Group Five Pipe awarded R10m contracts

Posted On Friday, 30 April 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Pipes valued at more than R10-million and weighing over 1 500 t were recently manufactured by Group Five Pipe, in Meyerton, to fulfil a variety of contracts in Gauteng.

Construction IndustryPipes valued at more than R10-million and weighing over 1 500 t were recently manufactured by Group Five Pipe, in Meyerton, to fulfil a variety of contracts in Gauteng.

In order to fulfil the requirements, Group Five Pipe is running one of two spirally-welded steel pipe mills situated at the Meyerton factory, south of Johannesburg.

"In September 2003, we were awarded a R1,9-million contract by the City Council of Pretoria for the manufacture of 2,8 km of 610 mm diameter pipe for a project in Hammanskraal West, north of Pretoria," said Gerald Blackburn, director of Group Five Pipe.

"The order required 200 t of steel to manufacture and we delivered it to the site for the main contractor to install," he stated, adding that his company secured the deal through partnering with pipe-laying contractors who had submitted tenders to the council.

Rand Water, Gauteng’s bulk water supplier with whom Group Five Pipe has a long standing relationship spanning almost a decade, awarded the second contract for 2,9 km of 1 162 mm diameter pipe towards the end of 2003.

"We submitted a tender directly to Rand Water, who are our largest clients, and were awarded the R9,79-million contract," commented Blackburn, adding that the pipe required 1 300 t of steel to produce.

"Manufacturing began in January this year and was completed and delivered to the client in March, which was something of a record," he continued.

Pipes for both the City Council of Pretoria and Rand Water were coated with five-millimetre thick fibre enforced bitumen and lined with 14 mm of cement mortar.

Blackburn pointed out that Group Five Pipe tests all pipes before delivery to sites.

"Once the pipes have been installed and backfilled they are tested again to ensure the integrity of the onsite welded connections."

Group Five Pipe, which also operates in Saudi Arabia, typically manufactures spirally-welded steel pipes in between 500 mm to 3 000 mm diameter and up to 23 mm in thickness for pumping water, oil and gas.

"Whilst we are not working to full capacity, we have many exciting projects on the go, among which is a 13 km emergency water pipeline from Wildebeesfontein to Secunda, for Sasol," concluded Blackburn.


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