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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Piping hot-success in Botswana

By: System Author     26th March 1999 All pipelines supplied for the water-treatment plants of the P1,5-billion North– South Water Carrier project in Botswana have been inspected by local inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion. Work for the Group Five and LTA joint venture involved inspecting all... 

R146m Botswana water contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 BOTSWANA’s department of water affairs has awarded a R146-million contract to the Grinaker Whyle/WBHO joint venture. The project involves the upgrading of the water supply, distribution network and sanitation system in and around Tlokweng village, situated outside Gaborone in Botswana. The... 

Power problem solved

By: System Author     26th March 1999 NAMIBIAN electricity utility NamPower called in Alstom Engines to investigate a problem experienced on one of four giant 6,4 MW Mirrlees Blackstone diesel engines at the Paratus power station at Walvis Bay. The 16-cylinder engines, which weigh about 105 t each, drive the generators of the power... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

New Jhb paint-finishing facility

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A completely-new semi-automated paint-finishing facility has been installed at the Johannesburg assembly plant of SEW Eurodrive. The additions were made without interruption or changes to the assembly lines, and will improve production output for the smaller to medium sizes of geared motors. The... 

Hi-tech projects flowing at soft drink maker

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Various new-technology projects flowing from soft-drink producer Amalgamated Beverage Industries’ (ABI) Clayville plant, in Gauteng, will enable the company to increase production substantially. In August last year the warehouse space of 12 700 m2 was increased by 3 200 m2 to 16 000 m2.... 

SA’s most powerful disinfection system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 What is believed to be the most powerful closed-chamber ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system in operation in South Africa has been installed in a canning facility in the Western Cape. The system has been delivered by specialist supplier UV Water Systems of Sunnyside, Pretoria, reports MD Mario... 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

Dolphin Coast takes lead in private water

By: System Author     26th February 1999 French water, sanitation and electricity services company Saur is on schedule with its R1-billion 30-year contract to supply water and sanitation services to the borough of the Dolphin Coast, the greater Ballito Bay area, in Kwazulu-Natal. Dolphin Coast is the first of two pilot projects –... 

Cooling tower agency won

By: Deborah Spicer     26th February 1999 The sub-Saharan African agency for Tower Tech water coolers has been awarded to Midrand, Gauteng, company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). These cooling towers, partly imported from the US, have many features not found on conventional cooling towers. The finished products have an 80% local content... 

Excavation of Mohale tunnel on track

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Progress on the 31,9-km-long Mohale tunnel, which will transfer water between the existing Katse dam and the still-to-be-built Mohale dam in Lesotho, has reached an important milestone with the start of excavation by the first two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs). An international joint venture,... 

Project to raise dam wall

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Zimbabwe Ministry of Rural Resources and Water Development contracted Hydroplus International in December last year in a R13-million project to raise the Ruti dam in the Manicaland Province by 1,6 m. The raising will increase the existing net storage capacity of 126-million cubic metres to... 

R1-billion services concession granted

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SOUTH Africa’s first concession for the provision of water and wastewater services has been granted. In the presence of Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Valli Moosa, the borough of the Dolphin coast formally granted a 30-year concession to a consortium led by Saur... 

Argon-purification plant order filled

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Two argon-purification plants have been supplied to Air Products by Keyplan, which is at present in the detailed engineering and procurement phase of a third plant for the gas supplier being exported to Malaysia, Engineering News can today report. To ensure the success of each project the two... 

Sanitation project hits funds snag

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A R64-million project to implement a waterborne sewerage system at Ivory Park in Midrand in 1994 could have been finished within a period of five years but, due to lack of funding, will only be 40% complete by June this year. The Khayalami Metropolitan Council (KMC) and Midrand Metropolitan Local... 

R3bn ‘town within a city’ project kicks off

By: System Author     5th February 1999 An intense 24-month first-phase building programme valued at R3-billion kicked off last week with the sod-turning ceremony of Mine Pension Fund Properties’ (MPFP) Melrose Arch. Nestled between the M1 and Corlett Drive in Johannesburg, the new ‘town within a city’ will be the... 

Argentinian sand filters for South Africa

By: System Author     5th February 1999 TECHNOLOGY first applied in Argentina may be used in South Africa to purify water inexpensively and effectively for rural communities, reports the Water Research Commission (WRC). South African researchers have undertaken intensive tests to determine whether the revolutionary cross-flow sand... 

From the bottom of the sea to a giant waterbag

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 In July last year Norwegian geologists descended to a depth of 5 600 m to investigate the mid-Atlantic ridge west of Svalbard, known before as Spitzbergen. For this venture, the scientists were lowered to perilous depths by the Russian mini-submarines MIR 1 and MIR 2, which were used to film the... 

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