Western Australia’s largest power station is a showcase for the diversity of BlueScope Lysaght ’s range of steel purlins, roofing and wall cladding. The recently commissioned NewGen Power Station on the coast at Kwinana, 30 km south of Perth, provides 320MW of baseload power.

Construction of the plant was a joint venture between multinational construction company Laing O’Rourke and Alstom Power. The facility is Western Australia's most efficient gas-fired, combined-cycle power station and will provide electricity to Western Australia’s main electricity grid, the South-West Interconnected System (SWIS).

BlueScope Lysaght supplied 8,500sqm 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 using a team of up to six men at various stages throughout the project over a 20 week period.

To meet the specific acoustic requirements of the turbine hall, BlueScope Lysaght roll formed 5,500sqm of LYSAGHT SPANDEK in COLORBOND Ultra steel.

The specially produced sheets were roll formed 12m long and at 0.80mm were nearly twice as thick as normally specified, presenting a handling challenge for the cladding fixers.

LYSAGHT cladding is an excellent construction product to work with and BlueScope Lysaght followed the order specifications exactly. All materials were delivered to site cut to size to simplify installation.

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 more demanding environment of the demineralised water building of the power plant, nearly 800sqm of SPANDEK in COLORBOND Stainless steel provided a high performance cladding. All cladding was supplied in the COLORBOND steel colour Deep Ocean. Careful production planning and sequencing the delivery of the various LYSAGHT products was essential to avoid delays during the installation phase.

NewGen Kwinana power station operator ERM Power is now pushing ahead with construction of another gas-fired power station, the 330MW NewGen Neerabup power station, 36km to the north of Perth.