Powering the province: Reatile Gaz brings better LPG supplies to the Eastern Cape

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - MAY 25, 2015

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) supplier and distributer, Reatile Gaz, says it is now well-positioned to better serve its Eastern Cape customers after the Johannesburg-based company opened a R10 million LPG depot and cylinder-filling facility in the Markman Industrial area, Port Elizabeth, in September last year.

“The plant has a storage capacity of 45 000 litres of LPG and filling equipment that has been installed has a design capability that will enable us to fill approximately 400 cylinders, of various sizes, per eight-hour shift. The plant is a distribution facility, supplying cylinders to customers, as well as a back-up bulk storage facility to our bulk customers,” says Roger Rudd, General Manager at Reatile Gaz.

He explained that the decision to expand into the province was based on three factors: Reatile Gaz’s own need to build a national footprint; positive economic growth in the Eastern Cape (specifically in Port Elizabeth, which is coincidentally a link between the Western Cape and KZN regions where the company has depots), and the need to be there with their strategic partner, Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

“Reatile is a Tswana word, which, when translated and paraphrased, means ‘we are growing’ or more directly ‘we have grown’. The PE depot addition is proof of this and such development in the company bears testimony to this growth,” Rudd says, adding that their client base in the province has extended to towns such as Aliwal North and Middelburg.

He said, on the market, Reatile Gaz, which is a BBBEE Level 2 supplier, “prides itself in its service and safety levels offered to customers as every resource available to us is strategically aligned to focus on offering our customer service excellence”.

“It is always our goal to offer tailor-made solutions to each individual customer and we encourage our customers to highlight their specific expectations from Reatile Gaz.”

Currently, the PE depot employs eight people and there is potential to hire more people as the plant becomes more established.

Rudd said that, with the current rolling blackouts, adding LPG into the energy mix could lessen the energy burden placed on Eskom by communities, industry and companies while customers will enjoy huge saving on their electricity bill.

“The unique nature of Liquefied Petroleum Gas is its usage across such a vast array of consumers,” he describes.

Reatile Gaz is already building another storage and distribution facility in Hammarsdale, in KZN, and is in negotiations to acquire land in East London and Bloemfontein for two other facilities.