INTERVIEW WITH MONDE THYUSHA
July 7 2017
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REATILE EMPOWERMENT ARTICLE
This article was first published in The Business Times.
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Diesel Electric Services Installs Piped Natural Gas Supply for Generator Testing
CHAMBER'S FUEL CELL READY TO FIRE.
This article was first published in The Citizen - 2014/12/12
JOZI MAYOR CHALLENGES INDUSTRY TO GO GREEN.
01 OCTOBER 2014 – South Africa
Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau has challenged industry players in general and vehicle manufacturers in particular to come up with concrete and sustainable plans to reduce greenhouse emissions in the city, saying that the time for talking was over.
Mayor Tau was speaking today at the Gas Mobility Summit at the University of Johannesburg on the first day of Transport Month. The summit, which was addressed by several local and international gas for mobility experts, was aimed at examining alternative forms of energy while looking at the critical issue of greenhouse emissions.
The city subscribes to the notion of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is imperative that we find alternative energy sources that will also meet our objectives of enterprise development and job creation, Mayor Tau said.
He said the city was working towards enabling and supporting all aspects of the gas for mobility value chain.
Mayor Tau said for now, the city was reliant on compressed natural gas (CNG) from Egoli Gas. However, we are also currently working on developing projects that transform waste to energy using non-traditional resource streams such as municipal solid waste, green waste and waste water.
Another venture the city was looking at was to support the gas supply in the energy crop farming which, as he said, would not only generate the much needed jobs in the city, but also potentially rehabilitate degraded land portions such as old mining land.
Based on our current studies, we estimate that approximately 200 sustainable jobs will be created on every 12 hectares of land developed for what we call a sustainable way of living and farming - whereby biogas production will be the anchor, he said.
The city had completed a pre-feasibility study on the potential of the Joburg Market waste stream, and it was found there is potentially sufficient bio-methane to supply approximately 700 000 liters of diesel equivalent fuel every year. The mayor said biogas would be upgraded through a process of cleaning and compression before it is either used at a site of production or injected into the existing CNG pipeline to be used wherever it is required.
Cllr Tau conceded that at present the city had a poor greenhouse gas emission record.
We contribute 56% to the national carbon emissions and we are regarded as the 13th highest carbon emitting city in the world, he said.
Transport had the highest demand for energy at 67%, with private car use constituting a large percentage of this.
The Mayor said the taxi industry, through partnerships with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Automotive Industrial Development Centre and SANEDI had converted 800 minibus taxis from fossil fuels to gas.
Minibus taxis provide approximately 70% of the public transportation needs and there are currently about 18 000 operating minibuses in the city, the mayor said.
August 14th, 2014, Joburgday TV
HOMES MAY PIGGYBACK ON MTN PRIVATE LINE
This article was first published in Sunday Times: Business Times
HOUSEHOLDS in some Johannesburg suburbs will be able to connect to a new R65-million gas pipeline that Egoli Gas is building to serve an MTN power station in Fairland. The 8km pipeline, which will stretch from Robertville, where Sasol’s pressure-reducing station is located, to Constantia Kloof, will be finished by December, according to managing director Shepherd Shonhiwa. Suburbs within a kilometre radius of the pipeline, including Florida, will be able to connect to the line. MTN is already using gas, imported by Sasol from its gas fields in Mozambique, to generate about 2MW at its Fairland campus. The new line will allow it to increase its capacity to 10MW. Standard Bank and Nedbank were also considering projects at Lakeview in Constantia Kloof, said Shonhiwa. “The business case for the pipeline is based on the demand by large consumers at Lakeview such as MTN and not households, which consume comparatively small amounts of gas. “Egoli Gas can put a small pipeline along the street if there are a sizable number of households who sign up to take gas,” said Shonhiwa. The piping from the boundary of each property into the house will have to be done by the owner, who must use accredited gas installers. Egoli Gas, which was sold by the City of Johannesburg to black-owned energy group Reatile Energy last year, serves about 6 500 households in the greater Johannesburg area. It supplies about 3.5 million gigajoules of gas a year to consumers in Johannesburg through its 1 200km network and plans to expand this to seven million gigajoules in the coming years.
TSHWANE’S STATE-OF-THE-ART BRT BUSES GEAR UP FOR SERVICES.
Engineering News – 05/06/14 08:34 – South Africa
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. As the City Of Tshwane takes delivery of the first buses for its bus rapid transit system, Volvo Southern Africa looks at what the buses can offer. Natasha Odendaal reports.
