Thursday, February 29, 2024

Electra Mining Botswana opens African market to Water Cooling

The Electra Mining Botswana 2013 has provided Water Cooling (IWC) with opportunities to increase its African footprint as a leader in cooling tower and glass reinforced plastic (GRP of fibreglass) solutions, the External Sales Executive, Tristan McLaren, has said.

McLaren told Sunday Standard following the exhibition that both the public and private industrial sectors in economically-stable sub-Saharan African countries such as Botswana can benefit from the South African-based IWC’s product knowledge and experience, for the provision of tailor-made solutions. Based on the high quality ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, the company focuses on excellent service standards, within a short lead time and competitive price framework.

“With heavyweight clients such as Eskom, Sasol, ArcelorMittal, Foskor, Impala Platinum and Anglo American, to name some, it’s safe to say that the SA born-and-bred IWC sets the benchmark in the industry. Our portfolio of products illustrates our activity across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region where we have provided solutions in Ghana, Mauritius, Tunisia, Swaziland and Zambia,” McLaren said.

“We are a long standing member of the US-based Cooling Technology Institute (CTI), an association which has as its members both constructors as well as end-users of cooling towers.”

According to the proactive External Sales Executive, IWC’s service includes the design, manufacture and development of cooling towers, equipment, repairs and refurbishment, spares and other associated services.

Use of the versatile and weather resistant GRP in some of the projects the company has been involved in from scratch, installation and commissioning costing a whopping R200 million, have turned out to be a prudent investment when calculating the revenues. The storage tanks, piping and entire cooling systems sugar industries in the Mauritius and Swaziland, for instance, have been IWC’s brainchild.

Large field erected mechanical draught hyperbolic cooling towers up to 200 metres tall and 150 metres in diameter are a heat rejection devices used for cooling water or other working medium to near the ambient wet-bulb air temperature. Use of water evaporation in cooling towers to reject heat has proved extremely proficient in oil refineries, chemical plants, power plants, steel mills and food processing.

ICM’s heat exchanger range includes evaporators, condensers, copper brazed, semi welded and traditional plate heat exchangers. Evaporative heat rejection cooling towers provide significantly lower water temperatures than achievable with air cooled or dry heat prototypes, thereby being more cost-effective and energy efficient.

Founded in 1986, IWC is passionate about delivering world class solutions from power generation, petrochemicals, steel, and aluminum to whatever light industrial.


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