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At Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine in the Northern Cape, Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise on its range of transformers and motors across a number of on-site applications.

Partnerships key as SA tackles world class Gamsberg zinc projectThe Gamsberg project is South Africa’s largest current greenfields mining project, and will exploit one of the world’s largest zinc deposits. It is being developed at a capital cost of US$400 million and is expected to produce 250 000 tonnes a year of zinc metal in concentrate.

“This is a very exciting project for South Africa, especially as we haven’t seen a new mine being developed in the country for many years,” says Dr Stephen Meijers, chief executive at ELB Engineering Services. “First product is expected through the plant by the middle of 2018, with the civil works being largely completed by the end of the second quarter of 2017,” says Dr Meijers. “Structural and mechanical construction on the plant is now starting to become the focus of work, and the pace will continue to be intense until middle of 2018.”

Dr Meijers is a strong believer in partnerships, with much of the project technology being applied through exclusive partnerships with preferred suppliers. “We’ve worked with Zest WEG Group for many years, and appreciate their professionalism, quality of service and reliable scheduling,” he says. “We have therefore placed a number of the contracts for this important and fast track venture through Zest WEG Group companies.”

As a group of specialist electrical companies, Zest WEG Group’s scope of supply covers two main spheres – the water-related package which focuses on the upgrading of the municipal supply station providing water to the Gamsberg site, and the package for the mine’s zinc concentration plant and related processes.

In this process, Zest WEG Group supplied a number of non-standard products – providing the mechanical and design engineering necessary to ensure that the non-standard specifications could be met, including the redundancy requirements to ensure optimal plant uptime.

“Helping to meet the short lead-times demanded in this project, Zest WEG Group was able to leverage the global WEG group’s multiple manufacturing facilities around the world, giving us flexibility in terms of where we build and how quickly we can source product,” says Moss.

Enquiries: www.zestweg.com

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