Australia

Alimak industrial lifts provide efficient site access for Kogan Creek Power Station

Kogan Creek Power Station, QLD, Australia

Alimak rack and pinion industrial lifts provide technicians at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station with safe and efficient access to key areas of the site, including emission monitoring equipment on the 160m high chimney stack.

Alimak Hek worked closely with CS Energy, and engineering firm Siemens, to incorporate two Alimak SE rack and pinion industrial lifts into the station’s air-cooled condenser and chimney stack. Used for everyday maintenance and heavy shutdown periods, the two lifts provide safe vertical access to the power plant, enabling technicians to check emissions monitoring equipment on the chimney stack.

Construction of the $1.2 billion power station began in September 2005, with the inclusion of two Alimak industrial lifts specified in the original design: one located in the ACC tower and the other in the plant’s chimney stack. Selected for their speed, safety and reliability, the inclusion of the two lifts has helped improve efficiency of access to key areas of the site: the chimney and air-cooled condenser.

The first Alimak lift, an SE 450, was installed on the power station’s air-cooled condenser (ACC). The ACC uses air-cooling technology that consumes 90% less water than conventional plants, cooling and condensing exhaust steam after it leaves the turbine for reuse back in the power generation process.

Located midway along the structure, the Alimak SE 450 rack and pinion lift was selected to meet operator and design requirements, providing fast and safe access to the 28m high cooling tower. Used for everyday inspections and routine maintenance, the lift is centrally located in the plant to provide optimum access for the station’s 90 employees on site daily.

The second lift, an Alimak SE 300,  was selected for installation within the station’s 160m chimney stack, to provide technicians with access to the station’s emissions monitoring equipment. With safety a  major driver in the plant’s design, the rack and pinion lift was specified by both CS Energy and Siemens to guarantee the safety of all workers ascending and descending the chimney stack.

Lift details

Location
Kogan Creek Power Station, QLD, Australia
Product model
ALIMAK SE 450, ALIMAK SE 300
Application
Power station, maintenance access
No. of landings
2
Capacity
450 kg, 300 kg
Speed
0.6 m/sec, 1.0 m/sec
Lifting height
28 m, 160 m
Alimak industrial lifts provide efficient site access for Kogan Creek Power Station

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