Volvo Southern Africa, in partnership with Marcopolo South Africa, had been contracted to produce 131 buses for the City of Tshwane’s bus rapid transit system, Areyeng.
During May, Volvo phased in the first 30 buses – 12m long rigids – enabling the city to start commissioning the bus services.
The remaining buses, another 55 12m rigids and 46 articulated 18m buses, were expected to be phased in over the next two years.
With this project well underway, Volvo Southern Africa GM of the bus division Marius Botha tells Engineering News more about the features of the buses and what makes them unique.
Volvo Southern Africa GM of the bus division Marius Botha
Shannon de Ryhove:
Natural gas supplier Egoli Gas, owned by black-owned energy group Reatile, has formally initiated it first major network expansion in 30 years.
The R50-million project, will supply gas to MTN’s campus, west of Johannesburg. The telecoms group plans to use the gas to increase its power-generation capacity, chill its billing centre and heat its offices. It also plans to capture carbon and convert it into sellable CO2.
Reatile’s Simphiwe Mehlomakulu and MTN’s Willem Weber explain the significance of the venture.
Reatile chairperson Simphiwe Mehlomakulu
MTN senior manager – technical Willem Weber
Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: Property group Vukile’s portfolio exceeds the R10-billion mark.
Ten years after listing on the JSE, property group Vukile Property Fund has breached the R10-billion portfolio value mark and pushed its market capitalisation to R8.5-billion by the year ended March 2014, from the R1.3-billion recorded in 2004.
Vukile CEO Laurence Rapp
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.
NEW GAS PIPELINE TO OPEN WAY FOR 10 MW MTN POWER PLANT.
Engineering News – 27/05/14 16:49 – South Africa
Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas such as Randburg and Sandton.
The company was previously owned by the City of Johannesburg, but was privatised in 2000 and is currently wholly owned by the black-owned energy group Reatile, which is the lead investor in the project with MTN acting as an anchor customer and co-investor.
The 8 km pipeline will link Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville, west of Johannesburg, with MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus, in Fairlands, which already hosts a trigeneration power plant used to produce electricity, cool the company’s data centre and provide office heating.
The 630-mm-diameter high-density polyethylene pipe will initially deliver 1.5-million gigajoules a year of natural gas imported from Mozambique by Sasol, but there is headroom to increase yearly volumes to 2.5-million gigajoules.
Egoli Gas is currently supplying around 3.5-million gigajoules of gas year to 8 000 domestic, industrial and commercial consumers in Johannesburg through an aged 1 200 km network. However, it has a contract with Sasol to ramp up its yearly supply to 7-million gigajoules over the coming few years.
Orange in colour, the pipe itself is being supplied by Sangiopipe, of Cato Ridge, in KwaZulu-Natal, and will be installed by Velocity Construction between May and November.
The pipeline will connect to the Sasol facility at Saag road and will be buried 1.7 m below the surface of existing roads in the area before a logistically challenging crossing of the N1 motorway to the MTN Campus.
Reatile’s Simphiwe Mehlomakulu says the project represents Egoli Gas’ first main-line extension in 30 years and is a precursor to a larger R300-million, three-year investment plan for Egoli Gas.
The company has aspirations to introduce gas into the energy mixes of both Randburg and Sandton, where it would like to replicate the anchor-customer model being pursued with MTN. It already has large offtake agreements with Absa and Standard Bank, which also operate power plants at some of their Johannesburg facilities.
MD Shepherd Shonhiwa says it is particularly keen to partner with the Gauteng province in its plan to convert its hospital boilers from coal to natural gas, with Charlotte Maxeke Hospital already firing its boilers with gas.
Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department deputy director-general Martin Mkhabela reports that the province hopes to convert 21 of the 77 boilers currently in use at provincial hospital during the current financial year. Where natural gas is not immediately available, the boilers will be temporarily fuelled using diesel. It is also aiming to install a R125-million pilot trigeneration plant at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which, if successful, will open the way for similar investments at other Gauteng hospitals.
However, MTN’s power-generation ambitions are providing the initial expansion impetus with the company keen to improve self sufficiency, while reducing its exposure to future electricity tariff hikes.
