The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2011-04-25T02:59:01Z AUSTRALIA‚ÄôS LOWRIE CONSTRUCTIONS WINS 2nd PNG, LNG CONTRACT 2011-04-25T02:59:01Z australia-s-lowrie-constructions-wins-2nd-png-lng-contract AUSTRALIA’S LOWRIE CONSTRUCTIONS WINS 2nd CONTRACT FOR GIANT LNG PROJECT IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA An Australian company has won its second contract for Papua New Guinea’s US$15 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Perth-based Lowrie Constructions Limited announced today it had been contracted to build and supply the project’s marine terminal control shelter at Port Moresby. The new LNG processing plant is currently under construction in Port Moresby and the Lowrie facility will be installed there on the end of the project’s main jetty. This is the terminus for the gas and liquids subsea pipeline which runs to Port Moresby from Kopi further to the west and which is itself the sea terminus for the gas and oil flows originating in the PNG highlands. The highly engineered control shelter installation will cover two storeys and be built in modular format at Lowrie’s manufacturing complex south of Perth. Construction is expected to commence within three weeks and will take 12-14 weeks to complete prior to export. The order takes to in excess of A$10 million, the value of contracts now secured by Lowrie on PNG’s largest energy project. The electrical/switch room manufacturing specialist late last year was awarded a contract for at least three separate telecommunications facilities in remote areas of the inland pipeline route, extending from the southern Highlands and western provinces of PNG to Kopi. Lowrie is wholly-owned by South Australian-based private equity firm, Paragon Private Equity. “The marine terminal facility at Port Morseby requires significant engineering as being located at the end of the jetty, it is open to the sea and wind elements of the southern coast yet has to perform demanding technical and electrical tasking,” Lowrie Construction’s General Manager, Mr Adrian Poyner, said today. “It has to have the weather proof performance of a bomb shelter but the delicate internal operating protocols of a more geographically stable land-based facility,” Mr Poyner said. “While contractual obligations prevent us naming the client – one of the members of the consortia of world engineering majors involved in the project – nonetheless we won the contract based on our track record and proven experience in servicing difficult onshore and offshore switchroom facilities to Australia’s energy and petroleum sectors,” he said. “Importantly, we worked very closely with the contractor’s engineering staff through much of this year to evolve a design and specification route which exceeded client expectations in a manner that allows Australian manufacturing expertise to be further showcased on this world-class energy undertaking.” Mr Poyner expects that the modules will be trans-shipped in the same manner as the telecommunications rooms – being taken firstly to Perth’s marine and rail export hub at Henderson and shipped to the eastern states prior to delivery to Port Morseby. A number of the telecommunications rooms are scheduled for airlifting to PNG via the giant Russian-built Antonov transport aircraft. “Lowrie is clearly focused on building our energy and resources order book in a competitive manner throughout the west and east coasts of Australia and our near neighbours in the Asia Pacific,” Mr Poyner said. “Securing our 2nd contract in less than six months on this project flags the opportunities available to Australian suppliers which have a stable and skilled workforce and an open mind approach to delivering technical and performance outcomes that are at least innovative and relevant in this high end spectrum of the energy chain.” MEDIA CONTACTS: Adrian Poyner Kevin Skinner General Manager Field Public Relations Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd (08) 8234 9555 (08) 9459 8855 (0414) 822 631 0448 776 029 HVLV Transportable Switch Rooms Lowrie Perth 2011-04-06T07:26:59Z hvlv-transportable-switch-rooms-perth FURTHER EXPANSION: In line with our growing order book, LowrieConstructions continues to upgrade and expand the capacity and capability of our Perth-based fabrication and construction areas, and in March will move our Maddington headquarters into our modern new premises nearby, delivering a total footprint of 41,000 squares metres on our two Maddington sites. The expansion comes at a time Lowrie has secured a second major contract for Papua New Guinea’s LNG project, reflecting our excellent progress in all of our key markets. Oil and Gas is now a significant growth sector for Lowrie in both Australian domestic markets and increasingly, our northern neighbours in Asia. LARGEST PNG CONTRACT: Lowrie has won a multi-million dollar contract to supply three specialist telecommunications rooms along the route of the inland pipeline for Papua New Guinea’s US$15 billion liquefied natural gas project. Construction is underway with