Boiler supplier Dryden Combustion has experienced significant growth since it was acquired by energy solutions provider Energy Partners at the end of 2016, with the successful synergy between the companies enabling Dryden to secure the largest single order in its 30-year history last year.
Dryden will oversee the supply, installation and commissioning of four new 10 t/h coal-fired steam boilers, as well as the training of the boiler operators on behalf of a leading engineering group for a client in the local mining sector. Cold commissioning will take place in August, with hot commissioning following in September and the project handed over to the client at the end of October.
These boilers will, moreover, be fitted with ash and coal handling systems, Dryden’s advanced optiflame control panels and a hotwell tank with a stand.
“The relationship between Dryden and Energy Partners was crucial in securing this deal in the midst of stiff competition,” says Dryden CEO Jonathan Probert, with Dryden business development manager Bradley Charles adding that being able to show the client a recently completed installation, at another client site, played a key role in reassuring the client of Dryden’s capabilities.
Probert highlights that this deal shows that coal is still a viable source of fuel and a cost-effective solution for steam users. With the vast array of services and options, including boiler monitoring and control optimisation panels, emissions are reduced and pollution effects are minimised.
In January last year, Engineering News reported that Cape Town-based Energy Partners – a member of the listed PSG Group – had acquired 100% ownership of Dryden Combustion. Together, the companies are able to provide the full spectrum of services and equipment required by industrial users of steam in Southern Africa, and internationally, making the combined group a one-stop shop for clients.
Energy Partners is a leading supplier of steam energy, combined with boiler control and optimisation systems, while Dryden Combustion is the largest supplier in Gauteng of refurbished coal-, oil- and gas-fired packaged steam boilers. Dryden also supplies new steam and hot water boilers and offers a comprehensive range of oil and gas burners, combined with service and spares backup for all equipment supplied by them.
As well as new boilers in various sizes and configured for various fuel types, Dryden also supplies reconditioned boilers and offers full steam outsourcing, long-term boiler rental and short-term boiler hire, providing clients with an array of options to supply the optimal steam solution.
In order to handle the additional workload stemming from higher volumes of orders, Dryden is also focusing on growing its customer services division. A third field services team was created last year, with another three planned for this year.
“By the end of 2018, Dryden will have a total of six services teams, dedicated to giving new and existing customers exceptional service,” concludes Charles.