Senior manager for technical infrastructure Willem Weber reports that the MTN board will soon consider a R320-million ‘quadgeneration’ investment plan. The idea behind the investment would not only be to bolster electricity generation, as well as heating and cooling capacity on the campus, but also enable the company to capture the carbon for conversion into commercially tradable carbon dioxide (CO2).
By producing CO2 for sale to industrial gas companies, MTN hopes to make commercial virtue out of what would otherwise be a carbon-tax threat.
“The idea is not only to avoid carbon tax, but also to create a new revenue stream,” Weber enthuses, adding that MTN is also hoping to convince City Power to enter into a power purchase agreement so that MTN can supply excess capacity into the city’s grid.
In total, MTN is looking to introduce 14 MW of gas-fired power generation capacity across its facilities in Gauteng, with the lion’s share being planned for its 14th Avenue head office.
From left: Tony Ward (Egoli Gas), Morne (Reatile Gaz – will get surname); Simphiwe Mehlomakulu (Chairman – Reatile Group)
From left: Charl Fourie (Velocity Construction – MD), Ms Babalwa Mgolombane – DDG Health), Mr. Martin Mkhabela (Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department Deputy Director General) , Mr. Simphiwe Mehlomakulu (Chairman – Reatile Group), Mr. Shepherd Shonhiwa (Egoli Gas – MD)
GAUTENG GOES GREEN WITH NEW PIPE LINE FOR NATURAL GAS.
Jeanette Chabalala | 29 May 2014 11:30
JOBURG – Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas, has formerly launched its new pipe line on 27 May.
Gauteng is going green.
Egoli Gas natural gas reticulator, has formally launched its natural gas new pipe line project on 27 May. The pipe line will run from Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville to MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus. The aim of the orange 630mm in diameter, high-density polyethylene pipe will initially be to deliver 1.5 million gigajoules a year of natural gas imported from Mozambique by Sasol and a full capacity will be able to deliver 2.5 million gigajoules yearly. Egoli Gas previously belonged to the City of Johannesburg, but is now owned by the black-owned energy group Reatile – the lead investor in the project with MTN. Egoli Gas is already ensuring an uninterrupted power to 8 000 customers.
Reatile Group Chairman Simphiwe Mehlomakulu says, the project represents Egoli Gas’ first significant new pipeline undertaken in over 30 years.
Predictably, Reatile group and Egoli Gas members celebrated their new initiative in style – guests looked plugged and excited about the new natural gas pipe line.
With Eskom’s constant load-shedding problems, people cannot afford to be offline – Egoli gas can be used as an alternative. Shepherd Shonhiwa, Egoli Gas managing director, predicts that gas will replace electricity in 20 years. The enthusiastic Shonhiwa mentioned that residents should know more about Egoli Gas. He added that communities should know that there is a gas pipeline that goes through their neighbourhood.
“What is driving our business now is that Eskom is discouraging people from using electricity, and big companies such as MTN or even banks cannot afford to be offline, so we are there to ensure uninterrupted power supply” he informed.
Musa Gwebu, Reatile’s supply and logistics manager, spoke passionately about the new project and what it aims to achieve.
“If companies such as MTN, don’t have electricity, they need something to function, so Reatile and Egoli Gas are an alternative. We are not here to replace anyone, we are just a company that people can rely on.
”Gwebu also mentioned that they would like to introduce gas into the energy mixes of both Randburg and Sandton, where it would like to replicate the anchor-customer model being pursued with MTN.
NATURAL GAS TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN GAUTENG’S ENERGY FUTURE.
May 30th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize
Martin Mkhabela, the deputy director-general in Gauteng’s department of infrastructure and development, said that natural gas will play a major role in the province’s energy future, starting with hospital boilers. He was speaking at Egoli Gas’ ground breaking ceremony for its new gas pipeline on 27 May 2014.
GAUTENG TO UPGRADE HOSPITAL BOILERS FOR NATURAL GAS.
May 30th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize
Martin Mkhabela, the deputy director general in Gauteng’s department of Infrastructure and Development, says that the coal-fired boilers at provincial hospitals will be replaced with natural gas-fired ones. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for Egoli Gas’ new pipeline project – the first in over 30 years – Mkhabela said that Gauteng will develop more and more “green” initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint to mitigate against climate change and improve the province’s air quality. One of these initiatives is the replacement, at an estimated cost of R1,4-billion, of provincial hospital coal fired boilers. He says that the project will begin with the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital as a pilot project, with all the other provincial hospitals to follow. Natural gas, says Mkhabela, will be also be used to power the province’s public transport vehicles over time. The province also intends to install PV systems on the 8-million m2 roofs of its buildings.
