Contracts power up

The success of Ferm Engineering’s work on Diamantina Power Station near Mt Isa has opened contract opportunities for the Stanwell Power Station, outside Rockhampton.

 With capacity to generate 1460 megawatts, Stanwell provides a reliable energy source for central Queensland and supports the National Electricity Market, which supplies energy across five states and the ACT.

The power station came online in 1996 and Ferm Engineering is now preparing a concept review for the fire protection systems to optimise the best way forward to ensure the four main turbines are well protected with current fire technologies.

Ferm CEO Steve Burton said the concept review would likely lead into detailed design work for the selected fire protection systems. Ferm is working with the station’s management and its insurer to correctly identify the level of risk mitigation required to ensure the station remains online safely.

“Our work at the Diamantina Power Station involved water mist deluge, gas suppression, speaker upgrades, and aspirating smoke detector system upgrades for the station, which is the primary power supplier for far north Queensland’s Mt Isa region,” he said.

Project leader was Ferm’s Grant Martin, who oversaw the team effort from design through to commissioning, including writing some of the operational manuals.

Steve said: “We can deliver fire services design, supply, and certification from concept to completion, encompassing wet, dry, detection, special hazards and passive fire protection systems to satisfy market demands in all Australian states and territories.”