Stage 1 construction of Altech’s HPA plant commenced in February 2019 and is being undertaken by Metix, the South African headquartered wholly-owned subsidiary of appointed EPC contractor SMS group GmbH of Germany.
In accordance with South African custom, an Opstaan Yster (‘stand-up of iron’ in Afrikaans) ceremony and celebration was held at the site on Friday 3 May 2019 to mark this significant project milestone.
The raising of first steel at Altech’s HPA plant site represents the culmination of a series of significant achievements for the project over the last 6 months, these include advanced design and engineering; the obtaining of numerous permits and approvals; completion of bulk earthworks; completion of foundation piling for the maintenance workshop building and adjacent area; procurement of steel; site establishment; the appointment of various sub-contractors; establishment of site Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE); and the implementation of construction quality assurance systems.
Wynand Moolman, general manager of Metix South Africa and director of Metix Malaysia, opened the Opstaan Yster ceremony – thanking all employees and sub-contractors working on site for their safety performance and diligent efforts to date.
He noted that there had been no safety incidents reported for the project and that the construction team is committed to continue its unblemished safety record.
Erection of the first maintenance workshop column
Altech managing director Iggy Tan and alternate non-executive director Uwe Ahrens joined with Wynand Moolman and Shane Volk to tighten the first bolts of the first steel erected for the maintenance workshop building, thereby officially marking the completion of the Opstaan Yster.