SMEC was awarded the detail design and site supervision contract for phase two of the Vlakfontein Canal rehabilitation project, following the successful completion of phase one in early 2014.
SMEC's scope of work included:
- Project management
- Construction site supervision and reporting
- Re-design of canal sections, long weirs, super passages and culverts
- Preparation of working drawings
- Geotechnical investigations
- Assessment of structures.
The canal is an important water supply link to coal fired power stations and petrochemical plants located in Mpumalanga.
The Vlakfontein Canal System, situated between Standerton and Secunda, is a vitally important strategic point as it supplies water to two of the country’s largest energy suppliers; Eskom and Sasol.
Constructed in the 1970s, the canal transports raw water pumped from Grootdraai Dam at Standerton to the Grootfontein Pump Station, 37 km away.
The overall aim of the project to rehabilitate sections of the canal in a pre-determined order to reduce the risk of failure in the future. As the canal cannot be out of operation for prolonged periods of time, the rehabilitation project will take place over four to seven years.
- South Africa
- Technical Area:
- Department of Water Affairs, South Africa