South African steel pipe maker, Hall Longmore, was recently sold to the privately owned Barnes Group, following a successful conclusion to negotiations with seller Murray & Roberts and final approval by the Competition Commission.
Kenny van Rooyen, newly appointed managing director of Hall Longmore,says, “We are delighted with the acquisition, it’s in good health and has an envious order book given current market conditions. It features up-to-date pipe mills and corrosion protection coating and lining applications. The companies pedigree is further endorsed by the American Petroleum Institute (API,) ISO 9001:2008, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001 certification.”
According to van Rooyen, Hall Longmore is amongst a handful of leading international steel pipe manufacturers capable of producing Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) pipe up to 610mm diameter and to the American Petroleum Institute (API) 5L standard. Hall Longmore manufactured and supplied 720km of ERW pipe for the Durban to Johannesburg Transnet multi product pipeline to this standard.
The company is currently manufacturing and processing pipe for a number of water projects such as:
- Rand Water
- Amatola Water
- Umkhayakude District Municipality
- Bloem Water
- Medupi Power Station.
- The most recent contract awarded is for the Pilansberg Water Scheme.
The project comprises approximately 43km of 950mm diameter pipe for Pilansberg North and 43km of 1,016mm diameter pipe for Pilansberg South. The specification calls for spirally welded steel pipe coated with Sintakote a fusion bonded medium density polyethylene and lined with a cement mortar lining.
Commenting on the Hall Longmore facilities located in Wadeville and Duncanville, Van Rooyen says, “The company is committed to sustain the established upgrade and capacity building programme. This discipline has entrenched its position as the largest specialist manufacturer of large bore welded steel pipes, coatings and linings in sub-Saharan Africa.”
“As a result, Hall Longmore has enjoyed continued success with supplying pipe products to a number of large international and Southern African projects for the transportation of water, gas and petro-chemicals. To this end, Hall Longmore is committed to being a strategic partner in the growth of the South African economy.”