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Bureau of Meteorology, RBL & Hydrogen Facility

Sitzler - Project - Bureau of Meteorology, RBL & Hydrogen Facility
project details
Gove, Northern Territory
Bureau of Meteorology
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Completion Date:
December 2007
Leon Seltsikas

The RBL & Hydrogen Facility for the Bureau of Meteorology, Gove airport provided the Sitzler project team with a number of logistical and safety concerns. The requirement for the facility to remain in operation during the works meant that safety was paramount with the use of Hydrogen gas within the facility.

The facility was originally constructed in 1983 and with no drawings available indicating the existing in-ground services the project team were continually finding services not marked on their working plans.

Offsite coordination of materials to ensure that they left Darwin by barge and arrived on site when required was crucial to the success of the project and included freighting the radar tower in three sections, each weighing 10 to 11 tonnes and its 1.8 tonne holding down bolt. Due to the size these items were collected in Darwin and road freighted to Gove.

The location and setting in place of the tower was critical to ensure correct rotation.

The project team overcame issues related to the remoteness and completed the project ahead of schedule to the satisfaction of the client.