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Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Port of Maputo entrance channel dredge completed

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

La Mède biorefinery project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     27th January 2017 Total is transforming its La Mède site into France’s first biorefinery, which is expected to be one of the largest in Europe once completed. 

Prioritizing renewable energy and energy efficiency to accelerate growth in Africa

7th December 2016 ABB supported a number of pledges signed by world leaders at COP21 in Paris, including a commitment to scale up renewable energy and help emerging economies transition their markets for energy efficient products. At COP22, ABB showed how this commitment translates into solutions and services that... 

MSC launches new feeder service in ICTSI Georgia unit

29th November 2016 M/V Max Carrier made its first call to Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Gioia – Ukraine & Georgia feeder service.  The new service features fast connections between the Port of Batumi and the ports... 

The battle to tame Table Bay – Part 2

By: Jade Davenport     28th October 2016 Being strategically located halfway between Europe and the lucrative spice route of the East, the Cape of Good Hope was certainly a jewel in the crown of any maritime trading empire. This was especially the case in the era prior to the opening IN 1869 of the Suez Canal, an engineering marvel that... 

SMS group commissions new compact steel plant of El Marakby

13th September 2016 On August 2, 2016, the new compact steel plant of El Marakby in Giza, Egypt, was officially opened with an inaugural ceremony. The electric steelworks supplied by SMS group has an annual capacity of 350,000 tons. It comprises a raw materials handling system, a 45-ton electric... 

Egyptian petrochemicals complex expected 2021

2nd September 2016 Egyptian petrochemicals company Carbon Holding's proposed Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex is to be located within the Ain Sokhna industrial zone, near the Gulf of Suez. Major contracts for the project have been awarded, with the construction work expected to start later this year and commissioning... 

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity 

By: Shirley le Guern     12th August 2016 With an estimated 12 000 ships calling at South Africa’s ports each year and over 30 000 vessels sailing along the South African coastline annually, the ship repair industry should theoretically be a thriving and growing industry. In reality, however, it is an opportunity that is largely being... 

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity

By: Shirley le Guern     12th August 2016 With an estimated 12 000 ships calling at South Africa’s ports each year and over 30 000 vessels sailing along the South African coastline annually, the ship repair industry should theoretically be a thriving and growing industry. In reality, however, it’s an opportunity that is largely being... 

Future looks bleak for nuclear energy – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2016 Nuclear power generation has turned into an expensive operation, even when the machines are amortised, said nuclear expert Mycle Schneider. Schneider, author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told Fin24 on Monday that he questioned whether nuclear power can be seen as an alternative to... 

Maritime Transport policy to be submitted to Parliament in March

By: Shirley le Guern     26th February 2016 The Department of Transport has accelerated the process of finalising the Maritime Transport Policy, which is expected to take effect by mid-year, according to Deputy Transport Minister Sindiwe Chikunga, who told Engineering News on the sidelines of the inaugural eThekwini Maritime Cluster Summit... 

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th November 2015 Pan-African renewable energy generation company Lekela Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the development of a 250 MW wind power station in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez area. The development of the power station would mark Lekela... 

Increased continental demand for modular treatment systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th October 2015 International water-treatment solutions specialist Suez has noted a significant increase in demand from small and medium-sized modular water treatment plants that want to optimise the construction and operation of their water and wastewater treatment facilities, particularly on the African... 

Egypt offers technical assistance for Shire–Zambezi waterway

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th August 2015 The government of Egypt has said it is ready to provide technical assistance to Malawi in the development of the Shire–Zambezi waterway, which is designed to link landlocked Malawi to the Indian Ocean by opening the two rivers for navigation. Egyptian ambassador to Malawi Maher el-Adawy says... 

New Suez Canal project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     31st July 2015 The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on July 25 in a test run before it opens next month. 

New Suez Canal project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     25th June 2015 The opening of the expanded Suez Canal is set for August 6. 

Egypt eyes opening of New Suez Canal on Aug 6 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2015 The opening of Egypt’s first two-way canal through the Red Sea–Mediterranean crossing was set for August 6 – exactly one year after first breaking ground on the project meant to bolster the nation’s maritime trade position. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) this week said the multibillion-dollar, 72... 

Signature with Beijing Drainage Group of a contract to provide equipment for the HuaiFang reuse water treatment plant

5th June 2015 In March 2015, SUEZ environnement signed a new contract worth over €144M with Beijing Drainage Group, a wholly state-owned wastewater utility established with the approval of the Beijing Municipal Government.   


1st June 2015 Degrémont and all companies of the Group now operate under the brand SUEZ environnement and continues to expand winning six new contracts in Africa. Degrémont has strengthened its presence in Africa, winning four new water treatment plant construction and refurbishment contracts worth a total of... 

