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Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

Container handling equipment well suited to African market

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Container handling equipment solutions provider Mobicon Systems’ mini straddle carriers have achieved significant success in African markets, specifically because of their low maintenance requirements, which ensure consistent functionality with minimal technical support, says materials handling... 

Container handling equipment well suited  to African market
COMPACT CONTAINER CARRIER The Mobicon 2T can carry containers safely inside a building, and under awnings to save operation time

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way
HIGH FUEL OIL FACILITY he contract for the HFO storage facility design was was awarded to Energas in June 2016

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

Kenyan fabricator  enters partnership  with welding institute
LESLEY SQUIRES South Africa needs to look at partnership opportunities which encourage investment in manufacturing and infrastructure

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry

     8th April 2016 The European Commission announced its concerns that container liner shipping companies' practice of publishing their future price increase intentions may harm competition and customers by raising prices for their services to and from Europe, in breach of the European Union (EU) antitrust rules.... 

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry
ANNOUNCEMENTS RAISE CONCERN GRI announcements allow carriers to explore each other's pricing intentions and coordinate their behaviour

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

     8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019
MARKET DEMAND TO INCREASE A large number of emerging manufacturers is expected to drive the heat exchanger market in future

High-pressure heat exchangers becoming key in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th April 2016 Local manufacturer and maintenance service provider of utility-scale pulverised coal steam generators, Steinmüller Africa, is now offering turnkey solutions for both shell and tube heat exchangers; both the header-type and the tubesheet-type are offered. These heat exchangers are not only... 

High-pressure heat exchangers becoming key in Africa
INTEGRAL PLANT COMPONENTS Shell and tube heat exchangers are particularly prevalent in Rankine cycle power generation with regeneration, as used in most modern power stations

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

     8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project
CSP PROJECT LAUNCHED Projects uses heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt

New heat exchanger launched at expo

     8th April 2016 Pumps, valves and heat exchangers manufacturer Bell & Gosset (B&G) released its BPX 2″ Double-Wall brazed plate heat exchanger during the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition in the US, in January. The patented double wall design offers the highest level of leak protection, safety... 

New heat exchanger launched at expo
THERMAL EFFICIENCY INCREASED The patented double wall design offers high levels of leak protection, safety and thermal efficiency for commercial building and water heating applications

Software developed to save container operators millions

     8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

System designed to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures

     8th April 2016 Cylinders and conversion kits providers Cenergy Solutions is working with compressed natural gas fuel station ReFuel, at CleanWorld’s biomethane plant, to store as much as four times more natural gas at low pressures with its adsorbent natural gas storage system. ReFuel currently stores... 

System designed to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures
Photo by Bloomberg
STORAGE VOLUME INCREASED Cenergy Solutions ANG systems allow facilities and vehicles to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures

Bulk liquid storage specialist signs $60m contract

     10th April 2015 Multinational energy infrastructure-focused company CB&I was last month awarded a $60-million contract by JGSK – a joint venture between global engineering company JGC Corporation and general contractor SK Engineering & Construction. The project scope includes the engineering, procurement,... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant

By: David Oliveira     10th April 2015 Process equipment design and manufacturing company Anderson Engineering in January handed over a turnkey solution to Pietermaritzburg-based mayonnaise manufacturer Tasti Mayonnaise. Anderson Engineering CEO and managing member Hans Coertse tells Engineering News that the solution, which can... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant
MAKING MAYO Anderson Engineering designed a turnkey solution for Tasti Mayonnaise, allowing the company to produce a 1 000 ℓ batch of mayonnaise

Container handler delivered to Transnet

     10th April 2015 Container-handling equipment specialist BLT SA, which supplies and supports a range of materials handling equipment across various industries  delivered a loaded-container handler to Transnet Engineering, the engineering division of State-owned rail operator Transnet, in the last quarter of 2014.... 

