Marr Contracting will deliver specialised heavy lifting crane services at the East Rockingham waste-to-energy (WtE) project in Western Australia.

The AUD511 million (USD383.2 million) project located in the Kwinana Industrial Area, 40 km south of Perth, is the second large-scale WtE plant in Australia. Acciona and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) were awarded the lead contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on the project in 2019.

“Marr Contracting was contacted at the initial planning stage because they had a solution that would minimise interface and project risk with a ‘one size fits all’ crane,” said Kevin Meldrum, construction manager at Acciona Geotech.

Marr’s solution – using a 330-tonne capacity M2480D heavy lift luffing (HLL) crane – will allow critical lifts, weighing up to 150 tonnes, to be completed by a single crane from a fixed location. The crane has a total site coverage of over 32,000 sq m and the ability to place 25 tonnes anywhere within that coverage.

“Working closely with Acciona’s construction team during the early stages of the project, we have been able to design a simple craneage solution that will help to reduce congestion and improve safety on-site. This is a great example of a client engaging us early in the construction planning stage of the project to achieve a safer, more efficient lifting solution, that importantly drives programme security for the project,” said Marr’s managing director, Simon Marr.

The M2480D HLL has been installed onsite, with Marr’s involvement on the project expected to run until the first quarter of 2022. The East Rockingham project is due for completion in December 2022.