Feb 10, 2016

Hammer time for LNG build gear

Hammer time for LNG build gear

Two pumps immediately airlifted for dewatering at an overseas mine site were among the items shifted today at a Gladstone auction of gear from the city’s LNG construction projects.

Hassalls plans two auctions every month in Gladstone and one a month in Rockhampton until the end of the year as Bechtel offloads equipment worth more than $40 million.

The Queensland Curtis LNG, Australia Pacific LNG and Santos GLNG projects each hired Bechtel to design and build their liquefied natural gas complexes on Curtis Island, with all complexes now exporting gas.

“We have about another 40 auctions to do from Curtis Island – we’re not even half way through,” Hassalls general manager Steve Wall said.

Sales began in September and will conclude with final clearance auctions in January/February 2017.

Mr Wall said this would include lots such as the 150 trailers which were being kept in use to transport goods from the construction sites to auction.

About 400-450 people attended the Gladstone auction today, with a further 100 participating online.

Mr Wall said the Bechtel equipment auction in Rockhampton last week had attracted similar numbers.

Bidders from the agricultural, construction and oil and gas sectors are buying items as diverse as light vehicles, tools, alcohol breath-testing kits and coffee sachets by the pallet-load.

While the mining sector is less involved, Mr Wall said some items were heading that way.

“We sold two pumps which were airlifted by Hercules from Gladstone today to go offshore (in the Asia Pacific region) to dewater a flooded mine,” he said

The pumps were unused Sykes HH220 pumps mounted to skid frames and capable of pumping 282 litres per second. They weigh 6.2 tonnes each.

“The lowest value item sold today of interest was a pallet of manhole covers for $20 and the highest item sold today was an Isuzu prime mover sold for circa $75,000,” Mr Wall said.

Sales in Rockhampton last week included two 2012 Isuzu FVZ1400 crane trucks going for $130,000-plus.

For more information on upcoming auctions, go to http://newsletter.go-dove.com/LP=530 or www.hassalls.com.au