first delivery through this year. PNG’s intense tropical weather and steep mountainous terrain poses demanding engineering challenges in ensuring both stability of installation and then long-term performance of the facilities despite their remoteness and surrounding climate. Lowrie won the work against numerous international tenderers. Our systems performance, cost structures and delivery capability were critical factors to securing the contract, an example of our ability to service both east and west coasts of Australia and Asia. DIVERSE CAPABILITY: With more than 500 completed projects in Australia and overseas, Lowrie is being recognised as one of the most diverse providers to all levels of Australasia’s resources sector – hard rock mining in remote areas, coastal energy processing hubs, regional resources infrastructure, and offshore facilities servicing oil and gas production. Our customer profile ranges from major mining operators through to government energy, water and waste management utilities, heavy industry and safe work fabrications such as cyclone shelters. Our strengths are our flexibility, responsive service, and high-quality, cost-effective solutions. The Best Sheetmetal Work Company in the northern Suburbs 2011-02-21T14:14:35Z the-best-sheetmetal-work-company-in-the-northern-suburbs Based in Joondalup supplying quality work at competitive rates. Lowrie Construction expands capacity in WA 2011-01-21T04:28:54Z lowrie-construction-expands-capacity-in-wa FURTHER EXPANSION: In line with our growing order book, LowrieConstructions continues to upgrade and expand the capacity and capability of our Perth-based fabrication and construction areas, and in March will move our Maddington headquarters into our modern new premises nearby, delivering a total footprint of 41,000 squares metres on our two Maddington sites. The expansion comes at a time Lowrie has secured a second major contract for Papua New Guinea’s LNG project, reflecting our excellent progress in all of our key markets. Oil and Gas is now a significant growth sector for Lowrie in both Australian domestic markets and increasingly, our northern neighbours in Asia. LARGEST PNG CONTRACT: Lowrie has won a multi-million dollar contract to supply three specialist telecommunications rooms along the route of the inland pipeline for Papua New Guinea’s US$15 billion liquefied natural gas project. Construction is underway with first delivery through this year. PNG’s intense tropical weather and steep mountainous terrain poses demanding engineering challenges in ensuring both stability of installation and then long-term performance of the facilities despite their remoteness and surrounding climate. Lowrie won the work against numerous international tenderers. Our systems performance, cost structures and delivery capability were critical factors to securing the contract, an example of our ability to service both east and west coasts of Australia and Asia. DIVERSE CAPABILITY: With more than 500 completed projects in Australia and overseas, Lowrie is being recognised as one of the most diverse providers to all levels of Australasia’s resources sector – hard rock mining in remote areas, coastal energy processing hubs, regional resources infrastructure, and offshore facilities servicing oil and gas production. Our customer profile ranges from major mining operators through to government energy, water and waste management utilities, heavy industry and safe work fabrications such as cyclone shelters. Our strengths are our flexibility, responsive service, and high-quality, cost-effective solutions. SAFE EMPLOYEES: Past weeks have seen the severe impact of cyclones on northern Australia, making timely our decision to release the CAT5 Lock Down Cyclone Shelter. CAT5 refers to Category Five - the worst case cyclone scenario in Australia. The design and application of the CAT5 attracted significant media interest on its release. The unique design allows the shelter to ‘lock down’ during a cyclone to deliver maximum secure protection for up to 400 site employees. There is also a truck mounted model for teams working in the field across northern Australia. It means a mine or project owner does not face the time and expense of ‘fly south’ evacuations, employees have greater peace of mind, work can resume on site earlier and the floor plan allows daily use of the facilities for normal site operations.. CAT5: A significant step forward in our 20 year experience in cyclone protection. PNG LNG Lowrie Telecommunication Shelters Switch Rooms 2010-12-23T10:10:56Z png-lng-lowrie-telecommunication-shelters-switch-rooms AUSTRALIA’S LOWRIE CONSTRUCTIONS WINS MULTI-MILLION TELECOM ROOMS CONTRACT FOR PNG’s LNG PROJECT An Australian company has beaten off stiff overseas competition to win a multi-million dollar contract to supply specialist telecommunications rooms along the route of the inland pipeline for Papua New Guinea’s US$15 billion liquefied natural gas project. Perth-based Lowrie Constructions Limited will supply at least three separate telecommunications