Ground broken on new Tasmanian engineering workshop

Tasmania’s Deputy Premier, Lara Giddings MP, launched construction at the site of Alstom Australia’s new engineering workshop in Cambridge in October. The workshop will become a world-class hydro energy plant and enhance services to other key industrial customers.

The new Cambridge facility will initially employ around 70 people who will transfer from the current Alstom engineering workshop located in Moonah. It is expected that the number of employees will increase to more than 100 by 2013.

Alstom took over the Moonah facility from Hydro Tasmania in 1994. The new workshop will have a much greater capacity, flexible workspace and larger capacity crane systems.

“This long-term investment in the state-of-the-art Cambridge facility is a demonstration of our faith in the Tasmania energy sector, and the ability of our truly talented Tasmanian team,” Alstom Australia and New Zealand president, Chris Raine said.

“Alstom believes that Tasmania is leading the way for renewable energy in Australia. The Cambridge workshop’s main focus will be to manufacture and maintain electricity generation equipment for the hydro power industry. However, the workshop has also been designed to service other key industries including mining and metal processing; ship building; oil and gas; woodchip, pulp and paper manufacturing; and rail transport,” Mr Raine said.

Once complete, the Cambridge workshop will provide 24-hour customer support, comprehensive reliability and engineering services with International Standard Organisation certified quality assurance, and occupational, health and safety systems.