Pre-commissioning manager Tony Berryman hands over the cogeneration facility to Yarwun Commissioning manager Pat Fordyce.
Pre-commissioning manager Tony Berryman hands over the cogeneration facility to Yarwun Commissioning manager Pat Fordyce. Submitted

Yarwun job handed over

RIO TINTO Alcan’s Yarwun 2 expansion project has handed over the cogeneration facility to Yarwun operations for commissioning.

The gas-fired cogeneration facility, which will reduce the refinery’s greenhouse gas intensity by 26 per cent, consists of a turbine which burns natural gas to produce heat for steam production while also turning a generator to produce electricity.

Yarwun 2 general manager David Yeoman said the milestone was testimony to the professionalism and drive of the whole Yarwun 2 project team to achieve this milestone safely and on time.

“In June we saw the handover of the demineralised water plant and Jemena gas pipeline from our construction team to Yarwun operations. Both of these facilities are integral to the functionality of the cogeneration facility,” Mr Yeoman said.

“To now be handing over the cogeneration unit to operation is a fantastic achievement. The team should be extremely proud of their efforts.”

The cogeneration facility is designed to supply steam for use in the refining process, and electricity to power the equipment on site with surplus electricity sold into the national electricity market. The operations team will now undertake hot commissioning of the facility over the next few months with the first burn successfully completed on Monday, July 5.

Yarwun general manager Mike Dunstan said the cogeneration facility is an important investment for the refinery.

“It demonstrates we are serious about sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reinforces our commitment to the region.”

The project has received Department of Natural Resources and Environment approval and is expected to be complete in the latter half of 2012.



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