Ensuring Hazard Area Compliance on Australia’s LNG Infrastructure

EnenMech EPS values safety as an essential foundation for growing into the future as a leading provider of Power, Oil & Gas, Resources and Infrastructure project services. As such, we also appreciate how imperative it is to our clients that safety standards are stringently adhered and complied to across their works. An organisation wide focus on safety compliments our ability to offer the highest quality specialist services in the area of Hazardous Area Compliance on electrical projects of all scales. This meticulous speciality works to assure clients that their Hazardous Area plants comply with the Australian Standards AS/NZS 60079.14 and AS/NZS 60079.17, relating to Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas (EEHA).

Working on some of Australia’s most complex projects, often in remote and challenging conditions, EnerMech EPS has an innate understanding of the implications of effective Hazardous Area Compliance as a pivotal component of project success. The high stakes involved require nothing less than the trained eyes of an experienced team of EEHA Specialists. We spoke to EEHA Specialist Subi Lika, who works across Australia’s largest LNG projects, including the APLNG, QCLNG and GLNG projects on Curtis Island about the rewarding work behind ensuring ongoing safety and compliance at some of our most significant project sites.

So, Subi, what are some of the daily core duties involved in your role as EEHA Specialist?

The days begins with a Pre-Start with the team, then setting out and providing guidance on work fronts for the team. We provide supporting documentation for certification of devices and electrical connection diagrams. Our teams perform field walk downs with client. We are conscious of the schedule being met and we avoid and where necessary remove any road blocks with a view to bringing the schedule forward. We finish with review of inspection HAC sheets and sign off in readiness for transmittal to client.

What is EEHA, and what are the unique challenges in the oil, gas and resources sectors?

EEHA looks into electrical equipment installed into an environment that has a potential to become explosive. The main issues around EEHA is the certification of the electrical equipment to be installed into the hazardous area and the installation quality of the installed electrical equipment.

How did you get into EEHA at EnerMech EPS?

Having over 25 years of petrochemical experience I was approached by EnerMech EPS to run their Curtis Island EEHA scope of work.

What are some of the typical benefits EnerMech EPS EEHA teams deliver for clients?

Skilled and knowledgeable inspectors, great resolution and alternatives to non-compliances and reliable, timely response to issues are some of the benefits we offer in fulfilling client objectives.

What are the personal qualities required of EnerMech EPS EEHA specialists to meet client objectives?

A great investigative mindset. You need to be client focused, combined with knowledge of vendor/manufacture alliance in the industry to obtain devices information for compliance, which are essential for meeting the needs of clients.

What are the skills and qualifications required to be a competent EEHA Specialist in the industry?

A strong understanding of the Australian Standards, hard work with years of experience in the industry, trade qualifications, external EEHA modules, schooling and assessment are all part of the arsenal of skills of the competent EEHA Specialist.

What might be a couple of your greatest project achievements?

Providing EEHA works on some of Australia’s most important LNG export infrastructure such as QCLNG, GLNG, APLNG on Curtis Island, Gorgon LNG project, and Wheatstone LNG project.

Anything else unique or of interest about EEHA in the industry?

The EEHA industry is very challenging and dynamic, touching a large range of industries. One of the biggest challenges in the EEHA industry is equipment coming from abroad being installed into Australia that have alternative compliances, not IECEX, that need to be reassessed prior to being installed in Australia with supporting documentation provided.

Thanks to Subi for his insights into this explanation of EEHA work and what is involved in the work we do for our clients. EnerMech EPS are always looking for new talent so please don't hesitate to submit your CV to us if you would like to be considered for a job within the industry here APPLY NOW. 

Workers performing inspections