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A Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering project well worth its ‘salt’

Grinaker-LTA’s position within the Redstone Concentrated Photo voltaic Thermal (CSP) energy plant undertaking within the Northern Cape, which is the most important funding made up to now when it comes to the South African Renewable Vitality Unbiased Energy Producer (REIPP) Procurement Programme, consists of the development of package deal C3 civils everlasting works.

This has afforded Grinaker-LTA the chance to realize a agency foothold within the rising native renewable power house. The nationwide significance of this pivotal renewable power undertaking was additionally underscored by an official go to by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who toured the positioning lately.

Abdool Shaikh, Managing Govt of Grinaker-LTA’s Civil Engineering division, clarifies that President Ramaphosa, along with the shopper and an entourage comprising varied authorities members and native dignitaries, took half in a website go to to Redstone CSP energy plant in October.

“This was an actual honour for all events involved within the development of this landmark renewable power undertaking,” he enthuses.

“President Ramaphosa took a eager curiosity in all sides of the undertaking, paying shut consideration to the detailed full-scale mannequin of the CSP energy plant, earlier than donning the requisite private protecting gear (PPE) and inspecting the positioning.

As a tier-one, one hundred pc black-owned development firm, Grinaker-LTA is happy and proud to have been a part of this occasion – and to have performed a task within the development of this ground-breaking renewable power energy plant,” he provides.

Challenge overview

The 100MW Redstone CSP plant, which varieties a part of the South African Renewable Vitality Unbiased Energy Producer (REIPP) Procurement Programme, is the primary project-financed CSP with molten salt central receiver on the earth, and likewise one of many largest investments in South Africa underneath the REIPP. Following commissioning, business operation is scheduled to start in direction of the tip of 2023.

With 12 hours of full-load power storage, Redstone will be capable to reliably ship a secure electrical energy provide to greater than 200,000 South African properties throughout peak demand intervals, even properly after the solar has set.

Grinaker-LTA’s position

As bid chief on the undertaking, Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering division’s Normal Supervisor Chris Tshivhidzo was answerable for overseeing operations on the undertaking execution, whereas managing the development schedule and the price range. Tshivhidzo clarifies that the corporate was awarded the civil everlasting package deal C3 work by worldwide traders.

He explains: “ACWA Energy, a number one Saudi developer, investor and operator of energy technology vegetation, and Chinese language engineering firm SEPCOIII Electrical Energy Building Restricted,  managed the undertaking – and so they required a good contractor to execute the development of the undertaking’s essential buildings.”

Tshivhidzo provides that the expertise of working with a global, numerous and multi-cultural shopper proved to be fascinating and a worthwhile studying expertise for the Grinaker-LTA staff.”

Tshivhidzo outlines that the contract awarded to Grinaker-LTA’s Civil Engineering division consisted of the scope of labor to assemble the next essential buildings within the thermal energy plant:

  1. Steam technology construction
  2. Molten salt pumps construction
  3. Sizzling salt storage tank
  4. Chilly salt storage tank
  5. Water therapy plant civils
  6. Fireplace safety water pump home civils
  7. Demineralised water storage tank
  8. Effluent assortment space
  9. Retaining wall

Tshivhidzo notes that the Grinaker-LTA part of the undertaking is because of be accomplished in December 2022 – with the general undertaking scheduled for completion in 2024 – and that ACWA Energy and SEPCOII managed the undertaking extraordinarily properly.


Tshivhidzo clarifies that main challenges concerned within the undertaking embody tight timelines and a decent price range, administration of engineering modifications required, and likewise integrating the alternative ways through which groups from three nations – Saudi Arabia, China and South Africa – work.

“We addressed these by way of clever use of assets, constructive contract negotiations, and adopting a mindset that was keen and capable of adapt to completely different cultural expectations and concepts,” he says.

“Grinaker-LTA was happy to help our worldwide purchasers, smoothing the way in which as they adjusted to the South African development surroundings. This included many elements, from gaining an understanding of South African labour legal guidelines, native climate and bodily circumstances on website – to the necessities of partnering with native communities and companies.”

Neighborhood upliftment

“The undertaking can be having a constructive influence on the area people and financial system general,” advises Tshivhidzo, “by opening job alternatives and upskilling native labour, in addition to utilizing native suppliers and sub-contractors. Now we have employed 80 native workers who acquired on-site coaching and improvement. Now we have additionally partnered with 20 native companies which are offering us with services and products. As an organization, Grinaker-LTA prioritises native spending and improvement of group companies on our initiatives wherever potential.”

Shaikh notes that Grinaker-LTA’s participation within the Redstone CSP undertaking is a supply of immense delight to the corporate: “It is a milestone REIPP, fast-track undertaking requiring speedy, responsive administration and likewise involving multi-national firms which have invested considerably within the world – and native – renewable power market. We’re happy and humbled to be taking part in an lively position in supporting South Africa’s renewable power programme and facilitating power technology, for the longer term sustainability of the nation as an entire.

As Grinaker-LTA, we stay up for finishing our part of this pivotal renewable power undertaking on time and on price range in December this yr – and to persevering with to play a keystone position in related initiatives which can contribute to power safety and profit the financial system and South Africa as an entire,” he concludes.