Newsletter – 7 September 2010

Amaza 5 – The final phase

From the initial experiments done in the Old Harbour in 1989 to spawn abalone in captivity, Abagold has expanded its production facilities to include three farms harvesting more than 20 tons of live abalone per month. Sea View Farm started its farming operation in 1998, Bergsig (Mountain View) Farm in 2003 and the first phase of the Amaza (Waves) Farm was completed in 2006. Development of the final phase of the Amaza development, Amaza 5, commenced in June 2010 and will be completed by December 2010.

Amaza is used as a grow-out farm. On completion, Amaza 5 will house 260 tanks, bringing the total amount of tanks on the Amaza Farm to 719. This will increase Abagold’s total production capacity to 275 tons per year. This development will be the last inside the harbour, as all such land leased by Abagold will then be fully developed.

The location of the last phase of the Amaza Development.

The location of the last phase of the Amaza Development.

The Team

The whole project was planned by Christiaan de Wet (Engineering Manager) and Denis Usher (Project Manager), and is being developed by competent teams under the leadership of Damian Cohen, responsible for the platform construction and Simphiwe Ngqoyiyane, who is in charge of all civil structures.  

Denis Usher (Project Manager)

Denis Usher (Project Manager)

Damian Cohen (Platform)

Damian Cohen (Platform)

Simphiwe Ngqoyiyane (Civils)

Simphiwe Ngqoyiyane (Civils)

The Retaining Wall

The main obstacle to overcome in the development of Amaza 5 was the construction of the 2m wide retaining wall, reaching heights of up to 12 metres in places.  

Left: The area where the retaining wall was to be built – June 2010; Right: Simphiwe and his team laying the first bricks of the retaining wall.

Left: The area where the retaining wall was to be built – June 2010; Right: Simphiwe and his team laying the first bricks of the retaining wall.

Part of the retaining wall that was built around the front of Amaza 5 to retain the soil at the required platform level.

Part of the retaining wall that was built around the front of Amaza 5 to retain the soil at the required platform level.

This expansion requires another secondary pump and two blowers to be installed, while the additional effluent will simply be connected to the recently upgraded effluent pipeline of Sea View. 

The primary water, air and drain lines being installed

The primary water, air and drain lines being installed

During construction, 15 employment opportunities were created and once completed the staff compliment on Amaza will grow with 25%.

Part of the retaining wall between Amaza 5 and a neighbouring farm

Part of the retaining wall between Amaza 5 and a neighbouring farm