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Developing countries converting to LPG, SA encouraged to follow suit

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) use is becoming increasingly popular, with developing countries like Indonesia, Turkey, Morocco and India having converted to using gas instead of paraffin as their main domestic thermal fuel source in recent years. Gas is now the main thermal fuel in many domestic,... 

Experts warn fracking proponents to proceed with caution 

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Karoo might give South Africa’s economy a big boost, but experts are dubious about whether the process will be executed correctly and whether the appropriate technology will be used. “Technology has improved drastically over the last four years, but what... 

R2.8m LPG filling plant phase progresses

By: Celest Smith     3rd February 2012 Gas supplier KayaGas is working on the roll-out of the second stage of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) filling plant project in the Western Cape. 

Supplier working hard to secure contracts

By: Celest Smith     3rd February 2012 Natural piped gas supplier Egoli Gas has signed a five-year multimillion rand contract to supply gas to financial institution Standard Bank’s Rosebank branch. The gas will be used to generate power for the branch’s own needs. 

Nitrogen membrane units alleviate need for liquid nitrogen

3rd February 2012 Industrial group Atlas Copco says its membrane nitrogen generators offer alternatives to tanker-delivered liquid nitrogen in many applications.  

Registration a must for competent gas practitioners

3rd February 2012 Industry body the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) emphasises the importance of hiring competent gas practitioners and the need for these practitioners to be registered with the committee. 

Landfill gas a source of renewable energy

3rd February 2012 The use of methane gas from landfill to fuel electricity generation systems is one solution to the much-needed diversification of energy resources in Southern Africa, says the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA). 

Engineering firm awarded gas engine power plant contract

3rd February 2012 A subsidiary of engineering and construction firm Foster Wheeler has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract from energy and chemicals provider Sasol New Energy Holdings for the outside battery limit portion of a new gas-fired power generation... 

Gas manufacturer to expand service offering

By: Celest Smith     3rd February 2012 Gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products will be focusing on expanding its CryoEase service offering within the analytical and fabrication markets this year, says Air Products CryoEase business manager Gary Lombard. 

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,... 

LPG filling plant to benefit low-income homes in Cape Town

By: Joanne Taylor     26th August 2011 Low-income homes in Cape Town are set to benefit from gas supplier KayaGas’ installation of a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) filling plant. 

Supplier plans to expand into special gases industry

By: Joanne Taylor     26th August 2011 Supplier of hydrocarbon aerosol propellants and foam-blowing raw materials Puregas plans to expand further into the special gases industry. 

Energy Department sets maximum retail prices for LPG 

26th August 2011 The Department of Energy (DoE) has approved the setting of maximum retail prices for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplied to residential consumers. 

Gas-to-liquids project to ship first product this year

26th August 2011 The Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which is a joint development by oil and gas company Qatar Petroleum and energy and petrochemicals group Shell is expected to ship its first product this year. 

Gas products supplier awarded multimillion rand contract

26th August 2011 Welding, cutting and gas products and services supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has secured a five-year contract to supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to all companies in the Massbuild group, which includes Builders Warehouse, Builders Trade Depot and Builders Express outlets across South Africa. 

Company expands gas analyser range

26th August 2011 Global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices Ametek Incorporated has expanded its line of 5100 Series gas analysers. These devices are used to monitor gas emissions from industrial processes. Based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, the Model 5100HD gas... 

Major develpments in West Coast oil and gas sector expected

26th August 2011 Business-led think tank Accelerate Cape Town says it is important to push the growth of the West Coast economic corridor, including Atlantis and Saldanha Bay, where major developments are expected to occur in the oil and gas and transport sectors. 

New fixed gas transmitter launched

26th August 2011 Safety and safety solutions company MSA Africa has launched the PrimaX fixed gas transmitter. 

Africa’s largest power plant using gas engines set for 2012 completion

By: Joanne Taylor     26th August 2011 Global supplier of flexible power plants and services Wärtsilä Corporation is constructing Africa’s largest purely gas-fuelled combustion engine power plant for petrochemicals group Sasol’s New Energy Holdings business unit, which is responsible for the adoption of low-carbon electricity within... 

Safe Gas Equipment scheme registration deadline looms

By: Tracy Hancock     26th August 2011 Compliance with the South African Pipeline Gas Association’s (Sapga’s) Safe Gas Equipment scheme will be a key topic of discussion at the nonprofit organisation’s fourth Natural Gas conference next month. The scheme was implemented on July 1, with companies being given until November 30 this... 

