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African Petrochemicals March/April Edition 14.2 {2017}

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ROCKWELL AUTOMATION DRIVES POWER EMERGENCY BOREHOLE PUMPS IN NAMIBIA Allen-Bradley PowerFlex low voltage drives powering pump motors at depths of 150 metres and more. Into action! Borehole water flows freely from one of the recently completed boreholes in Windhoek. Thanks to the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 753 low voltage AC drives from Rockwell Automation, the pump motors run at depths of between 150 and 250 metres. Rockwell Automation sub-Saharan Africa was contracted by Eco Projects, a Rockwell Automation Namibian systems integrator, for equipment to power borehole pumps in Windhoek, Namibia. The borehole development is the first phase of 17-month plan designed to alleviate the critical water supply shortage experienced by the City due to southern Africa’s current drought conditions. Rockwell Automation’s scope of work was to engineer and deliver eight Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 753 low voltage AC drives varying from 250 kW to 132 kW. The PowerFlex drives are needed to automate the pump systems that transfer water from the boreholes to various reservoirs in the municipal area. “To make sure our drives could safely and adequately power the submersible pumps installed at depths of 150 to 250 metres, we made use of CP Automation, a global member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, to engineer the correct sine filters. The VFD and sine wave filter combination allows the motor to run at continuously adjustable speeds and the torque is adaptable to varying mechanical loads,” says Pieter Briel, Industry Account Manager, Rockwell Automation. “Due to the significant cable length from the PowerFlex 753 drives to the motors, it was necessary that sine filters also be installed to reduce the parasitic capacitances that result from such long cables lengths and result in reactive power.” The Rockwell Automation order was placed in the latter part of October 2016 and delivery took place during November. Eco Projects was responsible for total electrical installation including construction of switchboards, installation and commissioning. Six boreholes were commissioned in December 2016. “Providing the equipment quickly and to spec enabled our systems integrator to successfully implement the project within the three-month designated period. They had excellent support from suppliers, local engineering consulting firms and other supporting contractors,” Briel concludes. “As a result Eco Projects has received the order to install an additional five boreholes, with the commissioning date set for March 2017.” The additional borehole pumps will be fitted with the same Rockwell architecture, although the variable speed drives will range from 132 kW to 160 kW. About Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Enquiries Pieter Briel, Industry Account Manager Consumer Goods and Transport Lowveld, Swaziland, Mozambique Rockwell Automation Tel: +27 (0)13 752 8253 Website: Allen-Bradley, PartnerNetwork and PowerFlex are trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc. 18 1 June 2017 Engineering, Procurement & Construction Expo EPCEPC EXPO To book a stand or visit FREE OF CHARGE, please visit or email: Leeukop Golf Club Cnr. Candican & Kipling Roads, Barbeque Downs, Kyalami 10:00-17:00 - Free Entry Mystery Prize Give Away

ENGEN DONATION HELPS BOOST SKILLS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Engen has donated R2 229 500 to the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD); a donation aimed at creating work opportunities and providing life skills programmes for people with disabilities. The handover ceremony took place on 29 March 2017 at APD. APD are a non-profit organisation based in Worcester in the Western Cape. The money, which will be used in support of income generating initiatives for people with disabilities, will be made available to APD over a two-year period. Specific programmes - including hospitality training, arts and crafts, a recycling plant and a laundromat - will provide skills and training to assist disabled youth and adults to enter the work place. Louine Griessel, CEO of Breede Valley APD hailed Engen’s investment for the impact on the beneficiaries and the far reaching impact on their families and the community of the Breede Valley. “We are grateful to Engen for assisting us in empowering persons with disabilities to improve their socio-economic future,” says Griessel. Engen recently extended its social investment focus to include people with disabilities as a core pillar. Councillor Julian Kritzinger, Councillor Joyce Mei, Louine Griessel, CEO Breede Valley APD, with Thys Blom, Chairperson Breede Valley APD Board, Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen Transformation Manager and Mayor Antoinette Steyn Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says the company is committed to conducting business in a manner that is compatible with the economic, social and environmental needs of the communities in which we operate. Louine Griessel (CEO Breede Valley APD) takes Unathi Njokweni-Magida (Engen Group Transformation Manager) on a tour of the laundromat. “For this reason, we have extended our CSI focus areas, which previously included education, health and safety and the environment, to include the support of Persons with Disabilities. These are all closely aligned to the country’s national imperatives and addresses key issues in our business, society and government,” says Nduvane. “As a company we are committed to community involvement and social upliftment. In supporting the APD we hope to create an equitable society where persons with disabilities can share access to every sphere of educational, work and social life so that together we can forge a future that is inclusive of all people,” he adds. About the APD For more information about the APD please visit 19


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