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Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers

Increased demand for containerised steam plants

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Heat generation company Steam Generation Africa will soon be delivering two containerised mobile steam plants to mining projects in North and Central Africa, respectively. “There is an increasing demand for saving space and ensuring the mobility of boilers units in Africa. We are seeing this... 

Beira port terminal upgrade to boost massive supply to Southern Africa

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 African downstream petroleum multinational Engen Petroleum is currently undertaking first-phase revamp work on Beira Terminal, an import and storage facility in the Port of Beira, Mozambique. When complete, the terminal will be able to supply Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and the... 

SA companies inspect 700 MW unit at Indonesian power station

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Rope access specialist Skyriders and plant care engineering consulting experts Carab Tekniva completed the inspection of a 210-m-high smokestack and various boiler pressure components at the Paiton coal-fired power station in East Java, Indonesia. The two South Africa-based companies undertook... 

Pre-engineered heat exchanger solution available

2nd August 2013 US-based Technology and engineering company Emerson Process Management announced the release of an integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that improves operations performance and reduces energy costs. The solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential Asset Monitoring applications.... 

Curbing impact on the oceanic environment

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Global shipping company Maersk Line (ML) has reduced its energy consumption and has registered a corresponding environmental-impact reduction of 105.000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for all its vessel operations since its environment-friendly software programme, the quality and energy efficiency in... 

SA company manufactures tank for Asia

2nd August 2013 South African tank design and installation company Steelfab Water Solutions Africa completed the installation of a two-million-litre polyvinyl chloride- (PVC-) lined panel Aquadome water storage reservoir in Subic Bay, in the Philippines, in March. The reservoir is backed by the company’s... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Tank maintenance is key to securing sustainable  business in various industries locally and globally, states head of engineering  for Fluor mining and  metals group South Africa Andries Bester. He notes that  for the  mining and petrochemical industries, the regular maintenance of tanks, heat... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry
Photo by Christo Greyling
TANK MAINTENANCE With aging capital equipment, tank maintenance something that is becoming increasingly important worldwide

R10m project in Mozambique awarded to SA supplier

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 A four-month contract to supply four fire water tanks at a fuel terminal in Maputo and Beira, Mozambique, was awarded last month to South African bulk liquid and dry bulk storage tank supplier Tank Connected. The erection of the tanks will start at the end of the year, says Tank Connected... 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

Local group to launch new fully welded heat exchanger in SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Local heat exchanger group HGF Plate Heat Exchangers (HGF-PHE) plans to launch a new range of plate heat exchangers that are manufactured by French engineering group Vitherm in South Africa. “These products have gained significant traction in the global market in a short time, owing to... 

Manufacturer promotes steel reservoirs

3rd August 2012 To improve its competitive position, reservoir manufacturer Rainbow Reservoirs has started the local manufacture of several reservoir component parts and plans to soon start the local rolling of the Zincalume steel panels that are used to construct the reservoir walls. The panels are currently... 

Government approved inspection authority under new management

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Government-approved pressure equipment inspection company Genrox Management Services is under new management as of July. The company specialises in all types of boiler and pressure-vessel inspections in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) within the framework of the South... 

Rubber company develops new pressure vessel lining method

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Rubber company 1st Wear Corrosion Protection Rubber and Paint (WCP Rubber) MD Andre van Rooyen says he has developed a new method for rubber-lining pressure vessels and plans to develop the use of this method in South Africa. The method involves putting uncured rubber into the vessel and using... 

Supplier notes growing demand for energy, heat efficiency

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Rising energy costs, paired with demand for renewable-energy sources has spurred the growing demand for energy recovery through the efficient use of heat exchangers. This is according to heat transfer, fluid separation and sanitary fluid-handling design and supply company Mechinox South Africa... 

New company to empower women

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Supplier of container-handling equipment and support services for the shipping sector BLT SA, which was established in January, is planning to expand its reach. The predominantly women-owned company, based at the Durban harbour, is focused on servicing the South African shipping sector. 

SA company to construct, install R2.8m tank in Mozambique

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 South African bulk liquid and dry bulk storage-tank manufacturer Tanks 4 Africa, which is part of the global US-based tank manufacturer Tank Connection Affiliate Group, is preparing for the construction and installation of a R2.8-million 1 000 m3 fire-protection tank at a fuel depot in Beira, in... 

Engineering specialist opens two new workshops

29th July 2011 Vanderbijlpark-based engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering has opened two new workshops, one in Vereeniging and the other in Naledi, Sasolburg. 

Water storage company’s reservoirs certified for firefighting duty

29th July 2011 Polokwane-based water storage facilities provider Rainbow Reservoirs reports that its range of water reservoirs has been certified as suitable for firefighting duty. 

Distributor plans to bring US hydraulic tank jacking system to SA

By: Sinette Goosen     29th July 2011 US-based liquid and dry bulk-storage applications specialist Tank Connection Affiliate Group’s (TCAG’s) hydraulic jacking system, which is used to ensure the safety of field crews when constructing field-erected bolted tanks, is expected to be made available in South Africa in future. 

