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We specialize in resource rail, large-scale project development and delivery, and productivity improvement of existing rail operations of all types; including heavy-haul railways and management of urban rail projects.  We have designed, delivered, and improved operations on railways in more than 20 countries.  In addition to delivering major projects WorleyParsons has a strong focus on improving transport safety, reliability and operating costs to deliver our customers a competitive advantage.


Cairo Metro Line 3 – Phase 3 project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 The works will require the construction of a new tunnel under the Nile river. 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Forrestfield Airport Link project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 The project includes the construction of three stations, parking spaces and new and expanded bus feeder services. 

Sable tight-lipped on CEO’s grand jury indictment, promises own investigation

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Aim-listed exploration company Sable Mining Africa says it cannot comment on the situation regarding the indictment of its CEO Andrew Groves by a grand jury in Liberia, last month, in relation to a corruption investigation. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last month ordered an inquiry into London... 

South Africa’s first locomotives

By: Jade Davenport     22nd July 2016 The South Africa of the late 1850s was an economic and industrial backwater with limited growth prospects, especially when compared with other colonial outposts. Diamonds and gold, which were to drive the country’s industrial revolution, were still a long way from being discovered and, thus, the... 

Specialised bushings used for tyre testing rig

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Self-lubricating polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite Bearings – a division of VescoPlastics – has supplied specialised thermoplastic Vesconite bushings for a tyre test rig at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Vehicle Dynamics Group (VDG). The test rig, manufactured and assembled... 

Tambo-Springs inland port project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 Tambo-Springs is one of three megaterminals being proposed for Gauteng over the next 20 years. 

End of Australia’s iron-ore supply rush seen aiding prices

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2016 The largest iron-ore producers in Australia, the world’s No. 1 exporter, are raising supply at the slowest pace in years, drawing a line under more than a decade of expansions and lending potential support to prices that are rebounding this year. BHP Billiton, the third-largest shipper, said... 

Wacker Neuson plans to open new factory in China

     21st July 2016 The Wacker Neuson Group is planning to open a new plant near Shanghai in China. Initially compact excavators will be produced for the local market, further products will follow. It is planned that the first compact excavator should roll off the production line at the beginning of 2018. Wacker... 

Reef Fuel Injection Services Fuels Leadership Position In SA

     20th July 2016 There are only a few South African companies that are able to repair cutting edge diesel fuel injection systems that have entered the market over the years, and Reef Fuel Injection Services continues to grow its reputation as a leader in the field. RFI is an authorised service agent to all... 

BHP aims to grow copper, iron-ore, coal volumes in FY17

By: Mariaan Webb     20th July 2016 Diversified mining group BHP Billiton, which narrowly missed its iron-ore production guidance for the 2016 financial year, aims to grow its copper, iron-ore and metallurgical coal production in the next financial year by focusing on improving its productivity. Reporting on the group’s 2016... 

Advisian equipped for Special Economic Zones

     19th July 2016 Advisian, WorleyParsons’ advisory business, is gearing its comprehensive suite of advisory and technical services in preparation for the roll-out of Africa’s Special Economic Zones programme and associated enabling infrastructure and zone designation requirements. According to South Africa’s... 

Gabon rail network to get €52.5m boost from IFC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th July 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing €52.5-million of debt financing to boost the capacity and improve the efficiency of Gabon’s rail network and improve the Central African country’s trade and transport links. The financing was awarded to Société d'Exploitation du... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

Fehmarnbelt link project, between Denmark and Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project will be an 18-km-long immersed tunnel.  

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

PRASA new rolling stock procurement programme – Gibela rolling stock project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to unveil a replica of its newly acquired trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. 

Transport projects study under way in the UK

     15th July 2016 Project management and development company Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by Solihull metropolitan borough council, in the UK, to undertake a comprehensive integrated transport study. 

Future of Shosholoza Meyl

     14th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) knew how costly the long distance Shosholoza Meyl service were and that it needed funding when it was moved from Transnet to the railway operator in 2005. “Up to now Government has repeatedly stated that it will ensure that there is sufficient funding for... 

