Muscat: An introductory seminar on “Hydrocarbon Gas Technology” was held at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) on Monday to highlight the importance of the use of hydrocarbon gas technology as an alternative to Chlorofluorocarbon Gas, which is used in most air conditioning and refrigeration, heating and other equipment operating under pressure gas systems.
The seminar was organised by the Manar al Noor Company, in cooperation with OCCI.
The opening ceremony was sponsored by Mohsen bin Khamis Al Balushi, advisor to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, who said the seminar explained the use of Hydrocarbon Gas Technology as an alternative to Chlorofluorocarbon Gas, which is less expensive and has fewer environmental side effects than the use of hydrocarbon gas.
Al Balushi also pointed out that international organisations concerned with the environment have fixed 2020 as the latest year for replacing Chlorofluorocarbon Gas with Hydrocarbon Gas Technology. He explained that some countries have begun using Hydrocarbon Gas Technology during the transition period and that a full replacement with this technology will take 15 years.
Nidhal bin Mansour al Masharafi, director general of the Manar al Noor Company, said Chlorofluorocarbon Gas is harmful for health and requires constant service and maintenance, adding that some countries had found an alternative nearly 16 years ago and used it as an alternative, noting that the goal of the Manar al Noor Company is to bring this technology to the Sultanate and to educate users about its benefits.
Australian experts also lectured at the seminar. They said Chlorofluorocarbon Gas, which is used mostly in air conditioning and refrigeration, heating and other equipment operating under pressure gas systems, is a chemical toxic gas and is harmful to health as it can cause skin cancer and some respiratory diseases and is harmful to the environment and the ozone layer.
The seminar was attended by Said bin Saleh Al Kiyoumi, chairman of OCCI, and a number of stakeholders from government and private agencies. — ONA stakeholders from government and private agencies.