Western Australia’s newest and largest power station is a showcase for the diversity of BlueScope Lysaght’s range of steel purlins, roofing and wall cladding.

The recently commissioned $400 million NewGen Power Station on the coast at Kwinana, 30 kilometres south of Perth, provides 320 megaWatts of baseload power. Construction of the plant was a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Alstom Power.

The facility is WA's most efficient gas-fired, combined-cycle power station and will provide electricity to WA’s main electricity grid, the South-West Interconnected System. BlueScope Lysaght supplied 8,500 sqm of roof and wall cladding products for the project, as well as 80 tonnes of purlins.

Fabricator Western Construction fixed Lysaght Cee and Zed purlins in a range of sizes on various buildings throughout the plant. Industrial Roofing Services completed the installation of the roofing and cladding.

To meet the specific acoustic requirements of the turbine hall, BlueScope Lysaght roll formed 5,500 sqm of Lysaght Spandek in Colorbond Ultra steel. The specially produced sheets were roll formed 12m long, and at 0.80 mm were nearly twice as thick as normally specified, presenting a handling challenge for the cladding fixers.

Alan Croll, general manager of Industrial Roofing Services says, “Initially the extra length, thickness and weight of the sheets made handling a challenge. We developed a rope and pulley system, which allowed us to align the sheets in the correct position. Once in place, securing them was very simple.”

Lysaght cladding material used on the NewGen Power Station buildings was supplied in three sheet thicknesses to suit individual applications. Spandek in Colorbond Ultra steel was used to clad the workshop/warehouse and the central control and fire fighting buildings. For the demineralised water building of the power plant, nearly 800 sqm of Spandek in Colorbond stainless steel provided a high performance cladding. All cladding was supplied in the Colorbond steel colour Deep Ocean.