Coates Hire supplied a wide range of equipment during the construction of Victoria’s desalination plant at Wonthaggi, South Gippsland.
The largest project of its type currently being developed in Australia, the $5.7 billion desalination plant is due for completion in June 2012, and is designed to convert up to 150 billion litres of seawater into fresh water annually to secure Victoria’s fresh water supplies. The plant’s capacity represents about one third of Melbourne’s annual water usage.
Employing internationally proven reverse-osmosis technology, the desalination plant is designed for maximum operational flexibility and minimal environmental impact.
Coates Hire successfully tendered to Thiess Degrémont to supply the vast range of equipment required on-site to help bring the project to fruition.
Coates Hire established an on-site office and compound with a staff of nine comprising of a site manager and assistant, yard store person, electrician and a team of mechanics. The on-site team led by Site Manager Tony McCann has been directly responsible for more than 2000 pieces of equipment, many of which were bought specifically for the project.
Coates Hire has supplied lighting towers and access equipment, generators and compressors as well as pumps and compaction equipment among others.
Tony describes the project as a great collaborative experience that had been well run and well managed.
The project required about 200 lighting towers, which meant a big outlay for Coates Hire. Access equipment and pumps have also been supplied in good numbers.
Thanks to Tony, his on-site team and those behind the scenes, Coates Hire is playing a vital role in ensuring Victoria’s first desalination plant is well on its way to achieving project objectives.