Following a tasty lunch, provided by the sponsors Bhuruka Gases, delegates returned to Indaba Hotel’s auditorium for the final session of the day on Products Supply Dynamics.
The third session, and final part of day one, was chaired by InoxCVA’s Savir Julka. Julka took to the stage to introduce the session’s first speaker – Peter Toftegaard, from Union Engineering.
Toftegaard informed the audience his presentation was titled ‘CO2 – Optimising Source vs Location’. He began by listing CO2 sources, which included fermentation, syngas, flue gas and wells.
“The consumption (of CO2) is in food processing, beverages, and industrial usage,” said Toftegaard, adding, “in most of the world (Americas, Europe, South Africa and Asia) CO2 is a by-product in recovery or extraction.”
“This leaves a small area of Africa and India where CO2 is self generating.”
“There is strong demand for CO2 in Africa with an upward trend in the volume increase in carbonated beverages.”
In his conclusion, Toftegaard said, “CO2 demand is increasing based on market drivers – there are huge diversions in merchant CO2 prices but supply security is a main concern for end users.”
The final presentation of day one came from Cryostar’s Philippe Fauvel, who highlighted relevant points regarding the LNG Supply Chain.
Fauvel, quite rightly, linked the similarities between the well known and used Industrial Gases process and the newly emerging LNG sector – drawing clear parallels between the two.
“How you get LNG is very simple. The transportation of it is similar to the transportation of Industrial Gas. it uses the same technology,” he said.
Fauvel continued by explaining that LNG and LCNG for vehicle refueling uses the same technology as refilling an Industrial Gas cylinder – and continued to provide more examples about the usage of valves, and other products, that can be used for both traditional Industrial Gas and LNG.
“LNG is a great source of energy,” said Fauvel, adding, “this is a market growing with big figures and it could be, for many of us here, a huge revenue stream of the future.”
After the end of Fauvel’s presentation, John Raquet took to the stage to close day one of the conference.
But before the session ended, Raquet mused that “excuse the pun but Liquefied Natural Gas clearly is a natural fit for the Industrial Gas sector and is something we all should be considering.”
Following the close of session three, delegates gathered again at the Chief’s Boma at around 7.30pm for the conference dinner – sponsored by Air Products.
Guests were treated to a buffet dinner of authentic African cuisine before being entertained by some native African music being played on the drums.