Energy solutions provider unveils fuel cell system at the CoM

By: David Oliveira     10th April 2015 Energy solutions provider Mitochondria Energy Company (MEC) last month unveiled its 100 kW fuel cell at the Chamber of Mines (CoM) building, in Johannesburg. The new technology promises to be the future of alternative electricity supply, particularly amid escalating grid prices, as well as... 

Energy solutions provider unveils fuel cell system at the CoM
POWERING THE CHAMBER OF MINES Mitochondria Energy Company’s fuel cell system will supply an average of between 30 kWh and 80 kWh during periods of peak demand

Larger container vessels to increase W African congestion woes

     10th April 2015 West African ports could face even greater congestion pressures from the cascading of larger container vessels into the region’s trades, delegates were told at a two day container supply chain conference TOC Market Briefing: West Africa, which took place on the largest of the Canary Islands,... 

Life of perishable goods extended

     10th April 2015 Global container refrigeration machinery supplier Daikin Reefer launched its new Active CA device, last month, which is a fast-working, simple and highly reliable unit that creates a controlled atmosphere (CA) inside refrigerated containers transporting perishable goods. CA slows down the aging... 

Tracking solution improves traceability of reefer containers

     10th April 2015 Wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions provider WAM Technologies announced, in November last year, the release of VesselConnect, a global system for mobile communication (GSM) tracking to monitor and control refrigerated containers on-board container and related ships.  The new system was... 

Demand grows for heat exchangers

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Fluid-handling design and supply company Mechinox South Africa (SA) has recorded a downturn in the demand for custom-built shell and tube heat exchangers, while more energy efficient shell and plate, as well as modified- plate and modified-frame plate heat exchangers have gained popularity.... 

Demand grows for  heat exchangers
WIDELY USED Alfa Laval heat exchangers are being used locally in, for example, food and beverage, engineering and manufacturing sectors

Increased demand for containerised steam plants

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Heat generation company Steam Generation Africa will soon be delivering two containerised mobile steam plants to mining projects in North and Central Africa, respectively. “There is an increasing demand for saving space and ensuring the mobility of boilers units in Africa. We are seeing this... 

Increased demand  for containerised  steam plants
MODIFIED CONTAINER BOILERHOUSE Steam Generation Africa supplies the containerised boiler units to customer specifications

Local pressure vessel industry hard pressed

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 The local pressure vessel industry has been under significant strain for the past several years and there are no signs of improvement, at least not for the remainder of this year, industry body the Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (Pema) executive director Ken Dewar tells Engineering... 

Local pressure vessel industry hard pressed
PRESSURE TEST The major challenge facing the industry has been the decline in capital expenditure projects

Multimillion-rand fabrication contracts boost company operations 

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Local metal fabrication and refurbishment company Starplex 393 is manufacturing 33 pressure vessels, in which to store ammonia, for local gas distributor Pro Gas Solutions. Company co-owner Robbie Roberts says the construction of the vessels, ranging in capacity from 1.3 m3 to 6.5 m3, will take... 

Multimillion-rand  fabrication contracts  boost company operations
Starplex 393 co-owner Robbie Roberts discusses the company's product and service offering.

SA vessels assist in propelling space-travel rocket

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Local vessels manufacturer GasCon supplied six 250 m3 liquid oxygen storage tanks to US space transport services company Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX’s) launch site in California, in the US, in May 2013. SpaceX has developed the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to transport satellites and the... 

SA vessels assist in  propelling space-travel rocket
LIQUID NITROGEN VERTICAL STORAGE TANKS Two 250 000 ℓ liquid nitrogen vertical storage tanks have been supplied to industrial gas supplier Afrox

Tank-water storage units’ popularity increases

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Water-storage solutions provider SBS Water Systems installed a 94 kℓ SBS tank in November last year at the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Museum and Documentation Centre, in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, which was commissioned for use in May. SBS Water Systems MD Delayne Gray says the SBS tank will store... 

Tank-water storage units’ popularity increases
TANKED WATER SECURER The SBS tank stores rainwater for use at the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Museum and Documentation Centre

Thermal storage and heat exchangers slash hospital costs 

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Air-conditioning solutions provider Airco MD Greg Ball says the innovative use of air-conditioning systems, such as heat exchangers and thermal storage units, will provide significant cost savings for Southern African private hospital group Mediclinic’s Morningside Hospital, in Sandton. Airco has... 

