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    Winchelsea Gas Compressor Station

    The project scope involved the successful installation of a single Solar Taurus 60S/C-402 Gas Turbine Natural Gas Compressor Unit Skid, ancillary equipment and oil cleaning and Type B gas audit inspection was also included in the scope.

    General information

    John Beever (Aust) Pty Ltd (an ACCIONA Company) was engaged as Principal Contactor providing Mechanical, E&I and pipeline construction on the Winchelsea Gas Compressor Station. Winchelsea Compressor Station is a green field site and consists of a skid mounted gas turbine driven compressor unit with associated equipment, utility areas and connection to Ionna Main Supply Gas Pipeline to allow APA to maximize pipeline efficiency.

    Client: APA

    Contract Value:  $25M

    Contract: Design & Construct

    Location: Winchelsea (VIC)

    Duration: June 2014 – October 2014

    Key Features

    John Beever (an ACCIONA Company) was engaged as Principal Contractor to provide a combination of mechanical and civil works which included

    • Assembly and Installation of Aftercooler Unit, Filter separators, valve skids and ancillary skids.
    • Fabrication of all station pipework in accordance with ASME B31.1 and AS2885 requirements of diameter up to 600NB XS.
    • Assemble and installation of instrument air, hazardous area electrical installation and instrumentation.
    • Construction of 3km of DN 450 pipeline
    • Tie in to Iona Main Supply Pipeline within 3 day isolation and bypass
    • Design, fabrication and installation of site buildings
    • Completion of all Civil Works in Site Establishment Contract prior to commencement on installation.

    The project team raised to the project challenges, mostly generated by tight deadlines and wet weather. The final tie into the main gas pipeline was conducted over a three-day isolation during which time, gas supply to Melbourne was diverted via a smaller pipeline.

    All major fabrication of the pipework was completed offsite at the John Beever fabrication and jobbing workshop in Sunshine. This ensured that the cutting of pipeline was exact to allow for the expansion and retraction commonly caused by fluctuating weather conditions. The initiative, driven by the John Beever project team, accelerated works by four weeks.

    Key Benefits

    The Winchelsea Gas Compressor Station is set to be commissioned and operating on time and on budget, achieving all project objectives. This includes client satisfaction, with APA recognising JBA’s safety record with a Zero Hero Award.

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