Siemens starts Moolarben power project

SIEMENS Australia and its joint venture partners have started construction on a 66-kilovolt switchyard and 11kV indoor substation for Felix Resources’ upcoming Moolarben mine, scheduled to start open cut mining in September.
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Drilling at Felix Resources' Moolarben project

Blair Price

In a contract worth more than $A5 million, Siemens said the project included design, procurement, supply, transport, site offloading, site civil and structural works, installation, erection, site testing, commissioning, documentation and operator training.

“We are confident the Siemens turnkey solution for Moolarben will ensure delivery of a permanent high-voltage power supply substation for the safe and efficient provision, switching and distribution of electrical energy at the site,” Felix managing director Brian Flannery said.

Siemens is undertaking the project with the help of civil works partner Powerserve and the region’s electricity distributor, Country Energy.

“Siemens is providing proven technology for the 66kV and 11kV switchyards,” a Siemens spokesperson told ILN.

“The major challenge is ensuring the 66kV switchyard meets with Country Energy's specific requirements in relation to layout, equipment design and operation.

“However, with Siemens’ knowledge and extensive experience with Country Energy, we are confident in meeting this challenge.”

The project is expected to be completed by December this year.

Siemens is also involved in providing a turnkey solution for Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s new export terminal, which is under construction and still on schedule to load its first coal shipment by the end of March 2010.

Siemens has supplied distribution solutions for a number of coal companies, including BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and Xstrata Coal.