Wormald protects world's largest coal export terminal
Fire Protection, Coal, Fire Systems
Leading fire protection specialist Wormald has installed a comprehensive fire protection solution as
part of expansion works at Newcastle’s coal export terminal, the largest exporter of coal in the world.
The terminal, which is located on Kooragang Island, is operated by the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure
Group (NCIG). The facility has undergone a significant expansion project which increased the export
capacity to 53 million tonnes per year.
As part of the project’s second phase, Wormald competitively tendered and was awarded the contract
for the design, supply and install of a fire protection solution on site. The fire protection requirements
consisted of a range of fire protection equipment including fire hydrants and fire hose reels, as well as
fire detection and suppression systems located at the wharf, dump station and stockpile areas.
The fire sprinkler and deluge systems installed at the site were particularly suitable for mining sites
and hazardous environments where fires can spread very quickly or where valuable equipment
surrounding the fire needs to be cooled. Wormald also deployed a comprehensive fire detection and
Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System (EWIS). The EWIS is ideal in situations where
mass notification is required and can facilitate the orderly evacuation of the site in the event of an
The SAPPHIRE™ gaseous fire suppression system installed in key asset locations on site is
designed to suppress the fire quickly; ensuring fire damage and interruptions to operations are kept to
a minimum. SAPPHIRE™ systems are specially designed for use in areas that house sensitive
As part of the contract, Wormald was also responsible for stockpile dust suppression and dump
station ventilation systems on site.
Bruce Layzell from project engineering contractor Aurecon Hatch said, “Wormald was the obvious
choice from the tendered companies for the installation of the second phase of fire protection systems
of the project. The team provided up to date solutions and experienced personnel to install the
systems. They have shown great flexibility and drive to deliver the system on a brownfield site, which
can provide unique challenges for services contractors.”
Bob Preedy from Wormald said, “This project involved a high level of ongoing project management
and our team worked closely with site managers to ensure that all of the risks specific to this site were
understood and that the project remained on schedule and within budget. The fire systems will help
protect the export terminal staff from the dangers of fire and will also help safeguard machinery and
operations on the site.”
The export coal terminal expansion involved the installation of a new rail unloading facility and rail
sidings, an additional stacker/reclaimer and stockyards, additional conveyors and sample stations as
well as an additional ship loader. It is expected that the development will continue to generate strong
economic benefits for the Hunter region and the rest of New South Wales.
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