Steam Air Heater Replacement Project

Babcock has repaired a power station multi-row fin tube heat exchanger consisting of three tube bundles and two bypass dampers installed in the air ducting of the boiler. Tommy Scheepers, Senior Piping Engineer at Babcock, explains the significance of the rotary air preheater, which in combination with the steam air preheater, works sequentially to control […]

Steam Boilers for Rental Fleet

A steam boiler, which is essentially a water-containing vessel that transfers heat from a fuel source into steam, is used for a variety of applications. In addition to steam cleaning, the most common use, it can also be utilised for mud transfer, effluent and chemical heating, as well as to run process equipment.  “The fact […]

Locally Available Cutting-Edge Burners and Boilers

Steinmuller Africa offers boilers and burners as a part of its engineering services. The company designs and manufactures coal and oil & gas-fired boilers as well as pulverised burners. All manufacturing work is conducted at its facility in Pretoria, where individual components are tailor-made using alloy.  All equipment can be manufactured to customer specification, and […]

Locally-designed and Manufactured Heat Exchangers 

Steinmüller Africa is bringing local custom-engineered industrial shell and tube heat exchangers to sub-Saharan Africa’s process industries. The company has now introduced three-dimensional (3D) modelling to the heat exchanger and boiler design process, which increases design accuracy while simultaneously reducing both turnaround times and costs for its clients.  The new state-of-the-art design software replaces the […]

Outsourced Steam Production: the New Normal

“Businesses are increasingly becoming frustrated with their own ability to efficiently operate and maintain their steam infrastructure without passing the increasing cost onto customers. This is exacerbated by the fact that the skills around maintaining steam operations have become scarcer,” says Jonathan Probert, Head of Business Development for EP Steam, a division of Energy Partners. […]

Boiler Units Brought into the 2020s 

Babcock has come full circle at a major power station where it will be upgrading electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) on six boiler units that it designed and built in the 1980s. Using technology not available at the time, Babcock will bring the boiler units into the 2020s, enabling the power station to comply with the latest […]

Entire Suite of Numerical Analysis Tools

Steinmuller Africa, is now positioned to take its suite of process, mechanical & piping engineering services to a wider range of industries. The company’s numerical analysis, part of its process engineering offering for boilers and heat exchange equipment in power plants countrywide, is used to accurately analyse the fluid dynamic behaviour of almost any boiler […]

Building A Large Boiler Solution

Johan Kritzinger, Divisional Head at Energy Partners Steam – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group – provides some insight into the installation of this large steam plant at the Nokeng fluorspar mine. “The mine is a R1.7 billion open-pit project, which will produce 180 000 tons of acid grade fluorspar […]

Water Softener Maintenance

A water softener removes hard water minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which can cause scaling and damage in the boiler tubes,” explains Lionel Maasdorp, MD at Allmech, a South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components.“Cooling towers are another common application for industrial water softeners. They can operate much more efficiently with […]

Understanding Your Options

Lionel Maasdorp, General Manager at Allmech, a South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components, says that the starting point is to understand how much steam your application requires.“Our recommendation is that if you need anything less than a tonne, your best bet is an electrode boiler,” he says. “If it’s not […]