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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.


Afrox opens R60m Riverhorse Valley hub

By: Shirley le Guern     Updated 3 hours ago African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday. The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as... 

QRC calls for re-establishment of Parliamentary inquiry into green activists’ funding

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the federal government to reestablish the select Parliamentary Committee inquiry into taxpayer subsidies being provided for green activist interference in local project approvals. This comes after a WikiLeaks email revealed that parties from... 

TSX rises to 16-month high, led by resource shares

By: Reuters     22nd October 2016 Canada's main stock index rose to a 16-month high on Friday as shares of energy and materials companies led broad-based gains and investors raised bets on a rate cut from the Bank of Canada. For the week, the commodity-linked TSX rose 2.4%, helped by a 15-month high on Wednesday for US crude... 

Genesee & Wyoming looks to snare coal volumes off Australian haulers

By: Reuters     21st October 2016 Genesee & Wyoming is gearing up to lure business away from Australia's top two coal haulers, confident there will be stronger demand for the commodity in Asia than in other regions, the chief financial officer of the U.S. rail group said. The near doubling of Asian thermal coal prices this year... 

African value chains key to building economic resilience, Davies avers

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 Intercontinental trade in Africa was key to provide impetus for industrialisation and more resilient economic growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies noted during the the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SACCI’s) presidential consultative group meeting in Johannesburg... 

Completion of Ethiopia to Djibouti rail project ‘a major milestone’

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Ethiopia and Djibouti will this month commission a major railway project that has been touted as a game-changer in facilitating trade between the two Horn of Africa neighbours. The $3.4-billion 700 km Addis Ababa–Djibouti railway project was implemented by Chinese companies China Railway... 

Concern raised over Kenyan plan to run portion of rail through national park

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Plans by Kenya to construct the last kilometres of a 472 km standard-gauge railway (SGR) line across a major national park in the capital city, Nairobi, have met with stiff opposition from environmentalists. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), which is constructing the line, which stretches from... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Sacci calls on members to play part in averting ratings downgrade

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 South Africa’s current economic growth does not reflect the country’s potential and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) members must help build the economy and steer the country to success, says the chamber’s president Vusi Khumalo. Addressing delegates at the Sacci... 

South African engineer’s geotechnical contribution recognised

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb senior associate and geotechnical engineer Ron Tluczek has been recognised internationally for his contribution to the geotechnical engineering sector by being appointed as the vice-animateur for Working Group 2 Research at the International... 

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Canadian oil sands output to slow post 2020, as project pipeline slows

By: Henry Lazenby     20th October 2016 Production from Canada’s Alberta oil patch will start to slow from 2020, as few new projects are sanctioned and export infrastructure bottlenecks prevent new production from reaching export markets. New analysis by market intelligence firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) expects commercial projects to... 

TNPA Women Scoop Coveted Awards

     20th October 2016 Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition, and is dedicated to... 

Glencore sells GRail for A$1.4bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2016 Miner Glencore has struck a A$.1.4-billion deal to divest of its rail coal haulage business in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The 40-million-tonne-a-year Glencore Rail (GRail) business has been sold to Genesee & Wyoming Australia, which will continue to service the majority of Glencore’s... 

Nigeria needs more time to negotiate rail project with GE

By: Reuters     20th October 2016 Nigeria needs more time to negotiate a railway concession project with US company General Electric (GE), the country's transport minister said on Wednesday. Both sides have confirmed talks on GE being granted a railway concession in Nigeria worth around $2-billion but no details have emerged yet. 

Rio Tinto cuts 2016 iron-ore target by 10Mt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2016 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has downgraded its iron-ore shipment expectations for 2016, after port and rail maintenance during the third quarter reduced shipments by 5% year-on-year to 80.9-million tonnes. Rio is now expecting to ship between 325-million and 330-million tonnes of iron-ore in... 

Bigen Africa appoints Henk Bester to lead Transport directorate

     19th October 2016 Solutions-driven infrastructure development group, Bigen Africa, has appointed Henk Bester as Managing Director of its Transport directorate. Bester, formerly managing director of rail at Hatch Consultants, will play a key role in driving the group’s business development goals, which include... 

Durban port embraces more technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2016 Aerial and underwater drones, as well as track-and-trace technology to track port assets such as tugs and dredgers, have been piloted successfully at the Port of Durban. This pilot project formed part of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s plans to roll out smart ports. 

ELB to upgrade PPC Colleen Bawn Clinker Loading Project in Zimbabwe

     18th October 2016 ELB Engineering Services Africa (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between PPC Zimbabwe, Colleen Bawn and ELB for the upgrade of the PPC Colleen Bawn Clinker Loading Upgrade Project in Zimbabwe. ELB’s scope of supply for this project includes the design,... 

