In a first for Wade Walker the company has implemented electrical and instrumentation (E&I) work on a floating dredge system.

The work forms part of a contract for an electrical and instrumentation installation at a mineral sands operation in West Africa awarded to the company. The installation is focused on two sections of the operation – the mineral separation plant located inland and at the wet concentration plant located on a dredge – and work began in April this year. It is on track to begin the commissioning phase in November, as part of a commissioning team.

Wade Walker’s scope of work includes about 1 800 lights, 28 000 metres of cable racking 256 000 metres of electrical and instrumentation cabling, with 10 000 terminations ranging from 33 kV to 220 volts.

The installation includes all junction boxes, stop/start stations and control devices. The scope also includes about 1 000 metres of instrument tubing, as well as the assembly of all Motor Control Centres and MV switchgear.

There are presently about 25 Wade Walker management personnel on site and approximately 150 general workers, of which a percentage has been recruited locally and are being trained by Wade Walker on an on-the-job basis.

Wade Walker is part of the Murray & Roberts EAP (Engineering Africa Platform).