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Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

CoreSlab drives uptake of precast concrete and HCC technologies

     20th October 2017 CoreSlab’s involvement in a number of public sector projects reflects the ongoing growth of precast and hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) technologies in the country. This leading precast concrete designer and manufacturer has participated in many successful infrastructure-related projects,... 

Heat Is No Match For Apex’s Solutions

     20th October 2017 In engineering and manufacturing, warehouses and workshops often become heat chambers in a hot summer as is currently being experienced in most parts of the country. Doors left open to allow access for people and equipment also let in hot air, which is trapped in the building and reheated by the... 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

Identifying New Energy Markets In Africa

     16th October 2017 The population in Africa is growing with an expected 6% annual increase in demand for electricity, but the deficit in access to energy in Africa is a severe constraint to growth, development and productivity - on a scale that restricts Africa’s ability to compete effectively in the global... 

Powertech Switchgear land a big deal with Eskom

     13th October 2017 The tender for Eskom’s distribution and transmission MV AIS switchgear was issued in 2015 and Powertech Switchgear seized the opportunity to submit on tender obligation. The tender was awarded in March 2017 and Powertech Switchgear managed to gain five years of supply. Eskom requirement is to... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Parnis Completes E-Houses For African Mine

     9th October 2017 An established track record for quality manufacture resulted in Parnis Manufacturing securing a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-House) destined for a mine in Africa. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked increase in the demand for a company that can... 

Absolute Accuracy With Henstler Acuro Encoder

     6th October 2017 Absolute encoders are considered ideal for applications where a power outage requires machinery to reorient without having to reconfigure any of its settings. This, according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of sensor solutions specialist Countapulse Controls, is because an absolute encoder is... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges

     6th October 2017 With South Africa’s lack of clean water and sanitation has pressurising the country’s pumps industry to provide solutions, pump manufacturer Sulzer’s new pump ranges cater to the country’s need for improved water and sanitation, with ranges specifically developed for water transportation and... 

Supplier extends pumps offering

     6th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco’s portable energy division expanded its offering for the dewatering market, launching more than 20 new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps in August. The launch included the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps.... 

Eaton aiming to grow share in African utility market

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 Electrical components and systems company Eaton aims to grow in the utility, commercial buildings and mining sectors in Africa by replicating the success of its power quality business, says Eaton Africa Sales Director Malvin Naicker. Eaton is focused on providing high-quality technical support... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 BMW SA will invest an additional R160-million in its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. 

Tortue liquefied natural gas development, Mauritania and Senegal

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 BP and Kosmos Energy plan to produce vast volumes of gas from the Tortue gasfield, which contains more tha 15-trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. 

SMC Sponsors ProPak Cape 2017 as Part of its Commitment to the Packaging Industry

     5th October 2017 As ‘partners in packaging’, SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry whilst maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. The company has spent more than half a century developing more than... 

Specialised Welding Equipment and highly sort after Wolffkran Tower Cranes coming to market.

     4th October 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS Africa) have mandated GoIndustry DoveBid S.A to dispose of their surplus welding machinery and tower cranes. In 2007, MHPS Africa were awarded two contracts by Eskom for the Medupi and Kusile Power Stations in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, and... 

Hazer and MinRes look at commercial opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 ASX-listed Hazer Group and Mineral Resources have signed a nonbinding heads of agreement to potentially develop commercial synthetic graphite facilities. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work towards developing a large-scale commercial synthetic graphite facility,... 

Tungsten Mining launches A$13.5m capital raise

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd October 2017 ASX-listed Tungsten Mining will raise some A$13.5-million through a nonrenounceable entitlement offer, to complete pilot plant testwork at its Mt Mulgine tungsten project, in Western Australia The one-for-three nonrenounceable entitlement issue will be priced at 10c a share, with some 135-million... 

Battery management systems reduce risk of unplanned interruptions

By: Victor Moolman     22nd September 2017 With unplanned interruptions being the greatest risk to distributing power at substations when reserve power fails to support the system, industrial battery management system (BMS) manufacturer Balancell uses precise BMS instrumentation, software and connectivity to continuously monitor battery... 

Product presentation showcases VRF technology

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Last month, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) product distributor AHI Carrier South Africa – the official distributor for Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Toshiba – hosted a product presentation and training event for the Toshiba SHRM-e variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.... 

System advantages start with modular abilities

     22nd September 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand explains that the advantages of using modular systems is the integration between Legrand’s busbar trunking systems, cast resin transformers and XL³ cabinets. The modular systems include cast resin transformers, with low... 

Digital switchgear launched in China

By: Victor Moolman     22nd September 2017 At an ABB customer event at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, in China, last month, ABB launched its MNS Digital switchgear, which enables electrification systems to become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). ABB product marketing director Avi Ramdhin explains that the MNS Digital is... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

Walkabout welcomes cornerstone investor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources has welcomed Chinese engineering firm Jinpeng Mining and Machinery as a cornerstone investor. Through a $1-million investment, Jinpeng will become Walkabout’s largest investor, holding 10.6% of the company’s shares. 

Repackaged technology to serve local minerals market well – FLSmidth 

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 The repackaging of established technology to process mined minerals is set to serve the local market well, according to mining and cement process technology company FLSmidth.  

Tidal turbine plant project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 The Tidal turbine plant project will ensure the assembly and maintenance of the tidal turbines for the Normandie hydroproject.  

Atlas Copco liquid ring vacuum pumps - resource-conserving plug-and play solutions

     14th September 2017 The tough construction and proven operating principle of AWS, AWD & AWL liquid ring vacuum pumps from Atlas Copco make them suitable for use in the most demanding of environments across all sectors, from food processing and petrochemical to construction. Pre-engineered and fully assembled... 

Free State micro-grid pilot offers new universal-access hope  

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is piloting a micro-grid system in a rural Free State town that may offer a solution to electrifying other remote areas, where the cost of connection to the national grid is currently prohibitive, due to a number of factors such as difficult terrain. The... 

Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. This was reported by Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane at a media briefing at Pelindaba on... 

Atlas Copco Adds High Flow Models to Vastly Expanded Dewatering Pumps Portfolio

     8th September 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy has expanded its offering for the dewatering market with the launch of over thirty new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps. This includes the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps. The new pumps are capable of accommodating... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas export facility project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The project is expected to produce ten-million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year. 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

Experts unpack their experience in desalination solutions

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Gathering this week at the Water Desalination Symposium Africa 2017, water experts have offered their experience and insight into building and operating desalination plants in South Africa, with some saying the real cost of desalinated water has worked out to between R7/m3 and R10/m3.  The price... 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries 

     31st August 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company AB-InBev subsidiary South African Breweries will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. 

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

ABB enables operating cost savings of up to 30 percent through MNS Digital with ABB Ability condition monitoring

     24th August 2017 ABB renewed its commitment to developing the next generation intelligent low-voltage switchgear as it unveiled its latest solution, MNS Digital, at a recent ABB Customer World event at the Hangzhou International Expo Center in China. Building on a decade’s worth of experience in pioneering the... 

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