Aug 03, 2012
Service delivery improved – pipe manufacturerBack
Gold|Natal|Africa|Pipe|Pipelines|Pipes|Platinum|PROJECT|Projects|Robor Pipe Systems|Sedibeng|System|Systems|Water|Zimplats|Africa|South Africa|Basic Services|Mechanical Piping Systems Developer|Mining|Pipe Manufacturer|Pipes|Product|Products|Service|Services|Steel|Steel Tube|Systems|Eastern Cape|Northern Cape|Western Cape|Gavin Fait|Water|Pipe|Pipelines|Eastern Cape
© Reuse this
“We have seen a strong push for improved service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape and, through various projects, we see an increase in the delivery of basic services,” he says.
Robor is supplying the eThekwini municipality, in KZN, with products on a yearly supply contract.
Further, the manufacturer has also been involved in another project – a two-bypass- line project in Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape, where it replaced a failing 520 mm outside-diameter pipeline for water-service provider Sedibeng Water Board.
The bypass project was under- taken in March 2011 and was classified by the board as an emergency project because the pipe failure left communities in the Springbok region without water.
Robor supplied the project with 300 nominal-bore- diameter galvanised grooved pipelines fitted with a mechanical pipe-joining system manufactured by mechanical piping systems developer Victaulic. The supply also included all the necessary fittings and couplings.
The above-ground pipeline was chosen specifically for its ease of installation, and no skills were required to weld the pipeline because it is a groove system, which involves the grooving and manipulation of pipes without removing any material, says Fait.
According to Victaulic, the grooved piping system is up to three times faster to install and is also more reliable than threading or flanging and reduces installation costs.
The pipes are coated or galvanised and delivered to site using the bag-and-tag principle. This allows for easy installation and tracing of a product. A prelubricated gasket is installed before a coupling is placed between two formed machine grooves on either end of the pipe.
Since the project was commissioned in July last year, there have been no water shortages in the area, Fait states.
Further, he notes that training for the locally employed workforce was also provided during the project. A site agent trains contractors on grooved piping and coupling installations on site and then inspects the work carried out on the projects.
“The people who benefit from the water transfer should be involved in the project. “The training is based on pipe and Victaulic coupling installation, and usually lasts between one and three days, depending on the number of people being trained,” says Fait.
The company is providing an underground backfill pipeline for high-pressure applications. The pipes are small diameter, seamless and welded using the submerged arc process.
Robor started supplying steel polypipe to platinum miner Zimplats’ Ngezi project, in June. The company expects to also supply pipes for a tailings facility and return water lines.
One of the company’s major projects was for Gold Fields’ South Deep expansion, where a new tailings facility was built.
Robor provided high-density polyethylene-lined steel polypipe product to link the South Deep plant to a new dam.
Epoxy-coated pipes were provided for the return water line.
The project began in February 2010 and was commissioned in July 2011.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Pipes and Tubes News
Pump specialist Australian Pump Industries announced in May that it offers a simple guide for the use of hydrostatic testers, which it makes available free of charge. Locating leaks and proof-testing gas and oil pipelines is made easier with portable hydrostatic...
Marley Pipe Systems is the leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe systems, serving the needs of the mining and industrial segment with superior quality products and turnkey solutions to improve efficiency, solve key industry challenges, and ensure safe and...
Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of...
Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has taken note of the Mark Shuttleworth judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal and is reviewing the judgement, it said on Wednesday. “The SARB has noted the judgment by the court, in which it dismissed Mr Mark Shuttleworth’s...
Updated 1 hour 37 minutes ago Eskom contractor Alstom on Thursday said it had successfully completed a site integration test (SIT) at the parastatal’s delayed Medupi power station, in Limpopo, further advancing the project towards its December target date for synchronisation. The SIT validated...
Updated 1 hour 46 minutes ago A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton...
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu. Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Using crafty wordplay on a well-known Internet meme, brilliant South African-born US entrepreneur and businessperson Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wanted to use its technology. Instead,...
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.