The Zest WEG Group’s EnI Electrical, one of Africa’s largest electrical construction companies, has secured a major contract at the WBJV Project 1 (Maseve) mine for client DRA, the main EPCM contractor on the project. This follows EnI Electrical successfully opening its Rustenburg branch in 2014 to service the platinum mining sector in the region.
Trevor Naudé, Managing Director of EnI Electrical, says the contract represents a major coup for the Zest WEG Group as Maseve is South Africa’s first Greenfield platinum mine in over a decade. “We secured the Maseve contract towards the end of 2014, in the wake of “numerous small Brownfield projects whereby we established our base in the region.”
Naudé adds that the greater Zest WEG Group will be involved in this flagship project, from supplying the mill motors to the electrical and instrumentation infrastructure and the associated electrical panels. “We will be carrying out all the associated electrical cabling and racking, in addition to installation of all the instrumentation.” EnI Electrical mobilised on-site in March this year, with contract completion anticipated by July. “This is a significant contract, and it is also fast-track.”
In addition, Naudé reveals that EnI Electrical has clinched a major contract from Anglo Platinum for the electrical and instrumentation infrastructure for a new pump station. “We secured the Maseve contract in December 2014 and the Anglo Platinum contract in January 2015, both of which bode well for the year ahead.
“Not only is EnI Electrical optimistic at the overall outlook for 2015, but we are optimistic about the continued activity in the South African mining industry as a whole. The Zest WEG Group will be targeting the mining industry aggressively, as we have the level of excellence necessary to sustain new business and to successfully deliver such turnkey projects,” Naudé says.
EnI Electrical is also progressing with its contract at Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine in Namibia, where its scope of work is the construction of 33 kV overhead power lines, as well as the installation and commissioning of all medium voltage and high voltage switchgear. The project is scheduled for completion in August this year.
Elsewhere in Africa, EnI Electrical is running five contracts in Zambia at present for Mopani Copper Mines, which Naudé says is an important client. “Our biggest advantage is that we are not only active in a single sector, but our contracts run the gamut from mining to industry. This gives us the flexibility to be able to supply total solutions for diverse client requirements.”
In terms of latest developments, Naudé reveals that EnI Electrical relocated from its Strijdom Park premises to Zest WEG Group’s facilities at Linbro Business Park at the beginning of March. “From an expansion perspective, we have outgrown Strijdom Park after nearly 30 years of presence there, and therefore such a move is long overdue.”
EnI’s reference base of successful projects to date include the Beira Coal Terminal in Mozambique, the Konkola North Copper Project in Zambia, Nantou Mining in Burkina Faso, the Samancor Meyerton furnace upgrade, the Gold Fields South Deep Expansion, Xstrata’s Tswelopele sinter and pelletising plant in Rustenburg, Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan DMS plant and two gold mine expansions for Barrick Gold in Tanzania, and Randgold’s Loulo Gold Mine in Mali. EnI Electrical has also completed projects in Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.