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Easigas has added an energy optimisation and management service to its offering. The supplier of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which has sought to promote quality and safety while improving operational and manufacturing productivity and profitability, has added this supplementary service in order to better serve its customers, Easigas says.

DaveDeWit Easigas June 2017“This will take the form of a multi-faceted energy monitoring and management service offering which will also offer assistance to our commercial and industrial customers who need to be aligned with existing gas-related legislation,” says Dave De Wit, Commercial Technical Manager at Easigas. “The new service will assist in the optimisation of customers’ combustion systems and burner management. In addition, when the time comes to alter plant or install new gas systems, we will offer professional advice on the gas equipment selection and installation thereof.”

He adds that this new offering will fit in with the energy management programmes that many of the company’s commercial and industrial customers currently have in place, such as those in the industrial or mining sectors which have fully-fledged energy departments managing steam, water and gas usage. The energy monitoring and management service may also encourage large gas users in sectors such as those in the thermo-processing, power generation and petrochemical industries to migrate some or all their energy usage to gas, De Wit says.

Easigas will also be assisting companies with statutory compliance. The enforcement of statutory compliance deadlines, as defined in the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER), are to be revised due to the prohibitive costs of upgrades required to ensure compliance. The Department of Labour will require that companies draw up a risk profile, and then schedule measures to be taken to ensure compliance in a series of manageable and affordable steps.

“This could potentially open up opportunities for industries such as glass manufacturing, steel manufacturing or pyro-metallurgical operations – and many others – to get their houses in order in a manageable progression.
Obviously, during this entire process of completing compliance, we will ensure that projects of this nature are methodically and safely carried out,” says De Wit.

Easigas can also offer a scheduled monitoring solution, regardless of whether it is linked to a statutory requirement or not. This would allow for early detection for things like a burner nozzle or register becoming inefficient. The company can also assist customers with burner equipment selection, optimisation, management and compliance. “With our continuous on-site monitoring frequency, customers would also comply more easily with emissions legislation,” De Wit says.

Should a customer be considering installing or altering their combustion systems, Easigas will be able to supply projected gas consumption metrics, as well as burner installation and management advice. “We would consult on best-fit burner practice and would extend this into burner system installation and project management if required. When one considers the current cost of consulting engineering, the cost-savings our service will offer could be very substantial indeed,” De Wit explains.

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