Hot water tank insulation foam reduces energy costs

29th July 2011 International diversified chemicals company BASF reports that its new versatile open-cell Basotect foam is increasingly being used for the external insulation of stainless steel tanks to reduce energy costs. 

Container vandalism results in higher demand for protection device

29th July 2011 Security provider Vikela Aluvin reports that the demand for the Keeper Sealock security seal is increasing and the company is focusing all its attention on meeting that demand. 

Local forklift company expands container lift fleet

29th July 2011 Local independent forklift company Avis Forklift Centre has expanded its container lift fleet by purchasing a SB361 Steelbro sidelifter to provide faster customer service. 

New dishing press improves vessel manufacturer’s capabilities

By: Sinette Goosen     29th July 2011 Newly established dished end manufacturer The Dished End Company reports it has imported the country’s only dishing press with a manipulator. 

R18m water treatment project to be completed by year-end

By: Sinette Goosen     29th July 2011 Water and wastewater treatment specialist and chemical supplier Süd-Chemie reports that its Lady Grey water treatment project, in the Eastern Cape, is well under way. 

Heat exchanger manufacturer receives ASME authorisation

29th July 2011 Global heat exchanger and heat exchange solutions provider THT Heat Transfer Technology has obtained a U Stamp certificate of authorisation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which enables the company to manufacture pressure vessels as defined and regulated under ASME codes. 

Fluoropolymer heat exchangers designed

29th July 2011 Global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices Ametek has designed a new fluoropolymer heat exchanger, which is made of ultrahigh-purity (UHP) perfluoroalkoxy tubing. 

US laboratory invents new air-cooling device for CPUs

29th July 2011 New Mexico- and California-based multiprogram laboratory Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new air-cooling device for computing and microelectronic applications. 

Tank containers to increase wealth offshore

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 For individuals who wish to expand their offshore portfolios above and beyond government’s R4-million allowance, tank containers still remain the only viable, sure, unlimited and legal means to increase their wealth offshore, with the endorsement of the South African Reserve Bank, reports Port... 

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 After being approached by a number of potential clients, pressure vessel manufacturer GasCon has expanded its market into the manufacturing of heat exchangers, says GasCon MD Brian Sparg.

The company, which specialises in gas tank containers, road tankers and static pressure vessels, currently... 

Modular heat exchangers contribute to process 

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 With the current energy crunch in South Africa, efficiency of process is a key driver to achieve profitability. Heat exchanger performance can make a significant contribution to ensure process optimisation, says modular shell and tube heat exchangers specialist Mod-U-Flow’s Mick Stevens.


Pressure equipment industry steps up to meet local and global standards 

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 The pressure equipment industry has stepped up to meet international accreditation demands to ensure compliance with both domestic and global standards, and is on a par with, or in some areas ahead of, its international counterparts, reports Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA)... 

relocates to 
facility in KZN

30th July 2010 Manufacturers of versatile Transon heat exchanger systems Transheat, which was acquired by industrial consumables and engineering firm, BMG has relocated to the BMG Drives Westmead facility, in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The new BMG Drives facility, which boasts ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for the design,... 

Spiral heat exchangers 
reduce downtime

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 Multinational engineering group Alfa Laval reports that it continues to have a strong relationship with one of world’s largest zinc suppliers, based in Spain, to which it has supplied its spiral heat exchangers that have decreased downtime and improved thermal efficiency for the past 30 years.... 

Act requires EIA for storage tank installation

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 While there is a drive from industries to become more ecofriendly, many small companies are not aware of the current environmental regulations under the National Environmental Management Act, No 107 of 1998, which require an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) to be undertaken before the... 

Waste skips 
supplied for 
KZN smelter

30th July 2010 Specialist in fabrication, machining, proofloading and maintenance, Arlona Engineering has recently completed manufacturing ten aluminium waste skips for a prominent client in Pietermaritzburg.

“These robust skips will be placed at sites around the country and used to collect aluminium scrap,... 

Container handling equipment range extended

30th July 2010 Materials handling-equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has extended its range of Taylor container handling-equipment to include the new TS-9972 reach stacker, which offers enhanced performance in the toughest working conditions, as well as improved safety, reduced maintenance requirements... 

Reservoir meets larger-capacity requirements

30th July 2010 Polokwane-based water storage facilities company Rainbow Reservoirs MD Wayne Thompson says that his company has developed a solution to deal with the increased demand for large capacity panel reservoirs.

He explains that the dimensions of standard production models do not limit water storage... 

Rebels attack Lagos 
oil jetty

By: Bloomberg     31st July 2009 Nigeria’s main rebel group, known as the Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), said that it attacked a jetty used to offload oil tankers in Lagos, setting a depot and a number of vessels on fire, in mid-July. 

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