R5.8bn chlorine plant for Coega

first_img17 May 2007A Singaporean company has become the 10th investor in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, outside Port Elizabeth, committing R5.8-billion to build a chlorine manufacturing and water desalination plant.Straits Chemicals signed the deal with the Coega Development Corporation in April, during a visit by Singaporean President, Sellapan Ramanathan and an accompanying business delegation.The company, a unit of Singapore-based Chemical Industries Far East Limited, was incorporated in South Africa for the specific purpose of constructing a chlorine, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid refinery at Coega.According to the CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika, the Straits Chemicals deal has been in the pipeline for more than three years, with the first phase of development set to cost R1.1-billion.Straits Chemicals will construct a leading technology plant with a capacity to produce 600-tons of chlorine per day to supply to both foreign and domestic markets.The chlorine plant will require large amounts of salt to produce the targeted daily quantity to chlorine, so the company decided to build a water desalination plant alongside it. Both will be located next to the metallurgical and port cluster within the zone.This project is expected to create 600 jobs during construction and once operational will employ about 250 people on a three shift basis, excluding management positions.Straits Chemicals will make use of a new state-of-the-art membrane technology that is cleaner and friendlier to the environment. Construction is expected to take between 18 and 24 months. The plant will be officially commissioned in mid-2009, requiring about 100 megawatt of electricity per day“Although this is the first investor to be signed in the current financial year, the total number of investors signed in the Coega IDZ now stands at a total of 10 with a value of about R20.8-billion and with the creation of thousands of both short-duration and more permanent jobs,” said Qinga Vika.She said this was further proof that the Coega IDZ was establishing itself as a preferred investment destination on a global scale, and that it had a role to play in improving socio-economic conditions in the Eastern Cape.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Climate-friendly development

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Menlyn Maine’sresidential area. (Image: Menlyn Maine)Janine ErasmusTwo new urban development sites in Gauteng will lead the way for the rest of the world in green living.The Menlyn Maine and Zonk’izizwe multi-purpose developments will provide their residents with the ultimate in convenience and style, while at the same time showcasing cutting-edge green building technology.Both developments are part of a world-wide project on sustainable urban growth, initiated by the Clinton Climate Initiative, itself a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Featuring 16 initial projects in 10 countries, the programme runs with the support of the US Green Building Council and aims to demonstrate that climate-positive practices can be achieved even with large-scale real estate developments.The ultimate aim is to achieve a zero carbon footprint by offsetting emissions with the use of clean energy sources, waste and water management, and specialised lighting and transport systems. These developments will set an economic and environmental example for cities around the world to follow.According to the Clinton initiative, the number of people living in cities is expected to grow to 70% of the world population by 2050. The time is right to implement strategies that minimise the impact of this rapid growth on the environment.The two South African projects join others in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Panama, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the US. Once they are all complete, says the Clinton Climate Initiative, nearly 1-million people will live and work in so-called climate positive communities. More projects are then expected to follow.Both are situated close to the Gautrain rapid rail link, which will link Pretoria, Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport. The Gautrain is in an advanced stage of construction, with all the underground drilling complete and train units already operational at the test centre in Midrand.Green livingLocated in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs, Menlyn Maine will offer residential, work, shopping and entertainment facilities. The 135 000m2 development, which is already under construction, is close to main roads and freeways, and is within walking distance of Menlyn Park shopping centre, one of the biggest in the country.Compliance with the Green Star rating system of South Africa’s Green Building Council is a priority and developers are pulling out all the stops. The Green Star rating is a device used by Green Building Council to rate and reward good environmental practice in the property sector.Based on the system devised by the Australian Green Building Council, it provides property developers with an independent assessment of the greenness of their buildings. The rating system is divided into various functional categories such as retail, office, and residential, among others. Four-, five- and six-star ratings are awarded to deserving buildings.The Green Building Council describes a green building as one that is “energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible, incorporating design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and its occupants”.The council promotes green building as a way of using resources efficiently while mitigating the effect on climate change and creating a healthier environment for people to live and work in.Menlyn Maine’s contribution to green living will take the form of a number of energy- and water-efficient systems, designed to competently meet residents’ needs while achieving substantial cost savings. These include building automation systems, high efficiency lighting, centralised geysers, water-efficient irrigation systems and stormwater harvesting.Carbon emission reduction will also be achieved through the use of locally produced or recycled products during building, wherever possible. Examples of building materials that include recycled content are acoustic panel ceilings, floor tiles and carpets, pre-cast concrete systems, and structural steel.State-of-the-art yet inconspicuous security systems, managed from a central security point, will be installed throughout. An internal fibre-optic cable network will connect all buildings. Responsible landscaping is another important factor, with some 5 700m2 of indigenous planting in the plans.Menlyn Maine is expected to be complete within 10 years, but possibly as early as five. The first set of commercial buildings is due for completion in late 2010. All parks, roads and services will be in place by 2011.Carbon reductionThe US$2-billion (R15-billion) Zonk’izizwe (isiZulu, meaning “all nations”) is situated in Midrand between that area’s Grand Central Airport and the exhibition and conference centre Gallagher Estate. The name refers to South Africa’s diverse mix of cultures.It is intended to be an all-new town centre between Johannesburg and Pretoria and is designed to make maximum advantage of the Gautrain, as it encompasses the rapid rail link’s Midrand station.The US-based architectural and planning company Development Design Group, vastly experienced in similar large-scale projects around the world, is responsible for Zonk’izizwe’s design. Old Mutual Property Investments is the developer in South Africa.Old Mutual bought the land back in 1987 and first announced its vision for the project a number of years ago. The recent Gautrain construction has given the company the impetus to begin development in earnest.Zonk’izizwe sits on 220 hectares and will feature every possible convenience, including a hotel, outdoor shopping, a 15 000-car parkade, major retail outlets, offices, and homes. For entertainment, residents can look forward to a cinema multiplex, themed adventure rides, nightlife, parks, museums and an aquarium.The development aims to cut down on carbon emissions by reducing the use of cars. Instead, residents will be within walking distance of basic services, or they may prefer to use public transport or cycle paths.Other climate-friendly strategies include the installation of bio-water recycling and purification systems, and solar power generation.Zonk’izizwe will be built in phases and will take between 10 and 15 years to complete. The first phase, costing around $125-million (R1-billion), will see the construction of essential infrastructure such as roads, water, power, and sewerage.Useful linksMenyln MaineGreen Building CouncilWilliam J. Clinton FoundationUS Green Building Councillast_img read more

