MHT constructs large distillation columns for USA Distillers



BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

JOHANNESBURG: : Mass &Transfer Technology (PTY) LTD, a company whose offices are situated at Allen’s Nek, Roodepoort, South Africa is in the process of completing the construction of five large Ethanol Distillation Columns for export in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Speaking to this Swaziland News publication, Christo Van Den Heever, the MHT Managing Director said the company was awarded by USA Distillers to design and manufacture these large distillation columns adding that four of them has already been delivered with the remaining due to be delivered soon. These new developments suggests that USA Distillers will now be the largest producer of high grade Extra Neutral Potable Ethanol in Africa.

“Mass& Heat Transfer Technology has been awarded the designs and manufacture by USA Distillers situated on the banks of the Usuthu River near Big Bend in Swaziland. These five columns form the “heart” of the new 92million liter per annum Portable Ethanol Expansion project which will make USA Distillers the largest producer of high grade Extra Neutral Potable Ethanol in Africa” said the MD in a media statement.

The MHT Managing Director said the distillation employed by USA Distillers makes their ethanol highly sought after by the international potable alcohol market.

“ The size of these columns ranges in diameter from 1.8m to 2.6m with overall lengths up to 37 meters. The columns are constructed in grades 304L and 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel and these free-standing columns can withstand wind velocities of up to 120km/hr” he said.

Christo Van Den Heever said what made Mass &Heat Transfer Technology unique in the supply of these columns is the combination of their process engineering knowlegue, skills as well as sophisticated mechanical design capabilities. Furthermore, he said the company was a registered ISO-3834-2 and ASME VIII Div.1 Apendix 10 certified manufacture of pressure vessels

“This brings all the critical aspects of design, fabrication and supply of such critical process equipment under “one” umbrella and we can therefore guarantee not only the quality of workmanship but also the mechanical integrity of these columns as well as their process performance” he said . The Managing Director said with more than 30 years experience in the field of distillation and heat exchange, ensures clients of top class service and world standard products “with these columns being prime examples”