New ducting, insulation for Empangeni paper mill

30 October 2017 | Web Article Number: ME20177287

Heating, Cooling & Ventilation

SOUTHEY Contracting played a key role in the recent HVAC installation at the Mpact Felixton paper mill near Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. The project involved a major rebuild of the paper machine to enable the mill to produce paper using 100% recycled fibre.

According to Southey Contracting’s Divisional Managing Director, Rob Ross, the company’s contribution was the supply and fitting of all the HVAC ducting with a total scope of 175 meters of square ducting of various sizes, 956 meters of spiral tube ducting of various sizes, nine heat exchangers, three flash steam heating coils, three condensate heating coils, six cleaning chambers, three air filters and three spray water chambers.

There were several project challenges, including the very tight schedule as well as a congested work area. “Working in and around existing infrastructure required some innovative thinking especially where ducting needed to be rerouted or changed to accommodate design changes,” Ross said

“Southey Contracting was able to respond to all of these challenges and deliver the HVAC ducting system on time for the initial blow through.  We are particularly proud of the quality of work which resulted in an immediate pass on the Duct Leakage Hold Point.”

 The company, a member of the Southey Holdings Group, also undertook the insulation scope of the project insulating over 4000 meters of process piping and ducting.

 “The project was successfully completed within the timeframe and without any safety incident, a total of 33 409 man-hours was expended on the ducting fitting and insulation phase and we are very happy to have successfully played our part in its success,” Ross said.

 Southey has recently invested in new spiral tube forming machinery at its Richards Bay workshop with the long-term outlook of setting up fully automated duct lines manufacturing a full range of ducting shapes and sizes for the Richards Bay and Durban market.

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