TRIPLE GENERATION AND FACADE.
30 Baker Street, Rosebank is now home to 5 000 Standard Bank employees. While the bank’s head office remains in Johannesburg, the new offices will house the various divisions that occupied different spaces within the city.The tri-generation plant will provide electricity, hot water and cold water. The existing Egoli Gas line that runs under the building will act as the power source for the plant. The production capacity of the plant is 1 MW and this energy will be used on site.
The facade is an interesting element as glass isn’t quite considered green but in this instance it adds greatly to the aesthetics and sustainability. The glass is triple-glazed and has remote activated blinds. At 240 mm, the triple facade is one of the thinnest in the world. The facade was designed with the blinds located in the outer cavity between the second and third skins. The second cavity shields occupants from direct sun rays and is situated on the inside of the building. The team spent two years designing the facade and another year testing it.
• Rainwater harvesting
• Dual flush toilets
• Gas powered tri-generation plant
• Separate energy meters
• 50% FSC-certified timber
• PVC minimised
• Recycle area
• Triple glazed glass curtain wall
• 422 indigenous trees
EGOLI TO BUILD 8KM NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TO JOHANNESBURG.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Energy firm Egoli Gas is to expand its gas network via a new pipeline to link Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville, west of Johannesburg, with MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus, in Fairlands.
The 8km pipeeline will facilitate operator MTN to add 10 MW of capacity by 2015. The 630-mm-diameter high-density polyethylene pipe will deliver 1.5-million gigajoules a year of natural gas.
INTERVIEW WITH ANTHEA BATH OF PENTAQUARK ENERGY.
October 10th 2016
Who is Anthea?
Anthea is the CEO and owner of Pentaquark Energy and previously was CEO and co-owner of Mitochondria Energy Company.
What does her company do?
Pentaquark Energy focuses on the development of energy projects for embedded power generation with a specific focus on fuel cells. Fuel cells use PGMs (Platinum Group Metals) to catalyse a chemical reaction that generates electricity. She employs five people, four of which are women, three of which are engineers.
What is her background?
She has a MEngineering (Chemical) from the University of Pretoria and extensive training in commercial and financial modelling.
How did she become involved with Egoli Gas?
As CEO of Mitochondria, she was responsible for 100kW fuel cell project at The Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg, partnering with Egoli Gas for Natural Gas supply to the fuel cell. Other key partners in the project were the DTI and IDC. This project was the first of its kind in Africa and showcases the beneficiation of platinum and Natural Gas. Its Commercial viability has been an asset to The Chamber of Mines, providing them with a stable source of electricity at a lower cost.
Where did her interest in this pioneering industry start?
During Anthea’s time at Anglo Platinum, she focused on building the market for PGMs which included beneficiation of PGM related technologies in South Africa. Due to her experience, she gained a synergistic view of energy solutions for Africa using local minerals. She created her own company when she recongnised a need in the market to develop embedded power generation projects, providing stability and financial gains for her clients. She believes, in future, power generation will become much more decentralized, with industry taking its energy needs into its own hands.
What challenges has she faced as a women in her career?
As a woman engineer, in a field dominated by men, she has faced challenges in communication styles. Woman and men think and communicate differently. These differences are an asset when they are respected and acknowledged. She has noticed that there is a lot more recent involvement from woman in pioneering fields like fuel cells.
What are her plans for the future?
Her focus for the future will be to expand the understanding of fuel cells in association with platinum producers, particularly for the Natural Gas market. She would like to use the technology to mitigate the need for stable, reliable and economically viable power for Africa using Natural Gas. .
INTERVIEW WITH KARLA KRISCHKER OF NUNO'S RESTAURANT IN MELVILLE.
October 19th 2016
Why did you choose to become a Chef/Owner?
I didn’t! I was armed robbed in the middle of exams that I didn’t finish and started waitering at Nuno’s.
What is your biggest accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?
I started as a waiter and with hard work and support from my Mother I am now the owner.
What is your favourite food to eat?
Love eating! Boerekos and Braai, Asian food, homemade pasta and pizza or just a lekker curry.
What is your favourite cuisine to cook?
Like to take meat, veggie/salad and a starch and cook it by using different cooking styles.
If you weren’t cooking/owning your own restaurant, what would you do for a living?
