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Bosch Projects Achieves Two Commendations at the CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards 2016

At the recent CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards 2016, Bosch Projects received a commendation for the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery Project for their client Illovo Sugar Ltd / Zambia Sugar. This project includes the construction of a modern, high-specification refinery to more than double current annual refined sugar production capacity to 100 000 tonnes, and increase the annual sugar production capacity from 420 000 tonnes to 450 000 tonnes, through a range of smaller factory improvements. Bosch Projects was the EPCM consultant for the project and their equipment Division also designed and supplied various items of process equipment to the project, including a 50m high refined sugar conditioning silo. This project is one of the largest projects undertaken by Bosch Projects to date and included a number of firsts for the company, including a greenfield sugar refinery. A number of innovative designs incorporated into the refinery allowed for a final design that reduced costs where possible, but still met all of the objectives and provided a robust plant, well suited to the operations environment.

As part of the above project, Bosch Projects utilized in house 3D state-of-the art scanning facilities which saved significant engineering time and associated costs to give an accurate 3D plant model of the existing plant.

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Nakambala Sugar Refinery

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Nakambala Sugar Refinery


Bosch Project’s Louis de Waal received a commendation as Young Engineer of the Year at the Awards. Louis joined Bosch Projects in 2013, and has become an integral part of the team, specifically in evolving and putting together not only the Gauteng offices, but also the Biogas Projects Division. More recently, Louis has been involved in both managing and leading a number of multi- and single- discipline projects.

Due to his experience and expertise, Louis was appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer for the first-ever all agricultural biomass-to-methane-to-energy-generation plant project in South Africa and Africa. Louis was responsible for the complete electrical design of the Bio2Watt Biogas Plant in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, involving the design, construction, commission and handover of the complete biomass-to-energy plant, together with the Eskom connection, a self-built overhead line and switchyard ,  which served as the embedded generation point of connection for the  electrical reticulation.

The project covered uncharted territory in terms of the National Grid Code, the Embedded Generation Code and all other relevant Eskom standards.

Not only did he win the 2015 Bosch Young Professional of the Year, but he was also honoured by being asked to present at the international Power & Electricity World Africa Expo 2016 on the topic ‘A Real World Application of Combined Heat and Power Plants’.



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