Xonxa Dam Pipeline

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Our pipelines division is well on course to completing the installation of a pipeline connecting the Xonxa Dam to the Queenstown water treatment works.

This Eastern Cape project is a component of the greater Xonxa Dam transfer scheme and bulk water supply project commissioned by the Chris Hani Municipality to increase Queenstown’s bulk water supply.

The 22,3km DN 600 cement-lined steel conduit will not only help relieve present water shortages within the urban area but will provide a much needed supply of potable water to residents of underdeveloped rural areas.

An extensive range of tasks are associated with the project. Among these are site clearance, connections to the pump station delivery line and reservoir intakes as well as the execution of road and river crossings. The route also includes two above-ground sections, and traversing a ridge – a vertical gain in height from the pump station of 400m.

Important environmental and cultural considerations were the identification and protection of two very old trees and the preservation of bushman paintings and a site that was used to make stone tools.

The team, which is expected to complete the project by September, is made up of 30 core Esor Pipelines personnel, including operators, welders, foremen and supervisors. These numbers are augmented by 165 local recruits who have received training in pipeline construction.

The cooperation between contractor and client has been excellent, says Director Arné Rheeder.

"This is our first project for the Chris Hani District Council and we are delighted to be partnering with such a progressive and forward-thinking organisation on an important project like this."