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Locally developed cryogenic low-noise amplifier to meet SKA needs

9th December 2011 Technology company Tellumat has made significant investments to create locally developed solutions that will form key elements of the current MeerKAT and hopefully the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.  

Utility managing Medupi delays

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom says the consortium responsible for supplying the boiler at Unit 6 of its 4 800 MW Medupi power station, in Limpopo, has committed itself to meeting the revised deadlines to have the unit brought on line by May 2013. 

Steel supply contract progressing

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 In excess of 24 000 t of steel has already been used for the erection of boilers at State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, as steel fabricator Genrec Engineering continues to make steady progress on fabricating with a total of 45 000 t delivered to site for the project. 

Construction materials supplier starts additional deliveries

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 Construction and industrial materials supplier Afrimat has secured additional orders to supply coarse and fine aggregate for the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo. 

Ventilation equipment installation gets under way

9th December 2011 Manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment Actom Air Pollution Control, which two years ago won the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracts for the turbine halls at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, has, to date, produced about half of the total... 

Company achieves safety milestone at Medupi

9th December 2011 Insulation, scaffolding and industrial coatings company Kaefer South Africa, through its subsidiary Kaefer Energy Projects (KEP), achieved a significant milestone by clocking up 500 000 work hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at Eskom’s Medupi power station near Lephalale, in Limpopo province.  

Construction group forging ahead despite unstable market

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 A shortage of new road construction contracts is forcing companies to tender at very low profit margins and take on high risk projects, asserts JSE-listed construction group Basil Read roads division MD Dave Bennett. He explains that the multiple challenges facing the road construction industry,... 

Rotary mixer at work on N12 expansion project

9th December 2011 The N12 highway is one of the South African National Roads Agency’s strategic priorities and it is here that civil engineering contractor Raubex Construction has been awarded the task of implementing a complete overhaul on Section 19 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Lighting the way for the GFIP 

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 Technical lighting manufacturer and distributor Beka has an ongoing R25-million contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to supply luminaires to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Subcontractor provides security solution to N17 toll project

9th December 2011 When toll specialist company Tollink was commissioned to provide the technology for extending the N17 toll project from Brakpan to Ermelo with three new plazas, starting with the Leandra plaza, it approached security firm Jasco Security Solutions and its Jasco-inspired brand Multivid to provide... 

Telescope project to process massive amount of data

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is presently to need an immeasurable amount of processing capacity to handle the information it will collect, says computer technology designer Intel South Africa public sector business development manager Hannes Steyn. 

Data centre to be constructed 5 m underground

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 The MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building, or data centre, will be constructed 5 m underground in a bunker to protect the on-site radio telescope instruments from radio frequency interference (RFI) generated by equipment located in the centre and to enhance the thermal efficiency of the building. 

Power supply contract for MeerKAT awarded

9th December 2011 Electrical products supplier Actom Power Transformers has been contracted to produce two 5 MVA power transformers for installation in the 66 kV / 33 kV Karoo substation, which will supply power to the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is a 64-dish array radio telescope to be built in the Karoo. 

Radio telescope reaches major milestone

9th December 2011 The MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), has passed its first test with an international panel of experts declaring that the MeerKAT has passed its preliminary design review (PDR) with distinction, says SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff. 

South Africa, Australia both offer advantages for hosting SKA 

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 With the announcement of the selected site for the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project just three months away, South Africa and Australia are in a tight race to win the honour of hosting this international project, with each country offering unique advantages. 

JV fast-tracks Medupi silo, chimney construction

9th December 2011 Slipform construction specialist the Karrena-Concor joint venture (JV) says it adopted innovative measures to meet advanced deadlines for the construction of two 213 m chimney’s and nine coal and ash silos for the Medupi power station in the Limpopo province. 

African rail niche?

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 There is potential for South Africa to become a niche railway engineering hub for Africa, bolstered by the transformation of State-owned logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering division into a maintenance and repair centre for African rail utilities, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi... 

Commissioning of first Ingula unit on schedule

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 The first of four 333 MW pump turbine units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014, with the remaining units to start commercial operation in 2014. 

