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Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

Atlas Copco to launch Power Technique business area

     17th July 2017 Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area is created from the people, products and technologies of the current Construction Technique business area. Moving forward, Power Technique will better reflect the product applications and industries served. The change is effective today. The Power... 

Boiler Users Gain Advantage From Vertical Turbine Pumps

     17th July 2017 Floway® vertical turbine pumps (VTPs) from Weir Flow Control group company Floway have particular advantages for condensate extraction pumping applications in facilities that operate boilers, such as power stations and petrochemical plants. According to Weir Minerals Africa’s dewatering product... 

Atlas Copco Portable Energy dewatering pump solutions - the perfect balance between portability, performance, efficiency and reliability

     14th July 2017 Portable Energy, a division of the Atlas Copco Construction Technique business area, offers a comprehensive range of electrical, diesel and petrol dewatering pumps that offer the perfect balance between performance, efficiency and portability. The rugged and lightweight design of these pumps... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

New pumps suited to packaging, food and beverage industries

     14th July 2017 In May, sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco announced that it had extended its range of variable speed drive (VSD) vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5 004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for... 

New variable-speed drive showcased at European expo

     14th July 2017 Last month multinational industrial machinery manufacturer Voith exhibited power industry  solutions at the POWER-GEN Europe 2017 conference and exhibition, and  one of the main features was its new variable speed drive (VSD), the VECO-Drive, intended to enhance the efficiency of rotating... 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Troubleshooting device eases, enables priority maintenance

     14th July 2017 The Fluke 810 – manufactured by industrial testing equipment manufacturer Fluke – is one of the most advanced troubleshooting instruments available for vibration testing, enabling maintenance teams to rapidly collect data and diagnose and solve mechanical problems. Fluke, represented locally by... 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

     12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Supplier moves to unify its global efforts

     7th July 2017 Engineered mining solutions provider, Tega Industries, has embarked on an extensive globalisation drive to standardise production across its six manufacturing plants in India, Australia, South Africa and Chile. With the aim of standardising its production practices and ensuring uniform quality... 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

ENI pumps first oil from Ghana's Sankofa field

By: Reuters     6th July 2017 Italian oil company ENI started oil production from the 45 000 bbl/d Sankofa field offshore Ghana on Thursday, company and government officials said. The Sankofa field forms the first phase of the $7.9-billion Offshore Cape Three Points project (OCTP), which is expected to also deliver up to 180... 

Chevron refinery in Cape Town gets high pressure clean

     5th July 2017 Chevron’s refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, underwent its annual shutdown during February and March this year, during which all critical path production equipment is maintained. High pressure industrial cleaning of the plant and equipment was conducted using equipment from South Africa’s leading... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

WG Wearne, Elcu transaction deemed fair

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd June 2017 The sale of JSE-listed WG Wearne’s Brandvlei Sand Quarry and its ancillary business to Elcu Pumps has been declared fair by BDO Corporate Finance, WG Wearne said on Thursday. The companies in April entered into the R7-million transaction, which forms part of WG Wearne’s restructuring plan to sell... 

Knysna facing major water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The Knysna community is being urged to use water sparingly after the town only received 1mm of rain during the past week. Knysna Municipality said both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers, that feed the town's off-channel storage Akkerkloof Dam, have stopped flowing. 

A new refinery would be a sensible move for South Africa’s future 

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th June 2017 When she prese Budget Vote in Parliament in May, the Minister of Energy; Mmamoloko Kubayi said that she intended to approach Cabinet with a proposal to build a new oil refinery in South Africa. I think that this is a good idea.  The sooner the better.  The Minister pointed out the danger of... 

Slurrysucker Makes Quick Work Of Cleaning Tank On Platinum Mine

     13th June 2017 Integrated Pump Rental reports that its locally produced SlurrySucker Maxi dredge unit recently made quick work of desilting a process water tank at a local platinum mine. The ongoing build-up of slurry, due to inefficiencies in the thickener process, had become a major issue at this process... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Water, water everywhere . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th June 2017 A year ago, we had electricity load-shedding and now, in the Western Cape, we may have water-shedding. There is a very very serious water shortage in the Western Cape. There is a website that gives updates on the steady decline of the dam levels. At the time of writing, the dams were 19.7 % full,... 

Cost-saving protective coating solutions for hostile chemical & petrochemical environments

     8th June 2017 The unmatched protection and wear properties of Thermaspray’s range of superior quality, highly dependable coating and welding solutions offer excellent protection against surface wear and corrosion and assist in enhancing the lifespan of parts and components in the chemical and petrochemical... 

KBI Announces Of Exciting Partnership With Aquflow USA

     8th June 2017 Kirloskar Brothers International (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (KBI) is excited to announce its recent partnership with a US based Pump manufacturer AquFlow; who has appointed SPP Pumps SA (Pty) Ltd as the exclusive distributor of the AquFlow products in SA June 1, 2017. AquFlow was originally founded... 

SA Hippo Main Attraction For North American Coal Mines At The Cim 2017 In Montreal

     5th June 2017 The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) was founded in 1898 and it is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries.   The CIM has over 14,600 members, convened from industry, academia and government... 

New close-coupled pump from KSB

     5th June 2017 KSB Pumps and Valves recently added the new generation Etabloc close-coupled pump range to its line-up of efficient water pumps.  The newly enhanced series comprises 43 pump sizes, which can be driven by either 2-pole or 4-pole motors. With further additions to the selection chart, the pump size... 

Positive signs for IFAT Africa 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2017 With four months to go before the beginning of the trade fair it is clear that IFAT Africa is proving to be relevant to many exhibitors. Close to 100 companies have already registered for the environmental technology trade fair in South Africa in 2017. IFAT Africa will be held at the Johannesburg... 

City urges Cape Town residents to store emergency water

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 The City of Cape Town has advised residents to keep an emergency supply of 2 to 5 litres of water as it starts further pressure reduction which may interrupt supply to some high lying areas. ''Residents are advised that supply interruptions are now more likely due to intensified water pressure... 

Theo Mashego

     2nd June 2017 This week we feature Theo Mashego, MD of Unidrive Electric Motors, a company that supplies and repairs electric motors.   

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     29th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

     26th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

New torque limiter sizes added to developer’s range

     26th May 2017 Power transmission component developer KTR has extended its line of lightweight torque limiters overload couplings by adding two new sizes. 

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pump solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry.  

Hazleton Pumps, Weir Minerals win big at Seifsa Awards for Excellence

     25th May 2017 Family-owned Hazleton Pumps and engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals were the big winners at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence. Almost 100 guests representing small and large companies in the metals and engineering sector... 

Base approves capital for KP2 mine plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2017 The board of mineral sands developer Base Resources has approved the $32.6-million capital spend to implement the Kwale Phase 2 (KP2) project, in Kenya. The objective of the KP2 project is to maximise the overall Kwale operation’s economic returns by implementing a solution to maintain maximum... 

Voith launches new VECO-Drive: Most Efficient Variable Speed Drive for Compressors and Pumps

     19th May 2017 Peak component efficiency of 97 percent saves energy costs Easy motor start protects the grid from high inrush currents Smaller main motor rating saves capital expenditures Crailsheim, Germany: Voith introduces the first member of a new product family in the field of speed control for... 

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