WTF Conference to address key petrochemical issues

Soliflo directors Phil Dawson (left) and Bruce Thomas. Soliflo directors Phil Dawson (left) and Bruce Thomas.

SOUTHERN Africa’s first tanker loading, vapour recovery.destruction and gas compression conference takes place on 18th and 19th March 2014 in Randpark, Gauteng. The event, which includes a product expo, is being independently organised by the Soliflo Group, Southern African liquid control and tanker loading specialists. 

“Soliflo is a respected, committed and concerned player in our industry and, as we did in 2008 in Cape Town, we have again opted to take a proactive stance by independently convening the WTF 2014 Conference. Our aim is to focus on a number of challenging topics and issues relevant to, and affecting our industry, and work towards finding a fix,” says Soliflo director, Phil Dawson.

“While the name may appear fun and light hearted, this was done in order to arouse interest and get our industry talking,” continues Dawson. “The conference’s subject matter could not be more serious, however, and we have a host of top level local and international speakers (US, Germany and UK) flying in to address delegates over the two day period. Anyone interested in attending is invited to email us his or her contact details.”

Final conference content is still under review, but key focus areas will include:

  • Vapour recovery/destruction
  • Clean Air Act
  • Tanker loading and product transfer: optimising safety of personnel and the environment
  • Gas compression and its use in the coal, shale and oil well fields
  • Gas deposits along the southern African coastline
  • Strategic opportunities in Mozambique and other SADC countries
  • Fracking: the pros and cons
  • Clean air through vapour recovery/destruction, a focal point

In March 2010, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39.2004) published a list of activities subject to legislative control and the ruling pertaining to the petroleum industry is clearly outlined, particularly with respect to the storage and handling of products with a vapour pressure in excess of 14 kPa, ie. all grades of petrol.

Fact is, any facility with a cumulative petrol storage capacity in excess of 500m³ or throughput of 5,000m³ per annum - facilities that handle virtually all the petrol in South Africa - must be compliant with the legislation.

Soliflo is geared to assist responsible players in this industry to overcome the significant challenges that this legislation presents with vapour recovery and vapour combustion units, two solutions that can go a long way towards ‘being legal’ with the added bonus of ‘being green.’ “We are able to facilitate the implementation of emission control and management strategies internationally proven to reduce the release of harmful volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere,” explains Dawson.

“While the provision of a comprehensive range of safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly liquid control, fluid and gas  transfer solutions to tanker operators is a primary focus, significant changes within the tanker industry have seen an increased emphasis on plant, personnel and environment safety. This will also be a key focus at our WTF 2014 Conference.”

Soliflo’s service portfolio includes consultation on and the supply of tanker loading and off-loading equipment. “Safety access and fall prevention systems form an integral part of our operation and we are proud to be the preferred supplier of a diverse range of equipment for the road, rail and marine tanker industries,” he adds.

Soliflo was established in 1984. Under its current and representing a host of international, leading brand liquid control and tanker loading products, systems and services, the Soliflo Group has been serving southern Africa’s tanker manufacturers and end-user customers throughout the SADC region and beyond since 2003.4. The two operating companies, Soliflo (Pty) Ltd and Soliflo Tanker Equipment (Pty) Ltd, are ISO.TS 29001:2010 Quality Management certificated and Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment accredited.

Soliflo’s client base includes all the process engineering sectors ranging from the chemical, oil and gas industries through to food and pharmaceuticals. “We have supplied equipment to and implemented projects for numerous southern African companies and our aim is to consult on, acquire and offer the latest technology within our sphere of highly specialised products, systems and services and tailor these to the specific needs of our customers,” concludes Dawson.

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