Ampcontrol Play a Part in Getting South Africa Connected to Green Energy

Ampcontrol’s Botswana operation has commenced work on the Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, one of South Africa’s first Independent Power Producer projects to supply green power to the national electricity grid.

Providing supervision and sign off on contractor works as a further 33km of trenches and cables are laid, Ampcontrol will play a key role in this critical work that will assist to get the 148 turbine farm up and running over the next 6 months.

This ground breaking project will aim to improve the current load shedding, which is happening throughout South Africa, causing widespread nationwide blackouts as electricity supply falls behind demand.

Find out more about Ampcontrol’s expertise in remote area power including our extensive experience designing, manufacturing and commissioning large-scale electrical infrastructure solutions.

Gilghi Wins AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

Ampcontrol and Aurecon combined have been awarded the AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for their breakthrough Gilghi product, an off-grid water treatment plant for remote indigenous communities.

Announced at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards Night on 28 February, the awards aim to promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

The Gilghi project and resulting award win centred around the deployment of this innovative product to a remote community 70km outside Alice Springs. The unit is a transportable containerised system that works completely off-grid through a 5kW solar PV array, integrated battery system and emergency diesel genset. Aurecon designed the treatment plant containing filters, a reverse osmosis unit and dosing system. The result is over 16,000L of clean and pure drinking water per day for the community that previously had to truck in fresh water at great expense.

The Sydney event was attended by Ampcontrol representative Wayne Diemar, Product Manager, and Aurecon’s Julian Briggs, Design Director – Water and Waste Water.

Wayne Diemar said after the win, “To be honest, it was a bit of a shock. I think an award like this is a testament to the greater team across Ampcontrol and Aurecon to bring this much needed product to market”.

Event speakers included Jim Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Water (Deputy Secretary) on behalf of the – NSW Government and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey, Property and Housing, and Carmel Krogh OAM – National President, Australian Water Association.

Having won this prestigious award, the Gilghi project will automatically progress to the national Australian Water Awards, which are presented at OzWater on 6 May.

Production of further Gilghi containerised water treatment units have commenced across Australia. Scalable, transportable, with plug and play commissioning, Gilghi is easily deployable for a wide range of locations and applications.

To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact Wayne Diemar via email or phone 1300 445 717.

Read full specs and find out more here.

Replacement Transformers On The Road To Western Australia

During the latter part of 2018, Ampcontrol was approached to supply a range of drop-in replacement transformers as part of a major upgrade of an iron ore mine in Western Australia.

This mine was looking to source reliable and robust equipment that was proven under onerous site conditions, including various levels of harmonics, ensuring continuity of supply and maximum product lifespan. Ampcontrol’s proven transformer designs and manufacturing credentials made us the ideal supplier.

In 2019 Ampcontrol delivered 20 transformers to the project ranging from 1000kVA 33kV to 10,000kVA 33kV all designed to suit existing mounting positions and cable connections within 5mm tolerances.

Production has been staggered to minimise site shutdown requirements and will be ongoing into 2020 when another 31 transformers will be manufactured, as well as routine and type testing to AS/NZS 60076, in our Tomago NSW transformer facility.

Industry 4.0 – Australia’s First Hardware Tech Innovation Hub Has Arrived

Australia’s first industrial Prototyping Lab and Innovation Accelerator powering the creation of the world’s best hardware products, The Melt, has today launched to the public.

Former Prime Minister, and architect of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, officially opened The Melt in Lake Macquarie, NSW.

The Hon. Mr Turnbull shared his insights about the future of product innovation in Australia and introduced The Melt as Australia’s first integrated industrial prototyping lab and innovation Accelerator.

“I have always been a strong believer in innovation and it is accelerators like The Melt that will create the modern, dynamic economy that Australia needs,” said The Hon. Mr Turnbull.

“The Melt is a welcome addition to the Hunter region, and embodies the key elements of the Innovation Agenda I put in place as Prime Minister,” he added.

Poised to create more than 50 jobs and expand the economy by $50M over the next two years, the hardware accelerator will be a significant addition to the Australian technology landscape. The Melt will grow and scale engineering projects, revolutionising the way startups and larger companies prove, prototype, pilot and produce globally scalable products and companies.

Founder and CEO of The Melt, Trent Bagnall said it was born out of the realisation that building physical products was hard.

“There is huge support in Australia for tech-based software companies to help grow the next Atlassian or Canva, however, there is very little support for engineering startups building the next Cochlear implant, Catapult Sports performance technology or black box flight recorder,” he said. he said.

“The failure rate for hardware development is high, the process is often slow, and the costs associated are significant. The Melt has been designed to target these challenges and help both startups and corporates access funding, expertise, equipment and pathways to rapidly realise product development success,” he added.

