NEWEST & BRIGHTEST: Elevator provides environmental lift

Additionally, the company says it has targeted a 50% cut in energy use on its current elevators by 2010.“Powered by the energy-efficient Kone EcoDisc hoisting machine, the next generation of Kone machine-room-less elevators to be launched in 2009 will combine new regenerative solutions with impressive standby energy saving capabilities,” the company said.The elevator is also fitted with other energy efficient features such as LED lights in the elevator cabin, which help create the 30% energy consumption cut, according to Kone.“Buildings account for approximately 40 per cent of the world’s energy needs and elevators can account for up to 10 per cent of a building’s energy consumption,” Kone Technology senior vice-president Jussi Oijala said.“Based on this, we see great potential to further reduce the impact of buildings on the environment by offering innovative and energy efficient solutions to the market.” The company says it has focused on developing energy efficient solutions for many years.“Since its commercial launch in 1996, the Kone EcoDisc hoisting machine has cumulatively saved the electricity production equivalent of a typical power plant,” Kone said.“This figure represents avoiding the consumption of 2 million barrels of oil, or the emissions of 100,000 cars driving the earth’s circumference.”

Industry Report – Projects

NEW SOUTH WALESENERGYBengalla CHPP, 3km west of Musswellbrook Upgrade (Current)Principal: Rio Tinto Coal AustraliaScope: 2000tph ROM coal receival and primary sizing system; 500t rear dump hopper and feeder breaker; 2000tph secondary and tertiary sizing systems; 200,000t raw coal stockpile with slewing luffing stacker and portable luffing bridge scraper reclaimer; 1500tph raw coal reclaim system and 500t surge bin; 1500tph two-module CPP dense medium cyclone/spirals; tailings de-watering system; two 2500t product stockpiles with two slewing stackers and two twin-blade portable scraper reclaimers; 4500tph product coal reclaim system with overland conveyor to auto weigh train-loading binStatus: Award of contract to upgrade CHPP, December 2008; completion during 2009Purpose: Expansion to increase raw coal handling capacity and relocate front end of CHPPContractors: SedgmanValue: $25 million (upgrade)(Update: Sedgman announcement of award of contract, December 2008)NORTHERN TERRITORYURBAN DEVELOPMENTBellamack Development, Darwin (Proposed)Principal: Planning and LandsScope: Develop new suburb to deliver 700 homesStatus: Headworks commenced December 2008, construction commencing April 2009, completion 4-5 yearsPurpose: Residential subdivisional development in PalmerstonContractors: Urban Pacific-Brierty JV (preferred developer); Brierty (housing works), Wolpers Grahl (headworks)Value: $38 million – Brierty (housing works), $5,786,000 – Wolpers Grahl (headworks)(Update: NT government announcement of commencement of headworks, December 2008)QUEENSLANDBUILDINGRedland Hospital Emergency Department Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: HealthScope: Construct helipad, pre-admission area, refurbish observation unit, relocate and redevelop short stay unitStatus: First Queensland project to proceed under new Australian health care agreement between prime minister and premier, December 2008Purpose: Tackle record demandContractors: NAValue: $7 million(New project: State government announcement of project funding, December 2008)TASMANIAROADSBruny Island Main Road Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: InfrastructureScope: Provide continuous sealed