R/€ = 15.26Change: -0.01
R/$ = 14.41Change: -0.03
Au 1057.95 $/ozChange: 0.07
Pt 835.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

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  
Jun 28, 2012

Real Economy Report

RER 204
Construction|Johannesburg|Africa|Babcock International Group|Babcock Volvo|Basil Read|Explosives|Gas|MD Rod Humphris|Pipelines|PROJECT|Resources|Safety|Sustainable|Volvo|Water|Africa|South Africa|Explosives|Machine Transportation|Oil And Gas|Oil And Gas Industry|Steel|Welded Steel Pipelines|David Vaughan|Joanne Taylor|Mickey Scheepers|Refentse Puso|Rod Humphris|Pipelines
Construction||Africa|Explosives|Gas|Pipelines|PROJECT|Resources|Safety|Sustainable|Water|Africa||Explosives|Oil And Gas|Steel|||Pipelines
© Reuse this

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.
At a cost of nearly R5-million each, JSE-listed construction company Basil Read has acquired the latest pipelayers from the Babcock International Group, making it the owner of the largest fleet of Volvo pipelayers in Africa. Joanne Taylor has the story.

Joanne Taylor:
The pipelayers will first be used on the Olifants River Water Resources Project, where about 40 km of welded steel pipelines will be laid.

Designed for the on-shore oil and gas industry, the pipelayer has better production rates and safety features. Its operating weight is over 68 tons and has a tipping capacity of 110 tons.

The PL4608 features a hydraulically variable undercarriage. Fully retracted, the overall machine width is 3.15 m, to facilitate machine transportation, expanding to 3.65 m to provide a wide working stance and excellent stability.

Babcock Volvo sales director David Vaughan

Shannon de Ryhove:
Omnia recently launched its nitric acid complex in Sasolburg, which became operational at the end of March. Leandi Kolver has the story.

Leandi Kolver:
The R1.4-billion facility, which will boost South Africa’s nitric acid output by 330 000 t/y, bringing the county’s capacity to about 1.4-million tons a year, will allow Omnia to take advantage of the increasing demand for fertiliser and explosives in Southern Africa. Omnia group MD Rod Humphris elaborates.

Omnia group MD Rod Humphris

Leandi Kolver:
The plant is also environmentally friendly. Humphris explains why.

Rod Humphris

Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: A Heidelberg acquifer is seen as a sustainable long-term source for a Gauteng bottling plant; and a home-grown initiative uses chess to bolster the analytical prowess of South African youth.

The Heidelberg aquifer, which supplies spring water for Coca Cola’s bottled water label, Valpré, should be sustainable ‘forever’, provided the company sticks to its water licence agreement and historical yearly rainfall levels continue.

Valpre Heidelberg plant manager Refentse Puso

The game of chess is not known for its ability to break down socio-economic barriers and appeal to the most disadvantaged in society. But a recently launched South African initiative is attempting to use the game to do just that – and with some initial success.

Moves For Life cofounder Mickey Scheepers

That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.

Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Polity & Multimedia
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Latest News
French conglomerate Bollore may have to halt work on the Niger to Benin section of its giant West Africa rail project after a rival company won a court order to stop it going ahead. The dispute concerns rival rail schemes in the area.
A week ahead of the second annual gathering of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (Focac), in Johannesburg, the JSE is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for Chinese investors looking to Africa’s largest bourse for possible investment opportunities, calling...
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for leave to appeal on Friday against the Western Cape High Court judgment that set aside the approvals that would enable it to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This prompted the...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 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 infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
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
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