New gas product enters market

Simgas' salesman explains how the gas is produce to would-be-client
Simgas Tanzania on Wednesday introduced into the local market cooking gas which is cost efficient and environmentally friendly.   

Simgas East Africa Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mirik Castro, said at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the new product- Gesi550 technology is a self-contained retail biogas digester and stove system. 

“The new product would become saviour to most families especially in the urban areas which spend substantial income on cooking energy” he said, adding: 
   “As most families in the East Africa region rely on wood fuel, charcoal and kerosene whose prices have become unaffordable, it is  costly to spend high proportion of their income on cooking energy.

In Tanzania, wood-fuel accounts for up to 90 per cent of total national energy consumption, with about 2 per cent from electricity and 8 per cent from petroleum products. 

 Mr Castro said biogas is perfectly suited to address problems of obtaining affordable cooking facilities because it involves a relatively simple and mature technology that produces consistent, clean and renewable energy to protect environmental degradations.   

He said Gesi550 can save up to 50 per cent of the cooking expenses for which a family in Dar es Salaam spend a minimum of 2,000/- a day on cooking energy.   He said there are almost zero costs after installing the technology because it uses leftovers after meal as raw materials.  

 On his part, the company’s Business Development Manager, Mr Tayeb Noorbhai said the total costs for acquiring the Gesi550 facility including cookers is 550,000/-. 

He said 25 city households are currently using the gas facility since it was introduced last year. The target is to have 1,000 clients before end of the year, he added.  One of the first users of the Gesi550 technology Mr David Hiza said the cooking energy has facilitated his family to cut down costs which were being spent on charcoal and fuel. 

For example, he said, the monthly budget for the cooking energy was about 40,000/- but went down almost to zero after using Gesi550.  

It is estimated that two billion people in the world use biomass fuels as main source of domestic energy.   Statistics show that about 30 per cent of urban families and 90 per cent of rural households in developing countries rely on traditional biomass fuels as the major, or only, source of domestic energy.
Source: The Daily News,www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Sebastian Mrindoko
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