As always we have a collection of articles on some selected projects we are doing or have completed in our regular markets of New Zealand, PNG and Australia. But we also have a story on the project we are currently doing in New Caledonia.
It’s great to see the project JLE put so much into, the Rocklands Copper development for Cudeco in Australia, operating and officially opened.
Another project of specific note is the electrical installation of Moana Fisheries brand new trawler. The vessel is first that has been built in New Zealand for a long time. The vessel is state of the art, and the team in Nelson have done an amazing job in designing and completing the installation.
I want to also take the opportunity to direct our employees, their family, contractors and customers to our Facebook page. The site gives a bit more of a light hearted and personal insight into what is happening in the Company. Just follow this link. Have a look and share the link with others that may be interested. Also please share your stories and photos as you see fit.
It’s that time when we reflect back on the year coming to an end. I want to thank all JLE employees and sub-contractors for their efforts throughout the year, and our customers and suppliers for their ongoing support of the business. Next year looks like a busy one with a solid order book in front of us.
Last of all I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Enjoy the additional time with friends and family, stay safe, and we look forward to working with you next year.
On the 4th of November, I attended the opening of the Rocklands Cudeco Mine. The opening was attended by many of the Contractors involved in the Construction of the mine, along with shareholders and other dignitaries.
Like most facilities Rockland’s is going through a start up phase and is working through various operational issues, however the mine is now producing.
JLE I believe made a huge contribution to the project. JLE’s work has been held in high regard by Cudeco. Many of our staff spent long hours on site, in challenging conditions. But all in all I feel everyone enjoyed the experience and for those involved you should be proud of what you achieved.
JLE has been contracted by OTML to provide resources for the construction of a new Mine Workshop & HV Wash Bay at its mine in the very remote highlands of PNG. JLE is providing both expat NZ and national PNG mechanical and electrical resources including construction management, supervision, riggers, roofers and electricians.
The project commenced in August 2016 and is forecasted to be completed in March 2017 with some estimated 20,000 man hours of resources provided. JLE has expended some 13,000 man hours to date with no LTI’s, MTI’s or FAI’s which is a testament to JLE’s and OTML’s site management teams focus and diligence with respect to HSE. This project further enhances JLE’s ability to provide a multitude of different trade resources to meet the requirements of our customers.
JLE Taranaki are excited and pleased to now deliver the I&E maintenance services for the three local district councils in Taranaki. In late 2016, JLE were awarded a three year Regional councils’ water and waste water maintenance works contract. This involves a joint effort and excellent coordination between JLE’s Hawera and New Plymouth’s electrical divisions, and also incorporates the expertise of Hawera’s Mechanical team.
Preventative maintenance, repairs, calibration and project works are undertaken as required and periodically by the three separate council regions.
This work is particularly motivating for the team due to the vital necessity of water and waste water systems in the region running smoothly and reliably.
JLE offer the Councils’ a 24hr/7days a week on call service with our dedicated team of Electricians & Instrument technicians. We guarantee assistance within 30 minutes of an urgent callout to the two primary central treatment plants. Fortunately, there have not been too many of these so far; translating that our preventative maintenance systems along with equipment and components suited to purpose are in place and serving requirement.
Apprentices are also given the opportunity to assist electricians, working alongside and learning the complex nature of effluent processing and disposal, clean water filtering, as well as screening and testing systems.
On a monthly basis, in excess of 100 separate job incidents and maintenance calls have become the norm. JLE have inducted, trained, health monitored & immunized our dedicated personnel to assure their health & wellbeing, and minimize the potential risk of contaminants.
- Mark Thompson, Lower North Island Manager
Vale Dewatering Plant E&I Installation
JLE is in the closing stages of completing for IMG the electrical and instrumentation installation works for a new dewatering plant at the Vale Nickel Mine in New Caledonia. The project site is situated some 1.5 hours drive south of Noumea in a remote part of New Caledonia and the installation works were completed in a very compressed timeframe due to the urgent requirement to have the dewatering plant commissioned prior to Christmas.
JLE delivered this project using a mix of labour from NZ and New Caledonia. Project management, supervision and key electrical resources were supplied from our own employee resources and they were supplemented by electricians and labourers sourced from partner companies in Noumea. This project scope included for one dewatering belt press and if this proves to be successful in reducing the water content of the mines outfall then Vale are looking at implementing a further nine of these.
Following on from the successful Williamtown RAAF explosive stores stage 1 project in 2015 in which JLE completed four explosive stores, JLE was awarded Stage 2, the construction of six further stores.
These stores will be completed to the Royal Australian Air Force’s strict specifications and JLE is using the same team to complete stage two. The project is valued at 1.1million and expected completion was the end of October with ongoing 12 month maintenance, which is one of JLEs main philosophies that a project is not fully successful unless we continue on to complete the maintenance after the project has ended.
Due to customer requirements the project will now see completion in January 2017 with the maintenance contract continuing in to 2018. So far JLE has worked on this project with zero lost time injuries and zero medical treatment injuries. JLE is proud to be approved contractors to complete projects for both Australia and New Zealand Defence Forces.
- Stuart Bruce, Business Development Manager
Design and Installation of Electrical Equipment for Moana Fisheries After looking around the world for design and build options to carry out an ambitious $30 million fleet renewal project, Moana Fisheries felt the best option was to do it locally which utilised knowledge of NZ fishing conditions. This contributed to our economy and provided additional training and job opportunities. A Fleet renewal project of this proportion was the biggest of its kind since the 1970’s.
Nelson Based AIMEX Service Group was awarded the contract for the first of a possible five 24m dedicated fishing trawlers. JLE were invited by AIMEX to put together a design build proposal to them for the complete electrical requirements for the state-of-the-art fishing trawler with the main brief for design being reliability, systems to improve productivity and minimising environmental impact.
After various meetings with the vessels engine, generator, refrigeration, winch, hydraulics , icemaker and electronics suppliers a package was put together by JLE’s Nelson based team that tied in all the operating and controls systems as well as everyday items like navigation and general purpose lighting, galley and accommodation requirements to create a well functioning system.
With the JLE proposal accepted by AIMEX our team then carried out all the design, procurement and sourcing of the right equipment for the job. The Nelson based JLE team led by Nathan Dunlea, then when access came available, carried out the complete electrical installation meeting production time lines and objectives. The team enjoyed the challenge and also the satisfaction of being able to work on such a significant project for the Nelson area from start to finish and with it being a complete new build was an added advantage without the normal working conditions associated with a working fishing vessel. They are looking forward to the next vessel.
The end result is a smart looking larger than life 24m fishing trawler named Santy Maria and is now in the operating hands of Tauranga based RMD Marine led by Roger Rawlinson. Roger has been quoted as saying he is one happy chappy with the trawler and the skills of all tradesman involved shining through. The trawler is more fuel efficient, more stable, more powerful, easy to operate and definitely better on the environment, birdlife and the fish with the latest technology being implemented.
At the launching of the Trawler Steve Sullivan Managing director of AIMEX Group acknowledged his own team and support sub contractors and personnel by stating “The Santy Maria is a testimony not only to the skills and engineering experience of the AIMEX team, but also to the strong partnerships and collaborative working spirit with all the supporting businesses that have brought the vessel to life”.