of 1 000 m to 3 000 m

Course to include oil and gas module

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The growing interest in coal-bed methane and shale gas in Africa and elsewhere has prompted auditing and consulting firm Deloitte’s wholly owned subsidiary, Venmyn Deloitte, and Pretoria University to launch a course on reporting of oil and gas resources, including a discussion on the National... 

ANDY CLAYThe course will include a discussion on the reporting of oil and gas resources using National Instrument 51-101
ANDY CLAYThe course will include a discussion on the reporting of oil and gas resources using National Instrument 51-101

Construction of R300m ASU to start soon

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 Industrial and speciality gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa will start the formal construction of its R300-million air separation unit (ASU) in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone, in the Nelson Mandela metropolitan municipality, in the Eastern Cape, this month.... 

SAFETY RECORDAir Products South Africa’s Deal Party plant, in Port Elizabeth, has to date been incident free for the entire 30 years of its operation
SAFETY RECORDAir Products South Africa’s Deal Party plant, in Port Elizabeth, has to date been incident free for the entire 30 years of its operation

Africa’s gas development faces uncertainty

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 Commercial interest in Africa’s gas sector has shifted markedly over the last decade, owing to the associated natural gas developments from the oil boom in the Gulf of Guinea. Investor interest has, therefore, shifted slightly away from traditional gas-producing countries in North Africa, such as... 

MANJI CHETOSouth Africa has an estimated 390-trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, which could significantly alter the landscape of Africa’s gas industry
MANJI CHETOSouth Africa has an estimated 390-trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, which could significantly alter the landscape of Africa’s gas industry

LNG receiving terminal, Moz imports critical for developing SA gas industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 South Africa urgently needs to make a decision on developing its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal, but political and economic support is needed, says global professional services firm KPMG Southern Africa oil and gas director Alwyn van der Lith. 

Industrial gas company paves the way for reliable gas supply in Eastern Cape

1st February 2013 The Eastern Cape’s Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is one of several industrial regions in South Africa to benefit from global industrial gas company Air Products South Africa’s strategy of long-term capital investment. 

Gas will play major role in future of energy supply

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 The supply of global energy will need to double between 2010 and 2050 to meet the demand, with gas pegged to play a major role in the future of global energy supply, says oil and gas major Shell upstream international director Andrew Brown.  

New gas flow meters certified, efficiency increase

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 Flow metering solutions provider FLEXIM’s new FLUXUS G608 portable gas flow meters are now ATEX certified for use in hazardous areas. 

Increase in LPG demand leads to surge in disreputable dealers

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), leading to some individuals and companies entering the LPG supply market and offering consumers unregulated and substandard services, states Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern... 

Study reveals gas, liquid fuels offer South Africa great opportunities

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 A study, comprising industry interviews and data-based research by global strategy consultancy AT Kearney, has revealed that gas has the potential to transform the South African energy and manufacturing landscapes, as it offers significant growth opportunities, says AT Kearney principal Martin... 

R500m invested in centralised business campus

1st February 2013 Industrial gases and welding group Afrox will undertake its biggest project yet in South Africa when it invests R500-million to relocate its Durban operations to a new centralised business campus, to be developed at agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett’s new Cornubia Industrial and Business... 

Gas supplier launches online LPG locator

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 To ease customer frustration this winter, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) developed the Handigas availability checker – a Web-based information service that allows customers to confirm product availability at their local Afrox Gas & Gear outlets. Last year’s significant liquefied petroleum gas... 

Trigen plant leads to international carbon credit deal, more projects

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN's Fairlands trigeneration project has inspired the implementation of similar projects at other MTN branches, including its offices in Centurion, Germiston and Doornfontein, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon advisor Katie Ross. MTN launched the R22-million... 

Gas purity, quality critical for laser-cutting applications 

31st August 2012 Cognisant of the impact that impure oxygen can have on the final product produced by laser oxygen cutting, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals company Air Products South Africa has a specialised plant that produces Lasox. Air Products’ Cryoease division produces and supplies the... 

Natural gas company powering Johannesburg

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 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,... 

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