Probably some accounting/ quality control work
Is there a famous person you would like to cook for?
Nataniel, I think it will be very challenging. He is so full of nonsense.
Did you have to make any sacrifices to become a successful women entrepreneur?
No, It’s just very time consuming.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
To be good a good person – my Mother and for having fun in the kitchen… Chef Nigella .
INTERVIEW WITH SHARON GLASS.
October 10th 2016
Egoli Gas recently had the opportunity to meet Sharon Glass, an innovative and exciting self-taught chef, who moves with the time following local and international trends.
From you tube to a TV series on the home channel, Sharon Glass has blossomed into a cooking sensation not to be missed, boasting 10 books. Humble beginnings with only 6 students and the understanding of how seeing the preparation, tasting it and serving a result, is what curved Sharon Glass’s enthusiasm into teaching and developing her cooking series.
Starting from “let me show you how” to “how to make beautiful food in a short time”, her inspiration came from her mother’s old hand written recipes and mentoring. Each flavor and smell rings a childhood memory like the thyme her grandmother used in a roasted chicken. As an easy eater Sharon delights in trying out new restaurants and exploring the markets where she picks up new ideas. A self taught extraordinaire she concerns over preservatives in shelf food, paying meticulous care to contents and making her students aware of what they buying and preparing for loved ones promoting fresh produce.
Insistent on teaching her students about cross contamination and sanitation in the kitchen, she exclaims the importance of using the right equipment in her domestic classes and explains in detail her preference to cooking with Gas. Sharon afforded Egoli Gas the opportunity to ask her a few questions.
Q: how many dishes end up in the bin?
Even when a new experimental dish goes pear shape, it still does not reach the bin. Sharon states how you generally know what goes together whether it’s a salad, pasta or bake but with some improvisation even the smallest mistake can win the most extraordinary recipes. Sharon explains: “Humidity in Camps Bay turns a pavlova recipe upside down during a demonstration for 90 people, yet it becomes the molded frozen base for a recipe in my first book for a frozen coffee meringue.”
Q: Challenges on produce availability for recipes?
“ I love South African fresh produce, but don’t limit myself, I adore international cuisine from each corner of the world”. She finds the SA market has flourished with a full scope variety from vegetables to fruit. Sharon boasts her herb garden and adds teaching students how to utilize these delicacies available from home to the supermarket “makes the difference in a dish”. Further she adds how a tad of French to an Asian dish gives a beautiful taste. “ I hunted for a rare spaghetti squash only seen abroad, I discovered it at a local Woolies”, proving the flexibility of catering for all walks of the world.
Q: How do you cater for the food of tomorrow ?
“I enjoy our walking tours with students to explore and discover produce from Fordsburg to Cyrildene. One trip memorable was discovering the best bean sprouts, fresh ginger and spring onions not to mention lettuce at incredibly cheap prices, so cheap it was a joke”. She explains how years ago she came across an Israeli acquaintance, urging her to the benefits of coconut water, now popular and available, she added in her teachings with popularity.
Q: What do you favor, sweet tooth or savory?
“ I could skip the main course and go straight to desert”, in the same breath she loves whipping up a salad or fish and has a soft spot for baking cheese cake.” She finds it hard to relate and favor a specific dish as she enjoys and loves cooking them all.
Q: How does the art of cooking reflect at home?
Out of her three kids, her son takes strongly to the cooking side, also exploring and finding innovative ways to the next meal even photographing them as where the two eldest girls will cook out of necessity. Husband Anthony elaborates:” When Sharon makes a salad it is beautiful unlike my simply chopped tomatoes and cucumber. If soup is the course for the week though, its soup one..Monday night, soup two..Tuesday night, soup three..Wednesday night. Then we share with friends, family and neighbors, we get invited for dinner and get served the soup again because it freezes so nicely!” Generally the meal would be whatever they experimented that evening in class, but Anthony clearly depicts Sharon as a “Feeder”. Food brings the family together every night at the dinner table regardless of travels, schedules or other activities. Even though every meal at home might not be a fancy affair she still admits to eating with your eyes and having it no other way but to employ her skills when dressing a plate.
Q: Any preferences to your equipment or appliances?
