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Sep-Oct- African Petrochemicals Edition 14_5 {2017}

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NO BRIDGE IS TOO FAR OR TOO HIGH FOR SKYRIDERS Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. has assisted with providing temporary access services for the rehabilitation of the Crocodile River Bridge for main contractor Stefanutti Stocks. The eight-span bridge over the Crocodile River near Nelspruit had to be jacked in order to replace the old bearings with 80 elastomeric bearings. Stefanutti Stock’s in-house Technical Department designed the bridge-jacking method statement, in conjunction with the site team, while the Civils Division undertook this specialist part of the project. ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INCREASES ITS PRESENCE IN AFRICAN OIL & GAS with Nigeria LNG control upgrade Rockwell Automation continues to grow its oil & gas footprint in Africa, with new control and visualisation products supplied to Nigeria LNG’s liquefied natural gas plant. “With Rockwell Automation products already used by Nigeria LNG for the in-plant automation, this new contract further entrenches Rockwell Automation as a leading provider of industrial automation solutions in Africa’s burgeoning oil & gas markets,” explains Ahmad Tayel, Oil & Gas, Account Manager, Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the bridge-jacking operation itself, Skyriders was required to assist with the installation of access platforms around the piers. This was followed by installation of the jacking brackets themselves. Only one span could be jacked at a time, whereupon the bridge bearings were replaced, enabling the team to move onto the next span. 8 This forms part of a larger rehabilitation project encompassing eight bridges and seven culverts along the 400 km stretch of the N4 freeway between Pretoria and Nelspruit for main client the Trans African Concession (Pty) Ltd. (TRAC). Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains that unstable ground conditions under the Crocodile River bridge meant that technicians had to deploy rope access to abseil from the structure itself in order to erect the access platforms, as opposed to the more traditional ground-up approach. An eight-person team, under the supervision of a Level 3 ropeaccess technician, oversaw the project, which was complicated by the fact that the bridge remained ‘live’ during the operation. “We have worked with Stefanutti Stocks before on power-station maintenance projects, which made us a logical choice for this specialist undertaking,” Zinn explains. Skyriders offers a variety of rope-access aided services to numerous industries, such as power generation, petrochemical, mining, heavy industry and facilities management. Current services include non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection, concrete inspection, maintenance and repairs, application of coating systems, workingat-height safety systems, welding, and confined-space Connect with Skyriders on Social Media to receive the company’s latest news Facebook: Twitter: About Skyriders Skyriders (Pty) Ltd., established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope-access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries requiring rope access aided inspection, NDT, and maintenance work to be conducted in difficult-to-reach, high-up locations. Skyriders Contact Mike Zinn, Skyriders Marketing Manager Phone: (011) 312-1418 Email: Web: Rockwell Automation visualisation and control products were recently supplied to Nigeria LNG, enhancing the automation specialist’s footprint in Africa’s oil & gas industry. Nigeria LNG’s scope of work included the upgrade of SCADA and control equipment. The Rockwell Automation Mining Solution interfaces with a Wonderware SCADA. Upgrades were executed with minimal disruptions to plant uptime and will play a critical role in maintaining production stability and significantly extending Nigeria LNG’s plant life. “In light of both the complexities surrounding the demands of project management and documentation support allied to the critical nature plant processes being automated, Rockwell Automation provides a high degree of project reliability, coupled with strong domain expertise and one of the largest teams of control and electrical engineers on the continent,” Tayel concludes. Rockwell Automation also supports liquefied natural gas projects elsewhere in Africa, including Angola, where ongoing support and training contracts are currently in place. By extending its collaboration with Nigeria LNG, Rockwell Automation is affirming its position as one of the dominant industrial automation solutions providers for Africa’s oil & gas producers in Nigeria and Angola. 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 about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Enquiries Ahmad Tayel Account Manager Oil & Gas, Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa Tel: +27 11 654 9700 Email: Web:

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