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One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Project garners ’99 best urban-design award

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng architectural firm and urban designer Osmond Lange Architects & Planners has won the 1999 award for best urban design for the ‘new urba nism’ concept of Melrose Arch, MD John Dovey tells Engineering News. The R3-billion project, which is still in its first phase, is situated... 

Coega enviro permits are to get green light

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although no environmental permits have yet been granted for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), various studies are being undertaken to deal with the numerous permits that will be required for the many activities, such as rezoning of land, construction of sewage works, building of new... 

Urban landscape transformed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to temper the clinical effect created by the hi-tech buildings of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, Gauteng landscape architect Van Riet & Louw has been contracted to create an intimate urban landscape. The company was involved in the initial planning components and the... 

Sensible mixed-use approach adopted

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘new urbanism’ concept incorporated in the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, which controls building design through guidelines and combines all aspects of urban life, could be applied to complement existing parts of Johannesburg by optimising the favourable qualities of the... 

Work begins on Cape arrivals terminal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Work has begun on the 4 000 m2 stand-alone building which will become the temporary international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport. When the temporary building has been completed and all existing facilities housed in it, the old building will be demolished. It will be replaced... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

R1,5m to avert environmental disaster

By: System Author     25th June 1999 THE Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has allocated R1,5-million to Blaauwberg municipality to help avert a potential oil-pollution disaster at Milnerton Lagoon. Fuel pipelines from the Caltex refinery to Table Bay harbour, and underground municipal services, are in danger of being damaged due to... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

New R368m Umtata hospital 10% complete

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Construction of a new R368-million academic health services complex (AHSC) in Umtata, which began in November last year, is 10% complete. The project is the result of years of integrated planning and co-operation among various national and provincial departments together with the University of... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

First steps towards umbrella organisation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There is a thirst for knowledge and training in the South African composites industry, indicating a need for an umbrella organisation to deal with this – and such a move is indeed in the embryonic stages, reveals Scott Bader field technical service manager Steve Woodhall. “At the... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Second large toll-road project revs up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The second of three large toll-road projects being pursued in South Africa is approaching implementation stage. The N3 toll concession contract has been signed between the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) and the consortium chosen to fulfil the contract, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) –... 

New industrial software

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New software ‘functionality’ for the engineering and construction industry has recently been launched by German software giant SAP, Engineering News can report. This is the latest functional addition to SAP’s R/3 software, for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry,... 

Pump-set designed for shiploader

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A high-pressure pump-set has been designed and supplied for Ultrasonic Manufacturing by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE) for inclusion in a new Caillard shiploader which is under construction at Richards Bay harbour. HPE’s high-pressure pump-set will be able to deliver water at 320 l/m at a... 

R140-million project on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R140-million high-purity ethanol plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ Sasol Solvents division is on schedule for completion in September. The lump-sum turnkey contract to construct the plant, which will produce 85 000 t/y of 99,99% pure ethanol, was awarded to Krupp Uhde... 

Nelspruit casino on track

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nelspruit has been dealt a winning hand with the construction of Tsogo Sun’s new R32-million Emnotweni Casino having started. The construction contract is being undertaken by local company Norse Grinaker, a fully-owned subsidiary of Grinaker Construction. The casino will add to the surge of... 

R65-million Cape Town airport upgrade contract awarded

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Grinaker Building (GBC) has been awarded a R65-million contract for the reconstruction of the international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). Work is to start immediately and the new international arrivals terminal is... 

R1m coatings contract won

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Gauteng firm Plastertech has been awarded a R1-million contract to provide colour-enhanced cementitious coatings for the 1 800 houses to accommodate participants in the 1999 All Africa Games (AAG). The houses, under construction at present on the east bank of the Jukskei river, opposite Alexandra... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Composite material technique developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 RESEARCHERS at a UK university have developed a way of creating composite materials with shapes that were previously impossible. The research enables materials reinforced with glass fibre to find new uses in cars and construction and could pave the way for making composites in space. Composite... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Building event supported

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Housing and Land Affairs was the most recent public sector institution to choose Afribuild ’99, South Africa’s international infrastructure, building and construction exhibition, to showcase its achievements and ambitions. In its... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

Workshops set to probe latest in concrete

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A series of workshops to discuss develop- ments and advances in concrete technology will be co-ordinated by Professor Mark Alexander of the department of civil engineering of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Based on extensive research done by the department, the industry and other engineering... 

Fluid couplings for gold-mine

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Fluid couplings have been supplied to Siguri gold-mine in Guinea by Stratford Engineering. The couplings have been supplied to project manager Senet Projects, which will be responsible for the installation and commissioning, due for completion in the first quarter of this year. A variety of... 

Fluid couplings supplied abroad

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first in a range of FST fluid couplings have been supplied to the Tar Sands oil-extraction plants in northern Alberta, Canada, by UK scoop-trimming, variable-filling and fluid-coupling company, Fluidrive. The tar deposits found in this area of Canada are extracted by excavator and transported... 

13m breweries contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A R13-million contract for the construction of a high-tech insulated enclosure for the South African Breweries plant in Durban has been awarded to Concor Coastal. In order to maintain constant temperature control, the existing fermentation vessels will be enclosed and fully refrigerated. A 350 t... 

Station upgrades uplift economy

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Manager and developer of State-owned property Intersite is generating millions of rands in income for the local rail and construction industries. Since its inception in 1992, the company has created some 80 000 direct and indirect jobs and has made an overall financial impact on the economy of... 

SA construction firm going strong in Botswana

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Local construction company Concor is busy with a R28-million contract to build a technology centre and an R8-million extension to a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Concor building division MD Brian Robertson tells Engineering News that the R28-million contract to build the technology... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

 

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