The safe keeping of CoC’s

The Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) clearly state that an authorised person shall issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) after completion of a gas installation, repair, modification, alteration or change of user or ownership.

The Southern African Gas Association (SAGA) under its mandate, has its own designated CoC, specific for the methane based gas applications to be used by Gas Practitioners. A Gas Practitioner needs to take cognizance of his/her own responsibility and ownership of the CoC book issued in their name as required by the PER. The Gas Practitioner is advised to keep their CoC book safe under lock and key at all times.
If the CoC book or individual CoC’s are misplaced, lost or stolen the matter must be reported to SAGA immediately. Should the Practitioner request a new CoC book, the following steps must be followed;

  1. Submit an original Affidavit, which records the following:
  • Name and Surname of the Gas Practitioner
  • SAQCC Gas registration number
  • CoC book start and end numbers
  • If CoC’s have been issued, state number and or range of CoC’s issued
  • If applicable, the case number
  • Reason why requesting a new CoC book

 

  1. Obtain a quotation for a new CoC book from SAGA and on payment provide Proof of Payment for SAGA to issue the new CoC book.

    Failing to adhere to the above will be regarded as gross negligence on the part of the Gas Practitioner to whom this book was personally and directly issued and can lead to disciplinary action.
    Gas Practitioners need to ensure that all CoC’s are completed in full, and on completion of work done, the CoC should be forwarded to SAGA for record keeping. SAGA maintains a database of completed CoC’s of all Gas Practitioners for referencing and record purposes.

    Completed CoC’s can be forwarded to the following persons elrien@sagas.co.za or lerato@sagas.co.za

    Be vigilant and keep your CoC book safe to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. It is better to be safe than sorry!

 

LNG on the rise

Liquefied Natural Gas is emerging, the flexibility of export options makes it a sought-after alternative worldwide. Natural Gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In Africa, the supply and use have been relatively low when compared to the rest of the world, consequently, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the continent’s energy mix will surely rejuvenate an overburdened, out-dated energy infrastructure and reduce cyclical energy shortfalls.

Mozambique houses an enormous amount of offshore natural gas resources, Italian energy major Eni, Exxon Mobil and partners have located an estimated 85 trillion cubic feet of Natural Gas recourses in Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin (Area 4). The Mozambique government have since received the development plans and is scheduled to commence processing by 2024.

As the operator of the Area 4 block, Mozambique Rovuma Venture is leading the charge towards Mozambique’s positive future as a significant LNG exporter.

The Coral floating LNG project envisions using an FLNG vessel with the capacity to export 3.4 million metric tons of LNG per year, the project has already received a positive final investment decision. Floating LNG vessels are capable of handling gas production, processing, liquefaction, and loading activities all on one vessel.

“Following the final investment decision on Coral South FLNG in 2017, we are working together to develop the remaining gas fields which will feed the Rovuma LNG trains.” Massimo Mantovani, Eni chief gas and LNG marketing and power officer

Significant marketing progress has been made and the joint venture partners are in active negotiations on securing sales and purchase deals for Rovuma LNG. These commitments will enable the project participants to progress to a final investment decision which is expected in 2019.

“The size of the project makes it not only an important investment in the country but also supports economic growth and opens new opportunities for Mozambicans,” Stefano Maione, Eni’s executive vice-president for the Mozambique program

ExxonMobil’s unit, ExxonMobil Moçambique Limitada will lead construction and operation of liquefaction trains and related onshore facilities for the Rovuma LNG project, while Eni Rovuma Basin will lead upstream developments and operations. The initial phase of the Rovuma LNG project will develop the Mamba reservoirs in Area 4. This is the beginning of a new dawn for the LNG market in Africa.

Notice: Gas work undertaken in the Domestic/Commercial Natural Gas environment

Should a unauthorised (non-registered) person be allowed to negotiate a contractual agreement with the user/client?

There have been instances reported where, after concluding contractual agreements with the end user, the unauthorised person constructs the gas installation and thereafter obtains the services of  a registered Gas Practitioner to sign off.

The concern raised here is that the public is generally ignorant and full of trust and engages unknowingly in such arrangements. How is the public/user in this regard protected against the evils of such practices when matters go wrong? There is recourse for the user via the Consumer Protection and Occupational Health and Safety Acts but how does this kind of practice sit with the public and how is this affecting the face value of the gas industry?

Should it then be that all persons doing gas work in the domestic/commercial natural gas environment need to comply to the PER Reg 17 (1) (c)  and be registered with the SAQCC Gas as a Gas Practitioner? This should then eliminate unauthorised persons from engaging in contractual agreements with users and through this mitigate risks for parties concerned.

Also, the solution is that a registered Gas Practitioner shall not sign off on gas installations undertaken by unauthorised persons, taking cognisance of the Gas Practitioner’s ”Code of Good Practice” which states, quote unquote…

  •  ‘’Undertake only those assignments which fall within my authorised level of registration and scope of work for which I am competent by virtue of training, experience and certification.’’
  • ‘’Sign only for work I have personally carried out or work supervised for which I have personal knowledge through direct technical control or supervision.’’

What do you as an industry role player propose to remedy or mitigate the domestic/commercial natural gas environment as to such practices? Forward your comments/suggestions to elrien@sagas.co.za