Peter Brotherhood - the
steam turbine manufacturer based in Peterborough, UK - has won a contract
for what is believed to be the largest steam turbine ever supplied to a
sugar mill in Africa.
The 20 MW, $3 million (£2
million) machine has been ordered by contractor PMS which is helping to
refurbish the mill in Hippo Valley near Chirezdi owned by Hippo Valley
Estates. The back-pressure turbine will use steam raised from burning
bagasse - the waste material left after the harvesting of sugar cane - to
generate the mill's electrical power and the exhaust steam will be used in
the sugar refining process.
Peter Brotherhood won the
contract because of its extensive experience of designing and installing
such machines. The company has more than 500 steam turbines operating in
sugar mills around the world, including more than 100 in Africa.
The machine for Hippo
Valley is almost 50 per cent bigger than any similar turbine known to be
operating in the continent. It is due to be installed before the middle of