Eskom working hard to offset time lost due to violent protests 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom aimed to stress its zero tolerance of violent protests when it shut down operations at its Medupi and Kusile power plant construction projects, in May, spokesperson Hilary Joffe tells Engineering News. 

Steel fabricator expands crane fleet

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group will deliver its new 400 t crawler crane to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power plant in August. 

Gautrain readies for phase-two launch

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Work on phase two of the Gautrain rapid rail project is proceeding smoothly, as the operator prepares to meet its completion date at the end of this month. 

Company ensures intelligent security at Marlboro station 

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Specialist in the design and implementation of intelligent video and perimeter security solutions, C3 Shared Services says its advanced video surveillance system has contributed to safety at the Gautrain Marlboro station. 

Bombela to receive phase two OCD Certificate

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup, which was appointed in 2006 as the Gautrain independent certifier (IC), will soon issue the Operating Commencement Date (OCD) Certificate for the second phase of the rapid rail project to concession company Bombela. 

Gautrain launches integrated public transport map service

By: Sinette Goosen     24th June 2011 The Gautrain launched its online integrated public transport map service, which will assist commuters to find and plan routes from one destination to another using only public transport, in May. 

Gautrain stations each feature a unique theme

24th June 2011 Each of the ten Gautrain stations has been designed according to its own unique theme to reflect the diverse resources, technologies, economy and culture of South Africa, the Gautrain states on its website. 

Cranes to ensure speedy railway recovery work

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 Railway product and engineering supply company Yale Engineering Products has secured an order and will supply two 160 t Kirow diesel hydraulic breakdown cranes, currently being manufactured in Germany, to State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering (TRE) division, in March or... 

Tractionel Enterprise completes Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution System

24th June 2011 Tractionel Enterprise, one of South Africa's leading railway electrification Company has successfully completed the implementation of the Gautrain's Overhead Contact Distribution (OCD) system.  

Smooth, integrated logistical chain needed to sustain freight rail 

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 The creation of a smooth, integrated logistical chain that meets the needs, but which also requires the cooperation, of users, operators, asset owners and financiers, is necessary to sustain a long-term model of freight and bulk materials rail transport in Africa, says engineering, management and... 

Utility confident about Medupi’s progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that significant progress is being made with the construction work currently under way at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo, which is a major project for South Africa's energy sector.  

Progress at Medupi

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 Power utility Eskom reports that there is significant progress with the construction of the 4 800-MW power station. Construction progress is now visible on site. 

South Africa’s R125bn power station

By: Lindiwe Molekoa     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that Medupi, which means ‘a rain that soaks parched lands, giving economic relief, will be a dry-cooled coal-fired base-load power generating plant, comprising six 800-MW units, with a 4 800-MW installed capacity, the biggest of its kind in the world. It... 

Coal-handling equipment contract secured

10th December 2010 Materials-handling company ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling (TKMH) reports that it has secured the tender to supply coal-handling equipment to feed the 4 800-MW Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo.  

Small business hub takes off in Lephalale

10th December 2010 Power equipment vendor Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) aims to contribute to the upliftment of the South African community through education, job creation and social investment initiatives.  

Gautrain on track for completion in mid-2011

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 The second and final phase of the Gautrain rapid rail link project is expected to be completed in mid 2011, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. 

New standards to contribute to rail safety

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A new South African National Standard (SANS 3000-4) covering Human Factors, which is expected to be published in early 2011, will be a key contributor to improving railway safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) senior manager for safety standards Jacintha Naidoo.  

Concerns that skills may dissipate as Gautrain nears completion

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 With the Gautrain rapid rail link project nearing completion, there are concerns that the skills developed and acquired during the construction of South Africa's high-speed rail network may dissipate. 

Very high speed rail for SA? 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A paper presented at the South African Transport Conference 2010, held in Gauteng, in August, questions if South Africa is ready for, and would benefit from very high-speed rail. 

IDZ in renewable-energy push 

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) aims to develop three wind farms, which will accommodate 60 turbines, on 300 ha of land, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development manager for information on investments Nkuli Mxenge. 

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