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Shutdown success and safety recognition for Pipemech Australia

Pipemech Australia has successfully completed the upgrade of Scraper Station 4 and shutdown at APA’s Eastern Haul Project, and recently received recognition from Thiess for its safety performance during the construction of the Matilda John Compressor Station on the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.

Eastern Haul Project

Under the capable direction of Pipemech’s project management team, trade and labour personnel worked diligently within a tight schedule to ensure APA Group’s Eastern
Haul Project delivered a successful outcome within the planned duration of the shutdown, which was conducted onsite approximately 95 km from Charleville in south western Queensland amid extreme summer temperatures.

The company rolled out comprehensive safety management protocols and strategies to alleviate the risk of heat stress and fatigue, resulting in no recordable injuries during the project. Integral to the seamless delivery of construction works during the shutdown, Pipemech ensured a transparent interface between its team and other stakeholders involved in the project. Pipemech’s electrical and instrumentation subcontractor was strategically scheduled with planned pipe fabrication, field weld placement and spool installation to minimise the time spent onsite during the shutdown.

The combination of Pipemech’s planning, systems, and staff underpins its ability to deliver a successful outcome whilst maximising value for money for the client.

QCLNG Project

Pipemech was recently commended by Thiess within its Rewards and Recognition Program for its safety record and performance during January 2014 at the Matilda John Field Compressor Station on the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.

Pipemech commenced the structural, mechanical and piping scope onsite at the Matilda John Field Compressor Station in August 2013 and over 35,000 man hours have been completed without recording a lost-time injury (LTI), with only minor punchlist items and commissioning assistance to be completed. New work has recently commenced on the construction of the McNulty and Kate compressor stations and on the completion and commissioning of Ruby Jo Central Processing Plant and six associated field compressor stations.

Pipemech draws on its experienced workforce and stringent recruitment standards to ensure its personnel are industry professionals committed to working within an embedded safety culture. A professional management team including operations management; functional leads for health, safety, security and environment; project controls; cost and finance; quality assurance; and trades and labour crews all play an active part in ensuring the safety of Pipemech’s work family.

To promote the safety culture within its own ranks, Pipemech has instigated the Safety Recognition Program, whereby $10,000 is donated to national and local charities for each 10,000 man hours it achieves without recording an LTI.

The company is proud of its delivery of a safe work environment not only for its crew members, but to all project stakeholders, and its positive contribution to the communities it works within.

For more information visit www.pipemech.com.au

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