Extra heavy steelwork for Kusile and Medupi power stations

DSE HAS SECURED two separate contracts for the structural steelwork for the Medupi and Kusile power stations.

The contracts were awarded on a sub-contract basis to the company by Genrec Engineering, a Murray & Roberts company. Design and detailing of all structural steelwork is being done by the client and delivery will take place over the next three years.
The scope of work for the Medupi Project is for the air pre-heater structures for all six units and involves 18,000 tons of structural steelwork, including all the heavy sections. The contract for the Kusile Project entails the first three units and includes the full boiler structure including the heavy box girders. “This involves about 40,000 tons of structural steelwork,” Kobus Marais, managing director of DSE, says. “The box sections require trial assembly and with some of the components weighing up to 100 tons each, we needed to construct an additional extra heavy bay at our Vaal works to accommodate fabrication and trial assembly of these items before they are collected by the client.”
The extended facility is 6,000 sq m in extent and when completed will mean that DSE has one of the biggest facilities, with one of the most comprehensively diversified product ranges in structural steel. 
“Although the company took a strategic decision  to diversify both its expertise as well as its client base, years of experience in the power station market prior to this decision has stood DSE in good stead to capture projects of this nature. If power stations are here to stay, we are ideally suited and qualified to provide a superior service to this niche market sector,” Marais concludes.

 

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