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Gas company awarded contract for German photovoltaic facility

1st February 2008 Worldwide supplier of industrial gases and equipment Air Products has signed an agreement with Signet Solar to supply turnkey installation of gas delivery systems and services and related gas needs for a new, thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module production facility in Mochau, Germany. 

Australian gas development project approved

1st February 2008 Diversified resources company BHP Billiton has announced that participants in the Kipper gas field development have approved the first phase of development of the Gippsland basin field, located offshore Victoria, to produce new supplies of natural gas and liquids, through new and existing Bass... 

Gas drilling to provide Perth with new gas supply

1st February 2008 Private gas developer and producer Latent Petroleum, has committed to bring a new drilling rig into Australia to drill the field in September this year. 

Fabricators reawaken to benefits of acetylene

1st February 2008 The need for improved efficiencies, the growth in the economy, and a greater scope of applications are driving renewed demand for acetylene as a fuel gas, says leading gas supplier, Afrox. 

Gas pipeline enters commissioning phase

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st August 2007 The oil and gas division of local company Rare Holdings, Rare Energy, have been nominated as the vendors to provide all the carbon steel pipes for Sasol Gas's infrastructure of gas pipelines that network from Tarlton to Driefontein. The pipeline supplies gas resources to both Sasol's... 

New tank to increase butane, propane storage capacity

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st August 2007 South African aerosol propellant supplier Puregas is in the process of completing the installation of its 385 000-l storage tank facility. The project, which is budgeted at R4-million, will increase the company's on-site butane and propane gas storage capacity by as much as 50%. 

Natural gas conversion unit ready for manufacture

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st August 2007 Local combustion equipment supplier The Combustion Group (TCG) is in the final design phase of the conversion project from electrical to natural gas at a local industrial gases company. The R1,75-million project involves installing a hot gas generator to replace the electrically fired heater that... 

New technology to power up Africa�s great lakes region

31st August 2007 A new technology for the extraction of methane gas from Lake Kivu in Rwanda provides an opportunity to generate all the Great Lakes region's power needs. Power production is possible at one-quarter the cost of alternative power in the region. The technology has the potential to unlock large... 

Safety an imperative for local gas industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st August 2007 The main challenge facing the South African gas industry at present is the safe handling of gas, the South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga) technical services manager Riaan van der Walt tells Engineering News. 

LPG market set to double in five years

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st August 2007 Gas and welding company Afrox tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that the size of the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) market in South Africa is growing at between 8% and 12% a year. Afrox GM for LPG Gavin Turner says the industry is expected to continue to expand and has the potential of... 

New exploration licensing round launched

31st August 2007 South Africa has launched a new licensing round for oil and gas exploration that will begin with a road show to attract foreign investors. The licence round was opened in March through information seminars held in Johannesburg, London, and Houston, as well as exhibitions which took place in... 

New gas-fired igniters light up South African market

31st August 2007 South African analyser and microwave component supplier OEN Enterprises recently introduced Hegwein's range of gas fired ignitors into the local market. 

Local company supplies gas to automotive industry

31st August 2007 Manufacturers of automotive catalytic converters, Cataler SA, has chosen Air Products as the argon supplier for the production of its automotive applications. 

Intaka Tech - A quest for engieering excellence in Africa

29th June 2007 Making a practical and meaningful difference in Africa is Intaka Tech, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, state-of-the-art equipment, in particular water purification plants and on-site oxygen and medical air generation plants. 

Gas products company offers efficient gas supply system

2nd February 2007 South African manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial, specialty gases and chemicals Air Products, is proud to have developed a new gas supply and delivery system that is flexible enough to cope under the most extreme operating conditions. 

Insufficient autogas is available for SA vehicles 

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) could be used as an alternative fuel source to petrol because it is clean and cheaper, but South Africa is not producing enough LPG to enable all car owners to convert their petrol vehicles to gas. 

Gas gains favour as an alternative energy supply

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 “The gas industry in southern Africa is beginning to increase its areas of influence in the region,” says SureGas MD Simon Stewart. 

Gas detection system tackles refrigerant leaks

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 International company MURCO has launched a new generation of gas detection equipment, to complement its comprehensive range of gas leak detection equipment. 

