Major Shutdown Management at Muja Power Station

Background

Muja Power Station is located 22km east of Collie in Western Australia. It has eight steam turbines served by coal-fired boilers that together generate a total capacity of 854 megawatts of electricity. The coal is mined in the nearby Collie Sub-basin. As a high-risk working environment, SMS Group Services’ confined space management teams were contracted to manage confined space risks during a major shutdown.

Solution

The use of confined space management teams onsite ensured that confined spaces were controlled for entry and use. SMS Group Services performed atmospheric monitoring to eliminate the risk of hazardous atmospheres at three intervals:

  • prior to raising confined space entry permits,
  • before entry and
  • during the works being carried out within the space.

Crews of up to 30 confined space management professionals worked around the clock to ensure that works on site were safely monitored. The entire administration function was controlled by SMS Group Services confined space management sentry teams – from permits and entry/exit logs to gas testing records and on-site communications.

Outcome
SMS Group Services ensured all shutdown management was strictly timed to avoid delaying the clients project schedule. Our solution significantly reduced the risk typically associated with running simultaneous operations. Our confined space management sentry teams provided the client with a thoroughly efficient service resulting in incredible feedback and the promise of future works!

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