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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. 

Tweneboa-3 appraisal well confirms resource potential

28th January 2011 Oil company Tullow Oil reports that the Tweneboa-3 appraisal well in the Deepwater Tano licence offshore from Ghana has successfully encountered gas condensate in quality sandstone reservoirs. 

Gas saving technology enters market

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th January 2011 A gas savings system that conserves and reduces the consumption of gas in industry, particularly in welding, has been developed by welding solutions firm Shield Technologies MD Wayne Holt. 

Gas manufacturer sets safety benchmark

28th January 2011 Gas product manufacturer Air Products South Africa was named the Top 100 Company in the commercial category for best international company on the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) integrated five-star system, in September last year. 

Gas-powered forklifts 
reduce downtime

27th August 2010 Forklifts that run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can operate indoors and outdoors and have less downtime owing to short refuelling times, LPG company Easigas reports. 

Illegal filling a threat to affordability

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 The new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) price regulation’s aim to make the fuel more affordable to residential consumers is under threat from the continued illegal filling of cylinders, warns gases specialist company Afrox. 

Exploring Africa’s abundant natural resources

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2010 The development of the oil and gas industries in Southern Africa represents significant opportunities for returns on lending for financial institutions within regional markets, while infrastructure developments within this region, particularly South Africa, provide additional opportunities for... 

Great opportunities in Mozambique

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 Mozambique represents a significant investment opportunity in the gas industry owing to its substantial reserves of natural gas and strategic location as a gateway to the Middle East and Far East. This has been highlighted in the ‘Southern African Oil and Gas Market’ report, recently published by... 

LPG emerging as alternative energy source

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2010 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is increasingly emerging as an alternative energy source, as people move away from the use of traditional fossil fuels in a significant development in the transition to accepting new energy sources, says LPG company Bulgaz Convertors MD Nadine Ognianov. 

Natural gas for automotive fuel in developing regions

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 A compact, transportable natural gas vehicle (NGV) refuelling module, the Gasvector Compact, offers a technical and commercial solution to development of NGV stations in areas where the number of NGVs are limited. The installation does not require civil work during installation and can refuel 250... 

Safe, high-capacity LPG 
cylinder filling devices for SA

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 International liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier giant Kosan Crisplant is supplying high-capacity and intrinsically safe LPG filling scales, which can fill 50 to 250 cylinders an hour by hand or 1 800 cylinders an hour automatically, to South Africa, says LPG filling specialist Krier Africa... 

Good potential for growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th August 2010 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has significant potential for growth in South Africa, partly owing to the country’s low average household consumption of LPG compared with other countries, as well as its potential as an alternative energy source for heating and cooking, says national gas association... 

Liquefied petroleum gas use may increase during FIFA World Cup

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Nonprofit organisation, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa (LPGSASA), is expecting a large number of vendors who will be supplying food to spectators in the various theme parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to be using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) appliances.... 

Nitrogen gas generation available on site

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 The Intaka Tech nitrogen gas generation system (GGS) from engineering company Intaka Tech, a division of the Intaka Group, enables owners to continuously produce nitrogen (N) gas on site at quantities ranging from 1 t/m to 639 t/m.

The N produced is dry, is from 99,5% to 99,9% pure and can be... 

Africa’s focus shifts to gas turbines

29th January 2010 As a mitigating strategy to the current power crisis on the African continent, power project developers have shifted their focus towards gas turbine-powered power solutions, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. The technology offers a rapid solution and can easily operate on... 

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. 

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