Konecranes expands to electrical generation

Malaysia's Northern Utility Resources Generation chooses Konecranes as its crane service partner

Konecranes expands to electrical generation
Konecranes expands to electrical generation

August 23, 2011

Malaysia's Northern Utility Resources (NUR) Generation
has chosen Konecranes as its crane service partner at Kedah plant.

The plant provides 220 Mw of electricity to the Kulim Hi Tech Park, where more than 50 companies have set up their headquarters for Malaysia and the broader Asian market.

four gas generators and two steam generators, NUR’s Kulim co-generation plant is dedicated to providing reliable supply to the Park through its high technology facilities serviced and maintained by a total of seven production and service cranes from Konecranes.

The cranes are integral to the energy production process, being used for everything from lifting turbines and rotors for periodic maintenance to day-to-day service of diverse, heavy, delicate and expensive workpieces.

"This is a very versatile site, set up to ensure security of electricity supply to customers who require world’s best standards of reliability," says Energy Management Services Mechanical Supervisor Johnny Lillis.

Lillis, whose company is operational, management and maintenance contractor for NUR Generation says he has to be available all the time.

"If we did have an outage, we would have to repurchase power from the grid, which costs us more," he says.

"So we are strongly focussed on business partners such as Konecranes to provide optimum reliability and safety."

To service NUR’s 2X20 ton, 2X10 ton, 2X1 ton gantry cranes and its 3-ton workshop crane, Energy Management Services chose Konecranes, the OEM of its cranes and the world’s leading crane services organisation.

With more than 373,000 cranes of all makes under service contracts worldwide, Konecranes operates through a well established South Asia network.

Konecranes offices in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru combine access to global resources and expertise, while offering local knowledge and expertise honed by servicing hundreds of cranes in the areas in which their local customers operate.

"Ideally we always prefer to deal with the OEM, for three main reasons," Lilllis explains.

"First, they know their machines better than any ABC cranes company - and this has benefits in terms of reliability and efficiency.

"Second is availability of parts. Konecranes have the best range, better than any ABC company.

"And, in addition to availability of spares, a third reason for dealing with the OEM is that they will be the fastest to react when we need them to."

Lillis's company is backed by the service resources of Konecranes Malaysian branch and Konecranes Regional HQ in nearby Singapore.

Konecranes Singapore won Konecranes Group Best Service Award for 2010. Konecranes branches in Australasia have also won local, State and national awards for service excellence.

"Konecranes take ownership and responsibility for a crane plant, in a partnership with us that surpasses any ad hoc arrangement of an ABC company," Lillis says.

"Konecranes is dedicated to the same standards of safety, reliability and efficiency that it applies to electricity generators across Asia and across the globe."

Konecranes ST Model gantry cranes and its workshop crane are serviced by a Penang team led by Service Supervisor Heng Weng Thai under the direction of Konecranes Operations Manager, Malaysia, Stephane Sene.

Technology leaders relying on NUR’s power include AIC Semiconductor, Axcellis Technology, BASF Electrical, Fuji Electric, Hertz (Sime Darby), First Solar, Intel, Maybank, Novellus, Schenker, Toyo Memory Technologies and Wafergen Bio Systems.

Konecranes Power Industry Cranes offer:

Highest lifecycle value through decades of power generation

Application design based on each type of power plant requirement, which provides optimized use of space

Light though robust construction, which
saves civil works costs

Capacity to cope with Irregular use after the erection period, setting specific needs for long-term reliability

Worldwide maintenance by Konecranes minimizes ownership costs

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