PROGAS shares expertise on bulk LPG Technology at MEED 2007 conference

Published February 26th, 2007 - 02:23 GMT

Jordanians are increasingly using bulk LPG technology as it is a viable replacement for diesel and natural gas in a country that is in an ever greater need for smart energy solutions to cater for recent developments in the real estate market, said Saba Salti, PROGAS General Manager, the first private company in Jordan to market and provide bulk LPG Technology.

Speaking at the MEED conference that took place on February 20-21 at Le Méridien Amman, Saba Salti highlighted the numerous benefits of bulk LPG in the Jordanian market saying that "it will reduce capital investment required for natural gas transmission pipelines; increase LPG secondary storage tank capacity; replace diesel, which will lead to a reduction in emissions and ground water contamination; and is regarded as an opportunity for electric generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) on a community system; as well as a replacement for less efficient appliances with more efficient gas appliances."

Salti also explained that with PROGAS technology, which uses bulk LPG "gas is safely stored underground with gas being delivered to appliances through a network of pipes that can be installed within a week." He added individual tank sizes vary between 950 to 3800 kg, which is equivalent to 60 to 200 cylinders, noting that large community type installations can have tank capacities up to 60 metric tons or more.

"With bulk LPG technology, meters are utilized to measure gas consumption so that customers receive a gas bill at the end of the month for the actual gas consumed," Salti explained.

Bulk LPG technology is considered the safest and most efficient in the sector and is installed according to the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes 54 and 58, he added.

Salti also discussed the wide range of appliances in homes that use LPG, which include water heating, central heating, burners, boilers, cookers, grills, driers, generators, pest control and outdoor lighting.

LPG is a mixture of butane and propane and is derived from refining crude oil or produced in natural gas fields.  The key characteristic of LPG is the fact that at normal temperature and pressure it is a gas, but when subjected to moderate pressure it is liquefied and becomes 270 times more compact. This makes LPG practical for storage and transportation in containers, an advantage over other gases such as natural gas, which is expensive to liquefy and hence requires extensive piping networks for delivery to end users.

The MEED 2007 conference is designed to provide a platform for regional investors to discuss Jordan’s compelling investment package in detail, obtain insight into the future plans of leading developers and investors and gain knowledge on upcoming projects, contracts and tenders, which will enable businesses to determine their future strategic direction.


About PROGAS

PROGAS is a private Jordanian limited liability company that was established in 2005 with a capital of JD 440,000. PROGAS is specialized in gas distribution and marketing, and the implementation of bulk gas technology. PROGAS' solutions and technical support are in accordance with the highest and most recent international standards and specifications. PROGAS adopts the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes 54 and 58. All tanks used for gas storage and transportation are compliant with the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or their equivalent. All vehicles used for gas transportation are compliant with the requirements of the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

 


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