Local programme takes gas to the domestic market

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Local gas company Easigas has launched EasiCooka, a programme aimed atimproving people’s lives at the lower end of the domestic marketby replacing paraffin, coal and wood with gas, says marketing manager of Easigas Peter Kolarik. The EasiCooka programme was launched at the beginning of... 

Local supplier supports electricity-to-gas conversions

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Local combustion equipment supplier The Combustion Group (TCG) is assisting a large South African power utility Eskom with electricity-to-gas conversions as well as other electrical supply initiatives. 

Laser technology demands specialised gas knowledge

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 The increasing demand and broader applications of laser technology in the fabrication industry requires specialist knowledge of laser processes, laser gases and gas supply modes, says laser gas supplier, Afrox. 

International association pledges to assist gas distribution in SA

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 World LP gas Association (WLPGA) the international body which is the global voice of the LP Gas industry has committed to continue working in South Africa on a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnership called the Rural Energy Challenge, which is aimed at distributing gas to the... 

Virtual gas pipeline brings CNG to Mozambique’s industrial areas

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Using a Virtual Pipeline system, Matola Gas Company is now able to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to many businesses in the industrial area of Matola and Maputo in Mozambique. 

Project encourages cooking with gas

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) became involved in a project to try and get LP gas used instead of traditional dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as wood, coal and paraffin.? 

Gas company appoints new MD

By: Nomzamo Dladla     2nd February 2007 Industrial gas and welding products group African Oxygen (Afrox) has appointed Tjaart Kruger, an executive at Tiger Brands, as its new MD and CEO, following the retirement of Rick Hogben. 

Pipe product plays a part in the move towards greener energy

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) vision is to promote the effective use of South Africa’s alternative energy sources. 

Pipe insulation product sales sky-rocket

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Foam manufacturer Air-o-thene recorded a 215% sales increase this year in its Air-o-therm division, a growth rate the company attributes to its Air-o-therm pipe insulation product. 

BEE firm clinches RBCT fuel, lubricants supply contract

19th January 2007 In a deal worth some R70-million over five years, black empowerment company Masana Petroleum Solutions, is to take over the supply and participate in the management of fuel and lubricants for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). 

Portable particle counter

19th January 2007 Operational Marketing, Johannesburg has acquired the Filtertechnik (a division of Hydrotechnik, London) agency for their portable particle counters. 

Tight schedules demand intercompany cooperation

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th December 2006 The tight schedule necessary for the completion of the open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) stations project means that many companies are required to work in the same site area simultaneously. 

OCGT plants on track to meet peaking power demands

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th December 2006 Growth in the South African economy has resulted in the rapid depletion of the country’s excess electricity generation capacity, especially during peak demand times. s our infrastructure strengthens, we believe that we will be able to ensure continuity of supply and continue to function as... 

South African pipeline association draws up more stringent criteria

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 The South African Pipeline Gas Association (Sapga) has instituted an updated registration process, with more stringent criteria, that calls for a selected membership to the individuals particular area of expertise. 

New 1 000 MW gas project could be operational in W Cape by winter 2008

By: Jade Davenport     27th October 2006 South African State-owned enterprise Eskom is in the process of authorising a new gas turbine energy project that will provide an additional 1 000 MW to the Western Cape region by the winter of 2008. 

Gas industry tender outcome known by December, Nersa promises

By: Nelendhre Moodley     20th October 2006 The outcome of a tender to develop a compliance mechanism for the South African gas industry would be made known by December, the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) promised on Friday. 

Contractor focuses on safety improvements

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Safety is one of the key issues when working in oil refineries. Grinaker LTA M&E has taken this to heart. Spending about 1,2 million manhours per month on various projects including oil refineries, the company has brought its disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) to below 0,29. 

Software product developed for combustion plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Through its local representation of international suppliers, South African company The Combustion Group (TCG) is providing innovative designs, and solutions for the manufacture, installation and commissioning of burner equipment for any plant and application. 

Industry in good health, but challenges niggle

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 The local oil refining industry is in good shape, but faces the challenge of adjusting to meet growing demand and the need to make progressively cleaner fuels, notes South African Petroleum Industry Association Director Colin McClelland. 

African refiners establish far-reaching forum

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 In an effort to counter the pressures created by new refining capacity in the Arabian Gulf and Indian subcontinent, African refiners earlier this year established an association aimed at investigating challenges and opportunities facing the downstream sector of the oil industry in Africa. This is... 

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