Enabling the Mobile Cloud: Appcelerator Partners with Engine Yard

first_imgAppcelerator, the makers of the mobile development framework Titanium, announced a partnership with Ruby on Rails platform-as-a-service provider Engine Yard today. Engine Yard developers will be able to create cross-platform applications using Titanium while leaving their Rails backend environments virtually unchanged. Titanium developers will be able to take advantage of Engine Yard’s scalable services for building backends.According to the announcement, the two companies will “integrate and certify each other’s technologies, jointly develop best practices, and create common architectural patterns to help developers build mobile applications using Appcelerator Titanium with Ruby on Rails backends developed and deployed on the Engine Yard platform.”Making data available across applications is important for developers, so an integrated mobile frontend and cloud backend makes a lot of sense. We’ve been looking at the ways that companies are preparing to bridge the worlds of mobile and cloud. See, for example, our coverage of Yahoo’s use of Azure for building mobile apps.This solution seems particularly valuable for developers building Web services with Rails and wanting to create mobile apps based on those services.Titanium enables developers build applications for Android, iOS, Linux, OSX and Windows using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You can build your application once and have it run anywhere. It competes with other mobile development frameworks like PhoneGap.Engine Yard competes with other PaaS providers like Heroku (which was recently acquired by Salesforce.com). The company is currently working with Amazon.com to bring Ruby to the new Elastic Beanstalk service from Amazon Web Services. klint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Help Track the Death of the Night Sky

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#Location#web Other sources: PopSci 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… GLOBE at Night is aggregating public measurements of the night sky (or lack thereof) from March 22 through April 6 in the Northern Hemisphere and March 24 through April 6 in the Southern. This is the sixth year the group has used you all to map the encroaching light pollution in the world. Using a web app that is provided online, participants are asked to attempt to identify certain constellations and, if they can, rate them against magnitude charts. The project tracks the increasing problem of disappearing darkness, which can interrupt the cycles of plant and animal life, eventually to a fatal degree. As the administrators point out, the night sky is a disappearing resource. “With half of the world’s population now living in cities, many urban dwellers have never experienced the wonderment of pristinely dark skies and maybe never will. Light pollution is obscuring people’s long-standing natural heritage to view stars.”Among the negative changes light pollution brings, GLOBE lists the following as examples. Disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lightingNesting choices and breeding success of birdsBehavioral and physiological changes in salamandersDisturbances of nocturnal animalsAltered natural light regimes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystemsIn addition to the effect on biological life and the psychological – some would say spiritual – effects of the absence of the stars, light pollution decreases the earth’s ability to resolve hyrdocarbon pollution as well, as Wired points out in its coverage. Excess light destroys those chemicals that destroy hydrocarbons and which normally build up in the atmosphere each night.Last year saw 17,805 participants tracking their night skies; 15,300 the year before; and 6,838 in 2008. They are hoping to at least hit 15,000 this year. All the datasets from each year are available, to professionals and lay people alike. curt hopkinslast_img read more