Sharon’s preference to appliances and utensils is directly favored on how they conduct heat, she sells allot of her preferences out of her cooking studio to students. Preference leans towards her Jamie Oliver pots and non-stick Circulon cookware that carry lifetime guarantee’s. She also enjoys induction cookware, air fryers and various Kenwood appliances and teaching students on using them. As for utensils she offers the following advice: “ Always go for the best quality you can buy, spend the money once so you won’t have to buy it again whether it be a knife, worktop or whisk” Sharon favors amongst other her various mandoline slicers, exclaiming them still to be one of the most amazing must have items in a kitchen.
Q: What are the benefits of cooking with gas for you?
“I do prefer Gas. The biggest benefit of Gas is the instant heat, the instant heat On and Off, I love the fact that you can choose what plate you want to cook on without delay. a Second great benefit is that you can regulate your temperature accordingly. A huge factor in play is making sure you are using the right pots.” She compares her knowledge on cooking previously with electric stoves where the result comes to a limited heat experience.
Q: what’s next on your list of challenges?
Sharon is introducing her own spice range and will be adding flavors as the range grows. “I am currently busy with my next book but we are also looking at cooking more for team building corporate, you can teach socially to a point, where corporate is an entire different level. What I love of my current status is cooking from home, I get to be with my family which is the corner stone and ultimate purpose of food, bringing people together.” - interview by X3 Design Studio - .
METROBUS PROJECT ( INTERVIEW WITH MR EDDIE COOKE).
In 2011, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) held in Durban, the mayor of the City of Johannesburg agreed to the greening of public transport. Subsequently, the recommendation was made that Metrobus take the first step to reduce tail-pipe emissions. It was decided to put the initial conversion of 30 buses to dual fuel, natural gas and diesel, out to tender. Virtual Gas Network (VGN) won the gas supply tender and currently supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) to the Milpark Metrobus Depot for the refuelling of DDF diesel dual fuel buses.
VGN is a customer of Egoli Gas’ and compress natural gas for vehicular and industrial use. Their model creates a virtual pipeline from supply point to the customer by means of trucks and trailers. Their compression point (mother station) is in Langlaagte, Johannesburg, from which trucks transport CNG to customers (daughter stations).
A further 150 newly procured Metrobus buses with Euro 5 emission rating are currently in the process of being converted to dual fuel for Metrobus. Dual fuel buses use diesel and natural gas as fuel simultaneously, the natural gas substitutes from 30 % and up to 70 % of the diesel (pulling off on diesel and then as they get up to speed the gas substitution increases to an average of 70%). The current depot in Milpark will use approximately 40 000GJ/annum. There are plans to convert a further 60 – 90 buses at this depot, including refurbishments to engines and bus bodies of the current fleet to be added to the first 30 units done initially. Due to the proximity of natural gas pipelines in Milpark, there is the possibility of conversion of the Depot site to another compression station and to move the current daughter station to the Metrobus Depot in Roodepoort
The duel fuel conversion to the Metrobus fleet has resulted in a decrease in CO2 emissions of around 20% and reduced the cost of fuel by 15%. Increased use of natural gas in buses also reduces particulate, SOx and NOx emissions.
It has become clear to all those involved that the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for public transport is a cleaner and cheaper solution for the future.
INTERVIEW WITH ARND & KAREN OF SWITCH BOARDS UNLIMITED.
October 10th 2016
1. What does Switch Boards Unlimited manufacture?
We manufacture electrical distribution boards.
2. Where is the majority of your energy used in your process?
The majority of our energy is utilised in our powder-coating oven.
3. How did you hear about Egoli Gas?
The neighbouring factories in Industria are Egoli Gas customers.
4. What made you call Egoli Gas for gas supply?
We called Egoli Gas to obtain a more cost effective and convenient gas solution to our LPG supply.
5. How did you find the conversion of equipment and pipelines to Egoli Gas piped natural gas?
The process went extremely smoothly. The service we received both from Egoli Gas and the pipeline contractor, that work inside our factory, was outstanding. We experience no downtime of our plant.
6. What was your experience of the service you received from Egoli Gas staff?
The staff are extremely well informed, friendly and efficient.
7. What benefits have you experienced since switching to piped natural gas from Egoli Gas?
Energy costs have been reduced considerably. There is less hassle as we no longer have to order gas cylinders on a weekly basis.
8. Would you recommend Egoli Gas to other companies in your industry?
Most definitely! The entire experience from start to finish has been executed without any delays or problems. The product is extremely cost effective, the billing is timeous and correct. All round it has been an excellent move for our organisation.
Address: 12 Blumberg Street, Industria. .