S Africa invited to invest in Egypt

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th May 2015 Upcoming projects, including the Suez Canal expansion, in Egypt, afforded South Africa opportunities to invest in that country, further boosting trade relations between the two States, Small Business Development Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe said at a business meeting hosted by Egypt-based... 

Sidi Bernoussi wastewater pretreatment plant commissioning in Casablanca

26th May 2015 The commissioning of the Sidi Bernoussi wastewater pretreatment plant designed and built by the group SUEZ environnement (Mandatary) and Sogea Maroc, was held on 31 March 2015. Since 20 April 2015 the facility receives 100% of the effluent intended for it. 

Egypt diversifies energy mix

17th April 2015 Electrical engineering company Siemens and the Egyptian government reached two firm agreements on March 14, firstly to build a 4.4 GW combined-cycle power plant and, secondly, to install wind power capacity of 2 GW – both in Egypt. 

Dragflow supplied Dredging pumps for Suez Canal Development Project

14th April 2015 Dragflow supplied two High Head Dredging Pumps (HY85B) with two Excavators (EXHY20) for one of the biggest contractors working in the tunneling part of the Suez Canal Development Project. The pump is working at 44 meter depth. The implementation plan for the project includes building 32 projects,... 

Controlling effluent and recycling industrial process water: we spotlight a success story in China

10th April 2015 To preserve water resources by using them in a sustainable way: that is the top priority for China today. Increasingly stringent laws are driving industries to take action to solve a two-pronged problem: how to control the release of organic pollutants and how to develop the re-use of effluents... 

Ready for the resource revolution

25th March 2015 We are accelerating the transformation of our businesses and our organisation by combining all of our activities under a single brand. This single brand, the culmination of over 150 years of shared history, expresses our ambition and demonstrates our commitment to securing resources. 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

6th March 2015 The Transnet National Ports Authority has committed to spending R17-billion on infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Durban by 2023. 

Suez Canal expansion project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     7th November 2014 The ‘new’ Suez Canal will partially run in parallel to the current waterway and partially entail the widening and deepening of existing parts thereof. 

Inspection contract awarded

12th September 2014 Swiss-based inspection, verification, testing and certification services provider Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS-SA) was awarded a contract in February to provide statutory inspection services and training on lifting equipment for Egypt-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)... 

SA positioning itself as shipping route hub – TPT

By: Leandi Kolver     1st July 2014 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was looking to position South Africa as a southern hub for world shipping routes within the next ten years, TPT KwaZulu-Natal operations GM Zeph Ndlovu told Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Africa Ports & Harbours conference on Tuesday. He argued that... 

Santos, GDF Suez shelve floating LNG plan for Bonaparte

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2014 Australian energy major Santos and its French joint venture (JV) partner GDF Suez announced this week that they would be considering alternative development options for the Bonaparte liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, offshore Australia. The JV partners said in a shared statement that they... 

Ghost of globalisation past

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2014 Globalisation. Love it or hate it, it is the economically dominant phenomenon of today. As much free trade as possible encompassing as many countries as possible, to mutual benefit and enrichment. Many countries have enjoyed rapid economic growth. Of course, when something goes badly wrong in one... 

Super container ship hopes to make efficiency waves

12th July 2013 Shipping company Maersk Line’s latest vessel, the first of the Triple-E series, was named Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller at a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. 

Long-delayed peaker projects to reach financial close ‘next week’

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2013 A high-level Department of Energy (DoE) official has reported that the long-delayed open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT), or peaker plants, will reach financial closure during May. Speaking on the sidelines of a function hosted to facilitate the financial closure of 19 renewable-energy projects on... 

Intrepid South Africans playing key role in St Helena airport adventure

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2013 The first plane to officially land at St Helena’s new airport – the first airport in the island’s more than 500 years of human habitation – is scheduled to do so in February 2016. Viewed as a threat to the quiet lifestyle on the island by some of the around 4 000 islanders, the project was given... 

Egypt's Suez Cement says fuel shortage hits output

By: Reuters     9th April 2013 Suez Cement, Egypt's biggest cement maker by market value, said a lack of fuel supplies had forced it to cut production by as much as 30% this year. Two years of political upheaval had brought chaos to Egypt's economy and a lack of state funds and foreign currency was now disrupting imports of... 

All the way to York

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd November 2012 I am in York, England, to be at my daughter’s graduation. She holds two degrees. All this is a bit confusing. I see her about once a year, if I can, and, by my memory, she is still 15 years old and asking me to buy her flavoured vodka at Tesco’s.  The shots come in six packs and range from pink... 


By: Asha Ramsaran     26th October 2012 Tenders for work in the rest of Africa excluding South Africa  

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