Engineering, Equipment & Technology

Hook, line and clinker: Ahrens deliver complete project solution for Boral

Boral has selected construction, engineering and mining services company Ahrens to deliver a clinker storage facility in Geelong, due its ability to take a project from concept to completion.

Ahrens provided the design and construction solution for Boral’s new 6000 square metre cement clinker storage building, which involved shop detailing, fabrication, painting and delivery of the facility which utilised custom engineered beams and rafters.

Ahrens was the ideal choice for this project as it could provide a complete range of in-house project services and cost-effective solutions, and this was the competitive advantage that was key in the delivery of this project.

With the ability to design, fabricate and detail their own structural steel and components at their manufacturing facility based at Kingsford, this allowed the team to provide over 1000 tonnes of structural steel for the clinker facility, dramatically reducing planning and construction time.

Being involved early in the design phase meant Ahrens was able to finalise more details up front and coordinate works efficiently. This enabled Ahrens to incorporate all components of the project in the initial design and planning stage, minimising variations later in the project and providing the most cost-effective and efficient redesign of the structure and surface treatment for Boral.

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The team worked to deliver the facility in under ten months, despite being delayed by challenging economic and social conditions.

This project forms a part of Boral’s $130 million new clinker grinding and cement facility, designed to process up to 1.3 million tonnes of cement products per year. It will be connected by a conveyor system to Lascelles Wharf, providing substantial discharge and processing efficiencies.

Ahrens’ work for Boral will allow the company to increase its bulk storage capacity, helping it to meet Victorian infrastructure demands. This is one of many projects Ahrens have completed for Boral in the past, with works ranging from workshop extensions to shedder plates and even a Queensland crushing facility worth over $3 million.

Ahrens Steel Solutions supply and erect structural steel work, cladding and concrete works for a wide range of various applications. Its advanced steel fabrication plant is home to one of Australia’s first automated custom engineered building plants.

Ahrens own a vast fleet of plant and equipment, including mobile cranes from 15 tonnes to 200 tonnes, welders, generators, elevated work platforms and more than 1000 site vehicles. An advantage to its clients is the ability to access and deploy multi-skilled site crews to work anywhere in Australia.

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