Reconditioning steel lpg cylinders

By Christina Gjelstrup, communication officer, Kosan Crisplant.

If the cylinder cemetery is where scrapped cylinders go to die, the new Petrogas reconditioning plant in Mostorod, Egypt, is cylinder heaven. Damaged cylinders go in and bright, shiny new looking ones come out. The plant is equipped with state of the art reconditioning equipment, including hot and cold repair, paint booths and straightening machines. Highly efficient, the plant reaches an impressive capacity of 150 refurbished cylinders per hour.

There are numerous benefits to reconditioning cylinders and one of them is the large profit that may be hiding inside discarded cylinders. Reconditioning is only 25% of the price of a new cylinder, so it doesn’t take a maths genius to figure out that a lot of money may be saved by reconditioning cylinders that otherwise might to be scrapped.

Petrogas’ Egyptian reconditioning plant is one of kind in a number of ways. Firstly, the plant is equipped with a naphta removal machine for internally cleaning lpg cylinders that was specially designed by Kosan Crisplant. In the past, Egypt had an issue with naphta, as all types of fuel were carried to the country through the same piping. This resulted in residue from the pipes being transferred to the cylinders, requiring special equipment to remove it. Each fuel now has its own transfer line but the cylinders still contain some naphta.

Secondly, for the first time in the Egyptian reconditioning process, the dot marking machine has been introduced. It engraves a serial number and the date of repair on each foot ring on every cylinder as a means of keeping track of it. Finally, this plant is the newest worldwide and has the largest capacity in the Middle East and Africa.

So why not just scrap damaged cylinders, one might ask? Is it worth all the hassle of repairing, welding and straightening? Reconditioning offers a variety of benefits, not only to the owner of the reconditioning plant, but also to the consumer and to the environment. Reconditioning decreases the financial burden of buying new cylinders, since reconditioning is only a fourth of the cost of buying new cylinders. And well kept cylinders have a lifespan of an astounding 50 years – potentially putting off the acquisition of new cylinders for decades. It keeps the circulating cylinders in a safe condition for the end user and ensures the recycling of steel. Moreover, reconditioning means fewer mistakes, and thus stops, in the filling hall, which increases capacity, which in turn increases bottom line figures.

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19th July 2016

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