facilities in remote areas of the pipeline route. This extends from the southern Highlands and western provinces of PNG to Kopi on the southern coast before the gas and liquids enter a subsea pipeline to Port Moresby and the new LNG processing plant there, currently under construction. Lowrie – an electrical/switch room manufacturing specialist wholly-owned by South Australian-based private equity firm, Paragon Private Equity – has already commenced construction of the units, timed for first delivery to PNG through 2011. “PNG’s intense tropical weather and steep mountainous terrain poses demanding engineering challenges in ensuring both stability of installation and then long-term performance of the facilities despite their remoteness and surrounding climate,” Lowrie Construction’s General Manager, Mr Adrian Poyner, said today. “In addition, however, we had to compete against numerous international tenderers for the contract, so our systems performance, cost structures and delivery capability were critical factors to securing this – our largest ever contract in PNG,” Mr Poyner said. “We also had to demonstrate a proven track-record in prequalifying in regard to the client’s safety and quality criteria.” Under the design, fabricate and construct contract, with one of the project’s major construction consortia, one of the telecommunications rooms to be located at the project’s Marine Terminal will be a double storey facility. Lowrie says all rooms will be transported to Perth’s marine and rail export hub at Henderson and shipped to the eastern states prior to delivery to PNG. A number of the rooms will arrive at their final destination via the giant Russian-built Antinov aircraft carrier. The rooms will be fabricated, constructed and fitted out at two of Lowrie’s manufacturing sites in Perth before being exported. This work will include installation of a complex HVAC systems to ensure the rooms can cope with PNG’s local tropical conditions. “This is a significant contract for Lowrie and clearly demonstrates our ability to competitively service the west and east coasts of Australia’s energy and resources sector as well as our closer neighbours in the Asia Pacific,” Mr Poyner said. “Critical to such achievement is an established and skilled workforce and we have built up and retained those specialists for these demanding contract styles.” MEDIA CONTACTS: Adrian Poyner Kevin Skinner General Manager Field Public Relations Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd (08) 8234 9555 (08) 9459 8855 (0414) 822 631 0448 776 029 Cyclone Shelter Release Lowrie 2010-12-15T02:07:07Z cyclone-shelter-release-lowrie RADICAL CYCLONE SHELTER RELEASED AS NORTHERN AUSTRALIA READIES FOR ‘ABOVE NORMAL’ SEASON As northern Australia braces for a forecast ‘above normal’ cyclone season this summer, one of the country’s few cyclone shelter specialists has released a radical new design. It aims at increasing lives saved and minimising injuries within mining camps and remote regional communities which have been pummeled by the severity of Australia’s cyclones in recent years. Perth-based shelter and electrical/switch room manufacturing specialist, Lowrie Constructions Limited, says at the heart of the new design approach was to meet upgraded expectations for ensuring workplace safety and health had the highest priority in those remote Australian areas subject to nature’s worst impacts. “We have entered a new era of employment and industrial regulation which requires contractors, mine owners, and manages of remote communities in our far north, to take full responsibility for a safe workplace and local community environment,” Lowrie Construction’s General Manager, Mr Adrian Poyner, said today. “The approach of the 2010-2011 cyclone season in northern Australia has coincided with recent landmark court determinations recommending significantly higher standards of safety and shelter for employees on mining sites, during severe adverse weather conditions,” Mr Poyner said. “There have been fatalities and serious injuries in recent years during the passage inland of cyclones and these losses are a timely if sobering reminder of the dangers of working in these remote and extreme conditions,” he said. “The edict that ‘every employee has the right to return home from work uninjured’ holds as much relevance today as it has historically – but moreso in our cyclone prone areas from Cairns to the Top End and through to the Pilbara and far north of WA. “These regions are home to an intensifying number of mining and exploration operations and therefore the number of personnel that have to be located and housed for longer periods ‘on the ground’.” Mr Poyner said the resources boom had exacerbated the need for much higher capability cyclone shelters as the location of mining personnel on site was increasingly, a 24/7, 12-month a year necessity – regardless of the extremes of Mother Nature. This had led to the design by Lowrie Constructions - one of Australia's most innovative suppliers of Specialist Transportable Buildings – of the new CAT5 