South African aerosols industry has grown consistently over the past few years, which has resulted in an increase in demand for propellant from Puregas.
While the company’s volumes continue to grow, unfortunately the local supply of gas has declined or at best remained constant. As a result, Puregas has been importing product by bulk ship to ensure supply interruptions do not affect its business or that of its customers. This has led to the need for a new on-site storage tank, which will act as a stock buffer when supply interruptions occur.
‘Customer service is core to our philosophy,’ says Philip Cloete, MD of Puregas. ‘Ensuring continuity of supply is central to this, which is why we are embarking on a project to install a new 500m3 gas storage tank, which is scheduled to be commissioned during the fourth quarter of 2017.’
The tank is being produced locally by Sikelela Steel – an engineering company that specialises in manufacturing quality pressure vessels for gas storage.
At the forefront of quality and safety
Along with customer service, safety-centric measures are central to Puregas’ success. The company’s technical manager, Grant Gascoigne says that the project has received the necessary approvals and all safety and environmental aspects of the installation will be overseen by Puregas’ SHEQ manager, Thomas Xaba. ‘The new tank has the capacity to store 500 000ℓ of propellant, and will be the largest tank situated on the Puregas site,’ Gascoigne explains. ‘In terms of the physical installation, the tank will be mounded above ground, resulting in reduced fire water usage and minimal environmental impact. Loading arms will also be fitted at three positions for the offloading of road and rail tankers, and the loading of road tankers. We believe this is a first for independent gas companies in South Africa.’
The expansion project will also see Puregas increase its amount of on-site gas detection and expand on its process flexibility to shorten the processing time to attain the refined finished product. This is particularly important in the treatment of imported propellant. These developments are set to position Puregas as a supplier of choice to the personal care, home care and wider aerosol industry. ·