Caterpillar CEO to retire, successor a company veteran

By: Reuters     18th October 2016 Caterpillar insider Jim Umpleby will became chief executive of the heavy equipment maker on January 1, faced with the challenge of reversing a multiyear sales decline triggered by the global commodities slump. He replaces Doug Oberhleman, who retires as CEO on December 31, but who stays on as... 

Regional organisations need to cooperate, Zuma tells Brics and Bimstec leaders outreach summit

By: African News Agency      17th October 2016 Countries and regional organisations need to co-operate to find solutions and innovative ways to address core objectives and priorities for the common good, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. Speaking at the Brics and Bimstec leaders outreach summit during the eighth Brazil, Russia, India,... 

Construction of R1bn Dunnottar train factory on track – Gibela

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. 

PRASA unit, Vodacom in R1bn ICT services, dark-fibre-optic network lease deal

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016   Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Vacuum ejector modifications improve effectiveness

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th October 2016 Pneumatics products provider SMC Pneumatics has modified its ZH body ported type vacuum ejector so that it is more compact, lightweight and easy to mount. It also has an improved maximum suction flow rate, improving its overall effectiveness and functionality.  The ejector is more compact in... 

Sandvik hollow bar brings ‘100 years of maintenance-free service’ to Norway’s revolutionary high speed railway

     12th October 2016 Sanmac® 2205 duplex stainless steel hollow bar was used for construction of the Holmestrand station, part of a new high-speed rail system that will transform Norway’s transport infrastructure. Sandvik’s input contributed towards the project’s on time completion.   Sanmac® 2205 long lifetime, low... 

Merafe ferrochrome output rising in higher price environment

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 The attributable ferrochrome production of Merafe is on the rise, with the black-controlled JSE-listed company reporting upped output primarily on additional production from the low-energy Project Lion II furnaces of the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture. South Africa’s 300 000-member Bafokeng... 

GE interested in Nigeria railway concession worth around $2bn

By: Reuters     11th October 2016 General Electric (GE) has a "keen interest" in acquiring a Nigeria railway concession worth around $2-billion, the US company said on Monday. Nigeria has been looking for partners to upgrade its ageing rail network but GE did not specify which concession it was referring to. 

Prairie buys Polish mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2016 ASX-listed Prairie Mining has acquired the Debiensko hard coking coal project, in Poland, paving the way for its entry into the coking coal sector. Prairie acquired the project through the purchase of all the shares in NWR Karbonia SA for an up-front cash consideration of €500 000 and a deferred... 

Qld declares Adani’s Carmichael ‘critical’ to fast-track project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2016 The Queensland government has invoked special power to progress the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project being developed by Indian major Adani. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared “critical” infrastructure, the first time this has... 

Feasibility study on Gautrain expansion project completed 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

Consultancy proposes ways to kick-start South Africa’s GDP growth

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Five actionable plans would be key to help kick-start South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth – currently standing at below 1% – and address the country’s triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty, delegates heard at business consultancy IQ Business’s 

Matlabas rail loop project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th October 2016 Transnet plans to spend R21.8-billion over the next seven years to increase rail capacity on the export coal line to 81-million tons. 

Yuzhni grain terminal construction project, Ukraine

By: Sheila Barradas     7th October 2016 The project includes the development of a five-million-tonne-a-year greenfield grain terminal. 

Sacci calls on members to help avert ratings agency downgrade

By: David Oliveira     6th October 2016 South Africa’s current economic growth does not reflect the country’s potential and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) members must help build the economy and steer the country to success, says the chamber’s president Vusi Khumalo. Addressing delegates at the Sacci... 

Australia watchdog raises concerns on bids for Glencore coal rail arm

By: Reuters     6th October 2016 Australia's competition watchdog raised concerns about bids from the nation's two biggest coal haulers for Glencore's coal rail business and said it would decide by December whether to allow them to go ahead. Glencore has attracted several bids for its GRail business, the third-largest coal... 

Bridge City development to offer small business incubation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2016 Part of agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett and the eThekwini municipality’s Bridge City mixed-use development is being earmarked for small business incubators, with the integrated rapid public transport network set to benefit existing and emerging businesses. The industrial,... 

Exxaro concludes Inyanda sale to Burgh, Lurco

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 The Competition Commission has approved the acquisition of the Inyanda colliery by a consortium comprising Burgh Group and Lurco Group from Exxaro. Burgh and Lurco will continue to use the Inyanda plant, situated in the eMalahleni district in Mpumalanga, for coal beneficiation and foresees the... 

General Electric to invest $150m in Nigeria

By: Reuters     4th October 2016 US industrial firm General Electric plans to invest around $150-million in Nigeria by 2017, a senior executive said on Monday. "There are development projects where we are investing," Jay Ireland, CE of General Electric in Africa told the FT Africa Summit in London. GE would also invest in oil... 

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