Biggest concrete pour in UK history completed at nuclear plant site

Electricite de France has completed the biggest single pour of concrete in Britain at the site of a new nuclear power plant in Somerset. The utility poured 9 000 cubic meters of the material at Hinkley Point, exceeding the amount of concrete that went into the Shard skyscraper in London. It was reinforced by 5 000 t of steel built into a nest 4 meters high that will serve as the base of the first new reactor in the UK since 1995.

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PPC reports ‘solid’ results despite challenging trading conditions

Despite having had to navigate through challenging trading conditions across the markets in which it operates, cement producer PPC on Friday reported a 60% increase in its basic earnings a share to 16c, and a 33% increase in its headline earnings a share to 20c for the financial year ended March 31. CEO Johan Claassen described the results as “solid” and said the successful implementation of the FOH-Four strategic priorities had realised significant cost savings for the company and positioned the group “well” for the future.

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Conco wins eSwatini solar power project

South Africa’s Consolidated Infrastructure Group (Conco) has won a $16-million contract to build a 10 MW solar project, in eSwatini, the firm said late on Thursday. The kingdom, formerly known as Swaziland, imports 80% of its electricity from South Africa’s troubled utility Eskom but is looking to boost its energy independence.

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Basil Read’s business rescue on track

JSE-listed construction company Basil Read on Friday announced that the implementation of its business rescue plan was progressing well.

From February to May, the company continued to complete three contracts, while five contracts were in the process of being descoped or ceded to other contractors. Another three contracts had been handed over to clients and the company was engaged in a defects remediation process.

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Sanral extends olive branch to smaller contractors, communities

The massive turnout at the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2/N3 information corridor roadshow across KwaZulu-Natal this week saw the roads agency extend an olive branch to local contractors and communities, as well as controversial business forums that had disrupted major construction projects, sometimes at gunpoint.  “We are not at war with you. When we go out to people, we get lambasted but we are prepared to take the blows . . . Sanral does not want to come with a big brother attitude. We come here in humility because we can learn from you,” Sanral chairperson Themba Barrange Mhambi told the large gathering in Durban on Thursday.

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At least five N2, N3 tenders to open by financial year-end, says Sanral

At least five tenders for the upgrade of the N3 and N2 highways in KwaZulu-Natal will go out before the end of South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) current financial year, Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny told a business briefing roadshow at Durban’s King’s Park Stadium on Thursday. Due to the length and estimated R30-billion cost of both upgrades, the corridor has been split into a number of detailed design and construction packages each valued at about R1-billion.

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Industry body discusses challenges at hand

The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great determinant of economic growth, and South Africa has great potential in this regard, with many other African countries holding the country’s capabilities and capacity in high esteem.

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Sporting complex completed two years early

An innovative design-and-build solution for the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala, Cameroon has allowed for multinational engineering consultancy Aecom to decrease the proposed project timeframe by two years. The Japoma Sports Complex consists of a 50 000-seat multi-sport stadium, an aquatics centre with an Olympic-sized pool, a 2 000-seat multi-sport hall, outdoor training facilities, and transport hubs and site infrastructure.

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Company recognised for upliftment project

The corporate social responsibility arm of consulting engineering firm Bosch Projects, Bosch Ulwazi has offered 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, jobs focussing on construction at one of its projects. This programme is a partnership between the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority (LGSETA) as the funder, the local municipality as the employer and Bosch Ulwazi as the training provider.

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