http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 17.89Change: -0.10
R/$ = 16.03Change: -0.05
Au 1173.53 $/ozChange: 18.48
Pt 912.00 $/ozChange: 11.50
 
 
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  
 
 
Aug 10, 2012

Sephaku Cement saves 25% by using Chinese contractor

Back
Construction|Africa|Asphalt|Building|Cement|Cogeneration|Concrete|Contractor|Engineering|Eskom|Health|Mining|Mining Weekly|PROJECT|Pumps|Road|Safety|Screen|Sephaku Cement|Sinoma International Engineering|Waste|Africa|China|South Africa|Delmas Plant|Kendal Power Station|Mine Health|Cement Producer|Cement Production Facility|Chemical Processing|Cogeneration|Steel|Steel Fixing Preparation Work|Tailor-made Tools|Cogeneration|Jacques Minnie|Pieter Fourie|Power|Waste|Operations
Construction|Africa|Asphalt|Building|Cement|Cogeneration|Concrete|Contractor|Engineering|Eskom|Health|Mining|PROJECT|Pumps|Road|Safety|Screen|Waste|Africa|||Cogeneration|Steel||Cogeneration|Power|Waste|Operations
construction|africa-company|asphalt|building|cement|cogeneration|concrete|contractor|engineering|eskom|health|mining|mining-weekly-company|project|pumps|road|safety|screen|sephaku-cement|sinoma-international-engineering|waste-company|africa|china|south-africa|delmas-plant|kendal-power-station|mine-health-facility|cement-producer|cement-production-facility|chemical-processing|cogeneration-industry-term|steel|steel-fixing-preparation-work|tailor-made-tools|cogeneration-person|jacques-minnie|pieter-fourie|power|waste|operations
© Reuse this



Five-hundred employees of Chinese company Sinoma International Engineering are currently working on site to construct cement producer Sephaku Cement’s new Aganang cement production facility, near Lichtenburg, in the North West, with 200 more to arrive within the next few weeks.

The Aganang operations will include limestone mining and the chemical processing of raw materials to produce clinker.

Sephaku did initially go out to tender for South African contractors, but realised that no South African contractor would be willing to take a turnkey risk on such a plant, Sephaku Cement CEO Pieter Fourie tells Mining Weekly.

“The fixed prices we received from the Chinese Sinoma saved us 25% on total development,” he says.

However, skills transfer and the use of local labour are provided for in the contract with Sinoma. One South African labourer is used for every three Chinese workers.

“I must reiterate that the Chinese workers will only be here during the construction of the plant; therefore, permanent jobs for South Africans will be created during the entire life of the plant, which is expected to be between 30 and 40 years,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the skills transfer between the Chinese and the South African workers is progressing well, especially with regard to the work ethic.

The Chinese building style does differ from the South African style in some practical ways, says Fourie.

“The concrete and steel are the same but concrete pumps and cranes are used more extensively for placing concrete. Other practical examples include their wheelbarrows that are properly balanced, the ways in which they rapidly fix the steel, using tailor-made tools rather than pliers and doing all steel fixing preparation work at a one-metre level above ground. These are minor differences that result in significant productivity improvements,” he explains.

Language did prove to be a challenge, but both companies have appointed translators to deal with this.

“We also experienced some challenges relating to safety management, as our safety culture is very different to theirs. Construction of the plant must be done in compliance with the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). As this is new to Sinoma, they have appointed knowledgeable South African safety persons to assist them and key Sinoma persons have been trained in the requirements of the MHSA.

We have, however, worked together on this and are proud to have more than one-million lost-time injury-free hours on this site,” Fourie points out.

Sephaku started construction on the R2.3-billion, 2.5-million-ton-a-year cement production facility late last year, with first production scheduled for September 2013, after the commissioning of the plant’s clinker in August 2013.

“We decided on this project because the average cement plant in South Africa is about 38 years old and we believe it is time to add capacity in preparation for the country’s future growth,” says Fourie.

Half of the clinker will be milled at Aganang to produce cement and the rest will be transported to the Delmas plant, where it will be further processed, using fly ash produced at the fly-ash classification plant at Kendal power station, as an extender to produce the final cement.

“Sephaku realises the future is in waste-heat recovery,” says Fourie.

To convert a normal cement plant for cogeneration is difficult and plants usually have to be shut down for about six months. However, Sephaku’s cooler was designed to make this possible future transition easier, he says.

“However, this is a future project which will only be considered once the current project is stable. We decided to keep this plant as basic and efficient as possible as we are still establishing ourselves in the cement business,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the construction of an Eskom substation was completed in March. A new 49 km 132 kV incoming powerline has also been erected from Watershed, near Lichtenburg, to the plant, says Aganang civil engineer Jacques Minnie.

Construction of a 4.2 km asphalt-surfaced access road from the existing Kapsteel road to the plant location is also under way. The road will consist of two 3.7-m-wide lanes, with two additional 0.8 m paved shoulders. It is expected to be completed in November, he concludes.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this

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)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) hearings into the private healthcare sector  will get under way on February 16 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre, in Pretoria. In addition to private healthcare consumers,...
With “misinformation” over the Wild Coast Road project spreading among the local communities along the route, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has defended the project that it believes will bring substantial benefit to Eastern Cape region. The...
The Western Cape provincial government plans to invest R2.89-billion in the roll-out of broadband connectivity to its citizens, as research has found that the average resident in the province spends more than 20% of their monthly income on accessing the Internet....
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
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...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Power and automation company ABB is in the launch phase of its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 m and can handle a payload of up to 800 kg. “When designing the IRB 8700, we emphasised reach and payload, as...
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical facet of a connected security ecosystem, as controlling the confidentiality, integrity and authorisation of data access and use is key to securing new digital business channels. However, companies face several...
RORY YOUNG Managed security services provide companies with a means to actively monitor their environment and ward against threats
Data underpins digital business models, the digital economy, the Internet of Things and the fundamental changes in the ways people interact and protecting data is crucial to securing new ways of doing business, says T-Systems South Africa information and...
The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for its MyCiTi service, in line with the council’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint, says executive mayor Patricia de Lille. The tender, to be advertised early in February, will...
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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