Lock Down Unit. The ‘CAT5’ nomenclature refers to the ability of the Lowrie shelter to protect those within from cyclones rated up to Category 5 – the worst case scenarios for such storms on Australia’s meteorological barometer. The CAT5s can protect life for up to 36 hours potentially through extreme conditions to ensure that employees are safe and that site safety has not been compromised. “Critically, the CAT5 now means that employees do not have to be evacuated hundreds or thousands of kilometres south for days on end – a procedure which historically is matched by high transport costs and loss in productivity,” Mr Poyner said. “Onground operations can resume almost immediately the cyclone danger has passed, and for project owners, avoids years of costly potential litigation through the courts if injury has occurred through lack of adequate safety shelters.” Day-to-day shelter use Lowrie’s CAT5 has been engineered as a Super Structure that can be applied to a range of multi-purpose transportable buildings to withstand the most severe cyclonic conditions but offering adequate protection to personnel remaining on site. The design allows the buildings to be in day to day use for such things as kitchen/lunch/dining/recreation rooms or for classrooms and training centres. As a cyclone approaches, the sections can be effectively locked down until the danger has passed. The CAT5 floorplans can house between 25 to 400 personnel and smaller versions can be truck mounted for emergency use by field teams working away from the main site. Standard shelter specifications include temporary power pack, emergency lighting, basic medical room, kitchen, main seating area, communications hub, toilet facilities, an entertainment area, supply store, water tank and its own air conditioning system. The Lowrie cyclone accommodation units employ steel plates within the wall structure to resist high level wind loads and wind borne debris and are also designed as a refuge for evacuees from areas which may be inundated by sea water due to cyclone driven tidal surges. MEDIA CONTACTS: Adrian Poyner Kevin Skinner General Manager Field Public Relations Lowrie Constructions 9WA) Pty Ltd (08) 8234 9555 (08) 9459 8855 (0414) 822 631 Jennifer Pilgrim joins Lowrie Constructions 2010-11-17T11:32:02Z jenny-pilgrim-joins-lowrie-constructions-maddington-6109 Welcome a board Jennifer, best of luck in your new role.From the Directors and Staff at Lowrie. Switch Rooms Lowrie Constructions Paragon Private Equity New Investment 2010-09-17T01:27:54Z switch-rooms-lowrie-constructions-paragon-private-equity-new-investment Paragon targets the mature and fit It thinks the middle-aged may want a training edge, so Paragon Private Equity has snared a stake in health products wholesaler Optigen Ingredients. Optigen is in the so-called nutriceuticals industry, which aims to supply nutritional supplements to active people. The executive chairman of Paragon, Greg Boulton, says there is a widening market for these products. He reckons the trend is towards older people buying such products, not just the very young and fit. Optigen has a range of manufacturing agreements in various countries. It also supplies products to the US, Europe, India and South Korea. The deal continues Paragons spread of its investments. One of its portfolio companies is Levett Engineering. The specialist alloy contractor has work on the Joint Strike Fighter program. It has also invested in switch and control room supplier Lowrie Constructions and transformer core manufacturer AEM Cores. Paragon has also been a strong backer of Cowell Electric. The regional South Australian company is a major player in mine and remote powerline and power infrastructure. Cyclone, Cyclonic Shelters, Cyclone Goerge, Lowrie Constructions 2010-08-05T23:57:20Z cyclone-cyclonic-shelters-cyclone-goerge-lowrie-constructions Worksafe wins Cyclone George appeal WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said today that the Supreme Court decision was a welcome one. "This decision sends a strong message to all employers that workplace safety and health should be given high priority, " Ms Lyhne said."It also underlines the fact that the responsibility for providing and maintaining a safe environment may extend to the employees of a contractor. "The events surrounding Cyclone George were tragic, and cases like this should serve as a warning to ensure that this type of tragedy never happens again." WA Business News: 2-August-10 by edited announcement.Psssssss…………Pass it on! Cyclonic Shelters CAT5Lock Down Shelters The approach of the 2010-2011 cyclone season in northern Australia has coincided with recent landmark court determinations recommending significantly higher standards of safety and shelter for employees on mining sites, during severe adverse weather conditions. An example of one such court edict for a well publicised WA incident which very sadly included fatalities and injuries, is included in this correspondence to you. The incident, and the subsequent recommendations, are a timely if