Thermal storage  and heat  exchangers slash hospital costs
Airco national sales manager Andrew Ross discusses the reasons for the installation of the heat exchanger and heat recovery systems at the Mediclinic Morningside Hospital.

Turnkey vessel and container solutions prove popular

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Local vessels, tanks and containers supplier Metal Tank Industries (MTI) is commissioning a highly specialised turnkey process unit for a Johannesburg-based pharmaceutical company. “The specialised skid-mounted 1 m³ vessel possess specific types of mixing actions and is entirely self-contained,”... 

Turnkey vessel and container solutions prove popular
SPECIALISED VESSEL UNIT The specialised skid-mounted 1 m³ vessel is entirely self-contained, with specific types of mixing actions

Beira port terminal upgrade to boost massive supply to Southern Africa

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 African downstream petroleum multinational Engen Petroleum is currently undertaking first-phase revamp work on Beira Terminal, an import and storage facility in the Port of Beira, Mozambique. When complete, the terminal will be able to supply Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and the... 

Curbing impact on the oceanic environment

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Global shipping company Maersk Line (ML) has reduced its energy consumption and has registered a corresponding environmental-impact reduction of 105.000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for all its vessel operations since its environment-friendly software programme, the quality and energy efficiency in... 

Pre-engineered heat exchanger solution available

     2nd August 2013 US-based Technology and engineering company Emerson Process Management announced the release of an integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that improves operations performance and reduces energy costs. The solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential Asset Monitoring applications.... 

R10m project in Mozambique awarded to SA supplier

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 A four-month contract to supply four fire water tanks at a fuel terminal in Maputo and Beira, Mozambique, was awarded last month to South African bulk liquid and dry bulk storage tank supplier Tank Connected. The erection of the tanks will start at the end of the year, says Tank Connected... 

SA companies inspect 700 MW unit at Indonesian power station

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Rope access specialist Skyriders and plant care engineering consulting experts Carab Tekniva completed the inspection of a 210-m-high smokestack and various boiler pressure components at the Paiton coal-fired power station in East Java, Indonesia. The two South Africa-based companies undertook... 

SA company manufactures tank for Asia

     2nd August 2013 South African tank design and installation company Steelfab Water Solutions Africa completed the installation of a two-million-litre polyvinyl chloride- (PVC-) lined panel Aquadome water storage reservoir in Subic Bay, in the Philippines, in March. The reservoir is backed by the company’s... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Tank maintenance is key to securing sustainable  business in various industries locally and globally, states head of engineering  for Fluor mining and  metals group South Africa Andries Bester. He notes that  for the  mining and petrochemical industries, the regular maintenance of tanks, heat... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry
Photo by Christo Greyling
TANK MAINTENANCE With aging capital equipment, tank maintenance something that is becoming increasingly important worldwide

Government approved inspection authority under new management

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Government-approved pressure equipment inspection company Genrox Management Services is under new management as of July. The company specialises in all types of boiler and pressure-vessel inspections in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) within the framework of the South... 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

Local group to launch new fully welded heat exchanger in SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Local heat exchanger group HGF Plate Heat Exchangers (HGF-PHE) plans to launch a new range of plate heat exchangers that are manufactured by French engineering group Vitherm in South Africa. “These products have gained significant traction in the global market in a short time, owing to... 

Manufacturer promotes steel reservoirs

     3rd August 2012 To improve its competitive position, reservoir manufacturer Rainbow Reservoirs has started the local manufacture of several reservoir component parts and plans to soon start the local rolling of the Zincalume steel panels that are used to construct the reservoir walls. The panels are currently... 

New company to empower women

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Supplier of container-handling equipment and support services for the shipping sector BLT SA, which was established in January, is planning to expand its reach. The predominantly women-owned company, based at the Durban harbour, is focused on servicing the South African shipping sector. 

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