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Project - Tshaneni Farms

Fiberpipe is proud to have been part of the developments of the Senekal Sugar Farms, based in the area of Mkuze, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The area is located approximately 350 km from the city of Durban.

Charl Senekal is South Africa’s largest producer of sugar cane under the Senekal Suiker Trust. Currently 4 000 hectares of sugar cane are irrigated in Mkuze and Pongola, resulting in a production of 400 000 tonnes of sugar cane per annum. Further expansion is underway which aims at increasing production to 500 000 tonnes per annum, over next two years.

Senekal has been using GRP extensively on his farms for more than a decade. He explains the various phases of projects: “The initial phase was undertaken in the year 2000, which comprised of a 5km pipeline of 1400mm diameter pipe. This development was for the transporting of water from the Pongolapoort Dam to a balancing dam on the property. Several years later in 2003, a second project was initiated, which included a further 5km of pipeline, with 1000mm diameter pipe. This was constructed to take water from the balancing dam to the three farms being: Klerkness, Warrick and Blackie” says Senekal.

More recently, in 2013, a subsequent project was undertaken also making use of GRP products from Fiberpipe. Technical specifications for the most recent project include the Flowtite product that consists of 2166m of DN700/PN6/SN5000 and 1116m of DN800/PN6/SN5000. Senekal explains “when we started with the first project back in 2000, I was hugely criticised for using a fiberglass product for our pipelines. Today, after three very successful projects, this is no longer the perception. I am very impressed with the quality of the GRP products and service received by Fiberpipe on each of these projects”.

These pipelines provide 350 000 people with good quality drinking water, and a further 150 000 heads of cattle. “We are pumping water at a rate of 3 000 litres per second and none of the three pipelines have ever leaked.”

One challenge encountered was in relation to the transporting of the pipes, but Senekal says this was overcome by using nesting.

“This has been one of the most successful projects in my life and I am certain that all pipelines in the future will be GRP” comments Senekal.

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