CASE STUDY:

Packsaddle Dry Mess Upgrade

Improve kitchen and service buildings for an expanding village
Client & Department BHP Projects
Location Area C NPI
Project No. & Name Packsaddle Dry Mess Upgrade
Value 2 Million
Date March 2016
Project Duration 12 Months

The Packsaddle village was originally designed and built to accommodate 500 people. Over the years the capacity of the village accommodation increased to over 1700 rooms however the capacity of the Kitchen was never increased from the original design to cater for 500 people.

Information

It was visible the kitchen and adjoining service buildings were run down and needed an urgent upgrade to cater for such numbers.

  • De-commission of Electrical cables from the Administration building, Ice Rooms, Wash Facilities, Kitchen, cool rooms and area lighting Removal of the Communications, fire system, APAC and split air conditioning units.
  • Installation of  temporary administration building services including power and communications
  • Coordination of the HV & Earthing design
  • Installation of a 33KV Pad mounted substation including new power pole, ABS, over head and under ground 33KV Supply
  • New Earth grid, cad wielding & Earth stakes
  • Commissioning of HV including VLF testing,  Insulation and Fall potential on the Earth Grid
  • Complexing of over 60 building modules
  • Design and Installation of the Conduit/pit  reticulation for the project for over 2000 meters of conduit
  • Installation of the power cable supplying all the buildings over 7000 Meters was installed
  • Design and Installation of Distribution Boards for the project and re-work the non- conformance boards to meet Australian and BHP Electrical standards
  • Area Lighting
  •  Installation of cabling and equipment for the in-situ build works
  • Communication back bone cabling including Fibre Optic
  • Installation of the new fire detection system incorporating the existing buildings
  • Electrical Commissioning of the project
Key Challenges
  • Maintaining operation of Equipment in an active kitchen whilst in deconstructions stages.
  • Seamless transition between the new and old kitchen with minimal interruptions to daily operations
  • Lack of documentation or no documentation from existing electrical installation
  • Fault finding on existing installation for damaged cables
  • Working with other work groups completing crainage, concreting and civils in a small work space
  • Maintaining Electrical integrity and compliance during the Wet Season with open roofs and buildings not complexed
The Weststate Advantages

Over coming the challenges that arise when completing a new installation on a working asset that does not allow for any interruption to normal operation.

  • Extensive knowledge of the BHP systems and procedures
  • A well developed culture among workers who have extensive experience in the mining industry
  • Provide a complete turn key package from start to finish
  • Providing the client with options to move forward when unexpected challenges arise
Other info
  •  LTI Free Project
  • Client feed back was of high regard