WA BOUND: W.E Smith has fulfilled a large heat exchanger project for a Western Australian nickel plant.
WA BOUND: W.E Smith has fulfilled a large heat exchanger project for a Western Australian nickel plant.

Contracts with mining companies keep locals in work

ENGINEERING firm W.E. Smith has constructed another large heat exchanger that has been delivered to the Jetty Foreshores to be shipped out of the harbour when ocean conditions are favourable.

The seven-metre tall, 1500-tonne piece of made of stainless steel is bound for a nickel plant in Western Australia.

"A lot of work has gone into this project, from start to finish anywhere up to 100 local workers were involved in the construction, which started in April last year," W.E. Smith Engineering general manager Steve Gothard said.

"Now its a case of waiting for the right sea conditions and the first available date for a tug and barge to arrive again and transport the heat exchanger to a heavy lift ship which will set out for Western Australia for either the port of Brisbane, Newcastle or Sydney.

"We prefer to take our oversized orders out by road where ever possible, as this is important to our competitiveness worldwide, but with extremely oversized equipment like the heat exchangers its also great that we can deliver them to our clients through our harbour."

Delivery of the heat exchanger involved a major logistics exercise on local roads early yesterday morning with the oversized load driven up the highway to the foreshores.