News and latest projects

By: Project Assignments  11-11-2011

News and latest projects


For Cadbury, Project Assignments is in the final stages of a project to design and erect a chewing gum factory at their Botswana site.

Salene Fishing has approached Project Assignments to undertake a Basic Engineering exercise to design and cost a greenfields fish processing facility in Mauritania. The project involves the sourcing of a basic fishing fleet, mooring and offloading, pelagic and white fish processing, a cannery and a fishmeal plant. Included are power generation, potable water supply and treatment, all plant utilities such as steam, compressed air, refrigeration, industrial & domestic effluent treatment as well as all site amenities.


Project Assignments is assisting The Biovac Institute (TBI) with the design and installation of a new vaccine manufacturing facility in Cape Town. This project is a public-private partnership (PPP), involving Litha Healthcare Holdings, The Department of Trade & Industry and The Department of Science and Technology. Funding is being provided by these parties as well as the Italian government and other local NGO's. This project will decrease South Africa's reliance on the importing of certain vaccines and makes SA the only sub-Saharan country to manufacture vaccines.

In Mobeni, Durban, Project Assignments is working with Cipla Medpro on the design and construction of new Stability and Technical Transfer Laboratories, complete with all utilities, electrics, HVAC, ablutions and offices.

Project Assignments is performing certain GMP upgrades to the National Bioproducts Institute's (NBI)blood products facility in Pinetown. Improvements to the filling operation and the HVAC system are in progress.

For Ribotech, Project Assignments is undertaking an upgrade to their Cape Town factory to manufacture the biopharmaceutical product gCSF, a haematopoietic growth factor used to assist cancer patients during chemotherapy.

Water and Wastewater

Project Assignments is working together with Western Utilities Corporation (WUC)on the Basic Engineering for a plant to treat up to 100 Ml/d (4170 m3/h) of acid mine drainage (AMD) from Gauteng’s Central Basin in Germiston. The technology to be employed is the CSIR’s ABC process, whereby the AMD is treated with lime and barium carbonate to remove the acidity and heavy metals, reducing the sulphates down to very low levels. The treated water shall be of potable quality. Sludge is processed thermally to regenerate barium carbonate and lime. Useful by-products shall be available in the form of sulphuric acid or sulphur, yielding a sustainable solution that will not require any external subsidies (unlike other current AMD treatment schemes that are available).

For the City of Cape Town, Project Assignments is to install a demonstration plant at Mitchell's Plain Wastewater Treatment Works, to illustrate the benefits of the novel HYBACStechnology for treating municipal effluent. This technology is particularly useful for plant upgrades, making use of existing infrastructure and resulting in higher throughputs and improved effluent quality, using less electricity than conventional methods.

Chemicals and Manufacturing

In Port Elizabeth, Project Assignments is undertaking a project for Umicore to increase capacity of their facility to manufacture catalytic converters. The project involves a new precious metal slurry makeup system and a new furnace.

For Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM), Project Assignments is undertaking a project to install a new acid plant at RDM’s Wellington factory.

In Durban, Project Assignments is undertaking an upgrade to the Federal Mogul Friction Divisionfacility, to improve materials handling on their lines manufacturing various types of brake pads. The upgrade includes the implementation of an intermediate bulk container (IBC) system, incorporating weighing & mixing of each component, with full traceability of all materials and production batches, using proprietary software.

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