road between Alonnah and Robert’s Point ferry terminalStatus: Preliminary investigation into impact of upgrade commencing December 2008, construction commencing late 2009, completion 2012Purpose: Reduce number of accidents on gravel surfaces and encourage visitors in rental vehicles, presently uninsured on gravel roads, to visit Bruny IslandContractors: NAValue: $4.9 million(New project: State government announcement of commencement of investigation, December 2008)TASMANIAROADSBrooker Highway Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: InfrastructureScope: Replace Howard Road roundabout with traffic signals and pedestrian facilities, major roadworks at Elwick–Goodwood Road intersection, includes additional lanes, slip lanes, installation of medianStatus: Project display in foyer, Northgate Shopping Centre on December 12-13, 2008 and in foyer of Glenorchy Council Chambers from December 12, 2008 to January 9, 2009Purpose: Improve efficiency and safety of two major intersectionsContractors: NAValue: $10 million(New project: State government announcement of public display, December 2008)VICTORIABUILDINGPuckapunyal Military Area Upgrade, near Seymour (Proposed)Principal: DefenceScope: Headquarters building, training facilities, chapel, expanded entry precinct, 120-person lecture facility, 40-person briefing room includes 2.2km extension to safe driving training areaStatus: Parliamentary approval December 2008, construction commencing mid-2009, completion late 2010Purpose: Upgrade facilities including headquarters for Road Transport Wing of Army Logistic Training CentreContractors: NAValue: $41 million(Update: Defence announcement of parliamentary approval, December 2008)VICTORIAROADSWestern Highway Ballarat – Stawell Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: RoadsScope: Construct four-lane, dual carriageway highway along Western Highway between Ballarat and StawellStatus: Project planning to commence late 2008Purpose: Deliver better efficiency of freight movements in regional areasContractors: NAValue: Part of $4 billion AusLink2 project(Update: State government announcement of project, December 2008)VICTORIAROADSPeninsula Link (Proposed)Principal: RoadsScope: 25km four-lane freeway connecting EastLink in Carrum Downs to Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Mount MarthaStatus: Environmental effects statement (EES) statutory exhibition closes December 19, 2008Purpose: Previously called Frankston Bypass, Peninsula Link to provide continuous freeway condition connection from CBD to Rosebud with safety, amenity and economic benefitsContractors: NAValue: $750 million(Update: State government announcement of project as part of $38 billion Transport Action Plan, December 2008)WESTERN AUSTRALIAENERGYNeerabup Gas-Fired Power Station, Wanneroo (Current)Principal: NewGen Neerabup (ERM Power-Babcock & Brown Power)Scope: 330MW power station comprising two 165MW open-cycle peaking gas-fired generators, transmission connection to Western Power grid, gas compressor station, 30km high pressure gas pipeline from main Dampier-to-Bunbury gas pipeline to new power stationStatus: Construction commenced December 2008, first gas turbine and generator onsite February 2009; completion October 2009Purpose: Provide an additional 330MW electricity to South West Interconnected System in time for summer 2009-2010Contractors: Bilfinger-Berger Services (construction), Cimeco (gas inlet facility), Siemens (design and procure major generating plant)Value: $420 million(Update: State government announcement of commencement of project, December 2008)

