Aug 26, 2011
Meter prover supply contract for NMPP in final stagesBack
DURBAN|Engineering|Johannesburg|Port|Africa|Design|Flow|Hydrocarbons|Krohne South Africa|Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas|PROJECT|Projects|Pumps|System|Transnet|Water|Zimbabwe Pipeline Company|Africa|Mozambique|South Africa|The Netherlands|United Kingdom|Port Of Durban|Flow|Freight Logistics|Logistics|Oil And Gas|Product|Products|Bonny Island|John Boxley|Water|Sub-Saharan Africa|Process Control
© Reuse this
The project, which started in May, is overseen by the company’s local office and involves the design and installation of three meter provers with seven turbine meter runs.
The 24 inch meter provers and 16 inch meter runs are being installed at Terminal 1, in Island View, at the Port of Durban.
Krohne South Africa CEO John Boxley tells Engineering News the instruments will accurately calibrate the turbine meters through which products flow and ensure that these adhere to international standards.
He adds the main feature of the meter provers is the U-shaped pipework, which calibrates a known volume of 1 350 m3/h. This volume is transferred to the various turbine meters to generate output, which is then used in the computation parameters of the flow computer.
“The meter provers have several unique engineering subtleties, such as a British Standards 6374 Part 2 lining system, and effective launch and receive capabilities,” he adds.
The lining enables smooth transition of the sphere around the meter prover and gives the system a longer life span.
The meter provers are to be imported from Krohne Oil & Gas, based in the UK.
“This particular project has proven Krohne South Africa’s meter proving abilities in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa,” Boxley notes.
The company’s meter provers have been successfully used in various African projects, including the Mozambique–Zimbabwe Pipeline Company’s fuel pipeline project, as well as oil and gas company Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas’s production plant, at Bonny Island.
Other African Projects
Last year, Krohne received its biggest order to date: a R10-million contract to supply about 30 basic ultrasonic flow meters to Transnet’s NMPP project.
Boxley says three-beam in-line flow meters are being installed in the pumpstations to monitor flow from pumps, as well as on the pipeline to measure the flow rates at various points. The collected data will then be fed into the pipeline’s leak detection system.
“The project is currently 50% complete; however, its completion date depends on Transnet’s project schedule,” he notes.
Developed and constructed in Holland, the UFM 3030 flow meters are either 10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, 16 inch, 20 inch or 24 inch in diameter and can measure the sonic velocity to determine different products as well as the volumetric flow rate of clean liquids.
He adds that the benefit of the flow meters is that their non- moving parts, straight bore and three beams allow for compensation for flow profile and Reynolds number changes.
The devices can be used in all industries that require accurate flow measurements for nonconductive mediums, such as hydrocarbons, demineralised water, chemicals and black liquor, a by-product of the papermaking process.
To continue its growth, Boxley says Krohne is investigating further pipeline transportation project opportunities throughout Africa and aims to continually monitor the market and react accordingly in terms of product design and supply.
The company was recently awarded a R30-million meter prover contract for the Strategic Fuel Fund, at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Instrumentation and Control News
Tokyo-based temperature and humidity-control speciality products designer and manufacturer Shimaden appointed local industrial instrumentation and process control supplier Indecon Instrumentation as its South African product distributor in May. Indecon...
Since local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls introduced the Leuze 18B series range of sensors to the local market in the last quarter of 2013, sales of the product have been favourable, Countapulse Controls MD Gerry Bryant tells Engineering News. He...
Engineering and technological products distributor BEP Bestobell South Africa is installing eight NDC 710e series moisture gauge systems at a local snack manufacturer’s facilities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The R5-million project started in November 2013 and three...
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
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.
This Week's Magazine
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope – which is to be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia with, later, outstations in other countries – may not yet exist, but international scientific working groups are already deciding what...
A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool offers project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film solar PV power over an area of land. The tool was developed by thin-film solar...
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
The “seriously disruptive” electricity outages in South Africa have cost packaging group Astrapak more than R2-million in “irrecoverable downtime costs”, the company said on Monday, adding that the power cuts were negating some of the benefit of energy saving...
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
Next ArticleNew regulations to hamper local equipment production