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Concrete manufacturer gets into the Gautrain mix

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 A super-plasticiser provided by concrete admixture producer, Chryso SA will be used by concrete segment manufacturer Southern Pipelines Contractors (SPC) in the production of 12 000 precast concrete segments for the Gautrain project. 

Gautrain a catalyst for public sector transport improvement

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The Gautrain Project has been a catalyst in creating a new standard for the public transport sector, changing the face of transport in Gauteng and forcing public transport operators to think more innovatively in providing transport solutions, says Intelligent Transport Solutions South Africa (ITS... 

Gautrain participation a gateway to future projects for engineering group

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The participation of multidisciplinary engineering services company, WSP Group, in the Gautrain rapid-rail link project is considered an investment in future train projects and engineering services, says WSP Consulting Engineering director Gino Mazuchetti. 

Gautrain a logistics and technical challenge

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th December 2007 The Gautrain project is not only perceived as the biggest construction project in South Africa's history but also the most challenging by way of the multidisciplinary skills and company involvement in the project, which geotechnical solutions provider on the rapid-rail link project, Franki... 

Security at airport aligned with passenger traffic growth, says Acsa

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     14th December 2007 Airports management company Acsa is ensuring that security at its airports is in line with the expected growth of passenger traffic associated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup 

Berg Water telemetry system set for March completion

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 Telemetry systems designer and manufacturer SSE Cape has been implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada), telemetry, and wireless communications for the Berg water project (BWP) which is scheduled to be finished in March next year. When commissioned, the telemetry system will... 

Dam construction complete, but challenges remain

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg River Dam is 90% complete, and the dam 42% full, with the final second stage concrete and ancillary works still under construction says Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV) project manager Hans Roux.  

Berg dam almost ready to flow

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The construction of the Berg river dam is nearing completion, with the reservoir status currently at 46% full, the embankment and spillway complete, and impoundment achieved on July 26, 2007, says Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) project manager David Keyser.  

Proposed refinery to produce 200 000 brl/day

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Dubbed one of the biggest post-2010 investments in South Africa, the possible R39-billion oil refinery that PetroSA may install at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) will generate a projected 200 000 barrels of oil a day. 

BWP within budget–Dwaf

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg Water Project (BWP) will be completed within the original budget, according to current indications, says the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf) chief director in infrastructure development Willie Croucamp. He adds that the implementation of BWP has set a standard for... 

Fuel hunger prompts pipeline build

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 National oil company PetroSA's plans to build a pipeline from the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is the result of identified production capacity limitations in Gauteng which fail to produce sufficient quantities of all grades and types of automotive fuels to meet expected demand.  

BWP improves Wester Cape's water quality

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The improvement of the quality of water in the Western Cape is one of the main benefits that has arisen from the Berg Water Project (BWP), the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks said at a media briefing at the Berg river dam site earlier this year. 

IDZ could create 15 000 jobs by 2010

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) could create 15 000 jobs between August 2007 and July 2010 at its Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Ongama Mtimka tells Engineering News. This estimate is based on the number of signed investors and planned investments by... 

Aluminium smelter on track

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The aluminium smelter to be built by Alcan at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is currently moving forward apace. Some $200-million of the $2,7-billion investment required for the smelter has already been committed by Alcan to the project, Alcan spokesperson Rob Valdmanis tells... 

Zone's power requirements to necessitate R6,4bn expenditure

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Some R6, 4-billion will be spent on power infrastructure to ensure the supply of electricity to the Alcan aluminium smelter currently being built at the Eastern Cape Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). 

Translocation project preserves Coega's plant life

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Around one-and-a-half million plants have been collected and translocated from the greenfield Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to date, in an effort to ensure that plants endemic to the area are preserved. 

Local company supplies concrete monitoring system for stadium construction

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 Remote monitoring and control solutions company Opto Africa has successfully installed and commissioned a concrete-monitoring system for WG Wearne's involvement in the construction of Soccer City for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and to various stadiums throughout the country, equaling 20 000 cubic... 

Full steam ahead for Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 The construction of the Nelson Mandela Bay multipurpose stadium in Port Elizabeth for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is on schedule, and will be ready by 2009, in time for the Confederations Cup, says construction group Grinaker-LTA civil engineering operations director: civil engineering business unit... 

Govt undertakes over R400bn infrastructure capex in run-up to 2010 FIFA World Cup 

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 The South African government is spending around $60-billion in infrastructure, in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, said the Department of Trade and Industry for the deputy director general for trade and investment, Iqbal Meer Sharma, at a South Africa-German Business round table in Pretoria... 

