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Esor’s share price plummets as major subsidiary files for business rescue

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 JSE-listed Esor’s share price plummeted on Monday by 62.5% as the company announced the start of business rescue proceedings for its Esor Construction subsidiary, which holds the group’s infrastructure, building and housing, pipelines, sanitation and pipe services businesses. The decision follows... 

Government changes shake up the sub-Saharan African construction sector

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 International consultancy and construction company Mace has released its latest tender cost update for sub-Saharan Africa, showing mixed performances for the region’s two most prominent economies.    

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Shah Deniz gasfield Stage 2 development project, Azerbaijan

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 The project started on July 2 this year. 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

Rutas del Loa road project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 The construction contract for the project has been awarded. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Researchers build scientific research cloud to process images from the MeerKAT telescope 

By: Kim Cloete     24th July 2018 Three universities are making strides in an extensive project to build a computing infrastructure capable of processing the vast amounts of data that will come from the MeerKAT telescope. The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has developed a scientific research cloud... 

Desilting Coal Fines From Process Water Ponds

24th July 2018 A total turnkey solution to desilt a process water dam at a coal mine in the Middelburg area of Mpumalanga province was all in a day’s work for pump solutions specialists Integrated Pump Rental. According to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine, it is not uncommon for factors like... 

Barrick exit raises power questions at biggest gold miner

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Kelvin Dushnisky’s departure as president of Barrick Gold raises the question of whether his replacement will get more, or less, power at the world’s largest gold producer under executive chairman John Thornton. Dushnisky, 54, is set to take over as CEO of Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti as... 

Weatherly progresses with Tschudi dewatering plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International expects production levels at its Tschudi copper mine, in Namibia, to normalise by December, following a massive water ingress on May 11. Weatherly has since progressed with a recovery plan that entails dewatering the mine.  

Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre

By: Shirley le Guern     13th July 2018 A new national operating centre (NOC) that will serve as a nerve centre for Transnet Pipelines (TPL) and its 3 800 km underground national pipeline network was officially opened in Durban on Friday. Up until now, the control centre was based at TPL’s head office in the Durban central business... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Phase 1 of Madibeng water plant set for 2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2018 The first phase of the Madibeng water purification plant, in North West, is projected to be completed by March 31, 2019, provided that an additional R100-million is made available in the current financial year for electrical and mechanical works of the plant, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile... 

M&D Construction Group sets the benchmark in pipeline quality standards.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading local civil-engineering construction and building specialist, has again taken proactive steps to ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained when it builds critical infrastructure for its many public- and private-sector clients. The company’s Pipe... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

IEA sees gas demand growth of 1.6% a year, China to become largest importer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2018 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global gas demand will grow at an average rate of 1.6% a year, reaching just more than 4.1-trillion cubic metres in 2023. This forecast compares with demand of 3.74-tillion cubic metres in 2017, the IEA noted in its ‘Gas 2018’... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 With an unemployment rate of about 27% in South Africa, State-owned Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama highlights the need for creating, on an urgent basis, more job absorption strategies. This vision, he explained at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, will involve employing more of... 

Rethinking the value of infrastructure in South Africa

21st June 2018 Mathieu du Plooy, Managing Director of WSP, Africa The National Development Plan (NDP) notes that to “achieve sustainable and inclusive growth by 2030, South Africa needs to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure”. And, as we are a little more than a decade away from the targets... 

Isaac Plains East set for July start

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 The Isaac Plains East coal mine, in Queensland, is expected to start production in July this year. Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded project house NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors a A$93-million contract to start production at Isaac Plains East, with the scope of the contract... 

Port of Cape Town’s Training Centre to Open Doors in September 2018

20th June 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully completed the construction of its Maritime Training Centre at the Port of Cape Town and the institution will run its first courses in September 2018. TNPA refurbished an underutilised building at the port to house the centre, which will... 

Rescue Rod

15th June 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod has been involved in providing pipeline services and waste management in various ways since 1990. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and offers some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline... 

A$13bn takeover bid for APA Group

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2018 Energy infrastructure business APA Group has received a near A$13-billion takeover offer from a consortium led by CK Infrastructure Holdings. The indicative and non-binding proposal was offering APA shareholders A$11 in cash for each stapled security, and permitted a distribution of no more... 

Upgraded Main Road 118 brings relief to residents of Oranjemund, Namibia

12th June 2018 VKE Namibia Consulting Engineers, part of the SMEC Group, was contracted by the Namibian Roads Authority to carry out the design work and to supervise the construction phase of the Main Road 118 upgrade. The SMEC Group is a global consultancy delivering engineering excellence, design innovation... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Weatherly shares suspended as water ingress at Tschudi creates uncertainty

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 Aim-listed Weatherly International has requested a suspension in the trading of its shares, effective Friday, owing to the uncertain position of its Namibia-based Tschudi mine, as a result of significant water ingress.  The Tschudi openpit mine had recently experienced a rapid increase in... 

JST to introduce Swarm in July

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Local corrosion control solution provider JST in association with Total Heating Solutions, or THS, will introduce Swarm, a new corrosion-monitoring system, to the South African market next month, following its distribution agreement finalisation with US-based corrosion and erosion monitoring... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

GAIL India seeks to maintain its gas pipeline business

By: Ajoy K Das     29th May 2018 Indian government-owned natural gas importer and infrastructure provider GAIL India has agreed, in principle, to unbundle its gas marketing and pipeline operational business, but only after a domestic gas trading hub has been established and a trading market has developed to an optimal level.... 

Nigeria's Bodo community claims win over Shell after latest UK court ruling

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. Lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal... 

Mining’s share of total project work in Queensland falling

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 While the Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report has shown a 58% increase in major project work during 2017/18, private sector investment, particularly in the mining sector, is falling. The report, compiled by the Queensland Major Contractors Association, Construction Skills Queensland and... 

Shell's oil spill dispute with Nigeria's Bodo villagers back in UK court

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 Lawyers for the Bodo community in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta, which was devastated by two major oil spills a decade ago, went to court in London on Tuesday to fend off what they said was an attempt by Shell to kill off their litigation. The Bodo oil spills have been the subject of years... 

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