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- On August 25, 2010
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AWS developed and qualified all of the welding procedures, and related welder training in Zeron 100 for the Adelaide Desalination Plant Project in our facility in Melrose Park, Adelaide.
Water isn’t the only priceless resource the Adelaide Desalination Plant project gives South Australia, it also enhanced some crucial skills in the construction workforce, with AWS Global contracted by AdelaideAqua to provide specialist welder training and welding quality inspection training.
“AdelaideAqua and SA Water want to create a legacy for South Australia in terms of welding skills. It is not a trade that has been attracting enough new workers, but it can offer a complete career path, with specialisations like welding engineering,” explained AWS Managing Director Neville Cornish.
“Welding engineering is the best way of ensuring weld integrity. People often don’t realise a project’s reliance on competent welds and inspection. The AWS Centre of Excellence is a training facility, which is not just a training area, it is a wholistic facility covering a career path within the
welding field,” said AWS Consultant Christine Edwards.
“Welding of Plant is listed under OH&S, and all projects have a duty of care with welded plant; this is one of the reasons we need to upskill the industry. A lot of work slips past which is not up to the level of quality required, and a lot of subcontractors and engineers are not entirely aware of the
applicable welding standards. The documentary evidence for Welded Plant needs a trail from welding design through to final inspection.”
AWS has accreditation AS/NZS ISO / IEC 17020 as a class A Inspection body, is the only NATA accredited welding consultancy, and brings a combined 150 years of hands-on metal fabrication, engineering and inspection experience across industry sectors to improve the level of diligence applied on sites.
As infrastructure project consultants, AWS ensures all Welding and Welded Structures, Welded Plant, Welded Components, and Pressure Plant meet the mandatory requirements, and have serviced major projects including desalination plants, submarines, wind towers, tunnels and
bridges in both the private and government sectors.
AWS Centre of Excellence offers accredited training in specialist welding, engineering, metal fabrication and inspection, with diploma courses in addition to career path modules for experienced engineers, welders and fabricators.
The training has been specifically designed in response to the growing skills shortage in the industry, and ensures workmanship of the standard required to protect human life and the capital value of plant and projects.
What is Zeron 100?
Zeron 100 is a super duplex stainless steel developed by Rolled Alloys (formerly Weir Materials). The alloy has excellent corrosion resistance combined with high strength.
Zeron 100 typically contains 25% chromium and 7% nickel and 3.6% molybdenum along with copper and tungsten additions. Zeron 100 has a 50–50 austenitic-ferritic structure. Zeron 100 also has greater resistance to chloride pitting, crevice corrosion and stress corrosion cracking than exhibited by the standard 300 series stainless steels.