James sells its 100th Tadano in Australia

James Equipment has been selling Tadano GT-550EX cranes since 2004 when it was appointed the sole Australian distributor for crane manufacturer Tadano.According to James Equipment, the Tadano crane model is in strong demand in the Australian market.Goldfields Crane Hire in Kalgoorlie purchased the 100th Tadano crane, which has superior lifting capacities and is modern and reliable, according to Goldfields Crane founder Rick Musarra.“Right now, I have another six Tadano cranes on order, ranging from a 65-tonne model through to a 160-tonne crane,” Musarra said.According to James Equipment group general manager Peter Shelton, crane companies and industrial operators around the country have purchased the GT-550EX model.“This model from Tadano is quite an exceptional model due to its universal appeal,” said Shelton. “And there seems to be no let-up in demand as we source as many of these cranes as we can get from the Tadano factory in Japan.”The GT-550EX was designed and engineered in Japan, featuring a five-stage, 42m main boom with 14.6m fly jib. The crane features Tadano’s own four-axle carrier with a Euro 2-compliant six-cylinder turbo diesel engine and a road speed up to 83km per hour.Operated by a joystick, the crane model has an eight-stage gearbox.Headquartered in the US, Tadano is one of the world’s largest hydraulic crane manufacturers.

Contractor killed at White Mountain

The company provided no details of the fatal accident but said the victim was an employee of its underground mining contractor.“Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family, friends and work colleagues, and our thoughts are with them during this sad time,” the company said in a brief statement.An investigation of the incident is underway.The company poured first gold at White Mountain at the end of October and the mine was officially opened on November 9, in a ceremony attended by the Australian Ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, as well as senior Chinese local and provincial government officials.

Boart cuts revenue guidance and 500 jobs

In a statement, Boart said it had revised down its forecast revenue growth from its previous guidance of 22% in light of the weaker Australian and Canadian dollars as well as lower revenues from the company’s products division.The news comes after the company reduced its revenue growth guidance in October to 22% from 25% growth given in late August.Boart Longyear president and chief operating officer Craig Kipp said while the financial performance of the company’s drilling services business continued to be solid, the company had experienced a decline in orders for manufacturing products, particularly in its capital equipment product line, which was reducing Boart’s revenues.“To date, workforce reductions in drilling services and products have resulted in the elimination of over 500 positions,” he said.“Additional actions are expected to be announced by the end of year, including further rationalisation of the company’s manufacturing capacity as well as significant re-alignment of business support and administrative functions. “Restructuring charges associated with these actions are expected to be $US10-20 million in 2008.” Kipp said Boart’s focus in 2009 would continue to be managing liquidity and re-positioning its balance sheet through debt reduction. “Total liquidity, including availability under our revolving credit facility and cash balances, is expected to be approximately $85 million at year-end, which is more than adequate for the company’s anticipated needs in the future.”The company is also looking to reduce its outstanding net debt by up to $150 million in 2009, depending on market conditions. Boart Longyear provides drilling products and services to the mining and construction industries, and employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.

Tadano number eight for Lindores

The company said it expected its latest Tadano addition to help maintain and support clients on infrastructure and mining projects. LCR Lindores Group purchased its first Tadano GT-550EX in 2006, and the performance of its ever increasing GT-550EX hydraulic truck crane fleet made the decision for an eighth model quite straightforward, according to LCR Lindores general manager for mobile cranes and transport Len Gillespie.“Training our operators is made easier by keeping the same line of plant,” Gillespie said. “One of the important safety features of the Tadano GT-550EX is the low deck height and the raised counterweight above the deck. In other crane models we find this to be a high-risk area for crushing in the slew operation.”LCR Lindores said its GT-550EX fleet had been working on projects ranging from shutdown work in petro-chemical plants and assembling mining equipment to working on projects in the desert and lifting building materials in city centres. Gillespie said that given the workload requirements of the cranes, their reliability had been excellent.“They are less expensive than the all terrain cranes to run on long-distance work where we are required to travel from 200 to 1200 kilometres to carry out a lift, then turn around and travel back again,” Gillespie said. “Providing the product doesn’t come under too much change, we will be purchasing more Tadano cranes in the future.”The 55-tonne crane is powered by a 250kW, six-cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection Nissan diesel engine and can reach speeds of up to 83km per hour. LCR Lindores was purchased by Sydney-based Champ Private Equity in September, and since then has diversified into mining, haulage and other services.

Construction picks up: ABS

During the three months to September, the seasonally adjusted estimate of engineering activity leapt 20% compared to the same period last year, and 10.4% over the preceding June quarter.Total construction rose 4.4% quarter-on-quarter and 8.8% on the same period in 2007.CommSec equities economist Savanth Sebastian told the latest ABS figures were “buoyant”.Despite downgraded growth estimates resulting from the global financial crisis, Sebastian said the construction data was a positive sign, and the longer-term outlook for residential and building construction was encouraging, particularly with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s recent interest rate cuts.According to Sebastian the real drivers will be engineering, construction and infrastructure, reported.“The structural change in China is something that is going to require further growth in the resources sector,” Sebastian said.“As a result of that, you’ve seen that engineering and infrastructure is really where the growth is at – and is likely to be – in the coming years.”However, signs of weakness were still evident during the three months to September, with building activity falling 0.5% quarter-on-quarter, and non-residential work dropping 2.4% on the preceding June quarter.

