Critical Infrastructure – Power and Mining Industry – Security / Emergency / Training Services
IPR-GDF SUEZ Hazelwood (formerly International Power Hazelwood) is part of the global energy giant IPR-GDF SUEZ. Located in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, 150 km east of Melbourne, IPR-GDF SUEZ Hazelwood comprises a 1740MW power station and an adjacent brown-coal lignite mine over an area of 3554 hectares. The brown-coal fired power station produces around 10 TWh annually and is supplied with up to 18 million tonnes of coal each year from the Hazelwood mine. Completed in 1971, the business directly employs 540 staff and averages 300 alliance contractors with hundreds more employed during major maintenance outages.
Hazelwood supplies up to 25% of Victoria’s energy requirements and 5.4% of Australia’s energy demand.
International Power, Hazelwood’s original owner, entered the Australian energy industry in 1996 when it purchased Hazelwood for $2.35 billion. It has since merged with energy giant GDF SUEZ (February 2011) to become the world’s largest independent power generator.
Services provided by Diamond since 2001 incorporate the following: Security – Emergency – Training. In summary this includes: management support, provision of 24/7 Emergency Service Officers (ESO’s) proficient in customer service, firefighting and rescue, security duties, first response medical services, fire equipment maintenance, development of security and emergency plans, emergency incident management and system development, development of Standard Operating Procedures.
In addition, Diamond supplies water response craft – coxswains and support crew, special event security teams (requiring up to 130 personnel for emergencies including bomb threats and planned protestor action events), development of IT solutions in incident management and reporting, traffic management and control, health and safety provision including operating a first aid medical centre, mobile / foot patrols, access control, risk management, planning and conducting desk top exercises, participation in Central Gippsland Essential Services committee meetings and exercises, control room operations, screening services, warden services, training (emergency services including first aid level 2 and 3, rescue, fire, confined space entry / rescue, breathing apparatus, rescue from heights, safety and traffic control).