ABB wins Hazelwood demolition contract

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Hazelwood Power Station

ABB has secured a decommissioning and proposed demolition contract at ENGIE’s Hazelwood Power Station.

ABB will provide management support, expert advice and develop technical and commercial documentation to ENGIE on the project.

The coal-fired power station, located in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, closed its doors in March 2017.

The plant capacity was 1600MW with eight 200MW boiler/turbine units with fuel supplied by an adjacent open cut brown coal mine via continuous mining equipment.

Hazelwood supplied approximately 22 per cent of Victoria’s energy requirements.

ABB head of Oil, Gas and Chemicals Service, UK, Troy Stewart, said a number of factors had led to the company winning the contract.

“A combination of our local ABB presence in Australia, our position as a global leader in late life, decommissioning and demolition consultancy for the high hazard industries, and our extensive experience on other decommissioning and demolition projects in the power generation sector put us in a strong position,” Mr Stewart said.

The front-end work on the project will likely take until the end of this year.

Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project director Tony Innocenzi said the appointment of ABB to assist in the next phase of the power station remediation would ensure the project was best placed to undertake the large scope of works associated with demolition.

“Drawing on the expertise of ABB will assist in the pre-planning work required for the power station demolition,” Mr Innocenzi said.

“Support will also be provided in the development of the demolition tender specification and in the final steps of tendering to contractors and tender evaluation.”