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New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

Work begins on N$39-million power project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Namibian electricity utility NamPower is to spend as much as N$39-million during 1999 in a bid to increase the supply of electricity needed for irrigation purposes in the southern region of the country. As such, the utility has been instrumental in unlocking the agricultural potential of the... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

Company comes clean

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE use of conventional diesel-heated high-pressure cleaners in the food and food-processing industry has always been problematic due to exhaust-gas emissions caused by the fuel-combustion-type burners. However, the presence of fat, grease, oil and other sticky, difficult-to-remove substances... 

R5,5-million bread-conditioning plants

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a contract valued at R5,5-million, Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Equipment, of Honeydew, Gauteng, has supplied two locally-manufactured twin-drum bread-conditioning plants to the Albany Bakeryin Germiston on behalf of JF Turkingtons. The conditioning plants are used to cool bread from about 95 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

French–SA power partnership

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Aco-operation agree- ment signed at the beginning of March between Eskom and its French equivalent,  

The Cahora Bassa tariff dispute rages on

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The unpalatable three-decade-long dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique looks set to continue this year with the South Africans and Portuguese at loggerheads once again. The conflict arises, on the one hand, from the fact that... 

SA industry being energised into Africa

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South African electricity utility Eskom’s new wholly-owned subsidiary for non-regulated business, Eskom Enterprises, has ambitions to be a catalyst for South African industrial expansion, Engineering News can today report. “We can be a vehicle for growing South African industry, at... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

Big haul needed for local locomotives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A whopping R31,5- billion is required to replace all of South Africa’s existing fleet of commuter trains, which will be redundant in 15 years time if they are not upgraded, South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) rolling stock technology service chief engineer Bill Potgieter reveals... 

Light armour material

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates Calidus Von Roll Isola, has diversified into ballistic protection with the introduction of the Para-lite range of materials, suited for use in the defence industry. Protection and security in the military, paramilitary and... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

SA–Gulf air-con partners

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A partnership has been formed between air-conditioning and ventilation company Howden Donkin and the Beta Trading group subsequent to the Big Five trade show which was held in Dubai in October 1998. Beta is tipped to be a powerful trade partner due to its considerable presence in the Gulf region,... 

Reverse-osmosis unit commissioned

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A 10 m3 Deomed reverse- osmosis (RO) system has been commissioned by Pall South Africa at Hulett Aluminium’s rolled product’s Camps Drift plant in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal. Midrand company Deomed was recently purchased by the Pall Corporation. The pure water produced by the RO system... 

Electric thermostat range introduced in SA

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A range of electrical switches and sockets have been introduced by Legrand, and include thermostats which measure and control temperature in offices, shops, commercial buildings and homes. “Electronic Mosaic thermostats are designed for flexibility, comfort and safety. “Due to their... 

Instrumentation and electrical work

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Electrical and instrumentation contracts to the value of R30-million were awarded to Kentz by Fluor Daniel in August 1996 for work on the African Products Kliprivier plant that was commissioned in August last year. Work on these contracts began in September 1996 on the new maize wet-milling plant... 

Tenders for work at power station

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Multimillion-rand maintenance works on the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s Kelvin power station near Edenvale, Gauteng, are expected to open for tendering before the end of the current financial year. Although designed to operate on top-quality, R120/t ‘A’-grade coal,... 

Eskom signs agreement with Spain

By: System Author     26th February 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity supplier, Eskom, has signed a co-operation agreement with its Spanish counterpart, Union Fenosa. The agreement was signed by chief executive Allen Morgan and by Santiago Roura Lama in his capacity as MD of Union Fenosa (Acex) Accion Exterior. The purpose... 

Dolphin Coast takes lead in private water

By: System Author     26th February 1999 French water, sanitation and electricity services company Saur is on schedule with its R1-billion 30-year contract to supply water and sanitation services to the borough of the Dolphin Coast, the greater Ballito Bay area, in Kwazulu-Natal. Dolphin Coast is the first of two pilot projects –... 

Electrically-traced system

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The second stage of a three-stage conversion of a steam-traced plant to an electrically-traced system for the manufacture of additives to the feedstock industry has been successfully completed by Cooperheat of Africa. The plant, situated outside Johannesburg, has replaced more than 1 500 m of its... 

R28m SA boiler commissioned in Mauritius

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new boiler installa- tion from South Africa is helping Mauritius meet the heavy electricity demands of its current peak tourist season. Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has commissioned a R28-million, 100 t/h watertube boiler at Flaq United Estates sugar mill on the... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

R5,3-million Botswana transformer contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TWO contracts totalling R5,3-million, comprising the supply and installation of transformers and outdoor yard extensions for the 132/33 kV Mogoditshane substation at Gaborone in Botswana, have been awarded to Alstom Power Systems. Due to get under way in July and scheduled for completion in... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

$5m Zambian contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 CONTRACTS have been signed between Roshcon and the Zambian Electricity Supply Company (Zesco) for the electrification of houses at Buchi and Kamitondo, Kitwe and Chifubu, Ndola. The South African company’s scope of work comprises the turnkey design and construction of the scheme. Roshcon... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

Govt to assume responsibility for target

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The electrification programme aimed at connecting 2,5-million new households by the end of the year is at the tail end of a long road, reports Eskom national electrification planning manager Paul Mar 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

New era on horizon for SA’s electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new era will dawn for South Africa’s electrification programme at the end of the year when the present programme comes to an end. “Until now about 2,2-million new connections, connecting about 68% of South Africa’s households to the national grid, have been made by the... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

Winds of change evident

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SINCE 1990 wind energy, as a source of renewable energy, has been growing at a rate of 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing energy resource worldwide. South Africa possesses attractive renewable resources, particularly solar and wind, applications which are cost-effective in many instances,... 

Electrification fund will energise SA

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With government taking over the initiative for the national electrification programme, it will establish a national electrification fund (NEF) to provide electrification subsidies. “Until now, Eskom, local authorities and, in some cases, developmental agencies, have funded electrification... 

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