Local contractor unites with international partner

E&A Contractors Pty Ltd in Whyalla has undertaken an international partnership with Siemens for the Snowtown II wind tower project.

The contracting company will be building components of wind turbines to be transported to Snowtown and have already completed one tower.

20 out of 90 turbines in all will be constructed in Whyalla for this project.

E&A Contractors Whyalla facility played host to South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill as well as Siemens on August 7 to celebrate the venture.

All parties expressed that the project exemplified the kind of international partnerships that Whyalla local business and service providers can obtain with international conglomerates.

Mr Weatherill, along with other distinguished guests, was treated to a walk-through of the Whyalla facility showcasing different components of the wind turbines as they were being built.

The site tour was led by E&A Contractors chief executive of renewable energy Mike Lewis who explained in detail the processes involved in constructing and then transporting the turbine components.

E&A Contractors chief executive officer Stephen Young said the company was proud to have Mr Lewis and his leadership team to carry out the wind turbine project.

In addressing the audience which included the 150 plus local E&A workforce, Mr Young said he was thankful for the hard work the team had put in to create these turbines in a safe and efficient way.

He also acknowledged the 17 apprentices and 11 indigenous workers as integral parts of the E&A workforce.

Mr Young said it is the E&A workforce that has helped the company become what it is today and secure the wind turbine manufacturing contract.

“All of them have delivered above and beyond the call of duty in upgrading the facility and getting us to this point,” Mr Young said. 

Mr Young also acknowledged the support his company has received from the South Australian government and Siemens.

“The support we have received from both the state government and Siemens has been nothing short of exceptional,” Mr Young said.

“The government provided a grant of $2 million as part of the Regional Development Fund and together with the recent acquisition of this property from OneSteel, E&A Limited has spent more than $10 million for the upgrade of this facility,” Mr Young said.

“Importantly, the capacity can be used for more than just wind tunnels and we now have in this location one of the most flexible heavy engineering workshops in South Australia.” 

Siemens Australia chief executive officer Jeff Connolly spoke about the excitement the Siemens company shared with E&A Contractors in being able to bring this project to fruition.

In choosing E&A Contractors, Mr Connolly said this was a great benefit in helping to foster the local economy.

Mr Connolly said it was great to be working with the South Australian government and E&A Contractors due to their shared vision.

“In essence Siemens and South Australia share the belief that technology is the key enabler to a more sustainable future for this state,” Mr Connolly said.

Mr Connolly said the state government, the community of Snowtown and E&A Contractors were the three key ingredients for getting the project running in Whyalla.

“Siemens believes that with the right entrepreneurial determination, local manufacturers can meet and beat the world’s best practices in wind power manufacturing,” Mr Connolly said.

“We have a belief that the future of Australia’s prosperity depends on our ability to keep manufacturing and also to manufacture in new ways and embrace new processes and new technologies.” 

CONSTRUCTION: E&A Contractors will build 20 of the 90 towers for the Snowtown II wind farm.

CONSTRUCTION: E&A Contractors will build 20 of the 90 towers for the Snowtown II wind farm.

ADDRESS: Addressing the staff at E&A Contractors Whyalla facility was Premier Jay Weatherill and chief executive officer Stephen Young.

ADDRESS: Addressing the staff at E&A Contractors Whyalla facility was Premier Jay Weatherill and chief executive officer Stephen Young.

WORKFORCE: Labor candidate for the seat of Giles Eddie Hughes, Premier Jay Weatherill, E&A Contractors CEO Stephen Young and Siemens CEO Jeff Connolly celebrate with local staff the completion of the first wind tower.

WORKFORCE: Labor candidate for the seat of Giles Eddie Hughes, Premier Jay Weatherill, E&A Contractors CEO Stephen Young and Siemens CEO Jeff Connolly celebrate with local staff the completion of the first wind tower.

WIND TOWER: The locally made wind towers will be 80 metres high and weigh 180 tonnes once constructed on site at the Snowtown II wind farm.

WIND TOWER: The locally made wind towers will be 80 metres high and weigh 180 tonnes once constructed on site at the Snowtown II wind farm.

TOUR: E&A Contractors CEO Stephen Young greets Labor candidate for the seat of Giles Eddie Hughes and Premier Jay Weatherill for a tour of the local facility.

TOUR: E&A Contractors CEO Stephen Young greets Labor candidate for the seat of Giles Eddie Hughes and Premier Jay Weatherill for a tour of the local facility.

WELDING: The pieces for the wind towers are being built locally and will then be assembled on site at Snowtown II

WELDING: The pieces for the wind towers are being built locally and will then be assembled on site at Snowtown II