The Melt takes the startup principles made popular in Silicon Valley and applies them to complex hardware engineering projects both for new startups and large existing companies.

The Melt will be a game-changer and a critical part of the successful renewal of the manufacturing sector in the Hunter region and Australia-wide, building on the Hunter’s core strength and history as the centre of energy and engineering. It will fuel innovation and power the creation of

Australia’s next generation of leading hardware products.

One of the early occupants of The Melt is med tech company Respia which is building a pediatric asthma monitor for kids. The prototype is being built at The Melt and a trial of the device is pending at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“Based at Dashworks Makespace in Warners Bay, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, it is strategically located close to advanced manufacturing and research hubs, Australia’s largest corporates, a major airport and only 90 minutes by car to Sydney,” said Mr Bagnall.

It was one of three businesses announced by the Federal Government to share in more than $1 million under the Incubator Support initiative to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said supporting these ideas was vital to growing the nation’s economy and creating jobs for Australians.

“Being innovative and embracing technology is essential for industry to continue to flourish and to create new jobs,” Minister Andrews said at the funding announcement made in July.

“These startups will be able to prototype, pilot and produce products, which can strengthen traditional industry in Australia, as well as be sold around the globe, which presents many economic opportunities,” said Minister Andrews.

The Melt is a unique collaboration between its partners Dantia (the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company) and Ampcontrol (one of Australia’s largest and most-successful engineering companies).

The Melt aims to produce 10 new products and fund around the same number of new startup businesses in the next 12 months.

Learn more about The Melt Accelerator here.

‘Super sewer’ emergency back-up power project a success in London, UK

The existing sewer system in London, UK, built around 150 years ago, was originally constructed for a planned population growth of four million people. With London’s population now nearing the nine million mark, the city decided to invest in the Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London’s new ‘super sewer’.

The Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLO JV) was selected to build the central section of the new 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel to run under the River Thames. As part of this landmark project, Ampcontrol was contracted to assist with the provision of emergency back-up power.

Ampcontrol provided 1,100kVA of emergency back-up generation capacity and the associated cabling for the tie-in to the distribution system of the project.

Due to the project’s time sensitivity, temporary generators of equal capacity were supplied during the manufacturing period of the new units. Ampcontrol also provided onsite pre-commissioning support to ensure smooth installation and operational readiness of the new units supplied.

Ampcontrol is proud to have successfully completed the scope of generation capacity supply and support within the required timeframe to one of the most significant UK tunnelling projects in the heart of London.

Steven Edmund, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director in the UK, said, “A very high standard of quality is demanded by the UK industry and in true Ampcontrol style this was achieved by following sound engineering principles, providing high quality equipment, being customer centric, and recognising the requirements of all stakeholders and the environment.”

Read our Thames Tideway Tunnel case study here.

Gilghi Water Solution Receives Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award for Innovation

On July 12, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Sponsored by Event Cinemas, the Excellence in Innovation category recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

The Gilghi remote water unit has been installed at Gillen Bore, approximately 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and uses advanced filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution designed and developed at Ampcontrol’s new Warners Bay, NSW facility.

Led by Ampcontrol and developed in partnership with Aurecon, Gilghi was manufactured and commissioned as a unique remote area solar water treatment unit that utlilises advanced battery technology. This in-house developed, two-way inverter and locally sourced water treatment and reverse osmosis system that is neatly packaged for delivery in a shipping container. The system offers either a 3G/4G or iridium satellite link for remote monitoring and alarming of the power system and water treatment process. With a range of configurations and a plug and play commissioning process, the Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

As a result of this win, Ampcontrol now proceeds to the Hunter Business Awards announced in August this year. For enquiries regarding Gilghi, please contact +61 1300 267 373.

Relocatable Switchroom Design Tackles Major Water Issues

Underground water has been a major issue for Centennial Coal’s Springvale mining site, which is why the mining company contracted Ampcontrol to design, manufacture, assemble and test a relocatable switchroom along with commissioning the high voltage switchgear and Toshiba VVVF Drive System.

Ampcontrol’s Grant Waring, Senior Electrical Engineer, explained, “The Centennial Coal site has traditionally experienced major, widespread underground water issues. The Ampcontrol switchroom therefore needed to be relocatable, allowing for power supply to support the pumping of water in a range of locations.”

The switchroom is designed to run a 4kV variable frequency 700kW submersible borehole pump at a depth of 390m with an output flow rate of 100 litres per second.

As experts in hazardous area design, Ampcontrol successfully developed the switchroom with the borehole in mind and incorporated explosion protection, based on Ex p, for the borehole and pumping operations.

