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Image of South Africa map/flag Fairview gasfield expansion, Australia
Published: 05 Aug 22
Oil and gas major Santos plans to drill and connect more than 130 new production wells in the Fairview gasfield.
Image of a wastewater treatment plant Jane Furse wastewater treatment works, South Africa
Published: 05 Aug 22
The project entails the development of wastewater treatment works in the Sekhukhune district municipality, in Limpopo.
Magazine Cover image Southern Africa lags in adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, despite great potential
Published: 05 Aug 22
At the recent Farnborough International Airshow, in England, US-based global major aerospace group Boeing unveiled a new tool to model data, which it designated Cascade, which was created to map the ways that the global commercial aviation sector could reach the international target of having net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. “There are multiple ways to a future where aviation has zero climate impact,” noted Boeing chief sustainability officer Chris Raymond at the launch of the tool. “We created Cascade on a foundation of credible data and analytical models to allow users to explore various pathways to net-zero.” Different options to provide energy for aircraft propulsion, while significantly reducing or even eliminating carbon emissions, exist. The main ones are hydrogen, electricity (either pure or hybrid technologies) and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
A picture of two gentlemen with hard hats sat at a station with three screens in front of them displaying telemetry data and statistics New telemetry product effective for mines
Published: 05 Aug 22
Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric software leader Johan Potgieter says the company’s telemetry systems can be “highly effective” in mines’ water treatment and purification systems, owing to their meeting the rigours and demands of the mining sector. Mines are constantly challenged by emerging regulations, rapid technology change and industrial shifts.
A river being affected by mine water seepage with brown and orange tinges Sensible water management more evident at mines
Published: 05 Aug 22
Professional services provider WSP Earth and Environment in Africa, previously Golder Associates, water treatment lead Peter Wille says there has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives and local pressure from government. “This can be attributed to larger South African mining houses committing to the global green-mining transition, as well as to the principles developed by the International Council on Mining and Metals,” he explains.
OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES
South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities 
Manufacturers feeling pressure as payment delays continue
Published: 05 Aug 22
Local valve manufacturers continue to struggle with delayed payments from the mining industry, which comprises 55% to 60% of the South African valve manufacturing market, says South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association chairperson Pam du Plessis. Implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic to preserve capital, the force majeure declared by mining companies is still in effect and impacting on manufacturers’ cash flow.
CUTTING COSTS
RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content
Local demand lower than rest of Africa
Published: 05 Aug 22
The demand for valves specified for mining applications in the rest of Africa is much higher than demand in South Africa, says valve manufacturer RGR Technologies MD Marinus Ras. “New underground mines are starting to come on stream in certain parts of the continent, where greenfield construction and operational projects are fairly numerous.”
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AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
Commodities surge boosts demand
Published: 05 Aug 22
The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South African-manufactured valves, says slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) GM Donald Morrison. He notes that AFS’ diaphragm, wedge gate, pinch and knife gate valves are in high demand from the mining industry this year, but manufacturing challenges persist, owing to the Ukraine-Russia war, commercial flight shortages, shipping container scarcity and the fickle post-Covid-19 business environment.
Grindrod appoints Xolani Mbambo as new CEO
Published: 05 Aug 22
Grindrod has announced that Xolani Mbambo is to succeed Andrew Waller as CEO from January 1 next year.  Waller is set to retire.
Soil compactor offers high value with efficiency
Published: 05 Aug 22
One of South Africa’s largest compaction machine suppliers ELB Equipment offers clients the Ammann ARS 122 soil compactor, which is an industry leader in compaction efficiency. “The Ammann ARS 122 soil compactor – from Swiss manufacturer Ammann Group - provides outstanding productivity and reliability. The powerful engine and heavy-duty hydrostatic drive of the wheels ensures great traction and travel performance at lower operating cost. The roller is suitable for compaction of a wide range of soil, from silt to crushed stones,” explains ELB Equipment earthmoving and construction sales manager Keon Kardolus.
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