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NEWS 10 / 11 / 2022

Setting the Standard for Cooling at SABS

IWC | Industrial Water Cooling recently supplied and installed 7 new EWK661 cooling towers to SABS (South African Bureau of Standards).

The new cooling towers are part of the HVAC system for the SABS and are used to cool the air-conditioning system for the buildings in the SABS complex in Groenkloof, Pretoria.

It’s no wonder IWC’s cooling towers were chosen. Being ISO accredited ensures our towers are built to strict quality standards which is of paramount important to SABS since they are mandated to develop, promote and maintain South African National Standards (SANS). SABS can see a great product a mile away.

We have always had a relationship with the client, having serviced their towers for many years and as such, the team knew who to contact when the towers needed to be replaced. Lucy Hawthorne, head of IWC Industrial, conducted an inspection of the old towers and the recommendation was to replace the old towers with new towers. The 35 year old plus Sulzer* towers were dated and the performance was being compromised, so it was time to replace the towers.

From this recommendation, SABS then advertised the cooling tower replacement project in accordance with their procurement procedures. There were 4 potential bidders for the project and fortunately for us, our bid was accepted and we supplied the 7 new shiny towers.

There was minimal on-site work required and almost no redesigning/re-directing of pipework. We also worked with the Clifford Ntene, the facilities maintenance manager at SABS to fit into their program, replacing a few units at a time, which allowed their system to continue working while we carried out the replacement.

Clifford was pleased to advise that the new towers are working well and he can report a 15-20% saving on energy and water since the new towers have been replaced. We love getting this feedback and we try to do our part in suppling energy efficient solutions for clients.

Always thinking, always designing, always delivering, ALWAYS IWC.

*The Suzler brand is synonymous with cooling towers in South Africa. Sulzer is no more, and changed its name to Tektower in 2007 and then subsequently to IWC Industrial.

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