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WA-built crane to deliver

WORK is expected to commence on building Australia’s largest portal crane for the Jervoise Bay development.

WA specialist heavy industry and railway lifting systems engineering firm, Vector Lifting, won a tender from Multiplex to design and build the crane, which has a lifting capacity of 200 tonnes and will cost $4 million to construct, according to a Vector spokesman.

The crane will have a lifting height of 30 metres and boasts a clear span of 60m, dwarfing existing portal cranes around Australia.

The two bridge beams each weigh about 15t, are 4.5 metres high and 65m long. Vector Lifting has also been contracted to design and build the drive system, which moves the 2,500 tonne assembly hall and two 20t underslung cranes suspended above the Assembly Hall.

Multiplex has been awarded the $27 million contract to design and construct the assembly hall, general facility buildings, load–out corridors and heavy load access ways.

The WA and Federal governments have committed $200 million for the Jervoise Bay development, which is expected to generate around $200 million in additional work a year to the State and create at least 1,000 direct jobs.

Jervoise Bay will cover a total of 180 hectares of waterfront and adjacent land that will be able to cater for the oil and gas industry through the manufacture of offshore structures and gas processing facilities.

Vector Lifting has previously manufactured explosion-proof cranes atop LNG tanks, helicopter lifting systems to make safe and economical service operations, passenger and freight rail cars, jib cranes, pallet lifters and gantry cranes.

Backing onto the 180ha site will be a new industrial estate comprising 1ha to 10ha super lots for related industries. A specialised technology park and skills training centre will form part of the Australian Marine Complex, which will cover more than 500ha.

Dredging work carried out by Dredeco since November 2000 has created an island breakwater and channel, allowing ships of up to 150,000 deadweight tonnes capacity to ballast. The 1.3-kilometre breakwater was designed to withstand a one-in-100-year storm and will provide shelter for an 8,000t capacity ship-lifter, said to be the largest in Australia.

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