“This is the first in a series of switchroom designs for this site,” adds Waring, “and we are looking forward to working with the range of challenges the site will ‘throw at us’ in the future.”

To find out more, read the full case study.

Ampcontrol Delivers Important Power Infrastructure for WestConnex

In late 2017, Ampcontrol was contracted by CPB Contractors to deliver 46 transportable Electrical Equipment Rooms (EERs) to power the WestConnex tunnel project including critical fire control, air quality and fan systems. This week Ampcontrol completed the final room, ready for dispatch to the new M5 tunnel.

Traditionally, the permanent electrical fitout for tunnels in Australia had been constructed in-situ in the tunnel, requiring large trades’ team and significant logistics of moving the required materials.

The approach adopted by Ampcontrol focussed on offsite manufacturing and provided several benefits including:

  • the ability to manufacture in a controlled workshop environment which enabled increased productivity and improved safety;
  • full factory acceptance testing;
  • ability to store EERs offsite to be brought forward at the optimum time for tunnel construction and fitout schedule; and
  • rapid install and commission with significantly less site labour required.

This represented the first time that transportable EERs had been utilised in major tunnel in Australia. The rooms were manufactured in Ampcontrol’s Newcastle operations and installed directly in the tunnel in Sydney.

“As a business, we’re extremely proud of our team’s ability to reach this key milestone for the WestConnex project, working with CPB Contractors. We’ve worked hard to ensure all 46 EERs have been manufactured and delivered on time and to specification against a demanding project schedule,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“While this represents an Australian first approach, the success of the transportable EERs on this project and significant benefits they offer means that we expect this to be adopted more widely in Australian projects going forward,” said Mr Henderson.

In addition, Ampcontrol also provided the temporary electrical infrastructure to power the WestConnex tunnel construction phase.

AMPCONTROL DELIVERS ‘PURE’ WATER TO REMOTE COMMUNITY IN THE NT

Solving problems comes as second nature to Ampcontrol, one of Australia’s largest and most successful electrical engineering and manufacturing companies. When presented with the challenge of delivering drinkable water to a remote, indigenous community approximately 75kms from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the team set about engineering a solution that could be maintained and supported locally.

Partnering with Aurecon on the design of the hydrology system, Ampcontrol devised a unique and entirely portable solution that literally transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water. The parties dubbed this Project Gilghi, with Gilghi meaning “water” or “place of water” in the Barkindji indigenous language.

“Innovation is very much a part of the culture at Ampcontrol, and we specialise in electrical design and advanced manufacturing. We are grateful for this opportunity provided by the Northern Territory Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development and Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services. Our partnership with Aurecon meant we were able to leverage the respective strengths of our two organisations and deliver a truly unique solution” said Ampcontrol’s CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson.

After months of collaborative engineering between Ampcontrol and Aurecon specialists to devise the reverse osmosis water treatment plant and electrical infrastructure to power the system, what looks like a shipping container with solar panels has meant the people of Gillen Bore have immediate access to clean, contaminant free drinking water. The bore was sunk in 2014, however the community were still getting their drinking water trucked in until the system was installed onsite in late February.

Aurecon’s Design Director for Water and Wastewater Treatment Julian Briggs said groundwaters in arid areas commonly consist of high concentrations of salts as well as minerals, often described as ‘hard water’, which can cause problems both for human consumption and for household technologies designed for softer waters.

“By partnering with Ampcontrol what we have been able to achieve is something that is fit for purpose and scalable to the environment. We’ve designed a transformative technology that will have an immediate impact on the local community,” Mr Briggs said.

The local community created a beautiful artwork titled “honey ant dreaming”, which is a big part of their culture – this was installed on the exterior of the system and provides a great visual connection for the people and their new water source.

With the system now up and running, both Aurecon and Ampcontrol are looking at further applications in remote areas and indigenous communities across Australia.

For further information on our Gilghi Remote Water Solution, visit Ampcontrol Group company CPS National website.

Supporting power and communication requirements for WestConnex

Ampcontrol was contracted to supply 46 electrical equipment rooms (EERs) for WestConnex, Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project. The EERs include a transformer, switches, circuits and communication systems to assist with fire control, air quality and fan systems.

Westconnex is the first tunnelling project in Australia where EERs have been manufactured offsite and installed directly into the tunnel, compared to the traditional method of building them in-situ. This method has resulted in a number of positive benefits for the project, namely significantly reduced install time, improved safety and a decrease in the resources required for installation.

To find out more, read the full case study.

Our approach, which focused on offsite manufacturing, has supported speedy deployment in line with our customer’s fit out schedule. Take a look at the final EER leaving Ampcontrol for the Westconnex site.