EPSA wins The Wheatstone LNG Project

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Engaged by Chevron’s main project contractor, Bechtel Corporation, EPSA is providing a build, own and operate turnkey rental solution for construction power generation to the whole site, says Bill Thomson.

“Rental equipment means streamlined cost-efficiencies and access to the best new equipment with around-the-clock service. Our scope includes supplying equipment and personnel to install, commission and operate four multi-megawatt temporary diesel power stations and a number of standby generators for a five-year period.

“We are developing site-based power facilities to provide construction power to build the final LNG plant with 54 megawatt of capacity contracted overall, comprising up to 34 XQ2000 power modules spread across four sites. 

The largest is for the construction village, which will ultimately house 4,800 people requiring around 20 megawatts of power, comprising 10 power modules. The other three sites will command 16, 6.4 and 4.8 megawatts respectively. 

“Cat® 3516B generators are being deployed in their own 40-foot acoustically controlled container and we are also supplying step-up HV transformers and bulk fuel tanks.

“We have already installed 27 units, with 15 in service and 12 awaiting client load. Initial construction is now complete and we have entered operations and maintenance, although there is potential for another eight units.

It is our first large-scale rental power solution in Australia and we have successfully delivered it. In particular, we’ve achieved an excellent safety and environmental performance on site, which we are all very proud of.” 

Bill adds: “The rising importance of Asia in the LNG market will likely see demand grow faster than the rest of the world, so the value of a project like Wheatstone cannot be underestimated.”

Safety First

Bechtel has awarded EPSA a number of safety awards on this project, including Ron Darch receiving Bechtel’s Project Values (CCCC) and Model Behaviour Award in recognition of his efforts to stop a potential environmental incident on a neighbouring work site operated by another contractor.

Bechtel acknowledged that Ron prevented a diesel leak and appreciated his initiative and the conscientious manner in which he represented all parties.

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