Jan 27, 2012
Water Affairs confirms movement on long-term AMD studyBack
AMD|South Africa|Longer-term Solutions|Short-term Solutions|Pravin Gordhan|Rand Uranium
© Reuse this
Responding to questions posed by Engineering News Online, the department said the study was expected to cost about R17-million and had been included in the DWA’s budget.
It would probe solutions over-and-above those identified as so-called ‘immediate’ and ‘short-term’ solutions for implementation by the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) across the Witwatersrand goldfields.
The emergency interventions were focused primarily on the Western basin, where acid water was already decanting into the Tweelopiespruit.
TCTA had entered into a strategic partnership with Rand Uranium to upgrade the miner’s treatment plant to 36 Ml/d from its current capacity of 12 Ml/d. Nearly all of the mechanical structures had been built, civil works were in progress and the enlarged plant was expected to be in operation during March 2012.
Additional short-term solutions would be commissioned in the Western Basin at a later stage to boost the efficacy of the emergency project in a bid to eradicate the prevailing AMD decant in the basin, as well as to prevent underground mine water levels from reaching the environmental critical levels (ECL) on the Central and Eastern basins.
On the Western basin the interventions were aimed at reducing the mine water level to below ECL over time.
A construction tender was issued by TCTA in October and closed on January 16. The bid evaluation was under way and TCTA was anticipating a contract award during February and for construction to start in March.
The National Treasury had allocated R433-million for the immediate and short-term projects. However, TCTA had cautioned that it could require R924-million to implement the projects, which would also require a yearly allocation of R210-million to operate.
It was uncertain, at this stage, whether these allocations would be confirmed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was due to unveil government’s 2012/13 Budget on February 22.
The DWA stressed that the funding estimate was based on a due diligence review and that the final costs would be determined upon evaluation of tenders.
“Once a deficit is identified, the DWA will take the necessary measures to address any deficit,” the department said, adding that it was premature to comment on whether the funding gap would be closed in the February Budget.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Policy and Enforcement News
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 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...
Liquid Fuels 2013 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing,...
This Week's Magazine
A structured approach, wherein managers personally engage at each level of the project, is necessary to mitigate delays to the workflow on mega construction projects, says State-owned Eskom Kusile power station projects GM Abram Masango. The 4 800 MW Kusile power...
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
The South African new vehicle market may well dip to 640 000 units in 2014, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Calvyn Hamman. This is the first prediction that anticipates a drop in the market. To date economists and industry bodies...
Nissan will re-enter the South African minibus taxi industry in March, when the new NV350 Impendulo goes on sale. The 16-seater has been specifically tailored to meet the terms of government’s Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, which aims to replace South Africa’s...