Grease Belt Upgrade Project – Venetia Mine

Type of Landscape: Brownfields


Unit Process



Kholo Marine & Minerals, delivered the Grease Plant upgrade project located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, under an engineering, procurement and construction services approach for De Beers Consolidated Mines, Venetia Mine.  This brownfields project, situated in the mine’s Recovery Plant, involved the stripping out of an old grease plant and the installation of a new, improved grease plant (complete with all associated infrastructure). The project, which was executed in the middle of an operational plant, was severely constrained, primarily due to the space constraints and the high security environment.

Kholo undertook all engineering and design, procurement, fabrication, transport and logistics, construction and commissioning services associated with the project. Due to the project’s elevated risk profile, extensive use of 4D BIM planning was undertaken to reduce project risk, optimise project delivery and increase the client’s confidence in Kholo’s execution capability.  Work on the project commenced in October 2020, with practical completion (completion of wet commissioning) achieved in November 2021.  Kholo’s team brings together the complementary strengths, resources and experience of Kholo’s project management and project controls expertise, ADP Marine & Modular’s innovative technical engineering, procurement and construction supervision expertise (specifically in the delivery of diamond processing plants), ADP Africa’s logistics expertise and the experience and skills of the two carefully selected SMPP and E&I construction contractors.