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17 January 2021

CBH Throughput Enhancement Projects

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2019 Throughput Enhancement Project Snapshot

  • Scope:  5 Conveyors installed across five sites spread across WA Team Size:  12 people
  • Scope:  5 Conveyors installed across five sites spread across WA Team Size:  12 people

Project Value:  $3.8 million

2018 Throughput Enhancement Project Snapshot

  • Scope:  13 Conveyors installed across nine sites spread across the South West and Great Southern areas of WA (including remote locations).
  • Team Size:  16 people

Project Value:  $4 million

For both projects, Mason Electrical Engineering Contractors was the electrical design and construct contractor for CPC Engineering to undertake upgrade works at CBH Sites.  We removed the existing conveyors at each location, installing new conveyors and upgrading the electrical assets and infrastructure to facilitate mechanical upgrades across each site. 

The outcomes of our work included:

  • All works were carried out on schedule and on budget using a small, dedicated team.
  • The team were quickly mobilised to each site, including remote sites.
  • Our design, build and installation work resulted in significantly increased the grain throughput capacity from the inloading pit/grid into the bulkhead for each site.  Our work was done via either a V-Pit or E-Pit arrangement, increasing the throughput from 300-380 tonnes per hour (tph) to in excess of 500tph. In most cases we achieved greater than 600tph.
  • CBH has been able to provide an improved level of service for the farmers accessing its gain facilities.
  • We installed new and diverse digital technology and improved PLC capabilities. This has improved operational efficiencies, enabling remote infrastructure interrogation and fault finding.
  • The technology has also future proofed the installation so future upgrades/expansion can be done without replacing the existing technology infrastructure.
  • To maximise use of existing infrastructure, we carried out a feasibility study and asset assessment for each site (including determining whether existing old assets could be modified to suit the new requirements).
  • All works were carried out on a live site (modified to suit the upgrade process) with no disruption to services. 
  • The cutover to the new systems was carried out smoothly and with no service disruptions.
  • Following these projects, our installation methods were adopted by CBH as their standard operational procedures. 
  • All works were carried out within our stringent Health, Safety, Environment and Quality standards.

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