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Rural market to benefit from accessible LPG gas

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A liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pump manufacturer is in negotiations to distribute its portable LPG gas pumps, which feature Vesconite piston-rod bushings and composite piston discs, to rural areas in South Africa.

The filling pump has gone through rigorous testing by Gas Piping Services (GPS), a distributor of the pump.

Mevaco Pty MD Max Viljoen’s company manufactures industrial, as well as portable, LPG pumps, the latter of which are primarily used for small volume cylinder filling and gas transfer at transfer sites.

“We intend to sell the portable pump together with a gas unit, scales and bottles through GPS into the growing small medium and micro enterprise LPG market,” said GPS Director AJ de Wet.

The hope is that the distribution arrangement will allow the company’s pumps to be more widely installed and potentially be found in rural hardware stores and gas distributors.

A successful implementation of the initiative would allow rural South Africans to access LPG easily to cook and heat households, as well as use the fuel in commercial food production, agriculture and the production of ceramics, glass and metal work.

Viljoen notes that the company uses Vesconite piston-rod bushings and piston discs because of Vesconite’s high dimensional stability, ability to withstand temperature changes, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Mevaco’s portable LPG pumps are suited to remote, low volume or mobile sites. They provide the operator with a high quality pump with low long term running costs.

Adapted from press releases by Rosalie Starling

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