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Pumps News

New order for Medupi 
power station

27th November 2009 Global drive component specialist, Voith Turbo, has received an order from pump manufacturer Sulzer for the supply of Vorecon drives to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station.


Compressor-primed pumps seen as playing major role in mine dewatering

By: Julian Kraft     6th November 2009 International solution provider, manufacturer and supplier of auto-primed pumps, Sykes Group, of Australia, established a presence in South Africa to market its compressor and vacuum-primed pumps throughout Southern Africa, mainly for use in the dewatering of open-pit mines. 

Upgraded pump equals 
safer mining environment

28th August 2009 Auto prime pump manufacturer Sykes South Africa believes that underground mining needs a safer, more reliable and a more cost-effective method of removing water from the drilling face. 

New condensate pump ensures reliability

28th August 2009 Diversified engineering and instrumentation company Spirax Sarco has introduced a new pump for the removal of condensate from steam systems. The pump is capable of pumping up to 18 000 kg/h in rapid-cycling process environments under elevated pressure and temperature conditions.  

Electric power pump 
ideal for high-pressure 

28th August 2009 Simplex hydraulic and mechanical equipment, exclusively distributed by diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, which is part of the Becker group of companies, has introduced a range of electric power pumps designed for high-pressure mining maintenance applications. 

Pump manufacturer to expand 
distributor network

28th August 2009 Pump manufacturer Tsurumi Pumps is to expand its distributor network and increase its market share in Africa’s mines. 

Control panel reduces down time, saves costs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 With the continued need to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase the meantime between pump failures, mines are looking at pump installations that include the pump and a customised control panel says pump supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT) dewatering manager Klint Bawden. 

Merger has positive 
outcome for pumps 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa (WWA) says that, despite the economic downturn, the company has not compromised on its service to customers or its product range. 

Pumps supplied to vanadium extraction operation

28th August 2009 Diversified mining company Xstrata Alloys vanadium extraction operation Rhombus Vanadium (Rhovan) has installed a new pump at the operation’s precipitation plant. 

Pump manufacturer 
enters Russian market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 South African slurry pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps believes that pumps play a significant role in the mining process, as pumps assist most underground mines owing to the incapacitating factor water brings to the mining process. 

Pump copes with debris without blocking

28th August 2009 There are clear pollution guidelines for dealing with industrial effluent, but complying with these regulations can be hindered by the notorious unreliability of the pumps used in the waste disposal process. 

Fasteners company expands local footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2009 Stockist of stainless steel fasteners in the Western Cape Boltfast is planning to expand its footprint to other regions in South Africa.  

Pump training programmes chase skills deficit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 The South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) plans to expand its training programmes to increase skills in the industry, says Sapma administrator Fiona Knell. 

Pump range upgraded 
for better efficiency

12th June 2009 International provider of steam and industrial fluid control systems Spirax Sarco reports that its range of MFP14 pumps have been upgraded to be more efficient. Several design changes on an automatic mechanical pump ensures that the pumps will offer long and reliable service, even in the most... 

Proper sealing systems sustain pump life

12th June 2009 Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF emphasises that proper specification and selection of sealing systems for centrifugal pump power frame applications can help sustain the service life of pumps and avoid the need for pump replacement or rebuilds and their associated costs in time and money. 

Money-saving approach secures R2m contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Pumps and accessories supplier Verder Pumps SA (VPSA) has been awarded a contract to supply slurry pumps for the Chemwes gold and uranium plant in Klerksdorp. 

Pump selection for any application made easy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Choosing the right pump for mining projects is made easier by using an electronic pump-selecting program. The Windows-based computer-aided product selection program, Wincaps, available trough a subsidiary of the largest pump manufacturer in the world Grundfos South Africa, gives a buyer the... 

Exhibitors introduce new products at pump show

12th June 2009 The pumps, valves and pipes industry is one of the few sectors of the economy in which demand has not taken a serious knock. With the high number of infrastructure and mining projects currently in progress, demand for pumps, valves and pipes will continue to be strong, despite the current... 

