TLT Divisional News – Sasol Mining’s Thubelisha shaft

Sasol Mining’s Thubelisha shaft


me-nov-11-thubelisha-lrgACTOM Mechanical Equipment wins mine vent fans contract for Sasol Mining’s Thubelisha shaft

ACTOM Mechanical Equipment, a leading manufacturer and supplier of mine ventilation fans, has achieved a breakthrough in securing a contract to provide main surface ventilation fans for the new Thubelisha shaft at Sasol Mining’s Twistdraai Colliery at Secunda, Mpumalanga.

The multi-million rand fast-track turnkey contract, awarded in August 2010, is the first ventilation fans contract awarded to ACTOM Mechanical Equipment by Sasol Mining.

The contract, due for completion in early-2012, is for the design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of two axial flow main surface ventilation fans for Twistdraai Colliery Thubelisha shaft.

“The installation is designed to accommodate three fans operating together, with the third unit to be provided under a separate contract to follow later once mining operations have progressed to a point where additional ventilation is needed,” said Dane Martin, ACTOM Mechanical Equipment’s Sales Engineer, Mining Fans.

The fans will be the largest yet produced and supplied by ACTOM Mechanical Equipment, with impellers of 3750 mm diameter and each fan unit having an air-moving capacity of 350 m3/sec. The previous largest impellers supplied by the company were 3350 mm in diameter.

The aluminium impellers are designed and manufactured by the company’s international principal and technology partner Fläkt Woods Heavy Axial Fans in Vaxio, Sweden, while all the other components of the fan units are produced locally. Fläkt Woods is a major international air movement group focussing on infrastructure, industry, air climate and ventilation.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 33 operating units, 27 production facilities and 28 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.

For further information contact Craig Johnston, ACTOM Mechanical Equipment
PO Box 1300, Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 871-6789 Fax (011) 871-6677
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657

Date:  November 30, 2011

Caption:  Mechanical Equipment site crew work on the 3750 mm diameter impeller of one of the two vent fan units installed at Sasol Mining’s Thubelisha shaft.