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Course to include oil and gas module

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The growing interest in coal-bed methane and shale gas in Africa and elsewhere has prompted auditing and consulting firm Deloitte’s wholly owned subsidiary, Venmyn Deloitte, and Pretoria University to launch a course on reporting of oil and gas resources, including a discussion on the National... 

Construction of R300m ASU to start soon

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 Industrial and speciality gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa will start the formal construction of its 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, this month.... 

Construction of R300m ASU to start soon
SAFETY RECORDAir Products South Africa’s Deal Party plant, in Port Elizabeth, has to date been incident free for the entire 30 years of its operation

Africa’s gas development faces uncertainty

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 Commercial interest in Africa’s gas sector has shifted markedly over the last decade, owing to the associated natural gas developments from the oil boom in the Gulf of Guinea. Investor interest has, therefore, shifted slightly away from traditional gas-producing countries in North Africa, such as... 

Africa’s gas development faces uncertainty
MANJI CHETOSouth Africa has an estimated 390-trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, which could significantly alter the landscape of Africa’s gas industry

LNG receiving terminal, Moz imports critical for developing SA gas industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 South Africa urgently needs to make a decision on developing its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal, but political and economic support is needed, says global professional services firm KPMG Southern Africa oil and gas director Alwyn van der Lith. 

Industrial gas company paves the way for reliable gas supply in Eastern Cape

1st February 2013 The Eastern Cape’s Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is one of several industrial regions in South Africa to benefit from global industrial gas company Air Products South Africa’s strategy of long-term capital investment. 

Gas will play major role in future of energy supply

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 The supply of global energy will need to double between 2010 and 2050 to meet the demand, with gas pegged to play a major role in the future of global energy supply, says oil and gas major Shell upstream international director Andrew Brown.  

New gas flow meters certified, efficiency increase

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 Flow metering solutions provider FLEXIM’s new FLUXUS G608 portable gas flow meters are now ATEX certified for use in hazardous areas. 

Increase in LPG demand leads to surge in disreputable dealers

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), leading to some individuals and companies entering the LPG supply market and offering consumers unregulated and substandard services, states Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern... 

Study reveals gas, liquid fuels offer South Africa great opportunities

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2013 A study, comprising industry interviews and data-based research by global strategy consultancy AT Kearney, has revealed that gas has the potential to transform the South African energy and manufacturing landscapes, as it offers significant growth opportunities, says AT Kearney principal Martin... 

R500m invested in centralised business campus

1st February 2013 Industrial gases and welding group Afrox will undertake its biggest project yet in South Africa when it invests R500-million to relocate its Durban operations to a new centralised business campus, to be developed at agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett’s new Cornubia Industrial and Business... 

Gas supplier launches online LPG locator

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 To ease customer frustration this winter, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) developed the Handigas availability checker – a Web-based information service that allows customers to confirm product availability at their local Afrox Gas & Gear outlets. Last year’s significant liquefied petroleum gas... 

Trigen plant leads to international carbon credit deal, more projects

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN's Fairlands trigeneration project has inspired the implementation of similar projects at other MTN branches, including its offices in Centurion, Germiston and Doornfontein, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon advisor Katie Ross. MTN launched the R22-million... 

Gas purity, quality critical for laser-cutting applications 

31st August 2012 Cognisant of the impact that impure oxygen can have on the final product produced by laser oxygen cutting, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals company Air Products South Africa has a specialised plant that produces Lasox. Air Products’ Cryoease division produces and supplies the... 

Natural gas company powering Johannesburg

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 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,... 

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. 

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