Rental division programme saves mines money

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Slurry pump supplier Weir Warman Africa (WWA) entered the pump rental market earlier this year as many of the current, and potential customers are no longer able to purchase pumps. This is as a result of the current global economic downturn and the consequent reduction in capital expenditure by... 

New pump technology and manufacturing 
facility unveiled

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Dutch pump manufacturer and design giant Weir Minerals Netherlands unveiled the new Geho positive displacement pump technology at the Achema exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Heavy-duty slurry 
pump includes a back suction design

12th June 2009 Heavy-duty slurry pumps manufactured locally by pump manufacturer Becker Alert Pumpmor has a back suction design that can efficiently cope with medium, heavy and severe duty slurry pumping, as well as large and fibrous solids transfer 

Pump distributor broadens delivery capacity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 As South Africa faces the likelihood of future water shortages, pump distributor Salmson South Africa has broadened its delivery capacity in water transfer in mining and sewage applications with a new combination of high-tech pumps, says Salmson MD Errol Cornelius. 

New technology pumps life into mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Pump manufacturer Wanner Engineering, of the US, has deployed the new Kel-cell diaphragm position control (DPC) technology in its Hydra-Cell pump. The Kel-cell DPC ensures that the diaphragm does not tear under cavitation.  

Business growth inspires service expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 With the biggest portion of its business in the mining sector, pump and mixer supplier ITT Water & Wastewater has grown up to 150% over the last three years. The business includes dewatering, wastewater handling, bulk water extraction, booster stations, slurry pumping, sludge handling and... 

Submersible pumps introduced

12th June 2009 South African pumping systems and solutions supplier Franklin Electric, has launched a new FPS SR series stainless steel 6” turbine range of submersible borehole pumps. 

Exhibition to showcase newest pump technology

6th February 2009 Pump industry stakeholders have the opportunity to attend the Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa (PVPA) exhibition of 2009. The exhibition is taking place from June 9, until June 11, 2009. 

Pump provider simplifies mine dewatering

6th February 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa has developed its range of Geho positive displacement pumps as an alternative to traditional multi-stage pumps used in deep mine dewatering applications. 

Training conference for pumps selection, systems design

6th February 2009 Conference organiser IIR Training House is hosting pump company Aquapro founding member John Gordon as the facilitator for the programme entitled ‘Pumps: Selection and System Design’. 

Sea-floor mining 
project halted

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals announced in December 2008 that the construction of the equipment for the Solwara 1 mining sytem has been deferred, with various contracts awarded for the construction of the mining system either being terminated or delayed. This system includes a subsea slurry... 

Pump producer on 
top of the world

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump supplier Watson-Marlow Bredel (W-MB) is aiming to achieve double-digit real term growth in 2009, says W-MB GM Nico van Schalkwyk. 

Optimistic outlook for mine pump industry

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump industry participants seem to be optimistic about the future outlook for the pump market in mining applications in South Africa and Africa 

Japanese pump manufacturer teams with local distributor

6th February 2009 Japanese pump manufacturer Tsurumi is aiming to consolidate a share in the mine dewatering market by teaming with fluid control specialists Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC). 

Motors run the pump show 

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Electric motor company Alstom Machine’s LS4 high-specification (hi-spec) motor is a significant component in pumps used for mining applications. 

Pump supplier now has a 

6th February 2009 Pump supplier ITT Water and Wastewater is the exclusive distributor for ITT Vogel pumps in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mining companies opt for specialist pump

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Specialist pump manufacturer Discflo’s disc pump is in operation in several of diamond giant De Beers’ mines across Southern Africa. 

Mining industry finds solution in dewatering pumps

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump manufacturer Becker Alert Pumpmor supplies slurry pumps designed for operation in diverse water engineering applications in the mining sector. 

Company urges use of correct pumps in mine dewatering

By: Guy Copans     30th January 2009 Pumps used in mine dewatering should follow a horses-for-courses approach, with a specific pump used for a specific application, says pump company Weir Warman Africa. 

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

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