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First metal expected early next year

4th July 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and is on track to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year. 

Aboveground work starts in earthing contract

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Durban-based company SME Lightning Protection & Earthing has completed the underground earthing works at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Upgrade of compressed air installation

4th July 2003 Compressed air is a crucial utility in the production of aluminium. 

Smelter receives two rotary screw compressors

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Two Aerzen rotary screw compressors that produce oil-free air have been supplied to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by Airgas Compressors, the direct South African subsidiary of Aerzener Maschinenfabrik Germany. 

Switchgear panel supply completed

4th July 2003 Power generation, transmission and distribution company, Alstom Switchgear, completed the supply of 22 medium-voltage switchgear panels to BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, for the Hillside Smelter expansion project in April. 

Communication strategy aimed at increasing efficiency

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Corporate communication company Raintree has tailormade a range of communication initiatives to suit the communication, health, safety and attitude needs of the employees at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Insulation and bimetal plates delivered

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 The electrical insulation components and bimetal plates required for the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, near Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, has been delivered by Pyrotek. 

Billion rand project is to increase turnover by 50%

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 South Africa’s only producer of stainless-steel flat products, Columbus Stainless of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, is spending R1,047-billion in an expansion and optimisation project that will increase the company’s turnover by more than 50% once full throughput is achieved in 2005. 

Expansion project benefits Middelburg

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 The R1,047-billion expansion and optimisation project currently being implemented by the country’s main producer of stainless steel, Columbus Stainless in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, could put the town on its way to become the stainless-steel capital of Africa with regards to stainless-steel... 

New mill largest investment in expansion drive

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 The expansion and optimisation project at Columbus Stainless in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, which started last year and will be commissioned over a two-year period, entails, among others, the installation of an additional Sendzimir mill, known as Z-mill 3 (ZM3) at the company’s operation. 

Local demand for stainless steel is growing rapidly worldwide

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 Consumption in the local stainless-steel manufacturing industry is booming, and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. 

37 years of producing stainless steel

4th July 2003 Stainless-steel giant Columbus Stainless dates back to 1966 (two years after ferrochrome producer, RMB Alloys, started up in Middelburg), when Southern Cross became South Africa’s first stainless-steel producer. 

Human resources company assists in project implementation

4th July 2003 The project management and new plant commissioning of Columbus Stainless is being supported by Astute HR. 

R400m capital expenditure is under way at paper mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A R400-million capital expenditure programme is under way at the Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

R58m modernisation of old chemical recovery furnace

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The No 1 chemical recovery furnace (CRF) at Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga is being modernised at a cost of R58-million. 

The four component parts of the Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga consists of four distinguishable parts, Engineering News has been informed in an exclusive presentation at the large forest-products operation. 

Racing car pitstop model used to create an environmental record

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A pitstop model, similar to those used in Formula One motor racing, was used to fast-track the retrofitting of environment-protecting electrostatic precipitators at a large pulp and paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. The innovative model was developed by the... 

Supplier park establishes its logistics network

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 One of the crucial steps in the development of the Automotive Supper Park (ASP) is the formation of a strong logistics network. 

German research organisation supports supplier park project

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 German applied research and consulting group, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, has been involved in the development of the local automotive sector since the conception of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in 1999. 

Lead consultant says supplier park project needs teamwork

27th June 2003 The Supplier Park Development Company appointed PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA) to assume overall responsibility for all aspects of infrastructure development at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria. 

SA first has offered many challenges

By: candice haase     27th June 2003 The project management team involved in the development of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Pretoria have faced a number of challenges. 

Automotive industry is a Gauteng growth sector

27th June 2003 As the largest manufacturing sector, the automotive industry was selected as a growth area by the Gauteng Provincial Government. 

Cold commissioning set for the end of the year

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2003 The underground development of declines is progressing as designed at South Africa’s second largest platinum producer, Impala Platinum’s greenfields Marula platinum project, reports group engineering manager Rob Dey. 

Biggest ever contract for project management house nears end

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2003 Overall project completion for the first phase of the Marula platinum project, Impala Platinum’s greenfields development in the Limpopo Province, is on track and about 80% complete. 

Structural steel company expects contract completion in September

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2003 East Rand based DSE Structural Engineers and Contractors, a company in the Grinaker-LTA group, is supplying 1 300 t of structural steelwork and platework to Impala Platinum’s Marula platinum project, in the Limpopo Province. 

Company reports 80% project completion

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2003 Gauteng-based Concor Engineering reports that it has completed about 80% of the contract awarded to it by Dowding, Reynard and Associates (DRA) for the structural steel, platework fabrication and equipment erection at Impala Platinum’s Marula platinum project, in the Limpopo Province. 

R12m process equipment contract completed

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2003 Earlier this month, Outokumpu Technology completed a R12-million contract for the supply of process equipment to the Marula platinum project. 

Horizontal shaft impactor delivered

27th June 2003 Specialist supplier of sampling plants to the mining industry, Multotec Process Equipment, has taken delivery of a Hazemag horizontal shaft impactor from IMS Engineering, a specialist supplier of process equipment to the mining industry. 

Four storage silos completed at platinum-mine

27th June 2003 Civil engineering company Group Five has completed four storage silos at Impala Platinum’s new Marula platinum-mine, which form part of the materials-handling system and were constructed using the continuous sliding method. 

Contract secured for cyclones and separators

27th June 2003 South Rand based company Linatex Africa has secured a contract for the supply of cyclones and separators to the Marula platinum concentrator, in the Limpopo Province. 

Corrosion protection contract progressing well

27th June 2003 The industrial painting department of RJ Southey’s Gauteng division has for the past four months been involved in the corrosion protection of new steelwork on the Marula platinum project near Steelpoort, Limpopo Province. 

Crushers, pumps delivered to platinum project

27th June 2003 Three orders valued at about R8-million have been secured by Metso Minerals for Impala’s Marula platinum-mine, situated on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. 

Car terminal in R100m upgrade

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The National Ports Authority (NPA) is upgrading of the Port of Durban car terminal as part of the project to renew the busy Kwazulu-Natal hub. 

Major overhaul for Durban port

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The Port of Durban has been plagued by delays and criticism of inefficiency in recent times. 

R271m quay wall to be completed by the end of this year

By: renay de     27th June 2003 The R2-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project is underway, beginning with phase one, a R271-million contract to construct a new quay wall at the Durban city terminal. 

R700m Durban development is scheduled for completion in 2004

16th May 2003 The R700-million development of the uShaka Island project in Durban is under way, reports Mpophoma joint venture commercial manager Pieter Postena. 

Tourism consultancy involved in many projects

16th May 2003 The boom in tourism has brought much needed foreign revenue into South Africa, but it has also created a need for specialist consultants in the field, to assist in the development of various tourist programmes for both the public and private sectors. 

Winning Freedom Park design is to be announced in July

By: Luxolo Tyali     16th May 2003 The opening of the Freedom Park Garden of Remembrance is scheduled to coincide with the tenth Freedom Day celebrations on April 27 next year. 

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