A close working relationship between DSE – a division of Grinaker-LTA M&E –and Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA), has ensured sufficient fabrication capacity to meet the needs of LionOre South Africa’s fast-track Tati Nickel dense media separation (DMS) project in Botswana.
DSE is the fabricator and DRA the process plant designer and project management company. DSE was called upon to fabricate 1 215 tons of structural steel and platework. Grinaker-LTA M & E Metals and Minerals division has been tasked with installing all steelwork and platework, together with 477 tons of mechanical equipment for a DMS plant measuring 50 m long, 38 m high and 27 m wide.
“The customer displayed considerable faith by entrusting us with this project, which was particularly challenging from both a delivery and an interface point of view,” says DSE managing director Kobus Marais.
The first 200 tons of steelwork were delivered on-site, ready for installation, by the end of July as planned. “Being a fast-track contract of only six-anda- half months posed logistical challenges in terms of transportation and delivery methods,” Marais explains, “and obtaining all the necessary crossborder permits also posed a challenge. Site establishment and accommodation all had to be completed within nine weeks,” Marais points out.
In accordance with Botswana regulations, local general workers and semi-skilled personnel had to be recruited from two local villages near Francistown, which functioned as the project’s main base.
In order to be able to take advantage of the ongoing boom in the mining and construction sectors, as well as the possibility of securing more cross-border work like the Tati Nickel project, DSE has embarked on an extensive upgrade of its Vanderbijlpark works.
“We received approval in principle for a significant capital injection which will allow DSE to more than double its capacity to 4 000 tons of steel a month,” Marais reveals. “This will make us the largest fabrication company in South Africa, and a competitor in the international market.”
In terms of other projects, DSE will also be fabricating about 3 600 tons of structural steel for the new R1.6 billion Durban Stadium, as well as about 700 tons of structural steel for Trident Steel’s new steel handling facility in Alrode, Johannesburg.