Kinross-based structural steel construction and specialised welding company Kinross Industrial Supplies Manufacturing Engineering (Kisme) reports that construction work on a structural steel project for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will be completed by mid-December.
Kisme administration director Danie du Plessis says the company is completing work on Phase 2 of the NMPP between Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Heidelberg, in Gauteng.
“Kisme is manufacturing and supplying the structural steelwork, while also constructing all the piping, including internal and overflow piping, as well as spray water systems,” says Du Plessis.
In total, 11 250 running metres of welding, which is the equivalent of 15 000 hours of work, will be done on about 500 t of steel.
General welding processes, such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) are being used to manufacture the products.
In addition, 30 skilled and semiskilled full-time employees are working on the project.
He adds that logistics are proving to be the biggest challenge for the company, as all the fabricated structural steel components and pipe spools have to be transported to various points.
Du Plessis believes it is Kisme’s good record and years of experience in piping that secured them the contract.
N17 Toll Plaza Project
Meanwhile, the company has also been awarded a contract to manufacture and install 36 uniquely designed 26-m-high light masts at the toll road plazas on the new N17 road, linking Leandra, Trichardt and Ermelo, in Mpumalanga.
“The light masts will be the first of their kind in South Africa,” adds Du Plessis.
The company is also undertaking the steel manufacturing and steel construction work at the toll plazas.
Fabrication started in February and construction at the Ermelo toll plazas is expected to be complete by the end of November, while construction for the Trichardt toll plaza will be completed by the end of September. The Leandra main line recently opened for traffic.
In total, 40 skilled and semiskilled full-time employees are working on the R7.5-million project.
For this project, GTAW and SMAW will be done on about 200 t of structural tubing, and specially designed jigs are used in the design and manufacture of the light masts, concludes Du Plessis.
Kisme is a member company of the Southern African Institute of Welding.