Condra has completed the last six of thirteen overhead cranes ordered by two companies for contracts associated with South Africa’s new coal fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile.
Three of these cranes have been delivered to Genrec Engineering for the upgrade of its fabrication shop. The remaining ten units are for Energy Fabrication, a Murray & Roberts company, which holds the contract for the supply of 30,000 tonnes of fabrication platework for boiler ducting and coal bunkers.
Condra’s current involvement with the new power stations comprises four identical 10 tonne units with nine metre lift heights for the stockyard and preparation bay, and nine identical 25 tonne units with lift heights of 15 metres for the fabricating bays. All cranes have spans of 25 metres.
Besides the Medupi project, Condra’s involvement with Limpopo province power generation dates back to 1980. In that year, the Grootegeluk coal mine opened 25 kilometres outside Lephalale to supply coal to Matimba power station. Both projects made use of overhead cranes and hoists manufactured by Condra.
Condra’s two contracts with Genrec Engineering and Energy Fabrication, together worth nearly R15 million, required the company to complete manufacture within a tight timeframe brought on by last year’s sudden shortage of power generation capacity.
According to Marc Kleiner, Condra’s general manager, it was on this basis that the contract was won. “Competing tenders were just not able to manufacture cranes of that size as quickly as we could. We delivered the first four cranes on time in December, then three more on schedule in January.
“This in spite of us simultaneously moving our entire factory from Elsburg to new premises in Gosforth Park. The last six cranes were delivered last month, again on schedule.” Cranes are also nearing completion for Kriel colliery, which is gearing up to supply coal to Kusile power station, the Medupi twin to be built near Witbank in Mpumalanga.
Condra is currently preparing tenders for the cranes for Medupi power station itself.