Lend Lease teams with Clinton initiative

The property development and management major says it has partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative and seeks to accelerate retrofits that will help buildings reduce the greenhouse gas emissions they generate.Lend Lease global head of sustainability Maria Atkinson said 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2020 already exist today, and that 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy consumption of buildings. “We are impressed that the Clinton Climate Initiative has had the foresight to address the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in existing buildings,” Atkinson said. Clinton launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in August 2006 to make a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways. In May 2007, Clinton announced the establishment of CCI’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program. This program brings together many of the world’s largest cities, real estate firms, financial institutions and energy service companies in an effort to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings across the municipal, private, commercial, educational and public housing sectors.Lend Lease has been working with the CCI’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program and one of the Lend Lease group’s businesses, Lend Lease Investment Management, throughout the year to explore potential opportunities. Lend Lease Investment Management global chief executive Rod Leaver signed a memorandum of understanding with the CCI in Boston last week.The MoU creates a collaborative relationship between the parties, in which Lend Lease Investment Management will:
Continue to evaluate opportunities for implementing energy efficiency building retrofits within its funds;
Seek to adopt, where not already adopted, recognised techniques for measurement of energy and greenhouse emission savings across its funds, ensuring wherever practical that actual results are measured; and
Work with CCI representatives and partners to pursue and, where appropriate, implement building retrofits within its funds.
“Our new assets, such as The Gauge in [Melbourne] Australia and 313@Somerset in Singapore, are leading examples of new green buildings, each achieving the highest certified environmental ratings in their respective regions,” Leaver said.“The real challenge, however, is unlocking the potential of existing assets across the Lend Lease portfolio.”

ACTU backs infrastructure spending, $10.4B injection

ACTU president Sharan Burrow said on Tuesday that an infrastructure spending boost would stimulate Australia’s economy and increase future economic capacity.Burrow also said she supported the federal government’s recent $10.4 billion economic stimulus package saying it will help buffer the country against the global financial crisis.Infrastructure spending priority should be given to those projects that position Australia for future growth and add to productivity in key areas like sustainable industries, public transport and affordable rental and community housing, she said.Priority projects should also generate new jobs and provide secure employment, according to Burrow.“Any extra funding for local government infrastructure should target areas where the downturn is more severe and create lasting benefits to improve quality of life for working Australians and their families in those areas,” she said.“We would like to see the government expand its program beyond community facilities to other infrastructure like road networks that will add to Australia’s productive capacity.“The current financial crisis also highlights the importance of new industrial relations laws that restore workers’ rights, provide greater income security, and boost productivity and growth in the long term,” she said.

Industry Report – Contracts

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY LANDSCAPE WORKS Landscaping on the Bonner 1A Residential Estate: Marsupial Landscape Management Contract price: $1,101,283.70Starting date: November 2008Completion date: June 2010NEW SOUTH WALESCONSTRUCTIONBuild first phase of Green Square Town Centre, southern Sydney: Mirvac/Leighton Properties in partnership with Landcom Contract price: $1.7 billion (total project value)Starting date: 2010Completion date: NANORTHERN TERRITORY ROADS Widen Barkly Highway, rehabilitate pavement near Tennant Creek: D & C Dehne Excavations Contract price: $648,197.30Starting date: November 2008Completion date: NAVICTORIA ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCESupply and placement of asphalt and associated works on various roads within Eastern Region: Pioneer Road Services Contract price: $1,427,008.40Starting date: NACompletion date: NAVICTORIA ROAD MAINTENANCEAsphalt resurfacing at various locations across Metropolitan South East Region: Fulton Hogan Contract price: $6,783,932.89Starting date: NACompletion date: NA