Redevelopment TSL Module Lift

News from 16th March 2017

After three days of waiting for the wind to drop, last Wednesday the conditions were perfect for the TSL Module 85 lift. The module weighing 400 tonnes and a 100 tonnes of rigging this was an impressive lift. Despite the concerns from many on site that the crane boom wasn’t long enough there was still 13 metres of cable between the top of the boom and the hook block. The module went onto position without any issues and was completed in less than 90 minutes. With this lift it will give everybody an appreciation of what the furnace will look like, it is now visible from many vantage points around Port Pirie.

Above: Panels were welded onto module 84 the week prior to module 85 lift. Below: Looking down onto the top of the TSL furnace where the round openings for the feed material, oxygen and the lance can be seen.

Construction Update

News from 16th February 2017

Last week the last major module for the Acid Plant was installed at Wet Gas cleaning Stage 1. Although the installation was delayed by a few days due to unfavourable wind conditions, Module 119 was safely landed last Tuesday morning.

Weighing in at 250.9 tonnes and being 24.1 high by 24.0 long and 16.1 wide, the total lift with rigging was 367.8 tonnes. The complicated lift went well and took 5 hours to place the module on the foundations as it had to be manoeuvred over the top of the wet gas cleaning quench tower and supporting steelwork. At times there was only 60 millimetres clearance between the module and the fibreglass quench tower.

The heavy lift crane will now complete installation of the remaining modules and the roof for the TSL building.
In parallel with these major lifts there will also be a requirement to install structural steel to join the modules as the height of the TSL building increases. This will mean another crane capable of lifting structural steel into position (over the top of the last module) and down into the middle of the building will be required. – note that the height at the top of the last module is 78 metres above ground level.

The new crane will be assembled on site where the 137 metre long boom will be built on the ground between the site medical centre and the southern side of the TSL building. We will also soon see TSL module 84 installed.

Last Shipment of Modules for Transformation

News from 26th January 2017

Work continues around the unloading of the last shipment of modules from China and the subsequent moving of the modules into site. All of the module arrivals, movements and lifts are being captured via drone footage which will eventually be condensed into one package showing the construction of the TSL and Acid Plant. Some of the drone footage is captured below during the unloading of the HHL Valparaiso last week.