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State set to commercialise coal-conversion technologies

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) will shortly be appointing consultants to advise it on how best to commercialise proprietary technology which is able to convert coal into value-added products. CEF’s Dr Howard Roberts tells Engineering News the technology is currently housed in... 

One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Largest single GRP vessel completed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE detailed design, manufacture and erection of the largest single glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) vessel in Southern Africa has been completed by Speedmark Plastics. Comprising a scrubbing tower designed and specified by Lockwood Green Petersen, the vessel was supplied to Palabora Mining, and... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

Storm in fishing net as quota war rages on

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A recent court case between the Depart- ment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and 61 fishing companies has had repercussions that will be felt throughout South Africa’s fishing industry for years to come, long after judgment against the department was heard on April 23. The application,... 

Sulphur plant dehumidifying a success

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following the dehumidifying of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) sulphur plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by moisture-control firm Munters, of Edenvale, Gauteng, the company was for the first time able to draw up its own timetable for maintenance of its sulphur plant irrespective of weather... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

British tank passes trial

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE British Army’s new main battle tank (MBT), Challenger 2, has exceeded demanding reliability targets during a series of rigorous trials which tested the performance of the tank under battlefield conditions, the British Ministry of Defence has announced. Challenger 2 is a strong contender... 

Botswana gate-valve project

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Gauteng iron foundry Active Foundry has completed all spheroidal graphite iron components for eight 1 000 mm gate-valves bound for a project in Botswana. Since 1991, the company has consistently increased the complexity and quality of its valve castings, which require certain expertise similar to... 

Orders placed for new containers

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Orders worth US$55-million (R340-million) for 31 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (Teu) of new containers have been placed by P&O Nedlloyd. “The order includes a thousand 40-ft-high cube integral refrigerated containers,” reports P&O Nedlloyd (SA) MD John Turner. The balance of the... 

Shipbuilder for cable project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 KOREAN company Daewoo Heavy Industries has been selected to supply cable ships for the maintenance of the global Oxygen optical fibre undersea cable network. The contract calls for an original order of six ships, with options to buy up to a total of 23 vessels as further phases of the network are... 

Large-scale telemetry reducing gas costs

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Bulk gas-supply services provided by Air Products are being further optimised through a large-scale application of telemetry systems to drive down supply costs. The telemetry system, TelAlert, remotely monitors the customer’s cryogenic storage vessels from Air Products’... 

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