Local argon gas shortages to ease

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th January 2011 The local shortage of argon gas should ease significantly over the next three to four months as new manufacturing facilities near completion, reports gas manufacturer Air Products South Africa. 

Global natural gas demand set to soar

28th January 2011 Natural gas is set to play a central role in meeting the world’s energy needs for the next 25 years, reports the International Energy Agency (IEA). 

Mozambique signs 100-MW gas-fuelled power supply agreement

28th January 2011 Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namurete in December signed a 25-year concession agreement with energy company Gigawatt Mozambique for the supply of electricity to Ressano Garcia, a town in Maputo, in Mozambique, through the construction of a 100-MW gas-fuelled power generation plant. 

Safety company introduces gas-detection technologies

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th January 2011 Mine safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa has launched the MSA Altair 4X multigas detector, a hand held device that is capable of measuring toxic and combustible gases up to 40% faster than other detectors. 

Tweneboa-3 appraisal well confirms resource potential

28th January 2011 Oil company Tullow Oil reports that the Tweneboa-3 appraisal well in the Deepwater Tano licence offshore from Ghana has successfully encountered gas condensate in quality sandstone reservoirs. 

Gas saving technology enters market

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th January 2011 A gas savings system that conserves and reduces the consumption of gas in industry, particularly in welding, has been developed by welding solutions firm Shield Technologies MD Wayne Holt. 

Gas manufacturer sets safety benchmark

28th January 2011 Gas product manufacturer Air Products South Africa was named the Top 100 Company in the commercial category for best international company on the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) integrated five-star system, in September last year. 

Gas-powered forklifts 
reduce downtime

27th August 2010 Forklifts that run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can operate indoors and outdoors and have less downtime owing to short refuelling times, LPG company Easigas reports. 

Illegal filling a threat to affordability

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 The new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) price regulation’s aim to make the fuel more affordable to residential consumers is under threat from the continued illegal filling of cylinders, warns gases specialist company Afrox. 

Exploring Africa’s abundant natural resources

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2010 The development of the oil and gas industries in Southern Africa represents significant opportunities for returns on lending for financial institutions within regional markets, while infrastructure developments within this region, particularly South Africa, provide additional opportunities for... 

Great opportunities in Mozambique

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 Mozambique represents a significant investment opportunity in the gas industry owing to its substantial reserves of natural gas and strategic location as a gateway to the Middle East and Far East. This has been highlighted in the ‘Southern African Oil and Gas Market’ report, recently published by... 

LPG emerging as alternative energy source

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2010 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is increasingly emerging as an alternative energy source, as people move away from the use of traditional fossil fuels in a significant development in the transition to accepting new energy sources, says LPG company Bulgaz Convertors MD Nadine Ognianov. 

Natural gas for automotive fuel in developing regions

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 A compact, transportable natural gas vehicle (NGV) refuelling module, the Gasvector Compact, offers a technical and commercial solution to development of NGV stations in areas where the number of NGVs are limited. The installation does not require civil work during installation and can refuel 250... 

Safe, high-capacity LPG 
cylinder filling devices for SA

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 International liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier giant Kosan Crisplant is supplying high-capacity and intrinsically safe LPG filling scales, which can fill 50 to 250 cylinders an hour by hand or 1 800 cylinders an hour automatically, to South Africa, says LPG filling specialist Krier Africa... 

Good potential for growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has significant potential for growth in South Africa, partly owing to the country’s low average household consumption of LPG compared with other countries, as well as its potential as an alternative energy source for heating and cooking, says national gas association... 

Liquefied petroleum gas use may increase during FIFA World Cup

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Nonprofit organisation, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa (LPGSASA), is expecting a large number of vendors who will be supplying food to spectators in the various theme parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to be using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) appliances.... 

Nitrogen gas generation available on site

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 The Intaka Tech nitrogen gas generation system (GGS) from engineering company Intaka Tech, a division of the Intaka Group, enables owners to continuously produce nitrogen (N) gas on site at quantities ranging from 1 t/m to 639 t/m.

The N produced is dry, is from 99,5% to 99,9% pure and can be... 

Africa’s focus shifts to gas turbines

29th January 2010 As a mitigating strategy to the current power crisis on the African continent, power project developers have shifted their focus towards gas turbine-powered power solutions, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. The technology offers a rapid solution and can easily operate on... 

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