sobering reminder of the dangers of working in these remote and extreme conditions, and from our perspective, the need for providers such as Lowrie Constructions to assist meet the expectations of your employees, their families and regulatory authorities, for the mining (and remote living) sectors to achieve continually improved safety and operating environments. The edict that “every employee has the right to return home from work uninjured” holds as much relevance today as it has historically – but more so in our cyclone prone areas from Cairns to the Top End and through to the Pilbara and far north of WA. These regions are home to an intensifying number of mining and exploration operations and therefore the number of personnel that have to be located and housed for longer periods “on the ground”.The location of your personnel on a mining site is increasingly, a 24/7, 12-month a year necessity – regardless of the extremes of Mother Nature. To that end, Lowrie Constructions - as one of Australia's most innovative suppliers of Specialist Transportable Buildings – has continued to evolve the safety and performance specifications of our Cyclone Shelters – a range we refer to as the CAT5 Lock Down Unit. The “CAT5” nomenclature is not a fancy play on words – it refers to the ability of the Lowrie shelter to protect those within from cyclones rated up to Category 5 – the worst case scenarios for such storms on Australia’s meteorological barometer. Although these rooms are more expensive than a standard room, as they need to protect life for up to 36 hours potentially through extreme conditions. It is however, possible to integrate these rooms in to the site with double usage with other distinct benefits and savings as follows. Your employees are safe Site safety is not compromisedEmployees do not have to be evacuated for days on end, hundreds or thousands of kilometres south, with resultant transport costs and loss in productivityOnground operations can resume almost immediately the weather danger has passed, and Your company can avoid years of costly potential litigation through the courts. The CAT5 Lock Down Unit - it’s not just a product – it’s a service. Lowrie Constructions would welcome a chance to explore with you ahead of the 2011 cyclone period, any such need by your company, and if useful, tailor a unit to your specific site and personnel requirements. Purpose: To design/engineer a Super Structure that could be applied to a range of multi-purpose transportable buildings specifically for the mining/resource/civil sector to deal with the most severe cyclonic conditions offering adequate personnel protection whilst remaining on site, negating the need to evacuate large numbers from site and recommencing production quicker. The team decided to take a practical approach to this problem and agreed that these buildings should be in day to day use as part of the existing camp infrastructure. In the event of a cyclone warning these buildings can be effectively locked down until danger has passed. You can link to our standard range of building that will house 25 to 400 personnel. Typically the following buildings are ideal for these shelters. Kitchen/Lunch Rooms Dining/Recreation Rooms Class Rooms/Training Centers Smaller shelters are ideal for smaller numbers of personnel involved in exploration and or drilling working in remote areas. These shelters can be mounted on a truck/tilt tray and moved regularly from site to site. Given, that these teams will take transportable facilities with them in the normal course of events the new CAT5 Shelters are ideal. Equipping the Shelter: The design teams approach was to look at the building from the outside-in ensuring these shelters would pass the required engineering specifications. Once inside the team looked at providing basic facilities and levels of comfort. Typically a standard shelter specification will include:- Temporary Power Pack Basic Medical Room/Office Kitchen Area Main Seating Area Reception Area Communications Hub Toilet Facilities Entertainment Area/Centre Supply Store Water Tank Air Conditioning Approach: Whilst, there are a number of standard buildings available we are happy to look at size/configuration for your particular building/site requirements. We fully understand that due to local ground conditions you may opt to provide us with an outline to work to. This may include an emergency vehicle(s) shelter, the option to add additional modular units etc. Specification: (Super Structure) There will be one standard specification applied across the entire range; every Shelter will be rated for Region ‘D’ severe tropical cyclone areas. With the accelerating impact of climate change, as experienced in Queensland, Australia, prolonged periods of drought, the frequency of and severity of severe weather events such as storms, cyclones and storm surges. Back ground: The need for shelter building during severe tropical cyclone arises from people who do not have suitable accommodation to resist wind load and wind borne debris or who are evacuated from