PRASA makes a promise to the widow of the train driver

     14th July 2016 The Netreg Station in the Western Cape where train driver Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha (46) was shot dead on Monday, would be made safe and secure for staff and commuters. This promise was made to Botha’s widow, Tania (42), by Mr. William Steenkamp, Acting Director of the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

Alliance Sensors Group: “The Name in LVDT Signal Conditioning”

     14th July 2016 Alliance Sensors Group has developed into “The Name in LVDT Signal Conditioning” due to the constant improvements and advancements made to its line of LVDT signal conditioners. Alliance Sensors Group was founded by Harold and Howard Schaevitz, widely known as the first family of LVDTs. The... 

Zuma endorses SA efforts to attract investment

By: News24Wire      14th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry will in the next few months launch a national one-stop-shop that will be responsible for issuing permits, licences and registering new businesses, President Jacob Zuma said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Cope MP Deirdre Carter asked Zuma... 

Bringing ‘big dreams’ to life in the Middle East and Asia

     14th July 2016 For the past four decades, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has played a key role in partnering with visionary developers in the Middle East and Asia to bring their boldest and bravest ideas to life. To support this vision, the company recently announced the... 

S Africa, France ink economic and investment cooperation agreements

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2016 South Africa’s newly established investment division in the Department of Trade and Industry, InvestSA, which champions a one-stop shop approach to investing in South Africa, and France’s trade and investment agency, Business France, on Tuesday signed a Declaration of Intent (DoI) on economic and... 

Cabinet approves designation of Musina-Makhado SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Cabinet has approved the decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Vhembe region of Limpopo. The designated zone would promote industrial development in the region with a specific focus on mineral beneficiation,... 

Private equity investors to increase investment in oil and gas sector

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Private equity (PE) firms are readying to deploy more capital into the global oil and gas sector, with 25% planning acquisitions before the end of the year and 43% by the first half of 2017, a global survey of 100 PE firms active in the sector released on Monday by advisory firm Ernst & Young... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Gold research report

     11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the gold sector over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the South African gold market, including labour and electricity-related challenges, as well as the diversification and outlook for the sector. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

     11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Brockman may build own rail line to link Marillana to Port Hedland

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2016 Iron-ore developer Brockman Mining was considering building a railway line to link its Marillana, and later its Ophthalmia projects, in the East Pilbara, to Port Hedland, the company reported on Friday. Brockman said it had commissioned engineering group Engenium to evaluate the commercial... 

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     8th July 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. Ekurhuleni economic development facilitator Yusuf Mayet... 

First new passenger trains to enter into service in October

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), are set to enter service in October, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. He says the first new blue... 

Increased demand for air pollution control in power industry

     8th July 2016 Increasing pressure on manufacturers in South Africa to reduce their environmental impact has seen a strong demand for mining and bulk handling equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa’s air pollution control technology from the power generation industry. 

SA’s first public rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     8th July 2016 It has been established that South Africa’s first rail-esque infrastructure was a 1.6N km oxen-operated wooden line, which was laid along Durban’s Bluff in 1856 to facilitate the conveyance of quarried sandstone for the construction of the harbour’s North Pier. However, the country did not have... 

Tambo-Springs inland port project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 A briefing session has been held for potential bidders of the proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal. 

PRASA to display train replica

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) plans to unveil a replica of its newly purchased trains at the Pretoria station for public viewing from the end of July. The showpiece, which arrived at the station on Thursday, was meant to showcase the new trains it aimed to roll out over the... 

AMAG places an order with Hertwich to supply a single chamber melting and casting furnace

     7th July 2016 Austrian company AMAG has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering to supply a melting/casting furnace with a capacity of 55,000 tons of aluminum per year including a charging machine. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid 2017. The aluminum industry assumes that worldwide... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Coal report

     4th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the coal industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African coal markets and the role of coal in South Africa’s economy, with a particular focus on the role of coal in the generation of electricity. 

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