Jun 05, 2009
Global recession catalyst for market growthBack
Cape Town|African Products|ArcelorMittal|Bluewater Energy Services|Chevron|De Beers Marine|PetroSA|Pride Foramer Angola|Pride International|SA Five Engineering|Schlumberger|Siemens|Angola|Diamond-mining|Oil And Gas|Oil And Gas Industries|Oil And Gas Industry|Steel|Western Cape|Billy O'Brien|Sub-Saharan Africa
© Reuse this
The company has undertaken several projects, ranging from offshore projects to process plants; rig and ship maintenance and conversion; shutdown and plant maintenance; structural steelwork; and tanks and workshop prefabrication.
The company has concentrated on the oil and gas industry from the late 1990s. SA Five Engineering MD Billy O’Brien says the company was instrumental in drawing this market to Cape Town, with the country’s first major project for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the Glas Dowr.
SA Five Engineering was contracted by FPSO operator Bluewater Energy Services to provide the Glas Dowr with a range of engineering services, such as structural, mechanical, instrumental, electrical and piping.
SA Five Engineering has completed additional precommission and decommis-sioning, as well as maintenance work for major FPSOs and platforms off the coast of Angola.
SA Five Engineering has also completed ship main-tenance and upgrade work for diamond-mining company De Beers Marine, the Namibian Mineral Corpora- tion, offshore drilling company Pride Foramer Angola, and supplier of tech-nology to the oil and gas industries Schlumberger. Most of this work is carried out at its A berth and Blackheath facilities, in the Western Cape.
Also, in this province, SA Five Engineering has major contracts at the Koeberg nuclear power station and the Chevron refinery. It is also involved in capital projects and maintenance for steel producer ArcelorMittal and food manufacturer African Products, as well as product, solutions and service provider Siemens.
The company is focused primarily on mechanical, piping and structural engi-neering projects incorporating, where necessary, other companies in the SA Five group, comprising RNB Engineering, RH Mechanicals and Unitary Air Distributors.
While still pursuing the oil and gas business, O’Brien says that SA Five Engi- neering will be returning to its core business of process plants, and that it will be actively seeking to extend its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa.
SA Five Engineering provides services in proposals and budgeting, project and contract management, procurement, fabrication and installation, as well as maintenance and conceptual design.
Meanwhile, O’Brien says that the future of the company depends on using highly skilled project management teams to grow its market share.
“SA Five Engineering has invested in young, highly qualified engineers to interface with the well-established team that has built the company over the last 19 years,” he adds.
The company reports that 2008 proved to be one of the most successful years in its history, owing to the completion of major contracts.
Contracts completed include the upgrade of State-owned petroleum company PetroSA’s Orca rig, as well as the upgrade of offshore drilling company Pride International’s Pride of South Sea driller rig.
SA Five Engineering has also signed a contract with the Chevron oil refinery, in Cape Town, for ongoing capital and maintenance works.
O’Brien says that SA Five Engineering will be kept busy with ongoing oil and gas offshore projects.
Edited by: Brindaveni Naidoo© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Harbours Infrastructure and Equipment News
Technological advancements and new equipment have contributed to the consistent high productivity at the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) in the Eastern Cape, states State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Eastern Cape GM Siya Mhlaluka.
Drilling and testing services company Geomechanics has successfully completed an offshore drilling project 2 km off northern Mozambique’s Nacala coastline in August last year. The site investigations were carried out in Nacala Bay for a proposed new offshore coal...
Vessel and semi-submersible rig maintenance and modifications are characterised by tight deadlines and strict project schedules. Any unwarranted delays in the repair programme can result in serious negative knock-on effects for the client. Companies cite financial...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
This Week's Magazine
There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
South African antenna designer and producer Poynting and provider of professional products, system integration and implementation and commissioning services for the broadcast and telecommunications markets in South Africa, African Union Communications (Aucom),...
Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The...
South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle...
In support of the South African government’s mandate to create more jobs and promote sustainable development, multilevel marketing company Amway’ business model aims to assist government in easing the startup of business and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset...