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A Brownfields challenge in Machadodorp

A Brownfields challenge in Machadodorp

B&W Instrumentation & Electrical Limited (B&W) was one of the contractor teams that recently assisted Machadodorp Works in Mpumalanga to successfully convert.

JSE Alt-X listed company, B&W Instrumentation & Electrical Limited (B&W) was one of the contractor teams that recently assisted Machadodorp Works in Mpumalanga to successfully convert two of its five furnaces from Ferro Chrome to Ferro Manganese Production.

“We had to remove existing motor control centres (MCCs) lights, racking and supports, instruments and cabling in order to install the new equipment, racking cabling, and lights,” explained David Gomes, B&W regional contracts manager.

“The biggest challenge on the project,” Gomes said, “stemmed from the fact that it was a brownfields project, which meant that sections of the plant were still operational. We had to decommission portions of the plant before we could remove the old equipment, and then wait for the other contractors (mechanical, civil and structural) to complete the new installation scope before we could install the new equipment and cabling. This made interfacing between the client, engineers and the various contractors on the project a daily task.”

The removal quantities of existing installation:

  • Cabling E&I: 28,000 meters
  • Racking & Support: 1,200 meters
  • Light Fittings: 97 off
  • MCC’s  & Panels: 13 off
  • Instruments: 208 off

The new installation quantity:

  • Cabling E&I: 39,000 meters
  • Racking & Support: 7,400 meters
  • Light Fittings: 244 off
  • MCC’s & Panels: 47 off
  • E Stop’s . Isolators: 96 off
  • Instruments: 569 off
  • Transformers: 3 off
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