Clarke Energy received a ‘High Commendation’ from Engineers Australia for Project Management at the 2016 South Australia Engineering Excellence Awards held on the 29th September.
Clarke Energy’s submission for the award was based on their detailed Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) work on the APLNG (Australia Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas) Upstream Electrification Project which took place during 2013 until 2015.
Clarke Energy’s role in the APLNG Upstream Electrification project comprised of the Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of three 30MWe gas fired power stations in remote areas of Queensland, Australia.
Planned in the project each of the three power stations were paired to gas compression trains and each of which were designed to transport a large amount of gas per day. They each contained around 90TJ units of gas. The gas compression trains were configured with extremely large electrically driven compressors which meant that each of the 30MWe power stations had to be capable of an instantaneous 20MWe load drop.
Clarke Energy used it’s in house engineers to design, build and test a state of the art load management system for each power station, which provided the flexibility for huge load swings, this was all whilst maintaining high power quality with 100% reliability.
The construction of the power stations were completed in quick succession and in a series of very tight time frames. Despite this continuous time pressure there were over 130,000 man hours of work that was completed with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI’s) and no environmental incidents, which reflects on the high quality health and safety procedures that Clarke Energy takes pride in.
The APLNG construction projects became the main catalyst for Clarke Energy to implement an Incident and Injury Free (IIF) program throughout it’s entire Australian and New Zealand business. The ‘IIF’ program comprises of continuous improvement initiatives to create a caring and supportive culture that helps the business to achieve excellence in safety, quality and the environment. The IIF culture was driven by Site Managers and involved all personnel, including contractors.