Bridging the fuel gap

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a greener alternative that will replace Petrol, Diesel and LPGas as heating or fuel. CNG burns cleaner when compared to traditional energy supplies and runs far cheaper than electricity. It is the cleanest alternative.

Our government has stated that natural gas forms the backbone of regional economic integration among Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries. Plans to establish a regional natural gas committee are also afoot, which will be tasked with promoting the inclusion of gas in the regional energy mix.

VGN supplies compressed natural gas via a virtual gas distribution network. Through this innovative modular road transport system VGN can safely and economically transport natural gas to refuelling stations, gas distribution networks, industries, power generation systems, as well as to customers who are not on an existing gas pipeline.

Natural gas is the second most used energy source in global industries, trailing only electricity –

The network behind it all

South Africa has an existing supply of Natural Gas via a limited pipeline. Plans to expand this pipeline have been mooted, but very little has been done since 2007.

We at Virtual Gas Network believe that the two key industries being mining and manufacturing, need an energy solution the bypasses the costs of traditional fuels and eliminates the uncertainty that Eskom brings to the power mix. Bringing CNG to the customer involves creative planning, future tech and groundbreaking research.

Established in 2007, Virtual Gas Network has played a huge role in developing an “access to all” network that offers CNG on tap.

The building blocks to cost-saving

The low-cost of CNG is a preferred energy source amongst industrial and mining companies. In addition, CNG can offer carbon credits bypassing stringent government regulations in pollution control.

The trailer road distribution system is specifically designed to provide solutions for:

  • customers who are remotely situated from an existing pipeline;
  • large industrial/ commercial customers within a 300km radius from a compression station (mother station) in Langlaagte, 5km west of the Johannesburg CBD; and
  • smaller customers that will form part of a larger distribution network, such as industrial parks, housing developments, and mixed use developments.

This road distribution system also supplies CNG refuelling stations and customers who have no direct access to the existing gas network (pipeline), and who want an alternative energy source to liquid petroleum gas, diesel, paraffin, and coal. All gas supply equipment can be installed and provided at no direct cost to customers, and they only pay for the CNG used.

CNG can be used for various applications:

  • Heating and cooling;
  • Power generation;
  • Fuel for buses, trucks, forklifts, motor vehicles and other fleet applications;
  • Furnaces, boilers and driers;
  • Industrial, commercial and domestic consumption; and
  • Other applications that use energy.


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