areas which may be inundated by the sea water due to a tidal surge. Accommodation of people from potential storm tide inundation areas presents the greatest need for shelter. End Message Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd Appoints National BDM 2010-07-27T06:03:24Z lowrie-constructions-wa-pty-ltd-appoints-national-bdm Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Perry Vitale, National Business Development Manager. Perry is an experienced BDM with a background in the mining infrastructure market. Leading Switchroom manufacturer moves in to HVAC 2010-07-14T05:19:42Z leading-switchroom-manufacturer-moves-in-to-hvac ‘WA’s leading Switch Room manufacturer increases offering’ design - engineering - install - commissioning Despite the now well documented “Downturn” Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd continues to build its market share. The company has for some time been eyeing the HVAC component of the business with a view to bringing these services In-House. A project team was established to identify the best way forward to integrate these services in to our mainstream construction activities and how this would benefit our clients. The following three main areas were identified and quickly became the main business drivers behind the project and final decision making process. Improved operational Control Cost Reduction(s) to our clients Change Management capabilities HVAC is more often than not a significant component within the Rooms in financial terms and more substantially the interface with the main fabric of the building. With the establishment of a HVAC division we are in total control of the process throughout the main construction phase though to site installation and commissioning. Cost reductions are likely to be achieved by providing these services with fewer layers (Margins). Further savings should be achievable as these services are intergrated in to our normal build process. With the addition of these services carried out in-house and with common management the change process/response time(s) will improve throughout the life cycle of a project. As is, already the norm all of our clients will have an option to bring their own contractors in to carry out HVAC work, LC will continue to work with all of our clients if this is their preferred option. Switchrooms 2010-07-13T07:56:14Z switchrooms Paragon acquires gas and mining sector constructor Paragon Private Equity has announced the acquisition last year of Perth-based liquid natural gas (LNG) and mining sector construction company Lowrie Constructions. Lowrie builds transportable electrical switch room buildings used for distribution of high and low voltage power around mine sites, LNG plants and major infrastructure projects. The buildings are fire rated, cyclone rated, air conditioned, and customised to protect high end electrical power equipment. The company provides a full design and construction service for the buildings which can be delivered via road transport or barge anywhere in Australia. Lowrie also constructs other specialised transportable buildings such as communications facilities. The company is a leader in electrical switch room construction in Western Australia and provides buildings for ultimate users such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Chevron Australia, which is developing the massive Gorgon natural gas project about 130 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia. The former owner, Terry Wilson, remains on the board of Lowrie. Two Paragon nominees have joined the board: Paragon managing director Geoff Thomas and Tim Lebbon. Dalton Gooding, principal of the Perth based accounting firm, Gooding Pervan, has also joined the board. Geoff Thomas said: “We’re delighted to be able to acquire Lowrie. We believe the company holds an excellent position in the Western Australian market. Since acquisition in October, we have already expanded production facilities by about 30 per cent to help meet increased demand.” This is the seventh investment for the Paragon fund, and the second in mining infrastructure. The first was a significant minority stake in Cowell Electric in 2007. Cowell is a South Australia-based based company which primarily constructs power lines from the electricity grid to mine sites, and from renewable energy facilities, such as wind farms and geothermal plants, to the grid. South Australia government-backed Paragon makes buyout and expansion capital investments in the $5 million to $15 million enterprise value range, preferably in businesses with potential to boost business activity in South Australia. Typically, these investments involve transition of owner-managed family businesses to corporate structures or growth strategies. Lowrie Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd Western Australia 2010-07-13T03:10:03Z lowrie-constructions-wa-pty-ltd-western-australia Leading Switchroom manufacturer to launch range of Cyclonic Shelters for local and overseas markets following successful entry in to this specialized market place.