South Africa: Makhado bulk water project on track following R97-million order


Fluid conveyance and pumping solutions expert Incledon will supply steel pipes, fittings and valves worth more than US $7.98m to the Makhado West Bulk Water Supply scheme project in Limpopo.

This water project was established as a partnership between the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) and Makhado Local Municipality due to severe water shortages. This will help supply potable water to communities in the region.

According to a sales representative from Incledon, At White, the firm will supply up to 16km of 750mm and 800mm of steel pipes which have ends prepared for site butt welding with epoxy lining and fusion firm polyurethane coating. There will also be fittings and valves for the 800mm and 750mm diameter Valdezia to Mowkop gravity line.

The gravity line for the water project has two sections with the first section starting at the 16ml concrete reinforced Valdezia reservoir with a 544l per second design capacity and a DN 800 steel line which ends in Node t1.

The second section has a 412l per second design capacity and a 750 DN steel pipeline ending at the booster pump station.

Manufacturing companies are also required to draw up quality control plans (QCPs) which need to be approved before they can begin their work.

According to White, the first pipes for the water project will be delivered to the site by mid February 2015 and this will be done according to priority as per DWA Construction.

“The contract involves the supply of more than 16 km of 750 mm and 800 mm diameter steel pipes in 18,2 and 19,2 m lengths – with ends prepared for site butt welding with epoxy lining and fusion rigid polyurethane coating. The contract went out on tender in September 2013. In June 2014, the contract was awarded to engineering contractor Meetse Civils, which tendered with Incledon on this project. The contract was signed and the order issued in July 2014,” he explains.

“Quality will not be co compromised, as a third party inspector will inspect all the products to make sure they comply with the specifications laid down by the DWA,” White said.

Before manufacturing of the pipes, manufacturers were required to draw up quality control plans (QCPs) that were to be approved before they could commence with manufacturing.


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