Client: Caltex Australia
Location: Onslow Western Australia
Project Value (prior to variations): Confidential
Final Value (including variations): Confidential – On time and budget
Project timeframe: commenced July 2015 and completed January 2016
Design/construct or engineers design used: CPS National
The objective of this project was to deliver a hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) stand-alone power supply (SPS) system for a fully automated, remotely located and relocatable refuelling station at Onslow WA, which required minimal onsite staff attendance to service or maintain the system equipment. The station is unmanned, offering diesel 24 hours a day via a card payment system. To meet the project’s needs, CPS National designed, supplied, installed and commissioned the hybrid solar PV SPS system.
CPS National prides itself on maintaining strong relationships with its clients and won this job through an invited and exclusive process based on background, experience and previous track record with the client. As part of our process, CPS National determines information relating to the provision of services such as:
• the client’s requirements, including delivery and post-delivery activities;
• requirements not stated by the client but that are necessary for the specified or intended use;
• legislative and statutory requirements and safety related requirements for construction, delivery or end use;
• additional requirements determined by CPS National that are necessary to ensure delivery of services to quality, safety or environmental requirements.
This project was off great interest to CPS National because:
• It is one of the world’s first stand-alone solar PV powered fully automated portable diesel fuel outlets, designed to provide easy, 24-hour diesel fuel access to trucks in remote parts of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
• Caltex Australia’s diesel refuelling site at Onslow, more than 1300km from Perth, is not connected to mains power. Instead it primarily uses solar PV and battery storage technology to drive the fuel pumps with support from a standby backup diesel genset. The greatest challenge in remote areas is powering the diesel pumps so the fuel can get into the customer’s tank – it is very expensive and inefficient to run a genset when there are only a handful of customers every day. CPS National’s innovative system has resolved this issue for Caltex.
• Caltex has pioneered this “environmentally-friendly initiative” as part of further extending the reach of its National Truck Network, the largest truck refuelling network in Australia. The network comprises 200 dedicated truck stops and 300 truck-friendly sites across the country.
CPS congratulates Caltex for their initiative and approach and looks forward to working with them into the future.