One of the biggest modules to be used during the construction of three LNG projects on Curtis Island arrived this week.
One of the biggest modules to be used during the construction of three LNG projects on Curtis Island arrived this week. Bechtel

Huge module steams across harbour to LNG projects

ONE of the largest modules used in the three LNG projects on Curtis Island made its way across Gladstone Harbour on Tuesday.

The module program has been in full swing for the Curtis Island projects for more than 20 months, with well over half the modules now in their permanent positions across the sites.

The module that arrived this week weighs in at almost 3500 tonnes.

All up, 260 modules will be delivered to the three projects and rolled into position using self-propelled modular transporters. 

The huge steel frames come in many different shapes and sizes and encase equipment that is used for different purposes once they are tied into their permanent operational positions.

Meanwhile, Bechtel has won a global engineering and technology award for its use of radio frequency identification technology to track items during construction of the projects.

The tracking and delivery for the projects presented unique challenges given the vast size of the construction sites and their island location, requiring the materials to be stored on the mainland and transported across Gladstone Harbour.

The Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards honour individuals and companies that have conducted new and emerging technology implementations.

They are awarded by Fiatech, an international group dedicated to the global development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies.

Bechtel received the award in the Intelligent and Automated Construction Jobsite category

Bechtel's global manager of construction Mike Lewis said applying RFID technology to the Curtis Island projects was one of the most significant uses of the technology in the history of construction.

"We are demonstrating that it can be a real game-changer in materials management," he said.

Bechtel deployed the Jovix system from Atlas RFID Solutions to assist in the tracking and delivery of materials from multiple storage locations to the three project construction sites.



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