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Limiting risks when insuring chemicals

29th January 2010 The golden rules when insuring chemicals are to buy as much as one can afford and to accept as little risk as possible, by passing on as much risk as possible, says Alexander Forbes Risk Services client services senior manager Jan Hattingh. To achieve this, the company advises that [chemical... 

Onshore gas 
production rights 
application under way 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Environmental consultancy Environmental Impact Management Services (EIMS) is assisting Highland Exploration & Production in preparing its onshore gas production right application, to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, as well as with associated environmental requirements.


Water heaters used as backup for solar installations

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Gas equipment supplier and manufacturer Adceng Gas Equipment recently launched the Fagor Solasis instantaneous water heater that operates with solar water heating systems. In the event of inclement weather, the Solasis water heaters are used as back-up for solar installations. Water then flows... 

New multigas detector goes wireless

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa has launched the new Altair 5 multigas detector that can detect up to six gases simultaneously and is preprogrammable in 18 different language choices, including Chinese.

The gas detector has a high-resolution colour display, which can be seen in sunlight.... 

Gas generation systems 
installed in KZN hospitals

28th August 2009 Gas and water equipment manufacturer Intaka Tech has recently installed 22 gas generation systems (GGS) at State hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Liquid argon production plant to be commissioned in 2010

28th August 2009 Industrial and medical gas company Air Liquide has secured an agreement with petrochemicals company Sasol Synfuels to install a new liquid argon production plant at Sasol’s Secunda plant, near Johannesburg. The recovery plant will form part of a new 3 500 tons a day air separation unit which... 

Technology firm experiences 
increased sales

28th August 2009 Boksburg-based liquid and gas dosing technology company DoseTech reports that it has experienced growth in sales in the South African market over the past year for its German manufactured FireDos firefighting product. 

New gas analyser launched in South Africa

28th August 2009 Industrial technology and solutions company Rand Technical Services has launched the Norwegian company Norsk-Elektro Optic (NEO) Monitors LaserGas III monitor for oxygen detection in South Africa. The new oxygen analyser is specifically designed for operation in hazardous areas. 

Efforts continue 
to curb reliance on gas from Europe

By: Bloomberg     28th August 2009 Russian open joint stock company OAO Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, plans to start piping east Siberian gas to Asia, where an increase in demand over the next 20 years may outpace growth in its traditional European markets. 

Manufacturer makes additions to equipment range

28th August 2009 Safety product manufacturer MSA Africa has added the Chillgard LS Photoacoustic Infrared Refrigerant Monitor and the ALTAIR Pro Single Gas Detector to its refrigeration sector gas detection range. 

Research to enhance small gas turbine industry

By: Lindsey Berry     28th August 2009 Research which investigates means of improving the efficiency of gas turbines is especially useful for small gas turbine manufacturing, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) defence, peace, safety and security unit applied aerodynamics principal engineer Glen Snedden. 

Increase in illegal cross-filling in industry

By: Lindsey Berry     28th August 2009 Safety body, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA), tells Engineering News that its recent advertising campaign, to educate consumers on the safety of the refilling of LPG cylinders, was necessary, as the gas-supply industry has seen an increase in... 

New speciality gases plant commissioned

By: Lindsey Berry     28th August 2009 Gas and welding company African Oxygen (Afrox) has begun commissioning a new speciality gases plant at its gases operation centre (GOC) site, in Germiston, on Gauteng’s East Rand. 

R5bn gas exploration programme begins gas field appraisal

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 State-owned oil and gas company, the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), has begun appraisal of a previously discovered gas field of moderate size and has successfully intersected a targeted sweet spot off the southern coast of South Africa as part of its R5-billion... 

First multistage gas pressure regulators meet new standards

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 Industrial gases company Afrox's series 8 500 multistage gas pressure regulators have become the first to be certified as conforming to the requirements of the new SANS 2503 standard implemented by the South African Bureau of Standards.  

Local oil and gas company awards 15-year service agreement

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 South African oil and gas company Sasol has signed a 15-year service agreement with energy generation and transmission specialist General Electric (GE) Energy. Under the agreement, GE Energy will provide round-the-clock monitoring and diagnostics to Sasol’s new power plant in Secunda, in... 

High carbon emissions could motivate Autogas supply agreement

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 Alternative energy company and pilot project participant Bulgaz Convertors is trying to establish a permanent gas supply contract with the City of Cape Town in view of the city’s high carbon emission rates and as part of the city’s new transport planning and vehicle emission strategy of... 

Nonwovens filtration division becomes independent entity  

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 A change in industry trends and a need to create a stronger service oriented company has resulted in nonwovens manufacturer Freudenberg Nonwovens' Filter Division being reorganised as an independent entity within the Freudenberg Group. The new entity, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, came... 

