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Gas

Southern African piped gas industry booming

26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

‘Green’ gas demand up, shale provides long-term opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the gas industry lies in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity, which waste management company Interwaste is doing  by generating methane gas from its landfill sites. “With... 

‘Green’ gas demand  up, shale provides  long-term opportunity
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GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES Lie in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity

Supply of LNG increasing despite economic downturn

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 Although there has been a global slowdown in economic activity, global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply has increased, owing to a surge in supply projects approved before the drop in the price of gas in 2014, says KPMG energy economist Dr Requier Wait. “On the demand side, gas-fired power... 

Gas exploration provides clean alternative energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 The Afro Energy joint venture initiative between South Africa-based company Badimo Gas and the Austrailia-based gas exploration company Kinetiko Energy is focusing on the monetisation of natural gas in coals and sandstones at Amersfoort and Volksrust located in the Mpumalanga region in South Africa. 

Gas exploration provides  clean alternative energy source
PROJECT IN PILOT PRODUCTION PHASE The discovery of natural gas in the Amersfoort and Volksrust regions is a first of its kind in South Africa

Restricted mainstream energy supply leads to LPG growth

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Shortcomings in sustainable energy supply from State-owned power utility Eskom are regarded as a big contributor to the substantial growth of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, says gas equipment company African Gas Equipment MD Andries Henning.  

Company provides a solution for sustainable power generation

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 Technology manufacturer and service provider Cummins Africa has made natural- gas-powered generator sets (gensets) available for the South African market as a more sustainable solution than the standard diesel solution most commonly used.  

Company provides a  solution for sustainable power generation
KTA19 NATURAL GAS POWER UNIT Although the capital cost of a natural-gas genset can be up to two times, the operational cost is substantially lower over a five-to-ten-year period

South African company completes EPC for Mozambique gas plant

29th January 2016 South Africa-based oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies, in the fourth quarter of last year,  completed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for Mozambique-based gas power station Gigawatt Mozambique’s high pressure reduction and metering station (HPCMS).   

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 With oxygen constituting about 21% air and a gaseous-specific gravity of 1.1 kPa, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals provider Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen – which can be stored as gas –  and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment... 

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally

Compressed natural gas solutions broaden range for industrial clients

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 Combustion technology company The Combustion Group (TCG) now offers industrial gas consuming clients complete end-to-end solutions, thereby extending its traditional equipment and projects business into the supply of fuels, in particular, natural gas products. 

Compressed natural gas solutions broaden range for industrial clients
GAS SOLUTIONS The Combustion Group has extended its products and servics to cover end-to-end solutions

Laboratory gases under the spotlight

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 Monitoring, adjusting and evacuating different gases in sophisticated laboratories is becoming increasingly important to ensure that detailed experiments are conducted safely, says gas products company African Oxygen Limited (Afrox). 

Laboratory gases  under the spotlight
GAS TIGHT The monitoring of gases in a dust-free laboratory is essential to ensure the safety and health of laboratory personnel and the outcomes of experiments

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A study on offshore gas reserves in the Rovuma basin, near Mozambique undertaken by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and published in May 2015 indicates that the reserves might be substantial enough to export a portion to South Africa, providing the country with much sought-after natural gas... 

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

LNG under spotlight at yearly gas expo

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 The yearly Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2015, which is taking place this year on September 8 and 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, will focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an upcoming energy resource. 

LNG under spotlight at yearly gas expo

Industry body sees uptake in registered gas practitioners

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 There has been significant uptake in the registration of gas practitioners who want to ensure that their gas systems and connections are safe to use, perform according to regulated methods and adhere to a high quality of work and record-keeping, says gas authorisation organisation the South... 

Industry body sees  uptake in registered  gas practitioners
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REGISTERED GAS PRACTITIONERS There has been significant uptake in the registration of gas practitioners with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee Gas

GTP programme possible accelerator for local natural-gas sector

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Energy (DoE) in May for the development of its gas-to-power programme is expected to be a much needed catalyst for growth in South Africa’s natural-gas sector, avers Sandton-based law firm Baker & McKenzie. 

GTP programme possible accelerator for local natural-gas sector
GAS BOOST The Department of Energy’s request for information may spur growth in the gas sector

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... 

SA gas sector viable,  despite challenges
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CHANGE IS IMMINENT The Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act amendments will have a significant effect on South Africa’s oil and gas industry

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... 

Govt push for gas  expected to continue
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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... 

Academics weigh  in on gas industry outlook for 2015
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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... 

Oil prices affecting progress of gas in Africa
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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... 

Hydrogen research  laboratories launched
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... 

CANSA advises farmers to conduct prefracking  water tests
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... 

Cost-effective hydrogen production introduced
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... 

SA government on track with gas plans
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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... 

Gas specialist acquires air separation unit
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... 

Eastern Cape ASU project two-thirds complete – Afrox
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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... 

Coega IDZ’s first ASU  to come on line
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... 

Minister pushes shale gas agenda, solar company urges caution
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-engine-based  technology supplies  power to banking firm
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 has  potential to raise  R40b FDI
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... 

Open protocol gas detection system released onto market
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,... 

Major growth in global gas use by 2025
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.... 

ASU structural  construction completed
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... 

Gas increasingly more  important for African  energy mix
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... 

Govt engages gas company, LPG suppliers under pressure
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... 

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

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