http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 17.21Change: -17.04
R/$ = 14.98Change: -14.84
Au 1281.42 $/ozChange: 3.30
Pt 1058.00 $/ozChange: 3.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 06, 2012

Local partnership supplies components for largest calcium carbide furnaces

Back
Thos Begbie Corporate Profile. Camerawork and Editing: Shane Williams and Darlene Creamer.
 
 
 
DURBAN|Port|Africa|Components|Design|Engineering|Hatch|Power|PROJECT|Project Management|Technology|Testing|Thos Begbie & Company|transport|Africa|China|Malaysia|South Africa|Component Supplier|Renier Meyer|Hatch Technology|Successfully Designed Tilting Protocol
Port|Africa|Components|Design|Engineering|Hatch|Power|PROJECT|Project Management|Technology|Testing|transport|Africa||||
durban|port|africa-company|components|design|engineering|hatch|power|project|project-management|technology|testing|thos-begbie-company-company|transport|africa|china|malaysia|south-africa|component-supplier|renier-meyer|hatch-technology|successfully-designed-tilting-protocol



A partnership between engineering consultancy Hatch and furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company will form an integral part of a China-based project to build the largest calcium carbide furnaces in the world.

The contract, which entailed three-staged delivery of the components, was completed in April.

The contract was awarded to the partnership in November 2010 and was followed by an order for 30 power clamps for delivery to China.

The lessons learned from the initial shipment of six power clamps were successfully applied to the remaining two shipments, which comprised 12 clamps each.

The power clamps are said to be a key component in the Hatch-designed electrode columns that will form part of the new calcium carbide furnaces.

The final shipment arrived in Malaysia at the start of May for integration into Hatch’s final client delivery of 30 electrode columns.

Hatch reports that this contract is a vast improvement in the type of work contracted to Thos Begbie. In past contracts, Thos Begbie would have only been a component supplier to Hatch; however, in this contract, the company was part of the planning, assembly and integration throughout the project, says Hatch technology regional director Renier Meyer.

The partnership worked well despite a few initial difficulties, such as the scale of the project and the quality assurance (QA) procedure. However, weekly coordination teleconferences were held throughout the project to ensure these difficulties were overcome.

In addition, Thos Begbie assigned dedicated project management personnel to oversee the production of the power clamps, while Hatch had an on-site QA presence – a South Africa-based third-party inspector – expediting nondestructive testing and engineering representation at key integrated transport plan points.

Thos Begbie also hired an industry expert to assist in the production planning and preparation of a test plan for QA conformance.

Meanwhile, the overall height of the power clamp proved challenging. As a result, Thos Begbie, Hatch and the industry expert had to design and approve a specific shipping method that would allow the item to lie horizontally, as opposed to its intended vertical orientation.

Through active discussion and cooperative design, the team successfully designed tilting protocol and fabricated a frame to enable horizontal transportation.

This success mitigated costly land transport fees in South Africa from Thos Begbie’s facilities in Middleburg, Mpuma-langa, to the port of Durban.

This contract was the biggest contract between Hatch and Thos Begbie, but the open communication, willingness and commitment of the team members involved were key to the successful outcome, says Meyer.

Edited by: Tracy Hancock
Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Corporate Videos
More
 
 
Latest News
Brenda Berlin
Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) has secured a court order against a US platinum recycler, from which it is claiming $201-million. Implats said on Wednesday that the order, issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,...
Andrew Hinkly
A potentially far-reaching step has been taken towards the viable roll-out of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) with the launch of a system that allows hydrogen to be stored and transported in conventional fuel...
Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau
At least R14-billion in investments had seen the economic development of the City of Johannesburg, resulting in economic hubs that created jobs and further opportunities for the city’s citizens, mayor Parks Tau said on Wednesday. The city had begun redesigning the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Energy Roundup – May 2016 (PDF Report)
The May 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for April 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a coal benchmark cost as part of its final decision on Eskom’s multiyear price determination...
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS The 700-series devices provide network security monitoring, app control, URL filtering, VPN security, antivirus, antispam, antibot, and advanced intrusion prevention and detection functionality
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149