WATER GAS IN NEW ZEALAND.
For some time past experiments have been carried on by those concerned in the manufacture of gas for the purpose of illumination in the direction of producing a successful water gas. This gas has many advantages over the gas known to the ordinary consumer, one of the_ most important of these advantages being an inherent preservative power, which enables it to be kept in its original condition for a much longer period than ordinary coal gas. Its importance has so far been recognised that wo find, according to the ' Financial News' of September 1, that the London Coke and Gas Company in their last annual report intimated that instructions had been given to their manager to make further experiments with the view of introducing water gas as an adjunct to the present 1 system of coal gas. There has also been established in Glasgow on a very large scale the North British Water Gas Company, over which—so large are the interests involvedthere is at present a considerable amount of litigation going on. It has, however, apparently been left for New Zealand to claim the discovery of a really valuable quality of water gas. Mr John Watt, gas engineer, of Gore, has, we are informed, discovered the proper combinations resultant in tho production of a hydro-carbon or water gas, which can not only be made at a lower price than ordinary gas, but which possesses a moro brilliant illuminating power. Mr Watt has taken out a patent for the manufacture of this gas, and has it at present in full development in his own establishment at Gore, where he lights not only his shop but the street, the light being, according to all accounts, of a most brilliant character. The manager of the local gasworks, who is a member of the Institute of Gas Engineers, pronounces it to be an unqualified success ; and the Borough Council have passed a resolution granting to Mr Watt a concession for the lighting of the borough for fourteen years at a rate not exceeding 10s per I,oooft. So little, however, does the gas cost to produce that Mr Watt anticipates that he will be able to supply the town at a rate not exceeding 7s 6d per I,oooft.
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WATER GAS IN NEW ZEALAND., Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889