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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... 

SA firm helps curb refinery emissions

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Mounting concerns over air pollution emissions and the desulpherisation of plants has opened a niche in the market for process analysers and emission reduction equipment. 

Local contractor in Angolan offshore project

8th September 2006 For many years, the oil and gas downstream division of Grinaker-LTA M&E has been a market leader in the execution of shutdowns for the petrochemical plants and refineries in South Africa. 

Wide range of catalysts supplied

8th September 2006 Catalyst innovations are key to high performance process technology. 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

Boom times ahead for fuel-gas sector

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st September 2006 The recent outages in the Western Cape have raised concerns about electrical energy supplies. 

Shielding-gas economiser sees success

1st September 2006 Shield Technologies’ shielding gas economiser, has been a runaway success notching up savings for users of 50% or more in many instances, the company reports. 

New gas-leak detector for households

1st September 2006 In a bid to support Eskom’s initiative to reduce household dependency on electricity as a power source, SureGas has developed a new gas leak detector for households that are worried about gas leaks in their homes. 

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