Boral Clinker 2021

Hook, line & ‘clinker’ – Ahrens deliver complete project solution for Boral

Boral returns to Ahrens for construction of new clinker storage facility in Geelong

In the market to increase their storage capacity and operational flexibility, Boral chose Ahrens to provide the design and construction solution for their new 6,000m2 cement clinker storage building, which involved shop detailing, fabrication, painting and delivery of the facility which utilised custom engineered beams and rafters.

The most vertically integrated construction company in Australia, Ahrens were the ideal choice for this project as they could provide a complete range of in-house project services and cost-effective solutions, and this was the competitive advantage that was key in the delivery of this project.

With the ability to design, fabricate and detail their own structural steel and components at their manufacturing facility based at Kingsford, this allowed the team to provide over 1,000 tonnes of structural steel for the clinker facility, dramatically reducing planning and construction time.

Being involved early in the design phase meant Ahrens were able to finalise more details up front and coordinate works efficiently. This enabled Ahrens to incorporate all components of the project in the initial design and planning stage, minimising variations later in the project and providing the most cost-effective and efficient redesign of the structure and surface treatment for Boral.

The team worked tirelessly to deliver the facility in under ten months, despite being delayed by challenging economic and social conditions.

This project forms a part of Boral’s $130 million new clinker grinding and cement facility, designed to process up to 1.3 million tonnes of cement products per year. It will be connected by a conveyor system to Lascelles Wharf, providing substantial discharge and processing efficiencies.

Ahrens’ work for Boral will allow the company to increase its bulk storage capacity, helping it to meet Victorian infrastructure demands. This is one of many projects Ahrens have completed for Boral in the past, with works ranging from workshop extensions to shedder plates and even a Queensland crushing facility worth over $3 million. With Ahrens’ position as a leading construction and steel services company, clients like Boral keep coming back.

Ahrens Steel Solutions supply and erect structural steel work, cladding and concrete works for a wide range of various applications. Their world class steel fabrication plant is home to Australia’s first automated custom engineered building plant – one of the most advanced of its kind in the world.

Ahrens own a vast fleet of plant and equipment, including mobile cranes from 15 tonnes to 200 tonnes, welders, generators, elevated work platforms and more than 1,000 site vehicles. An enormous advantage to their clients is the ability to access and deploy multi-skilled site crews to work anywhere in Australia.

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