Held each year in recognition of excellence within the built environment, the Steel Awards serves as a platform to showcase originality, technical expertise, innovation, design and jaw-dropping steel structures.
The competition is fierce, with nominations from every corner of the country vying for peer recognition within the industry.
Aside from over 1 000 fabricated component parts, Betterect’s winning entry – the Vamosem Semi-Mobile Crushing Plant (SMCP) – was a truly big project on many levels, including volume, weight and intensity of labour required.
The plant is ‘semi-mobile’ and modular in design, as it has to be relocated as the coal pit grows, with relocation of the plant taking place every two years. Furthermore, it had to be semi-mobile, moved on specialised crawlers, as it is too massive to be transported in any other way.
The mining business unit of Thyssenkrupp commissioned Betterect to undertake the fabrication of a semi-mobile crushing plant (SMCP) for a coal mine in Mozambique.
The project, which has been hailed as a success, was awarded at the end of July 2019, with fabrication completed in February 2020. Project delivery was well within the specified timeline and budget.
While Thyssenkrupp designed the SMCP, owing to the company’s significant industry track record, Betterect was awarded the fabrication and pre-assembly of crucial SMCP equipment here in South Africa.