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Meeting the needs of industry and communities

The Pilanesberg Bulk Water Supply Scheme Project aims to meet the demands of increased water supply for domestic consumption as well as the mining operations in the supply area of Magalies Water.

Magalies Water is a provider of bulk water services within its area of supply which extends over the provinces of the North West, Gauteng and Limpopo covering a total area of 42 000 km2. Expanding mining operations in the Bojanala Platinum District (Moses Kotane and Rustenburg Local Municipality areas) and the Waterberg District has meant that there has been an increase in domestic water consumption as a result of the population growth associated with these industries. Overall the Pilanesberg Bulk Water Scheme project will include an additional 140 Mℓ/d treatment plant capacity, 170 Mℓ/d distribution capacity, an additional 120 Mℓ reservoir capacity and 125 km of pipelines.

Currently water for industrial and domestic use from Magalies Water’s Vaalkop Water Treatment Works is provided to the local municipal areas of Rustenburg, Moses Kotane and Thabazimbi as well as a number of platinum and other mines in the Boshoek, Rustenburg, Thabazimbi and Northam areas.

Pilanesberg South Scheme

The Pilanesberg South Scheme project will benefit bulk consumers from the two new platinum mines located south of the Pilanesberg, as well as the Ledig area in Moses Kotane Local Municipality and the Rustenburg Local Municipality.

Fiberpipe, the leading manufacturer and supplier of FLOWTITE™ GRP pipes and fittings, has been awarded the contract for Pilanesberg Phase 1C, for the manufacture and supply of 8316m of DN600, SN10000, PN25 Flowtite glass fibre reinforced GRP pipe and fittings. Peter Scott, Fiberpipe’s Area Manager for Gauteng and the North West Province says that the company was involved upfront in the technical discussions regarding material selection for the pipeline that is located between Rustenburg and Sun City. “The project commenced in January 2014 and at this stage 80% of the line has been installed to-date” says Scott.

In addition, to the manufacture and supply of the GRP pipes, Fiberpipe will be providing the expertise and support of their field and technical services during and after the installation of the pipeline.

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Moedi Wa Batho Engineers have been responsible for the engineering design of the pipeline for Magalies Water, which will take water from Vaalkop to a location 6km from the entrance to Sun City. Nic Botha from Moedi Wa Batho explains that the pipeline which is currently under construction will provide water to two mines in the area - Wesizwe Platinum and Maseve. Currently the mines are using a capacity of 12Mℓ/day and this pipeline will provide an additional capacity of 108 Mℓ/day.

The GRP section of the pipeline for the Pilanesberg South Phase 1C project will provide a capacity of 28Mℓ for the mines. The local community in Ledig which is located in the Moses Khutsane Western Region will also benefit from this pipeline.

Scott says: “Fiberpipe is proud to be associated with the Pilanesberg project and the significant contribution it is making to both industry and the surrounding local communities”. The key advantage for using FLOWTITE™ GRP through Fiberpipe is the use of their Field Services division. This business unit provides a service to the contractor, at no additional cost, to train his staff on-site on the best practice of installing FLOWTITE™ GRP pipes.

Ensuring the correct installation of the pipe infrastructure becomes pivotal when considering that investment in the projects is investment in the sustainability of the entire water network and could result in huge savings for the state and the water authorities. If correct installation methods are followed an anticipated 120 years lifespan can be achieved.

Further developments are being planned for the pipeline to be extended to Rustenberg, for the Royal Bafokeng Nation.

Fact box: Pilanesberg Bulk Water Supply Scheme Project

The main beneficiaries of the project are the following:

  • Domestic Consumption
  • Moses Kotane Local Municipality
  • Rustenburg Local Municipality including the Royal Bafokeng Administration
  • Thabazimbi Local Municipality

Industrial Consumption:

  • Wesizwe Mine
  • Maseve Mine
  • Platmin Mine

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