(DGC) Dickinson Group of Companies provides turnkey Furnace Rebuild Projects


DGC has more than 90 years’ experience in providing turnkey furnace rebuild projects. The Group was founded in 1910 as a building construction company and in 1928 the company constructed one of South Africa’s first Blast Furnaces, which marked the beginning of the company’s furnace business. 

The company has been extensively involved in the initial construction and shutdown projects on industrial furnaces for the metals smelting, mineral process, power generation and petrochemical refining industries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and internationally in numerous countries around the globe, including the Middle East, Scandinavia, Latin America, Russia and CIS Countries. 


The company provides Turnkey Furnace Rebuild Project Services for major furnace outages which cover the entire scope of work including but not limited to; project and construction management services, furnace decommissioning, salamander tapping, furnace demolition and refractory installation, civil, electrical, mechanical fabrication & erection works and furnace commissioning.


At the forefront of technology, the Group collaborates with leading engineering and design companies, procuring, manufacturing and installing refractory materials, which comply with stringent quality specifications, safety standards and are cost effective for the application.

With experienced management, expert supervision, highly skilled motivated personnel, state-of-the-art equipment and standard operating procedures with a high regard for health, safety, environment and quality; the company offers clients cost-effective and tailor made integrated solutions. DGC renders professional turnkey services to large, global, diversified minerals processing and metals smelting companies.


The scope of services on turnkey furnace rebuild projects for major furnace outages include:

  • Project and construction management

  • Salamander tapping, controlled furnace decommissioning and cooling

  • Civil and structural works

  • Electrical and instrumentation works

  • Mechanical, structural, steel and piping dismantling, fabrication and erection

  • Refractory materials management, including selection, procurement, and testing

  • Quality assurance and control systems

  • Demolition of furnaces, removal of refractory linings, and waste management

  • Design, manufacture and installation of anchor systems

  • Manufacture of customised precast refractory shapes

  • Installation of refractory materials

  • Hot and cold furnace repairs

  • Hot sealing and insulation

  • Drilling and installation of thermocouples

  • Drying and curing of refractory linings

  • Furnace start-ups and commissioning


DGC has undertaken numerous major furnace rebuild projects on a diverse range of industrial furnaces including: 

  • Anode Baking Furnaces

  • Flash furnaces

  • Six-in-line furnaces

  • Electric arc furnaces

  • Isamelt furnaces

  • Blast furnaces

  • Combustion stoves

  • Holding and melting furnaces

  • Roasters

  • Sinter plants

  • Induction furnaces

  • Rotary kilns

  • Preheaters and Calciners

  • Cement plants

  • Glass furnaces

  • Reheating furnaces

  • Boilers

DGC’s Furnace Projects team can plan, execute and manage any greenfield or brownfield project and shutdown successfully.


The company takes sole responsibility for the entire scope of work and deliver the furnace rebuilt and ready for operation accordingly. This integrated and multidisciplinary service includes:

  • Shutdown planning

  • Construction management

  • Project management

  • Shutdown management

  • Tender and project management of subcontractors

Our Furnace Projects team’s experienced professionals will plan, execute, control and manage the entire furnace rebuild project. The dedicated team employ modern tools and project management software to safely manage a rebuild in the shortest possible time. Dickinson Group of Companies provides a consolidated and integrated solution; offering multi-disciplinary services on turnkey furnace rebuild projects.


Our customers gain the advantages of:

  • Safe project implementation – Zero Harm is the goal

  • Rapid response times

  • Reduced downtime and higher plant availability

  • Integrated project implementation

  • Project quality and completion guarantees

  • Significant production-cost savings

A furnace rebuild requires a wide variety of skills and expertise. It takes a dedicated team of professionals to successfully oversee.

Dickin Group of Companies (DGC) benefits


The company has undertaken large projects across the complete range of mining, metals smelting, mineral processing, chemical, refining and thermal power industries including:

  • Aluminium

  • Glass

  • Platinum

  • Iron & Steel

  • Copper

  • Ferroalloy

  • Cobalt

  • Heavy Sands

  • Nickel

  • Power Plants

  • Lead Smelter

  • Cement & Lime

  • Chemical & Petrochemical

  • Power Generation

  • Vanadium

  • Ceramic

  • Refractory Manufacturing