Mhlume Expansion project – Phase 2 Progress Update


The second phase of a four phase expansion project at the Mhlume Factory is currently underway. The scope for this phase is to increase the capacity of the factory’s boiling house by adding new pans and other new process equipment, but also upgrading existing ones.

    • Emineo is the EPCM contractor for the project, managing sub-contractors from Swaziland, South Africa, India, and Mauritius
    • Country: Swaziland
    • Contract period: 2017-2019

Engineering deliverables and progress to date

  • The following main equipment has been sized and modeled, and positioned on general layouts:
      • One 120m3 capacity « C » Continuous Vacuum Pan, complete with a new condenser and supported by a new structure.
      • One 75m2 capacity “A” Batch Vacuum Pan with a new condenser and a reinforced structure.
      • Three clear juice heaters of 550m2, with a new structure
      • One 225m3 new clear juice tank.
      • Two molasses tanks with a capacity of 10m3 each
      • One 35 t/h rotary sugar dryer, cascade type
  • Specification of all process, mechanical, electrical and instruments
  • 3D Modelling of existing plant areas affected by the project using 3D AutoCAD to build a Navisworks model to be used by all contractors on site
  • Drafting of general layout drawings, piping isometric drawings, structural guide drawings, civil guide drawings, electrical & instrumentation layout drawings

Procurement progress

  • Call for Tenders for a total of 26 packages, including equipment supply and site works packages, have been prepared and issued
  • Adjudication of offers received from suppliers/contractors from South Africa, India, and Mauritius
  • Tender awarding and contract drafting

Construction progress

Construction works are currently at 57% complete, and include the following scope:

  • Civil works
  • 105 tons of structural steel
  • 5 km of piping up to DN1400
  • Over 350 valves, up to DN900, including 20 with pneumatic actuators, installed
  • Management of sub-contractors (civil, mechanical, electrical, scaffolding, etc.), including quality as well as health and safety on site
  • Quality control management
  • Equipment shipped in modular form to be assembled and tubed on site
  • Storage tanks shipped in knock-down form to be assembled on site
  • Control loop and interlocks set-up and tuning during commissioning
  • Regular performance follow-up after commissioning, for first few weeks of crushing season with regards to teething problems
  • Weekly progress reports and planning updates issued to client up to completion of project

1st steam trial is currently planned for the 2nd week of April 2019.