Gas solutions company 
to open Dubai branch

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 Gas solutions company SureGas appointed liquefied petroleum gas tank and cylinder manufacturer Cylingas Company LLC, in Dubai, as its representative in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf Cooperation Council over five years ago. After five years operating in Dubai, SureGas is now planning... 

Large coal-to-gas boiler conversions completed 

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 One of South Africa’s largest coal-to-gas boiler conversions has been successfully completed at ethanol distiller NCP Alcohols Durban distillery. The inconsistent quality of coal supply meant that management of the process performance was becoming increasingly more difficult to achieve and steam... 

Representation agreement for dosing solutions provider

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 Liquid and gas dosing pump specialist DoseTech has signed an agreement with International Chlorinators to represent its Regal range of gas chlorinators in Southern Africa. 

New boiler door to 
reduce fuel consumption

By: Carla Thomaz     30th January 2009 A new patented fuel saver ‘wet-back’ boiler door which can be fitted onto any gas, light & heavy oil fired boiler is demonstrating a minimum 10% percent fuel saving during operation. 

End in sight for capex programme

28th November 2008 Gas and welding products company Afrox is currently conducting a R1-billion capital expenditure programme, which began in 2006 and is due for completion in 2009. 

Additional investment to strengthen market position

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th November 2008 South African industrial gases company, Afrox, is strengthening its position in the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) market with a further multimillion rand investment in new storage facilities. 

Training projects develop retail teams

28th November 2008 Gas and welding products group Afrox states that it has invested significant time and resources in enhancing training projects that will develop its retail teams. 

Industry gas demand inspires capacity expansion

By: Darren Parker     29th August 2008 Gas supply company, Air Liquide, is commissioning a nitrogen liquifier at the company's air separation plant in Isipingo, Durban, that will double the company's production capacity in KwaZulu-Natal.  

Trinidad gas company grows to meet SA demand

29th August 2008 To provide the feedstock for Durban-based food acidulent manufacturer Isegen's $75-million plant in Trinidad, the country's propane, methane and natural gas producer, Phoenix Park Gas Processors (PPGPL), has embarked on a major expansion programme to increase its storage capacity from one-million... 

Local supplier imports speciality gas equipment

By: Darren Parker     29th August 2008 Local high-quality gas supplier Puregas has commenced importation of speciality gas equipment items from speciality gas and equipment manufacturer Matheson Tri-Gas, in the US, for speciality applications in South Africa. Puregas will supply Matheson's extensive range of gas and gas equipment... 

Portable gas detection system offers new features

29th August 2008 Safety equipment provider MSA has developed the compact Altair portable multi-gas detection system that features the differentiated ability to sound an alarm if a worker carrying it collapses. 

Climate change could mean access to gas reserves

By: Darren Parker     29th August 2008 Gas solutions provider SureGas MD Simon Steward says that the melting of the polar ice-caps might mean easier access to the region’s possible gas reserves. 

Biogas plant manufacturer hopes to find foothold in SA

By: Darren Parker     29th August 2008 German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec BioPower hopes to have one of its plants in operation in South Africa soon, says Weltec BioPower South African representative Paul Reynolds. 

Cold box reaches final SA destination

29th August 2008 Gas equipment manufacturer Air Products’ new 54,7-m long cold box was offloaded from the ship Pantanal moored at Berth 58 in Richards Bay harbour, at the end of July.  

Yet more hospitals plan bulk storage-tank upgrades

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st August 2008 Welding gas and consumables company Afrox, which recently commissioned a bulk gas storage tank at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, says it plans toupgrade bulk storage tanks at state hospitals across the country. 

Real prospect of CO2 shortages, gas group warns

By: Leandi Kolver     29th February 2008 Gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) revealed last week that there would be carbon dioxide (CO2) shortages in the next couple of months. 

Afrox describes State’s aspiration to swing towards LPG as a double-edged sword

By: Leandi Kolver     29th February 2008 Gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) predicts another shortfall in liquified petroleum gas (LPG) supply over the winter period. 

Gas safety training programme takes effect in South Africa 

By: Desislava Tzoneva     1st February 2008 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) held a training programme for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) safety in December last year, manager Kevin Robertson tells Engineering News. 

Rural biogas programme could benefit 20 000 households 

By: Desislava Tzoneva     1st February 2008 A national biogas feasibility study, which was completed in November last year, will be used by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) to undertake planning for a national biogas programme, AGAMA Energy director Greg Austin tells Engineering News.  

Gas producer makes strides in hydrogen research

By: Desislava Tzoneva     1st February 2008 Industrial and medical gas producer Air Liquide has made significant commitments toward research and development of hydrogen gas as an alternative source of energy, and is increasing studies in desulphurisation of hydrocarbons in order to produce sulphur-free fuels, Air Liquide CEO Alain Larousse... 

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