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Construction completed on 5 Mℓ/d water treatment plant

29th June 2012 The construction of the upgraded 5Ml/d Maphephetwa water treatment plant (WTP) in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed.  

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Utility retains Blue Drop status

29th June 2012 Provincial utility Amatola Water received three Blue Drop awards at the Water Institute of Southern Africa biennial conference, held in Cape Town, in May. 

Urgent need to procure rolling stock a challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The time pressures caused by the urgent need to procure new rolling stock pose a significant challenge in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, says audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG head of infrastructure advisory and financing De Buys Scott. 

Water conservation lowers future KZN demand

16th December 2011 The water conservation and water demand management initiatives implemented by the eThekwini, Ilembe, Ugu and Msunduzi municipalities have resulted in shortening the water supply deficit period for the KwaZulu-Natal coastal metropolitan area by three years to 2013, the Department of Water Affairs... 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

Localisation a priority for rolling stock renewal programme

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) expects to start the tender process for the local manufacturing of rolling stock by March next year. 

Prasa to take a greener route

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the process of developing its own environmental policy and strategy framework, which will be applicable to all its operating entities. 

Pace of rolling stock procurement might have to be revised – DoT 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) initial calculation that about 360 new coaches will have to be procured each year during the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, might have to be revised, says acting deputy director-general Jan-David de... 

Water utility to assist municipalities in improving service delivery

By: Joanne Taylor     16th December 2011 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has allocated an R8-billion budget for the 2011/12 financial year to enable bulk water utility Rand Water to assist municipalities in improving service delivery. 

Locally developed cryogenic low-noise amplifier to meet SKA needs

9th December 2011 Technology company Tellumat has made significant investments to create locally developed solutions that will form key elements of the current MeerKAT and hopefully the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.  

Utility managing Medupi delays

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom says the consortium responsible for supplying the boiler at Unit 6 of its 4 800 MW Medupi power station, in Limpopo, has committed itself to meeting the revised deadlines to have the unit brought on line by May 2013. 

Steel supply contract progressing

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 In excess of 24 000 t of steel has already been used for the erection of boilers at State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, as steel fabricator Genrec Engineering continues to make steady progress on fabricating with a total of 45 000 t delivered to site for the project. 

Construction materials supplier starts additional deliveries

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 Construction and industrial materials supplier Afrimat has secured additional orders to supply coarse and fine aggregate for the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo. 

Ventilation equipment installation gets under way

9th December 2011 Manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment Actom Air Pollution Control, which two years ago won the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracts for the turbine halls at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, has, to date, produced about half of the total... 

Company achieves safety milestone at Medupi

9th December 2011 Insulation, scaffolding and industrial coatings company Kaefer South Africa, through its subsidiary Kaefer Energy Projects (KEP), achieved a significant milestone by clocking up 500 000 work hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at Eskom’s Medupi power station near Lephalale, in Limpopo province.  

Construction group forging ahead despite unstable market

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 A shortage of new road construction contracts is forcing companies to tender at very low profit margins and take on high risk projects, asserts JSE-listed construction group Basil Read roads division MD Dave Bennett. He explains that the multiple challenges facing the road construction industry,... 

Rotary mixer at work on N12 expansion project

9th December 2011 The N12 highway is one of the South African National Roads Agency’s strategic priorities and it is here that civil engineering contractor Raubex Construction has been awarded the task of implementing a complete overhaul on Section 19 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Lighting the way for the GFIP 

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 Technical lighting manufacturer and distributor Beka has an ongoing R25-million contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to supply luminaires to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Subcontractor provides security solution to N17 toll project

9th December 2011 When toll specialist company Tollink was commissioned to provide the technology for extending the N17 toll project from Brakpan to Ermelo with three new plazas, starting with the Leandra plaza, it approached security firm Jasco Security Solutions and its Jasco-inspired brand Multivid to provide... 

Telescope project to process massive amount of data

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is presently to need an immeasurable amount of processing capacity to handle the information it will collect, says computer technology designer Intel South Africa public sector business development manager Hannes Steyn. 

Data centre to be constructed 5 m underground

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building, or data centre, will be constructed 5 m underground in a bunker to protect the on-site radio telescope instruments from radio frequency interference (RFI) generated by equipment located in the centre and to enhance the thermal efficiency of the building. 

Power supply contract for MeerKAT awarded

9th December 2011 Electrical products supplier Actom Power Transformers has been contracted to produce two 5 MVA power transformers for installation in the 66 kV / 33 kV Karoo substation, which will supply power to the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is a 64-dish array radio telescope to be built in the Karoo. 

Radio telescope reaches major milestone

9th December 2011 The MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), has passed its first test with an international panel of experts declaring that the MeerKAT has passed its preliminary design review (PDR) with distinction, says SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff. 

South Africa, Australia both offer advantages for hosting SKA 

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 With the announcement of the selected site for the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project just three months away, South Africa and Australia are in a tight race to win the honour of hosting this international project, with each country offering unique advantages. 

JV fast-tracks Medupi silo, chimney construction

9th December 2011 Slipform construction specialist the Karrena-Concor joint venture (JV) says it adopted innovative measures to meet advanced deadlines for the construction of two 213 m chimney’s and nine coal and ash silos for the Medupi power station in the Limpopo province. 

African rail niche?

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 There is potential for South Africa to become a niche railway engineering hub for Africa, bolstered by the transformation of State-owned logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering division into a maintenance and repair centre for African rail utilities, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi... 

Commissioning of first Ingula unit on schedule

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 The first of four 333 MW pump turbine units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014, with the remaining units to start commercial operation in 2014. 

Eskom working hard to offset time lost due to violent protests 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom aimed to stress its zero tolerance of violent protests when it shut down operations at its Medupi and Kusile power plant construction projects, in May, spokesperson Hilary Joffe tells Engineering News. 

Steel fabricator expands crane fleet

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group will deliver its new 400 t crawler crane to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power plant in August. 

Gautrain readies for phase-two launch

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Work on phase two of the Gautrain rapid rail project is proceeding smoothly, as the operator prepares to meet its completion date at the end of this month. 

Company ensures intelligent security at Marlboro station 

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Specialist in the design and implementation of intelligent video and perimeter security solutions, C3 Shared Services says its advanced video surveillance system has contributed to safety at the Gautrain Marlboro station. 

Bombela to receive phase two OCD Certificate

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup, which was appointed in 2006 as the Gautrain independent certifier (IC), will soon issue the Operating Commencement Date (OCD) Certificate for the second phase of the rapid rail project to concession company Bombela. 

Gautrain launches integrated public transport map service

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 The Gautrain launched its online integrated public transport map service, which will assist commuters to find and plan routes from one destination to another using only public transport, in May. 

Gautrain stations each feature a unique theme

24th June 2011 Each of the ten Gautrain stations has been designed according to its own unique theme to reflect the diverse resources, technologies, economy and culture of South Africa, the Gautrain states on its website. 

Cranes to ensure speedy railway recovery work

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 Railway product and engineering supply company Yale Engineering Products has secured an order and will supply two 160 t Kirow diesel hydraulic breakdown cranes, currently being manufactured in Germany, to State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering (TRE) division, in March or... 

Tractionel Enterprise completes Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution System

24th June 2011 Tractionel Enterprise, one of South Africa's leading railway electrification Company has successfully completed the implementation of the Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution (OCD) system.  

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