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The greatest mining engineering feat

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st June 2002 The leaks persisted and then, as bolts started blowing off flanges, it was decided to abandon the pump station. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

Engineering giant sees turnaround

19th June 2002 The Chief Executive of Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB said there were signs of a rebound in business in the first quarter and that the trend continued in the second quarter. 

Innovations to kick-start economic upturn

By: Karel Smrcka     14th June 2002 In the previous Developments column, published in the June 7 to 13 edition of Engineering News, we dealt with trends that appeared at several specialist trade fairs as part of Hanover Fair 2002. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Anderson Engineering

7th June 2002 Anderson Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of specialised processing equipment, mainly in stainless steel, for the food, chemical, dairy, pharmaceutical and other related industries. 

Black empowerment key in engineering privatisation

4th June 2002 Companies interested in bidding for controlling interest in Roshcon, a State-owned diversified engineering business, should have a strong black empowerment component to their consortium. 

New electric motors to the market

31st May 2002 The industrial gearbox and geared motor division, Power Drives, of engineering component suppler Bearing Man has made its debut in the electric motor business, with the recent launch in this country of Fenner Motoline electric motors. 

European firm adapts to SA

31st May 2002 One of Europe's largest electric motor manufacturers and one of the world's leading electro-mechanical engineering companies Leroy-Somer continues to extend its activities throughout Southern Africa and create motors to meet clients’ needs. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Transdeco GTMH

31st May 2002 Transdeco was established in 1970 to design, fabricate and erect steel lattice structures for high-voltage overhead transmission lines 

A bit more about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st May 2002 Last week I said that I would write more about acoustics in buildings. Starting with the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, US. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

First butanol in January

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The first butanol will be produced at Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) in Sasolburg in January next year and downstream of the butanol plant, the acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) project will soon take shape. 

R500m for R&D in the next 12 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Synthetic chemicals and fuels giant Sasol is to spend some R500-million on research and development (R&D) at its corporate R&D facilities during the 12 months to June next year, Engineering News has been told. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Billion-rand project at halfway stage

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The construction of Sasol Solvent’s billion-rand butanol project in Sasolburg has reached the halfway stage, Engineering News can today report. German multinational company, Krupp Uhde of Sunninghill, Gauteng, is the managing contractor for the R829-million butanol-specific portion of the... 

Conversion from coal to natural gas

24th May 2002 A detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract has been awarded to Fluor South Africa to convert the Sasol Infrachem Plant (SCI) in Sasolburg from a coal to a natural gas based feedstock. 

Three-year alliance with technology division

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 As one of the world leaders in the global engineering industry, Halliburton KBR (Engineering) delivers a complete product to its customers using its technology development, engineering, project management, fabrication, integration, installation, operations and maintenance expertise. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Control choice for natural-gas project

24th May 2002 Alpret Control Specialists, a member of Grinaker-LTA, has been awarded the contract for the design, supply, and commissioning of a DeltaV distributed control system for Sasol’s Temane Pande Development Project in Mozambique. 

Positioning for any future oil scenario

24th May 2002 Sasol Synfuels at Secunda, the biggest operating company in the Sasol group, has the ambition to grow its output by at least 20% in the next six years while simultaneously reducing its cash cost by 2% a year. 

Many heat exchangers required

24th May 2002 GEA Aircooled Systems is currently manufacturing heat exchangers for Sasol with a combined heat exchange capacity of more than 90 MW. 

A bit about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th May 2002 For obvious reasons people always think that acoustics is a branch of architecture and that the best acousticians are in fact architects. 

John Baird (III)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th May 2002 In previous columns I wrote how John Baird, the inventor of television, had begun life as a tech student, municipal mains engineer, sock supplier, jam maker and soap trader until when at 35 he started on his invention of television. 

Conference centres: the key to SA hotel industry's oversupply dilemma?

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 Making new tourism projects financially viable is not an easy feat in the current South African climate, maintains Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein Tourism Hospitality and Leisure Principal Gillian Saunders. 

Engineering council moves to allay public fears

13th May 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) – which represents the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), the Institution of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa (Imesa), and the Institute of Timber... 

Nanotech - innovation driver

By: Karel Smrcka     19th April 2002 Nanotechnology has left its ivory tower behind and is set to have a massive influence in altering future economic reality. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

New home for antenna maker

16th April 2002 SATCOM antenna supplier Omnipless opened its new facility in Westlake Business Park in the Western Cape on April 10. 

Remembering Spike Milligan (II)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th April 2002 WG: “Part two: Looking for diamonds Neddy is finding being in the desert somewhat arduous . . .” 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Big solar plan for Northern Cape

12th April 2002 By 2005, South African power utility Eskom could be operating the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. 

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