Independent airports and aerodromes lose opportunities

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 Many of South Africa’s independent airports and aerodromes remain technically non-compliant and continue to lose out on increasing opportunities presented through either tourism or large events like the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup says Aviation Advisor Bernard Buys. 

Company hopes to provide cable and wireless solutions for 2010 FIFA World Cup

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 Cables and connection solutions supply and consulting company Lapp Cable South Africa is exploring the opportunity of supplying and consulting on various data integrity solutions for the World Cup Stadiums. These solutions including cable and wireless products for all facets of a stadium's... 

LOC confident of delivering 2010 FIFA World Cup on time

By: Guy Copans     9th November 2007 The organising committee (LOC) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is confident that it will be able to successfully deliver the tournament according to the schedule that it has set for itself, says international affairs organising committee communications manager Tumi Makgabo. 

SA starts world trend in environmental reporting

2nd November 2007 The South African Environment Outlook, has released a 371 page publication by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that sets a new world trend in environmental and sustainable development reporting, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting. 

Gautrain partner�s BEE arm concludes funding arrangements

29th June 2007 The Strategic Partnership Group (SPG), a Bombela Concession Company partner in the Gautrain project, has successfully and independently concluded its funding arrangements with its major funders. 

Specialised technology imported for use in underground tunnelling

29th June 2007 An 885-t tunnel boring machine (TBM), which will be used for tunnelling in the construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link, is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in October. A three km portion of the tunnel between Gautrain�s Johannesburg station and Park station will be excavated using the... 

Local company secures tunnelling contract

29th June 2007 Local manufacturer and distributor of mining products, DSI South Africa, in association with DSI-owned Austrian tunnelling company Alwag Techmo, has secured a contract for the installation of sections of a tunnelling system for the Gautrain rapid-rail link development. 

Community forums bridge the communications gap

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 With construction of the Gautrain rapid-rail link fully under way, residents and business operators in the affected areas have been given a platform to express their views and concerns. The direct involvement of the project in these communities through the community forums lends to the appeal... 

Rapid-rail progress speeds ahead as contractors dig deep

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 A clear priority of the Gautrain rapid-rail link is to meet the first 45 month operational completion deadline for the route between Sandton and the O.R Tambo International Airport, says Bombela Turnkey Contractor (TKC) CEO Ian Thoms. Since the second operational deadline, for the route between... 

Rapid-rail breaks ground for SA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2007 The Gautrain rapid-rail project is one of the most complicated transport endeavours ever undertaken, within South Africa. An intricate combination of civil engineering and electrical and mechanical work is being undertaken, to create South Africa�s first rapid-rail link. The Bombela Turnkey... 

R6,75m invested in new shot-blast, prime plant

29th June 2007 Mittal Steel announced that it has invested R6, 75 million in a new Shot Blast and Prime Plant, allowing the company to improve the quality of plates it delivers to its customers. 

Refractory reline contract completed

29th June 2007 Turnkey refractory project specialist The Dickinson Group was awarded a contract for the installation of refractories of blast furnace d in Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure programme. The contract included the supply of in excess of 1500 t of refractory materials and anchors. 

SA cooling systems for DRI kilns

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooling Tower company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is providing cooling systems for the new direct-reduction iron (DRI) kilns installed at Mittal Steel South Africa�s Vanderbijlpark plant as part of Mittal�s capital expansion programme. 

Compressors upgrade

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooperation between Man Turbo South Africa and Man Turbo�s main offices in Europe made the upgrade of four compressors and he installation of a new fifth machine at Mittal Steel South Africa Vanderbijlpark plant possible. 

R80m boiler part of waste-to-energy plan

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 South African company Babcock Africa, through its division, Babcock Engineering, will design, supply, manufacture, install and commission two 55-t/h waste-heat boilers for the Vanderbijlpark steel plant. 

Blast furnace reline to boost capacity

29th June 2007 Steel producing company Mittal Steel South Africa says that its R578-million relining of its Vanderbijlpark blast furnace d will increase the plants overall steel capacity. 

Fishing in foreign waters

29th June 2007 About 100 candidates from the Philippines, India, and the Southern African Development Community region have been appointed on the Gautrain Project in the areas of civil engineering, quality engineering, and construction foremen, all with underground rail experience in the Gautrain rapid-rail... 

Expanding value addition

29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa is to begin construction of two direct reduction (DR) kilns at its Vanderbijlpark plant at a cost of R600-million to increase its liquid steel capacity by around 250 000 t/y. 

R110m galv-capacity boost

29th June 2007 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa has commissioned its new galvanising line number five at Vanderbijlpark as part of its strategy to increase market penetration of its own manufactured products. 

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