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Just energy transition good for South Africa but coal sector has to be involved

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd February 2023 A Just Energy Transition (JET) was in the interests of South Africa, the World Bank has concluded. So reported World Bank senior energy economist Mariano Salto in a panel discussion at the Southern African Coal Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday. Renewable energy was the least-cost energy option... 

Investment needed to keep industry afloat

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd February 2023 Loadshedding is creating production problems and increasing the cost of scrap, but government’s lack of investment in renewing old piping systems and constructing new networks remains one of the biggest problems in the plastic pipes industry, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers... 

Company relocates as part of growth strategy

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd February 2023 As part of its ongoing growth strategy, pipe and hose supplier Astore Keymak relocated its Cape Town branch to a more modernised premises in the Western Cape in November 2022. “Astore Keymak Cape Town is expanding, hence it became important to enhance and improve our customers’ experience, and... 

Geosynthetics offer durability for concrete structures

3rd February 2023 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa’s geosynthetic solutions encompass controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners, which are designed for concrete surface enhancement in harbour infrastructure projects. “The main functions of Formtex CPF liners at harbours and... 

Accelerated action needed to ensure safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene for all

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2023 The latest findings from a World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations (UN) Water report show an urgent need to accelerate action in many countries to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash). The Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking... 

New PLC improves demineralisation offering

3rd February 2023 Boiler manufacturer Allmech has been testing a new programmable logic controller (PLC) system with in-house developed software to run its ion exchange demineralisation, or demin, plant, with encouraging results. Demineralisation removes dissolved solids and mineral ions from feed water and... 

Small businesses in boiler servicing sector need support

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd February 2023 With small businesses that service boilers and burners requiring support to manage challenges and grow within an industry that is dominated by larger, established companies and inadequately qualified companies, legislative structures need to be established to support new entrants in the market,... 

New tech boosts energy, operational efficiencies

By: Halima Frost     3rd February 2023 A manganese miner, in the Northern Cape, has reported a double-digit increase in energy and operational efficiencies since it implemented an Integrated Remote Operations Centre (iROC) designed by energy management and automation company Schneider Electric. An iROC is an integrated operations... 

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

System efficiently used to detect leaks

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd February 2023 The Inspecta Automatic Purge System (APS) is a cost-effective, ambient-air purge system that does not require compressed air or an additional power source to remove the fly ash build-up within the Inspecta pipe-sets, for steam leak detection in coal-fired power stations. The Inspecta APS... 

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