Product: Steel PCU Pad Cap Plates
Application: Warwick Solar Farm
Location: Warwick, Queensland
Master Steel provided 160 pieces of steel PCU pad cap plates for the 64-megawatt Warwick Solar Farm Project. The plates underwent MPI or Magnetic Particle Inspection, a nondestructive examination technique used to diagnose surface and subsurface defects on ferromagnetic materials. The plates also required galvanizing, a process in which the steel is dipped in a molten bath of zinc to form the dull grey zinc carbonate coating that protects the steel from elements. Master Steel was able to deliver the project in under two weeks.
The $125 million Warwick Solar Farm Project is developed by Lendlease Group at a 154-hectare site in Queensland’s Southern Downs region. The facility will provide 100% renewable energy for research and education at the University of Queensland (UQ), which purchased the project in November 2018. This makes UQ the first in the world to rely its electricity use completely on renewable power produced from its assets. Moreover, the surplus energy beyond the university’s demands will be sold to the National Electricity Market, cutting coal consumption by 60,000 tonnes.