COATES HIRE GOES REMOTE
9 December 2014
Supplying specialised hire equipment services to oil and gas producer Chevron means tailoring operations to some of the most remote areas of Western Australia.
The Gorgon Project, under construction on Barrow Island, around 60 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia, is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia’s history.
To date, under a five-year services and equipment hire contract, Coates Hire has provided equipment for earthmoving and construction during the construction phase of both the Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects.
The Gorgon Project sees Coates Hire establish a permanent presence at the massive Chevron-operated natural gas plant site, generating more than 20 local jobs for Coates Hire staff involved in the provision of equipment and servicing.
The Barrow Island tool store opened for business in May with a team of staff engaged to service construction of the plant. They are just beginning to start site commissioning.
“Equipment management is an issue,” says Sales and Marketing Manager, West, Jeff Butler. “You have to have the right tools at the right location. There’s no downtime on the island. We have a team of service technicians at the location on a fly-in, fly-out roster who repair and service equipment.”
In addition to timeliness of supply, equipment going from Henderson in the Australian Marine Complex in Perth out to the A class nature reserve must undergo different levels of quarantine to protect Barrow Island’s pristine environment. “We’ve got a specialised branch that deals with cleaning, weed and seeding and wrapping equipment,” Butler explains.
Coates Hire Executive General Manager, James Naylor says the vast investments being made in the development of LNG and the increasing volumes exported out of Australia ensure Coates Hire will continue with a specialised supply focus for this growing resources sector.
He says the company’s years of equipment management experience, from site commissioning and start-up to production and shutdowns, position Coates Hire to deliver value in servicing the LNG industry.
“Coates Hire will continue to invest in our people, along with new equipment designed for the rigours of remote operation to ensure all of our customers are better equipped,” Naylor says.
“We’re proud of the depth of our expertise in safety, equipment management and working with our customers on cost-effective equipment solutions.”
The Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects
According to the latest figures, Gorgon is one of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia's history.
The Gorgon Project involves the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 130 and 220 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia.
It includes the construction of a 15.6 million tonne per annum LNG plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
Gorgon LNG will be off loaded via a 2.1 kilometre-long loading jetty for transport to international markets. The domestic gas will be piped to the West Australian mainland.
The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource projects – providing greater security of supply and significant economic benefits such as employment, government revenue and local business opportunities.
In conjunction with the Gorgon Project, it reinforces Australia’s position as a leading natural gas supplier and LNG operator in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Wheatstone Project will include an onshore facility located at Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The foundation project includes two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant.