In South Africa, specialist technical services, management and engineering consultancy, Aurecon, was announced as the project manager for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) equipment replacement project.
In July, the private-owned coal terminal announced that it is implementing a ZAR1.34 billion ($12 billion) equipment replacement project.
Equipment replacement project
The project will introduce two stacker reclaimers and two shiploaders. These products will be replacing the equipment used by the RBCT for 39 years and according to Aurecon will have minimal impact on the coal terminal’s daily operations and business.
RBCT Engineering and Project Manager, Bill Murphy said: “The beauty of the project is that we will not take the old out until the new is in and there will be a quick changeover.”
Albert Geldenhuys, Managing Director, Aurecon South Africa stated: “The equipment that will be replaced was commissioned in 1976 and continues to operate to this day.
“Its replacement will not only improve the efficiencies and reliability of the terminal but ensure continued sustainable growth in South Africa’s coal export sector.”
Permanent place for coal in S.Africa
According to Aurecon, the replacement project will increase South Africa’s coal supply chain and help facilitate the coal terminal in expanding its footprint in the coal industry.
Aurecon’s Global Chairman, Teddy Daka commented at a media briefing: “At Aurecon, we understand the value of coal to the South African economy. As we know, coal is critical to the electricity supply of our country. It’s vital to many industries, the country’s GDP and exports, as well as the labour force.
“In many operations, renewal of existing equipment has become critically important. Coal terminals such as RBCT, which have the vision and foresight to replace equipment that is nearing its end of life, will be able to ensure continued growth and success well into the future.”