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Engineering a Record-Setting Environment for Success at Tanjung Kidurong

When it comes to delivering world-class infrastructure, there are some simple truths we work by at GE. It takes outstanding people. We’re lucky enough to have them on our side. It takes state-of-the-art technology and extensive expertise. That’s something GE is recognised for around the world. But among the most important pillars on which any project is built are the environment, health and safety (EHS) standards that ensure a safe, secure, and sustainable work environment.

EHS forms the foundation of a positive working partnership. It gives our people and partners room to thrive, to deliver something outstanding in an outstanding environment to work in. And when you’ve got a great place to work, great things can happen. Just take a look at our award-winning and record-setting work at Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) Tanjung Kidurong Power Plant.

The foundation for excellence with health and safety

Tanjung Kidurong is an 826 megawatts (MW) combined cycle gas power plant project that began construction in 2016. This crucial power infrastructure is due to start generating electricity in 2020 and enter full operations by 2021, providing high-efficiency power to the state of Sarawak.

As the lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on this project, GE is leading a consortium of local and international contractors to deliver this turnkey project to the highest possible standards.

Alongside managing the ~900 staff on-site, GE has worked closely with its consortium partner Sinohydro Corporation to harmonise health and safety practices across the project. That includes development of a site-specific EHS plan approved to provide a strategic roadmap for operations on the site. The project challenges were made even more complex by the requirement to construct three 1.45 km long sub-sea high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes.

This EHS drive has been complemented by mass toolbox talks where personnel are recognised for their own contributions to good practice. The project has been overseen by two EHS managers from GE on-site, led by a Project EHS liaison working closely with the safety team of the partner. With the support of SEB, and commitment of our partner, that strategy has enabled the project to deliver over 4 million manhours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI) on-site as of 2nd July 2019.

GE and Sinohydro Corporation with Sarawak Energy Group CEO and management team receiving the MSOSH OSH gold class award.

This is a large and complex operational environment, requiring rigorous health and safety planning at every stage of the project. That’s why GE is proud to have been awarded an OSH Gold Class 1 Award by the Malaysian Society of Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) for the second year in a row, recognising its work at Tanjung Kidurong.

The MSOSH OSH award was inaugurated in 1982 and is maintained to exacting standards by auditors from across Malaysia’s health and safety industry, comprised of industry experts, government regulators, and employee federations. And if that award wasn’t enough, this positive working environment has helped deliver some record-breaking results.

Setting records at Tanjung Kidurong

Tanjung Kidurong marks the first power plant in Malaysia to be equipped with GE’s GT26 turbine, providing a flexible power solution that meets high output needs for peak demand while being able to adapt to low-load conditions as part of a shifting generation profile. On-going servicing has also been agreed as part of a multi-year services agreement which begins from the start of commercial operations.

Block 1 of the project launched in November 2016 and is due to be handed over to SEB mid next year. Block 2 was launched in August 2018 and is set for completion in early 2021. But almost a year before initial operations are due to begin, Tanjung Kidurong is already setting new records.

GE and Sinohydro Corporation, together with SEB, were recently honoured to be joined on site by the Malaysia Book of Records, in recognition of a range of engineering successes delivered in the project to date. At the ceremony, GE and its partner were presented with National Awards for four key achievements:

  • Longest Towing Distance for High-Density Polyethylene
  • Biggest Reinforced Concrete Cylinder Pipe Jacking
  • Biggest Open Caisson Cooling Water Pump House
  • Longest HDPE Pipe Submersion

It just goes to show that a foundation of excellence really can deliver exceptional results.

Safe operations mean operational success

When it comes to health and safety, there really is no room for compromise. The Tanjung Kidurong project shows what excellence in delivery means for our customers, but also what it means for our partners and workers on the ground – a safe, secure place to work.

“Everyone on site is empowered to intervene if an activity being carried out is deemed unsafe and are able to stop work. This could very well save a life,” says GE’s Project Director for Tanjung Kidurong, Bhavin Doshi. He adds, “We are fully committed to ensuring that our customer’s motto is constantly in our minds – Everybody Goes Home Safely!”

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