Having successfully opened day two of the gasworld African Conference 2008, the morning continued in the same great vein of form with a series of presentations geared more towards the cryogenic aspects of the industrial gas business.

Chaired by Donal McKinnon of Afrox, the session opened with a presentation from Rand Air & Gas’ Allan Sparrow as he discussed the history of cryogenics in South Africa.

Sparrow approached a rough guide to the history of cryogenic equipment manufactured in South Africa, the industrial research and development behind this, and the challenges for future in this area.

Describing the challenges to address in the future, Sparrow explained, “The power shortages which caused us so many problems earlier this year, the cost of raw materials due to the demand in the East, we have a shortage of skilled man-power in Africa as you all know – we have t take them and give them the opportunity to develop and grow.”

“We need South Africa to become a global player,” he added.

And the recurring topic of cryogenics for the second session ensued, as Cryoshield Founder John Winterton took to the stage to present a discussion about cryogenic equipment and project activity. This included the obstacles faced and also explained cryogenic food freezing and the trends in this business, among many other interesting points.

“My company is Cryoshield, I’ve been involved in the industrial gas industry for thirty years and I’d like to talk to you about South African cryogenic process equipment. The exciting thing about this industry is the challenge to find the answer to problems by using industrial gas,” Winterton said in his first few moments under the spotlight.

Winterton also made note of a new, innovative application of gases & cryogenics in the food and beverage industry – that of shelling cashew nuts using liquid nitrogen. Having explained the motivation behind the project and the intricacies of the technique, it was made clear that the hope is for such a unit to be employed adjacent to ASU’s in the future. gasworld hopes to bring readers more about this clever application in the future.

The action continued to unfold with the unique presentation of Cryostar, which really broke the mould as the company’s Rekima Hassina and Samuel Zouaghi conducted a thirty minute presentation together and between them offered guidance for optimising your cryogenic pumping process.

Breaking for lunch, Bob Brown of Chart Ferox provided the morning’s last presentation and explored mini/micro bulk technology.

Delegates will reconvene after the lunch break, sponsored by Union Engineering, and pick-up the theme of the ‘Tools to meet the Challenge’ with closing presentations from John Raquet and Herose’s Keith Stewart, and a conference round-up from both Raquet and the SACGA’s Albert Spencer.

The curtain will fall on the conference adventure with an entertaining night of cultural experiences and fine food and drinks at the gasworld Cultural Evening, sponsored by Dominion Gas and regarded as an appropriate end to a hugely successful conference event.

Missing out on the revelations at the gasworld conference? Catch-up with all these presentations and more on the gasworld website when the online conference videos are made available later this month.