http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.12Change: 0.04
R/$ = 10.52Change: 0.01
Au 1294.55 $/ozChange: 3.80
Pt 1472.50 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
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 Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 03, 2012

Manufacturer promotes steel reservoirs

Back
Construction|Cement|Rainbow Reservoirs|Water|Product|Required Machinery|Reservoir Manufacturer|Started Manufacturing Several Reservoir Component Parts|Steel|Steel Alternative|Steel Panel Reservoirs|Steel Panels|Water|Wayne Thompson
Construction|Cement|Water|Steel||Water|
construction|cement-company|rainbow-reservoirs|water-company|product|required-machinery|reservoir-manufacturer|started-manufacturing-several-reservoir-component-parts|steel|steel-alternative|steel-panel-reservoirs|steel-panels|water|wayne-thompson
© Reuse this

To improve its competitive position, reservoir manufacturer Rainbow Reservoirs has started manufacturing several reservoir component parts locally and plans to soon start rolling the Zincalume steel panels that are used to construct the reservoir walls.

The panels are currently cut from flat sheet Zincalume and rolled at the overseas factory to give the panels the correct profile and curvature. When the panels are packed into containers for shipping, both the profile and the curvature take up container space.

Local rolling will increase the number of flat panels that can be packed by the source factory overseas into a shipping container, thus lowering shipping costs and helping Rainbow Reservoirs keep its prices down.

Panel cutting and punching are likely to continue being done abroad because of the precise nature of these operations and the high cost of the required machinery.

Rainbow Reservoirs MD Wayne Thompson says a global shortage of freshwater continues to drive reservoir construction. Freshwater comprises just 3% of all water covering the earth’s surface, and much of it occurs only in the form of unusable ice.

He adds that, in recent years, steel panel reservoirs have been adopted by commerce, industry and the construction sector because of their increased structural sophistication, as well as the space savings and ease of installation they provide.

However, Thompson states that the agri- culture sector has largely ignored this convenience, preferring brick and mortar struc- tures, which have, over time, become ingrained as the generally accepted method of construction.

“In some sectors, the steel alternative remains incorrectly viewed as expensive. The purchase price is possibly, generally, higher than a brick and mortar alternative, but when viewed in terms of overall lifetime costs, the panel reservoir is cheaper,” he says, pointing out that the lower lifetime cost is the direct result of the longer effective life span of the steel panel reservoir.

Thompson says Rainbow Reservoirs’ product offers leak- and corrosion-free operation for more than 30 years, while brick and mortar reservoirs, by contrast, have an effective life span of around 15 years.

He believes the inherent strength of the steel reservoir is often misunderstood.

He argues that cracks and bursts that routinely occur in brick and mortar reservoirs, as a result of unsound construction and earth movement, should cast doubt on a preference for older methods of reservoir construction.

“Although steel remains expensive, the price of cement recently saw a dramatic rise, reducing the advantage of a lower initial outlay for a brick and mortar reservoir.

“When the projected life span of such a structure is compared to the life of the steel reservoir, the case for the latter becomes clear,” he states.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers News
African downstream petroleum multinational Engen Petroleum is currently undertaking first-phase revamp work on Beira Terminal, an import and storage facility in the Port of Beira, Mozambique. When complete, the terminal will be able to supply Mozambique, Zimbabwe,...
Global shipping company Maersk Line (ML) has reduced its energy consumption and has registered a corresponding environmental-impact reduction of 105.000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for all its vessel operations since its environment-friendly software programme, the...
US-based Technology and engineering company Emerson Process Management announced the release of an integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that improves operations performance and reduces energy costs. The solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 7 minutes ago Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu, in the Northern Cape, which is estimated to be between 700 000 and one-million years old, have uncovered “tens of thousands” of early stone-age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. The discoveries were...
Updated 13 minutes ago After becoming the first US university to offer a Master’s degree programme taught by full-time faculty residents in Africa, the Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) satellite campus, in Rwanda, has graduated its first class of students, awarding 22 students...
Updated 15 minutes ago Private equity investor Actis has “substantially” exited from financial services provider, Alexander Forbes Group, offloading 9% of its 13% stake in an oversubscribed offer through the JSE. Alexander Forbes relisted on the JSE on Thursday.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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