Konecranes Australia has just successfully completed an intensive 30-month upgrade and refurbishment of overhead cranes in Hydro Tasmania power stations throughout the island State.
The huge undertaking – Tasmania is one of Australia’s leading producers of hydro electricity - was one of the largest and most cost-efficient energy industry projects ever undertaken by Konecranes in Australia. It led to rare Awards of Excellence for project management and quality of work.
The complex project involved significant upgrading 12 overhead cranes at 10 power stations throughout Tasmania to obtain design registration for bridge cranes exceeding 10 tonnes MRC.
The 12 cranes had been installed and commissioned between the 1930s and 1960s and reflected the technology of the time.
Konecranes Project Co-ordinator, Steven Paine, said the remote locations of the power stations and the scarcity of design drawings and other documentation added to the many challenges the Konecranes team overcame.
The upgrades were ordered following an audit by engineering consultants Pitt and Sherry that identified the cranes which required improvements to comply with regulations.
Long hours and constant travel added to the pressure on team members, who nevertheless were delighted with the knowledge gained and the honing of their skills.
The head of maintenance services for Konecranes in Tasmania, Aaron White, said the $A2 million-plus contract was completed cost efficiently.
On the completion of the project, LMA Partnership Pty Ltd issued seldom-awarded Certificates of Excellence to Steven Paine, for project management; David Green, for electrical design and outstanding workmanship; Keith Beswick, for outstanding workmanship; and Rodney Abblitt, for dedication to quality and physical effort.