Monday, 18 January 2021

Abeco Builds its Biggest Tank in Africa

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Abeco Builds its Biggest Tank in Africa

January 2021 - Abeco Tanks is making waves in the African water storage market as they announce having completed their biggest tank in Africa. The tank - equivalent to two tennis courts in surface area - holds a whopping 5.8 Million litres of water and together with a 3 million litre supplementary tank provides one of South Africa’s largest poultry producer’s with a total of 8.8 Million litres of saved water. 

A water bank is essential if this producer is to continue surviving the almost decade long drought and water insecurity issues in the North West Province of South Africa. 

Reliability of water is an especially concerning issue for agriculture as their bottom lines and economic contribution are directly affected and often the first to be hit. The poultry farm for which Abeco built this life-saving tank is one of the leading suppliers both nationally and internationally, breeding and raising chickens for processing and distribution on site. Water is not only essential for the survival of livestock but also the processing plant. 

Water security for chickens, especially laying hens, is extremely important as they are highly susceptible to any form of disturbance and can stop laying for up to two weeks because of a single disruptive incident in the water supply. 

As Africa’s pioneers in water storage solutions, Abeco built the 5.8 Million litre rectangular, sectional bolted tank specifically to cater for the unique requirements of this agricultural giant.  

COO of Abeco, Mannie Ramos Jnr comments: “We are the only company in Southern Africa with the expertise to manufacture and install a tank of this size in the rapid timeframe provided. We had to connect the 5.8 Million litre tank with the existing one, ensure it was water-tight, tested and safe, in a record-breaking 38 days versus 128 days – the average time frame.” 

The rectangular tank’s design allowed Abeco to custom create the tank in the most cost-effective way possible. Despite the tank’s colossal capacity, the modular design makes tanks of this nature easy to transport and easy to install. Through the marriage between careful design and premium material the tanks are 100% hygienic, safe for livestock consumption and are unaffected by Ultraviolet rays which prevents degradation over time. 

They are also built to last using an internal bracing of angle iron welded to base plates, all sealants and rubber components are non-toxic and non-tainting to ensure the purity of the water and all steel components are hot-dips galvanised to never rust and use the latest in tank corrosion protection.

Storing water for agricultural purposes is not a suggestion in the world of farming. It is a necessity. As water crises have shown us, the need to plan water consumption, track water-saving and save for continuity of service is necessary as an effective ‘insurance plan’ against water interruption brought about by changing weather patterns, exploding populations and urban sprawl. 

For more information go to or call +27 (0)11 616 7999 

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About Abeco 

Abeco Tanks is the World’s First Bank for the Business of Water, trusted for nearly 40 years to protect against water scarcity. The company’s steel water storage tanks are found in over 35 countries across the globe including Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Abeco is a private, family owned business together with equity stakeholder and funding partners, Investec Private Capital and Global Capital empowerment fund. With its 269,000 square foot manufacturing facility in South Africa, and hundreds of employees Abeco has erected more water tanks than any other company in Southern Africa, making it the definitive leader in water storage solutions.  Blue chip clients include Anglo American, Sasol, Chevron, FNB, BP, JP Morgan, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline and Investec.

About Mannie Ramos Jnr.

COO Abeco Tanks | Water Continuity Activist | Growth Driver |

Mannie’s passion is to reduce the negative impact of water scarcity on the world.  As the COO of the leading water tank manufacturer Abeco Tanks, he is able to fulfill this passion by providing continuity of water for communities, governments and businesses. 

After a successful international finance career working in Europe, Middle East and America, Mannie returned to South Africa armed with a strong track-record, an MBA from Henley Business School and invaluable multinational experience. His mandate was to bring his wealth of experience, strong leadership skills and finance acumen to take Abeco to the next level of its growth. Abeco Tanks has been in business for almost 40 years building steel water storage tanks and has grown into the definitive leader in over 35 countries in Africa, Central America and the Middle East. The company is backed up by equity stakeholder and funding partner Investec Private Capital.

Mannie spearheaded the innovative brand positioning of Abeco as ‘the world’s first bank for the business of water’, which sets the company apart from its competitors. Water tanks known as ‘water banks’ act as a savings account for water so that people and organisations have the water they need to keep operating, even in times of water scarcity. 

It is this kind of innovative and ‘out the box’ thinking that makes Mannie an inspiring leader with the ability to achieve great results and transform companies. He thrives on taking calculated risks while having a strong understanding of the trade-off between risk and return. Mannie’s excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, makes him an influential board level executive.

For more information go to or call +27 (0)11 616 7999

Editor’s note:

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Megan Nugent
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