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MIT backs SA pebble-bed reactor

By: System Author     9th April 1999 One of the world’s most respected technical institutions has independently researched and proved the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology as “the nuclear plant of the future”. Eskom intends to become a world-leading exporter of these intrinsically safe mini-nuclear... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

Light on horizon from UK solar developments

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Communities in the world’s poorest countries and in the most developed nations alike are benefiting from UK-developed technology improvements that help to turn sunshine into electrical power more economically and reliably than ever before. These developments are bringing power to the people... 

Company rolls out bearing service

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Rolling out a comprehensive strategy for bearing services in South Africa, supplier of ZKL Bearings and Plummer block assemblies, Mecho Agencies of Sandton, Gauteng, focuses its attention on more than just supplying roller bearings. “We have been marketing the bearings, which are imported... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Move into the electrode boiler segment

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has established an electrode boiler division following its acquisition of the Steamcor patent, designs and technology and the right to use the company name. The new division will be headed by Jan Malan, former MD of Steamcor and a 30-year... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

R1,8m switchgear contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE Klerksdorp city council has awarded a R1,8-million contract to Reyrolle to replace 22 panels of switchgear at the city’s main intake substation. The contract follows a substation failure which left the town without electricity for critical periods and involved the replacement of the... 

Nuclear fuel cranes produced locally

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE manufacture of 5 t and 10 t stainless-steel overhead gantry cranes for the movement and storage of nuclear fuel in a controlled environment for a UK client has been completed by Strachan & Henshaw South Africa. A first for the local company, the contract was secured after British Nuclear Fuel... 

Digital compatibility demand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Interest in, and use of, digital protocols in the processing industry has grown dramatically, and Worcester Controls, a BTR Siebe Flow Control company, is responding to the demand for digital-compatible products. The company has added actuator sensor interface (ASI) technology to the Norbro... 

Long-term hire for giant compressor

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Cape Town company Saldanha Steel has taken delivery of Rand-Air’s high-volume Centac portable electric compressor for a six-month hire. The oil-free machine has been commissioned into use for 24-hour back-up to the steel mill’s in-plant compressors, while routine motor maintenance is... 

Station-upgrade contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 ELECTRICAL installations for part of the refurbishment of the Ikwezi station, in Dobsonville, Soweto, have been completed by Buzzard Electrical. Several of the busier train stations were identified as being in urgent need of renovations in order to make them safe for commuters. Various upgrade... 

Small turbines a worldwide energy source

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide micro-hydro turbine technology is winning popularity as a flexible medium-sized rural power source. Having progressed from research and development to commercialisation in just four years, former World Electricity Council chairperson John Baker pointed out at last year’s congress... 

Running water tops

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE provision of running water is seen by South Africans as the most important service priority, followed by affordable housing, electricity, health care and local policing. These findings regarding service delivery emerged from the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) latest survey of... 

Johannesburg slashes its capex budget

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Johannesburg’s committed capital expenditure budget will be slashed to only R84-million next year and will fall further to R44-million in 2000–2001, city manager Ketso Gordhan tells Engineering News. However, Gordhan is hoping to direct an additional R200-million-to-R400-million... 

Power problem solved

By: System Author     26th March 1999 NAMIBIAN electricity utility NamPower called in Alstom Engines to investigate a problem experienced on one of four giant 6,4 MW Mirrlees Blackstone diesel engines at the Paratus power station at Walvis Bay. The 16-cylinder engines, which weigh about 105 t each, drive the generators of the power... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

Utility powers down cost curve

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE generation business of Eskom has converted to the new Finesse processes and systems for financial and materials management. Finesse is a R350-million programme involving 300 full-time project staff to align financial and materials management with the Eskom vision of being the world’s... 

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... 

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