Year 12 students tour production plants

Year 12 Chemistry students from a Fremantle based secondary school had the opportunity to expand their chemistry knowledge during a recent visit to both CSBP and Kleenheat’s Production Facility in Kwinana.

Tours of WesCEF’s production plants by Secondary Schools and Universities occur quite regularly, and during the most recent tour in June, nine Chemistry students were able to further enhance their theory learnt in class and see firsthand how the fundamentals of chemistry are practically applied within industry.

Students tour CSBP

This is not the first time Chemistry Teacher Aidan Holohan has visited our plants, and he sees this excursion and interaction with Engineers very beneficial for his students.  “The students get an opportunity to see what they are learning in class and how this is applied to a real working environment.   It also provides them with the chance to speak with Engineers, talk about career opportunities and find out what it is like working in the industry.”

The morning session was hosted by Jason Thompson (Technical Superintendent for Ammonia/AN) and he took the students through the fundamentals of the ammonia process, something which they had been studying at school.  Despite the weather not being the best he still managed to take the group on a bus tour of the site which provided some awareness for the size and scale of a chemical manufacturing facility.
After lunch the group took a short drive to the Kleenheat Production Facility and were hosted by Albert Romano (Manager, Production and Engineering), Tim Snowden (Graduate Process Engineer), Jonathon Khoo (Senior Process Engineer) and Dinesh Illath (Principal Engineer LPG/LNG).  Tim talked the boys through the process of natural gas extraction to produce LPG, whilst Jon focused on explaining the LNG process.  Throughout the presentations the students were tested and asked questions about how processes would work and the students were able to draw on their knowledge learnt in class.  

There was also opportunity for questions to be asked by the students about operating the plant, key learnings and career opportunities.  Following the presentations, the group donned their safety gear and were escorted safely throughout the plant giving the Chemistry students a close look and good understanding of how important parts of the plant work.

“The level of enthusiasm displayed by the students throughout the day affirms that hosting these tours is very worth-while.  As one of the State’s most diverse process industries, together with others across CSBP and Kleenheat I am proud to have accommodated many plant tours over the years.  I find it gratifying particularly during student tours when I get to see for myself how bright young people react when they have the opportunity to observe things of great interest to them for the first time. If as a result this helps them to make clearer life choices about a future career that might interest them and later benefit the industry as a whole, then it is worthwhile.  While we are all busy, it is important that experienced people continue to find the time to re-invest in the development of others, particularly given that over the years we have also relied on the experience of others before us in satisfying our own developmental needs,” said Albert.

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