Coates Hire & Power Utility Powercor working together
27 January 2011
About the project
This project was a huge undertaking, being the largest temporary power, rapid deployment and diesel powered grid connected generation job in Victoria’s history if not Australia’s. The peak load reached was 12.5MW, and during this 90 minute period every set was running at near full load.
Coates Hire involvement
Coates Hire were responsible for moving two 1400 KVA generators, from Queensland to Victoria, and a 1250 KVA generator from the East to meet the customer’s requirements.
A control system change was also undertaken on one of the 1400 KVAs generators to complement our fleet. This helped bolster Coates Hire’s position in the Utility Market sector.
The generators were then successfully synchronised with the state’s High Voltage Network, not just a normal Low Voltage network application. The industry has never had the capacity to achieve these results prior to dealing with Coates Hire, and to do it with one supplier was unheard of.
Earlier this year, Coates Hire provided power to a quarter of Victoria’s North West during the Powercor Charlton Shutdown in Victoria.
The shutdown lasted for two operational days on and off with bump in/out commissioning periods, whilst major infrastructure upgrades and maintenance was carried out to the states grid network.
Coates Hire's team took on project ownership and provided project site technical support alongside deploying fleet from around the country in support of Powercor.