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State rail company invests in track management 

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 In support of its Market Demand Strategy (MDS), State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet is concentrating on refurbishing the country’s rail track system through training and the introduction of new rail track monitoring and management methods, says Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) track... 

Mozambique to get new railway line in December

12th December 2014 Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon is providing design services to the new Moatize Nacala Port and Railway project to be concluded in December in Mozambique. The Moatize Nacala railway is part of the Nacala logistics corridor commissioned by global mining... 

Mozambique to get new railway line in December
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CURVING The railway line is expected to increase coal exports

Rail graduates ‘seeds’ for future industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 The graduation of 85 employees of State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in rail sciences planted the seeds for future rail industry growth and formed an integral part of TFR’s R201-billion rail infrastructure roll-out plans, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said at the graduation... 

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 To continue offering safe, convenient and efficient service to passengers, rapid transit train Gautrain’s airport service from Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport was improved in August with earlier trains in the mornings and later trains in the evenings, says Gautrain CEO Jack van der... 

Additional earlier and later trains for commuters
RUSH HOUR The overall Gautrain airport service continues to show positive growth since it started operations on June 8, 2010

R18.7b increase in road-to-rail programme

12th December 2014 State-owned logistics and rail company Transnet has increased its capital investment by 66.8% to R18.7-billion in its road-to-rail programme aimed at transferring the majority of the country’s cargo from the road network to the rail network. The success of the road-to-rail programme has been... 

R18.7b increase in  road-to-rail programme
ON THE TRACKS The success of Transnet’s road-to-rail programme has been confirmed by the company’s growth in revenue and profit

SA company delivers passenger coaches to Angolan client

By: Bruce Montiea     12th December 2014 Ten passenger coaches and one power car were delivered to Angola’s major railway line Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB),  in Lobito, by South African manufacturing and exporting company Dominex in a project that was completed in October, says Dominex CEO Kirk Christodoulakis. The project... 

SA company delivers  passenger coaches to Angolan client
IN THE AIR Dominex delivered eight sleeper coaches, two restaurant/kitchen coaches and one power car to Angola’s major railway line, Caminho de Ferro de Benguela

Company imports conduits suitable for SA rail industry

12th December 2014 With the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) latest announcement of a R51-billion ten-year investment into procuring 600 new, modern commuter and passenger trains, the rail sector holds significant opportunities for electrical and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions,... 

Specialised equipment used for wind turbine transportation

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 Heavy transportation and lifting provider ALE is playing a vital role in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, owing to the development of smarter solutions that are mitigating the challenges created by the increasing size and weight of wind turbines and the associated components. ALE was... 

Construction started on hydro project

12th December 2014 Hydropower developer NuPlanet Project Development achieved financial close and started construction last month on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydro project near Clarens, in the Free State. The project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under bid window two of the government’s Renewable Energy... 

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the Medupi power station in... 

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration
Photo by Pimani Baloyi
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining and Technical Exhibitions’... 

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry
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VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry

Government gears for nuclear energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear power generation programme. The... 

Government gears for  nuclear energy
Photo by Duane Daws
TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops

Medupi Unit 6 will contribute power by mid-2015

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Medupi Unit 6 will  contribute power by mid-2015
Photo by Duane Daws
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough

Chemicals company grows market around Medupi

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Chemicals company grows market around Medupi
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INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS Reba Chemicals exports its products to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique

Renewable power a major energy growth source

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th December 2014 According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s population, in sub-Saharan Africa... 

Boilermaker affects management changes

12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, which is constructing boilers for State-owned power utility Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile power stations, announced a revised top structure, including a new executive chairperson and a new chief executive. The changes, which were... 

Boilermaker affects management changes
Photo by Duane Daws
MEDUPI BOILERS Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa took over the boiler contacts that were awarded to Hitach

Conference to focus on the future of transportation

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The yearly Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) will take place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) international conference centre, in Pretoria, from July 7 to 10. The conference will cover all aspects of transport, including rail, and its theme is ‘Leading... 

Alloys supplier completes project

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products reports it has completed its latest contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, in Mpumalanga. The company completed the supply of products, valued at about R2-million, which included a range of... 

Alloys supplier  completes project
Photo by Energy Engineered Products
NEW BUILD SUPPORT Energy Engineered Products has supplied valve products to Eskom’s Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power generation projects

Locomotive manufacturer sources local suppliers

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is in the process of negotiating and signing supplier subcontracts for the supply of 240 electric locomotives at a base cost of R10.4-billion to State-owned rail operator Transnet. Bombardier Transportation business... 

Locomotive manufacturer  sources local suppliers
Photo by Bombardier
TRAXX AFRICA Bombardier has been manufacturing this dual-voltage, multi-systems locomotive for ten years

Delay in pumped-storage scheme schedule shortened

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan... 

Delay in pumped-storage scheme schedule shortened
Photo by Eskom
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission

Renewables council to present united voice

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The newly launched South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) aims to consolidate the voices of the renewable-energy sector and represent them to government and other stakeholders as the country’s renewable-energy sector experiences unprecedented growth, says the council. Sarec comprises the... 

Renewables council to present united voice
Photo by Duane Daws
DAVIN CHOWN Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has helped address community development challenges

Continuous welded rails strengthen network

27th June 2014 In rail engineering, Plasser South Africa’s Linda Ndlovu tells Engineering News, the joint where the ends of two rails are connected to each other, by means of fish plates, causes dynamic impact loads resulting in, among other things, rail failure, geometric unevenness, crushing of the ballast at... 

Continuous welded rails strengthen network
Photo by Plasser South Africa
DEVELOPED TO COMPLY Rail track maintenance and track laying machines manufacturer Plasser & Theurer developed a welding robot that would fully comply with EN 14587-2 standard

Renewable energy to account for more than 20% power by 2030

27th June 2014 Renewable energy is expected to account for 20% nameplate capacity in South Africa’s total power generation capacity by 2030, states consulting firm Frost & Sullivan in its report, titled ‘The renewable energy services market and its potential in South Africa.’ Frost & Sullivan energy &... 

Renewable energy to account for more than 20% power by 2030
JOHAN MULLER The renewable-energy sector has a lower job creation potential compared with the transport and tourism sector

CIS technology introduced onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has introduced Japanese-manufactured copper, indium and selenium (CIS) solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to the local renewable-energy market. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner tells Engineering News that the company first introduced the... 

CIS technology introduced onto local market
CIS MODULE The modules offer a higher performance ratio than crystalline silicon and have higher efficiency

Local supplier launches new range of transducers

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Electrical parameters measurement solutions company LEM launched the new LTC series closed-loop transducers, which control energy in rail transportation systems, in South Africa in January this year. Johannesburg-based electronic-component specialist and sole distributor of LEM products in South... 

Local supplier launches new range of transducers
Photo by Duane Daws
INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS All locomotive manufacturers use transducers and LEM is an internationally recognised transducer manufacturer

Train coaches converted into science centre

27th June 2014 The then Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom inaugurated a new science centre housed in two old train carriages at the Matjiesfontein Transport Museum, in the Western Cape, in April. The science centre is intended to be part of a longer term Science and Technology Train, which... 

Manufacturer finalises product specification for locomotive project

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Locomotives manufacturer General Electric (GE) South Africa Technologies reports that it is engaged in the initial design reviews for the 233 Evolution series diesel locomotives it will be supplying to State-owned rail operator Transnet. President and CEO of GE South Africa Tim Schweikert tells... 

Manufacturer finalises product specification  for locomotive project
Photo by Edelman
TIM SCHWEIKERT This project is really about speed, getting the suppliers qualified and getting first article inspections completed as soon as possible

Projects to influence South African commuter behaviour

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) national signalling upgrade project and its acquisition of new rolling stock from French manufacturer Alstom will significantly impact on commuter behaviour in South Africa, says consulting engineering firm GIBB GM Johann Rauch. GIBB is the... 

Projects to  influence South  African commuter  behaviour
Photo by GIBB
BACK TO RAIL Transnet’s manganese railway line upgrade project shows the rail operator’s intent to improve its services and move freight back to rail

Company receives $50m financing

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Freight and logistics services provider Grindrod Freight Services partnered with infrastructure investment company Pembani-Remgro-Infrastructure Fund to form Mauritius-based rolling stock leasing company GPR Leasing Africa, in January. Financial institution Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) was appointed... 

Company receives $50m financing
Photo by RMB
GREG McKENZIE It was a complex set of terms we provided GPR Leasing, which set out the basis on which the funding would be made available

Skills development through consortium

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The Bombardier Africa Alliance (BAA) consortium is currently in the design phase of the Durban portion of State-owned rail operator the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) national resignalling project. The project involves the resignalling of 260 km of double-track and 42... 

Skills development through consortium
Photo by Bombardier
PRASA RESIGNALLING PROJECT The project involves the resignalling of 260 km of double-track and 42 major train stations on the Durban commuter rail network

Factors contributing to power project’s delay resolved

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised to the grid by the end of the... 

Factors contributing to power  project’s delay resolved
Photo by Eskom
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet

Preliminary work for new builds conducted

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third coal-fired power station,... 

Preliminary work for new builds conducted
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds

Private sector to support additional power supply

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Although additional baseload power stations will be required to combat the shortage in the electricity supply industry in South Africa, the exact time at which the next new baseload power station would be commissioned, after the commissioning of the current new build projects, is extremely... 

Private sector to support additional power supply
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POWER SUPPORT Sanea suggests that the private sector should be included with greater momentum to provide additional power supply

Transmission line and substation infrastructure projects on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP) portfolio, currently valued at about R37.5-billion as of 31 March this year, and which falls under the power utility’s Group Capital division, has carried out transmission line and associated infrastructure projects to the value of... 

Transmission line and  substation infrastructure projects on track
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL TRANSMISSION Phase 1 of the R10-billion Medupi integration project is to be completed in July 2014

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African Department of Energy (DoE) expects the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to receive higher numbers of bid submissions this year than in previous rounds of bidding. The REIPPPP was initiated in 2011 to encourage private-sector investment... 

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

Local manufacturers improve quality

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is helping local manufacturers that supply the programme’s projects to manufacture quality products that meet international standards, states local fastener solutions provider SA Bolt... 

Local manufacturers improve quality
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LOCAL CAPABILITIES Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has presented extensive growth opportunities for local manufacturers

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’

27th June 2014 The South Africa renewable energy industry is maturing, and many highly entrepreneurial project developers are now exiting the ‘start-up’ mind-set and entering a period of longer-term thinking, with companies starting to think beyond just the next bid window, recruitment agency AltGen Recruitment... 

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’
Photo by Bloomberg
RENEWABLE ENERGY South Africa's renewable energy industry is maturing

Sunlight harvester growing market share 

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Sunlight harvesting systems supplier Light Sculptors reports that its services have been well received by the South African wine industry and food manufacturing industry. Light Sculptors is the first company to focus on developing and selling sunlight harvesting systems for the South African... 

Sunlight harvester growing market share
Light Sculptors CEO Fanie Neethling discusses light harvesting.
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