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Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Multotec Launches As A Fully Botswana Company

     16th March 2017 After five years of successfully growing its market in Botswana, mineral processing solutions provider Multotec will now be relaunching as a fully-fledged subsidiary – locally registered and rooted in Botswana. “With our head office in Letlhakane and additional site offices at Jwaneng, Orapa and... 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Turkey takes US to WTO over duties on pipe and tube products

By: Reuters     8th March 2017 Turkey has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge US anti-subsidy duties on Turkish pipe and tube products, the WTO said on Wednesday. The products include oil country tubular goods, welded line pipe, heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes and... 

Earthlife’s application to stop nuclear waste smelter construction fails

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa has lost a court application against the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. On Tuesday, Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife’s application in the High Court in... 

Mandela Bay on brink of disaster as water crisis deepens

By: News24Wire      8th March 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on the brink of being declared a disaster area as the water crisis deepens, mayor Athol Trollip said on Tuesday. "Despite saving water, our water is running out. It's not raining and we could run out of water. If we run out of water, we have an absolute... 

Andre Nel – GreenTower

     7th March 2017 GCIP-SA alumnus Andre Nel with GreenTower, a solar energy micro-grid boiler, was one of 16 of the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs who were shortlisted for the 2016/2017 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Launched in 2014, the Prize aims to... 

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection 

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2017 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) confirms that it has recommended increased protection on several downstream steel products and that it is also considering recommending duties on a range of other value-added steel products in future. In addition, the... 

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Russia's Evraz meets forecasts with 7% rise in 2016 core earnings

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Russia's No.2 steelmaker Evraz said on Wednesday its core earnings rose 7% in 2016, benefiting from a rebound in steel prices and an improving domestic economy. The company's earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) totalled $1.54-billion, up from $1.44-billion... 

Rio-Carb appoints Wesco Engineering as its Namibian agent

     28th February 2017 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 CrC wear liners and pipes for heavy materials-handling applications in the mining and allied resources industries, has announced that Wesco Engineering has been appointed as its official agent in Namibia. Sias Suurd from Wesco Engineering has been tasked... 

Cape Town water prices could jump – De Lille 

By: News24Wire      28th February 2017 If Capetonians don't cut water use even more, the next step to avert dry taps could be putting treated waste water back into the system and an expensive desalination plant, which would push water prices up by at least 50%, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. With the dams that feed the city... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

DPI Plastics upgrades large-bore extrusion line for new Ultraflo™ range

     21st February 2017 DPI Plastics has upgraded the tooling on its large-bore extrusion line at its Roodekop facility in Johannesburg in order to extend its current range of Ultraflo™ PVC-m pressure pipes to include diameters of up to 630 mm and a 16-bar maximum operating pressure. The Ultraflo™ range has been... 

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions Could Save SA Millions In Water Losses

     15th February 2017 With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained... 

Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     27th January 2017 US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built in the US. 

Plastic Pipe Conference Association Confirms Spin-Off Conference And Exhibition To Take Place In South Africa Later This Year

     26th January 2017 The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced dates and venue for its two spin-off conferences and exhibitions in South Africa and China for this year. The first event in South Africa will be held on 4 -5 September 2017 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The second will be... 

Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 Recently installed US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built in the US, after signing off on executive orders on Tuesday that overturned the Obama administration’s efforts to block these... 

New Cost Effective Weld Purging

     23rd January 2017 It took a long time for engineers to recognise that the use of inert gas purging during the welding of tubes and pipes could not only improve overall weld quality but could save both time and money. Purging using designs based on advanced technology offers dramatic reductions in weld defects,... 

Appeals for pipeline upgrades unheeded

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 Despite numerous appeals to government by the plastics industry, not enough has been done in the past year to improve South Africa’s pipeline infrastructure, says the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Dutch Windwheel project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 The Dutch Windwheel will be a 174 m iconic building and will comprise two three-dimensional rings, with a light and open steel and glass construction. 

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production

     20th January 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon notes a growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions in the water infrastructure sector, which presents a major growth opportunity that the company has begun to grasp. 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

S African manufacturer of steel tube and pipes commissions new mill

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 The new capital expenditure (capex) project to replace two older mills with one new mill at steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s plant, in Elandsfontein, in Johannesburg, will be concluded in early 2017 with the installation of a fully automated mill capable of producing 60 000 t/y of pipe at... 

5 ways technology can power enhanced Government services

     19th January 2017 Latest-generation enterprise technologies have the potential to improve financial and operational management within Public Sector entities, and enhance service delivery to citizens.   Let’s look at five of the most important applications of technology in Government:   Transforming, simplifying... 

DRC drops objection to $3.8bn Freeport, Lundin sales

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 The Congolese government has dropped objections to Freeport-McMoRan and Lundin Mining’s $3.8-billion combined sales of one of the country’s biggest mines to Chinese companies, bringing an end to an eight-month dispute. Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu said by text messages that he had written... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Renowned Dow Corning Sealants For Final Phase Of 11 Alice Lane

     11th January 2017 Three renowned Dow Corning sealants supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals were used for the curtain wall construction of the third and final phase of the imposing new 11 Alice Lane precinct in Sandton. a.b.e., which is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, is the South African distributor... 

Necsa subsidiary Pelchem ordered to end exclusivity agreements

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2016 The Competition Tribunal on Monday confirmed last week’s order of consent agreement between the Competition Commission and State-owned Pelchem, in which Pelchem, which provides surface fluorination for various uses, agreed to remove exclusivity clauses in its agreements with clients. This follows... 

Rio’s CEO wants to buy diamonds, but finding them won’t be easy

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2016 Even for the deepest pockets in the mining industry, diamonds are hard to find. Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said this week he’s on the hunt for new diamond mines, but with more than half of the industry controlled by just two companies and new discoveries rare, it’s going to be a... 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Welding of Vacuum Tubing and Piping

     8th December 2016 Welds in tubing and pipework for vacuum systems should have many important characteristics. They ideally need to be manufactured from stainless steel, leak tight, the joints should have full penetration with excellent sidewall fusion, there should be no porosity and the finish should be free from... 

KIOCL makes headway in securing iron-ore for its pellet plants

By: Ajoy K Das     5th December 2016 Indian iron-ore pellet producer KIOCL, formerly Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited, is poised to strike key deals in securing new iron-ore sources across the country. As a primarily iron-ore pellet producer without a captive iron-ore access source, new sources are key to its long-term survival... 

R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

Mining restarts at Merlin diamond mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th November 2016 Mining has started at the Kaye openpit, at the Merlin diamond mine, in the Northern Territory, owner Merlin Diamonds said on Wednesday. The company reported that a short mining campaign had started in November, following the successful dewatering of the Kaye pit, with the campaign aimed at... 

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