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Steve Beale and Chris Dunphy, MIPEC Jason Kelly of Mackay Conveyor Equipment accepts the Chasing Foreign Markets Award from sponsor Helloworld Mackay and Mt Pleasant’s Mark Walter. (L-R) Ian Gray, Annetta Gray (G&S Engineering), Phil Geach and Elle Geach (Werner Engineering). csg (L-R) Frank Gilbert, Raj Guruswamy (Adani), Julianne Gilbert MP (Member for Mackay) and Garry Scanlan (Greater Whitsunday Alliance). Suzanne Brown and Scott McSwann (McKays Solicitors) Aboutusgeneric_1 Aboutusgeneric_2 (L-R) Mastermyne CEO and RIN Chair, Tony Caruso, was honoured on the night with the Tony Britton award for outstanding dedication and enthusiasm to the resource services sector. He was presented with the award by the late Tony Brit. csg (L-R) Annabel Dolphin (Miles Dolphin Consulting Group), Vivienne Gayton (Mastermyne) and Holly Moore (Miles Dolphin Consulting Group). Lyn Downing and Debbie Harding (both Techserve) (L-R) Chrissy Joll, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, Kimberley Lehto-Head and Kristy Marks (Local Buying Foundation) (L-R) Peter Shaw, Deirdre Schill, Jason Sharam, Joanne Sharam, Charmaine Ivey-Nemitz and Chris Nemitz (Linked Group Services) Greg Byrne, Downing; Ian Reed, QNP
Steve Beale and Chris Dunphy, MIPEC Jason Kelly of Mackay Conveyor Equipment accepts the Chasing Foreign Markets Award from sponsor Helloworld Mackay and Mt Pleasant’s Mark Walter. (L-R) Ian Gray, Annetta Gray (G&S Engineering), Phil Geach and Elle Geach (Werner Engineering). csg (L-R) Frank Gilbert, Raj Guruswamy (Adani), Julianne Gilbert MP (Member for Mackay) and Garry Scanlan (Greater Whitsunday Alliance). Suzanne Brown and Scott McSwann (McKays Solicitors) Aboutusgeneric_1 Aboutusgeneric_2 (L-R) Mastermyne CEO and RIN Chair, Tony Caruso, was honoured on the night with the Tony Britton award for outstanding dedication and enthusiasm to the resource services sector. He was presented with the award by the late Tony Brit. csg (L-R) Annabel Dolphin (Miles Dolphin Consulting Group), Vivienne Gayton (Mastermyne) and Holly Moore (Miles Dolphin Consulting Group). Lyn Downing and Debbie Harding (both Techserve) (L-R) Chrissy Joll, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, Kimberley Lehto-Head and Kristy Marks (Local Buying Foundation)

Haynes Group’s light bulb moment
HOW “re-imagined” mining lights can save one contractor $9000 a day
Wednesday 25 May 2016  

The winner of the “Out of the box” award in last week's Resources Industry Network Chairman’s Awards, believes their “re-imagined” lighting towers could save large mining contractors millions of dollars a year.

The Haynes Group were recognised for a light plant refurbishment initiative that they undertook in collaboration with their clients.

Among the suite of changes made to the towers, was the replacement of High Voltage (HV) lights with Low Voltage (LV) LED lights, significant engine updates and the introduction of satellite monitoring.

Haynes Group General Manager Tim Magoffin said the changes make them more efficient, serviceable and better for the environment.

“It was really a function of our relationship with our long-term clients,” he told Shift Miner.

“We have worked for Thiess mining for over 20 years in one-way shape or form, doing large equipment overhauls and onsite maintenance and through that relationship, they identified a need to reduce the cost of running their lighting towers.

“For major mining contractors, it’s a significant expense keeping those lighting towers going and maintained.

“A lot of the technology we have put into these towers has reduced a hell of alot of the maintenance costs, first of all going from High Voltage to Low Voltage reduces a lot of the HR costs, because you don't need a HV electrician to be maintaining the gear.

"Diesel fitters who are working on the other machinery around the place can also work on the lighting towers.

“Also with the adaptations we have made, we have gone from three or four cylinder engines down to one cylinder engines, and that is straight away a 75% reduction in fuel burn.

“Potentially with 100 lighting towers you can be saving close to $3.4 million a year on maintenance and running costs, so the numbers really stack up.”

 

If you would like to hear more about the lighting towers, the history of the Haynes Group in Mackay, and how Mr Magoffin sees the future unfolding for coal and gas in Queensland go to our "podcast" page and listen to the podcast.


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