During the second quarter of 2016, ARINT SA attended the following events and met many new friends.
Walvisbay Mining & Industrial Expo 2016
The Walvisbay Mining and Industrial show was hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE) in Walvisbay on the 20 – 21 April 2016, ARINT SA was one of the exhibitors and represented by Richard Ross-Allen.
The Chairperson of Walvis Bay Town Council’s management committee, Councillor Tobias Nambala opened the expo and quoted the following “We can only benefit from such exhibitions, as they bring the suppliers and exhibitors under one roof and also create smart partnerships for future developments”
About 53 exhibitors participated this year, of which at least 21 were Namibian based. The exhibitors showcased products focussed on the port expansion, fisheries, civil engineering, mining, rail infrastructure and construction-related industries.
SAAMA Conference 2016
The annual Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference that was recently hosted at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town on the 16 – 18 May 2016 and attended by Francois Mellet and Thor Govender. The Mining and Industrial Energy Optimisation Association (MIEO) facilitated some of the interactive sessions on asset management from an energy point of view.
The SAAMA Conference was interesting with the themes of “energy conservation” and the “internet of things”.
However, a definite highlight of the conference was the closing session on the Bloodhound Project, the attempt to break the world speed record at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. Not only did the speed and engineering part of the project appeal to all the “boys” in the audience, the way the project is linked to education and attracting students to technical professions was a huge topic of discussion.
The BLOODHOUND Project centres on BLOODHOUND SSC, a supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000mph (1,600km/h). It will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
The Car will be powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, which together will produce more than 135,000 horsepower: that’s more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.
Matchmaking Africa Launch
On the 19 May 2016 the Matchmaking Africa was launched in Tshwane and attended by ARINT SA, the purpose of the Business Matchmaking Platform is to facilitate business development between South Africa and other African countries by:
- Identifying and involving the relevant role-players on Bi-monthly basis
- Addressing the Needs and Opportunities per Sector
- Arrange network sessions together with Embassies / High Commissions
- Uploading of all identified business opportunities on ABCONN (Africa Business Connect) as an Electronic Platform – www.abconn.biz
- Facilitate Business Delegations
WANO CEO visit to SA in May 2016
At the end of May, Peter Prozesky the newly appointed CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) visited South Africa and in particular Eskom Head Office & Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.
Peter served as Senior Engineer, Mentor and later as Commissioning /Operations Development Manager at Koeberg to Francois, when Francois joined Koeberg as Commissioning Technician back in 1983. Peter hereafter advanced to the position of Power Station Manager at Koeberg, until he retired from Eskom and joined EdF Energy, managing the cluster of more modern nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom.
Since January 2016 Peter has been appointed as CEO of WANO and sees to civilian nuclear safety of most nuclear power stations worldwide.
On 23 May, Francois joined in on two video interviews arranged by Nuclear Africa, where the South African press gladly interviewed Peter as a South African who has risen to a level of international fame.
EPRI Equipment Reliability Interest Group Conference in San Diego, California, USA
During the week of 6-9 June, the Electric Power Research Institute held their annual Equipment Reliability Conference. This was attended by most utilities regulated and unregulated in North America. Eskom and Francois representing ARINT, attended this conference mainly to update the various utilities on the progress made with the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) programme in South Africa.
We were delighted to report on the progress made within Eskom and far more in-depth questions were posed than in the past, which indicates an improved understanding of risk based strategies, compared to previous years.
The Utilities in the USA are feeling the pressures of a completely new energy mix with renewables and nuclear becoming the baseload, while further energy demand is supplemented with gas (from fracking) and coal being the standby option. Many plants are being converted to enable this new energy mix.