Franki Africa on challenging Mt Edgecombe Interchange

23 June 2014

Franki Africa, part of the Keller group, is busy with a number of challenging piling contracts throughout South Africa and beyond. One is the Mount Edgecombe Interchange, where work comprises a four-level interchange with the highest bridge being 1600 m long and 27 m high and the next level 700 m long and 18 m high.

Installation of the permanent piles commenced at the beginning of December 2013. As of end May 2014, a total of 120 No permanent piles and 28 No temporary piles have been installed.

While the value of contract is circa R40m, there is an additional R7,5m of dynamic compaction and R10 m of temporary and permanent lateral support.

It is expected that the piling will be completed by November 2014 with the dynamic compaction and lateral support activities continuing into 2015.

Keller, which acquired Esorfranki Geotechnical (now Franki Africa) from JSE-listed Esorfranki towards the end of 2013, has approximately 8,000 staff worldwide and global annual revenues of around ₤1.5 billion.

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