http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.13Change: -0.02
R/$ = 12.07Change: -0.13
Au 1187.17 $/ozChange: -20.08
Pt 1125.50 $/ozChange: -23.50
 
 
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 Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 22, 2009

Radio telescope project advances with issue of tender

Back
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Design|Environment|PROJECT|System|Systems|Africa|Services|Systems|Infrastructure
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Design|Environment|PROJECT|System|Systems|Africa|Services|Systems|Infrastructure
construction|engineering|africa-company|design|environment|project|system|systems-company|africa|services|systems|infrastructure
© Reuse this



With construction work for the KAT-7 radio telescope testbed now under way in the Karoo, SKA South Africa has issued a tender for design and engineering services for the next stage of the project to build the biggest scientific instrument in South African history, the MeerKAT radio telescope.

“The engineering services for KAT-7 were provided by the Northern Cape government,” explains SKA South Africa Project Manager: Infrastructure Tracy Cheetham. “However, we shall manage MeerKAT, so we are issuing this tender.”

KAT stands for Karoo Array Telescope and will comprise seven 12-m diameter dishes (hence the name KAT-7) while MeerKAT will be one of the biggest radio astronomy instruments in the world, with up to 80 such dishes. (Meer translates into English as more: hence, MeerKAT signifies More Karoo Array Telescope, as well as being a reference to the lovable African mammal that operates in groups and always keeps a sharp eye and ear open on the surrounding environment.)

Bids must be submitted by 16:00 Monday June 8. The scope of the work will include the design and construction management of the foundations for the dishes, the MeerKAT reticulation system, electrical and electronic systems, and other facilities.

“Whoever the winner is, we want the work to start in August,” she states. “Completion of the construction of MeerKAT is scheduled for December 2012, with commissioning in 2013.”

SKA South Africa recently also issued a tender for optical fibre and electrical connections to its Karoo site, for both the KAT-7 and MeerKAT.

Both instruments are also key elements in South Africa’s bid to host the international €1,5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA – hence SKA South Africa) radio telescope.

In fact, the winner of the engineering services tender will also have to undertake site characterisation studies and cost optimisation studies for infrastructure for the SKA South Africa site bid.

This country and Australia are the only two countries on the short list to host this instrument, which will be the most powerful radio telescope ever built. The South African site for these instruments is located some 100 km west of the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon.

As the programme develops, KAT-7 will be incorporated into MeerKAT and MeerKAT, hopefully, will in due course be incorporated into the SKA. Should Australia be chosen to host the SKA, MeerKAT will remain one of the most important radio telescopes in the world.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Norman Mbazima (left) and Andile Sangqu
Updated 15 minutes ago Andile Sangqu, former Xstrata and current Implats executive and new vice-president of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, has sprung to further prominence as the new executive head of Anglo American South Africa. Anglo American plc also announced on Thursday that...
Updated 17 minutes ago European manufacturer Airbus is confident that it will win more orders for its flagship A380 Superjumbo airliner before the end of this year. "We should have some orders for the [A]380 this year," company chief operating officer: customers John Leahy told aviation...
President Jacob Zuma with FIFA president Sepp Blatter
Updated 51 minutes ago Allegations that South Africa promised a $10-million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid were unfounded, a South African Football Association (SAFA) spokesperson said on Wednesday. “We are disappointed at the allegations ... they are...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in 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...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
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.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96