Performing a maintenance shutdown is a complex operation and every shutdown is slightly different, which means the solutions need to be carefully tailored to suit the project and the client’s needs. That was certainly the case with two Shell/QGC (Queensland Gas Company) turnaround projects in Kumbarilla, in the QLD Western Downs region. Both installations – Jordan CPP village and Ruby Jo CPP village – required the supply of temporary office complexes, meeting rooms, amenities blocks, crib huts, and side opening containers (for ice machines), in addition to lighting towers, generators and water tanks.


In total, 27 portable buildings of different sizes were provided across the two sites. The Jordan CPP site was more challenging, as it was a lot narrower than Ruby Joe, and thus required the deployment of a design that has been carefully developed over several years and used in a range of shutdowns to suit the area available. The larger Ruby Joe site was designed to suit the number of workers for each building. For both installations, the site layouts were developed using area maximisation and determining what could be fitted in the area to best utilise the space.

For both projects, Onsite collaborated with Australian Temporary Buildings, a contractor we have worked with for many years for site facility building installations and demobilisations.


Onsite has the contract with Shell/QGC for all equipment and building hire, and QGC has expressed a lot of trust in what we do regarding planning and executing solutions to meet their needs.

Onsite has been partnering with clients on a wide range of shutdown projects for over a decade, and this experience and our expertise were important factors in the QGC project. As with all shutdown projects Onsite is involved with, planning began months in advance, with fortnightly meetings held in the lead up to the shutdown, to manage the requirements with all personnel from Onsite and QGC. This process is a main contributor to our success with planning, delivering and executing shutdowns. In addition, minimal issues with our equipment leads to seamless works and better results, putting Onsite ahead of our competitors.

The two QGC shutdown installations were very successful and completed safely and on time and on budget to meet QGC expectations. We received great feedback from QGC and the shutdowns were successfully completed without any impact on its performance to execute the works. Onsite also received excellent reviews from the senior shutdown coordinators and general staff using the facilities, and QGC was very happy with the team’s professionalism and execution of hire supply solutions.

Enhanced Ontrak® feature gives the power to track rental equipment emissions

At Onsite, innovation is one of our core values, which is why we continue to develop and enhance our Total Rental Management Solutions. Our Ontrak® system is a great example of an innovation designed to make our customers’ rental experience more transparent and as smooth as possible. This proprietary cloud-based worksite management solution helps you to remotely monitor, manage and make the most of your on-hire equipment. And it’s now even better than ever.

We’re excited to announce the latest feature, which allows you to track your carbon emissions of the equipment you’re renting. There are myriad benefits:

  • Environmental awareness: not only does this new feature raise awareness about the carbon footprint associated with rental equipment, but it also provides vital education.
  • Reduced emissions: by having access to carbon emissions information, you can opt for equipment with lower emissions. This leads to a direct reduction in the carbon footprint associated with the rental activities and contributes to overall emission reduction efforts.
  • Regulatory compliance: it’s now a requirement for many companies to report carbon emissions, and by openly providing emissions data, we can demonstrate compliance and potentially access benefits or incentive related to carbon reduction efforts.
  • Data-driven insights: we can analyse our clients’ preferences and patterns related to equipment with lower carbon emissions over time. This data can inform decisions about inventory management and potentially lead to the introduction of more sustainable equipment options.
  • Long-term viability: as the world increasingly focuses on sustainability, integrating carbon emissions information into business practices shows a company’s progressive approach and adaptability to changing customer preferences and regulatory landscapes.
  • Collaborative environmental efforts: by involving our customers in carbon emissions reduction efforts, we can foster collaboration in addressing environmental challenges. This engagement can lead to a broader cultural shift toward sustainability.

The data can be viewed in several ways via the new Onsite Ontrak widget to assist clients in measuring, reporting and reducing targets on carbon emissions daily. For more information, our Customer Success Manager can give you the lowdown: 0499 400 075.

5 tips for renting portable lighting towers

Lighting Towers

Where you need to light up night roadworks or a remote mine site, it’s important to choose the right size, style and number of portable lighting towers according to the site and your specific needs. Here are 5 key considerations:

  • Calculate how much coverage and brightness you need

To get the best solution, it’s important to calculate the size of the area that you need to illuminate. Also consider the level of brightness (lumens) you need. For example, construction and roadworks sites need to be well lit so workers can see what they’re doing.

  • Determine how many hours you need the lighting to run

Determine how many hours you’ll need the lighting towers to operate. A lighting plant can run 24/7 but it’s determined by the type of bulb (LED or metal halide) and the tower’s fuel tank capacity. As a guide, a metal halide lighting tower would need to be refuelled every 48-50 hours (with a fuel consumption of around 4-litres per hour), while an LED tower can run for up to 200 hours between refuelling, with a fuel burn of between 0.8-2.5-litres per hour. Solar-powered lights run for around 12-14 hours depending on weather conditions and solar recharge rate.

As a guide: Metal halide bulbs are bright, warm lights and provide a great deal of illumination. High-intensity bright white LED lamps are low-voltage and require less energy than metal halide lights, but they don’t provide quite as much illumination. However, LED lights are instant-on and turn off right away and are the most popular choice among Onsite customers.

  • Consider height and rotation

If you need height for your worksite, then a key consideration is how high the mast is and the ease of extending it. Also ensure the lighting tower selected has a stabilisation system, in the event of high winds. Another factor is whether the mast can be easily rotated and tilted, so illumination goes exactly where needed. Onsite’s lighting towers have 360-degree rotation, with some rotating at the bottom of the mast and others rotating hydraulically at the light head. All of Onsite’s lighting towers have stabilising legs to assist in windy conditions, however, in some extreme winds there’s still the risk of the light plant blowing over, which is why it’s crucial to discuss your needs, work site setting and different scenarios with a lighting equipment hire specialist.

  • Noise generation

If your site is in an urban environment where noise mitigation is a requirement, selecting a lighting tower with a low noise level is vital. If noise is an issue, keep in mind that solar and electric light towers are silent. As an example, for pedestrian lighting, solar power would be ideal, while for an industrial worksite with noise restrictions, the best option would be a metro-spec LED light plant due to its lower noise levels.

  • Power type

There are various power options including diesel, generator, solar or electric power outlet.

Want to discuss your lighting tower needs? Call Onsite on 13 40 40 for a tailored solution.
We provide a range of solutions ranging from unique cube contact units to specialised portable LED lighting towers in various configurations, and solar units ranging from 240w to 2280w.

Why maintenance shutdowns need to operate like ‘well-oiled machinery’…and the role Onsite plays

Tool Store

Performing a maintenance shutdown is usually a complex operation – particularly when you weigh up the need to balance maximum safety requirements with minimal operational disruptions. It’s essential work but can’t be executed while machines are operational, hence the necessary shutdown. And given every hour a site is idle equates to significant revenue losses, planning an efficient shutdown is critical to minimise downtime.

“It’s vital for shutdowns to operate like ‘well-oiled machinery’, which is why having the resources and equipment available to perform the works is so important,” says Iain Campbell, Onsite’s Regional Industrial Services Manager – Western. “Although certain core maintenance tasks might take as little as a few weeks, the preparation can take up to a year or more. Proper planning and ensuring that all elements are covered takes out the guesswork and eliminates any surprises.”

Over the past decade, Onsite has been involved in around 120 planned shutdowns for mining, construction, oil & gas and manufacturing operations, predominantly in geographically remote areas in WA’s Pilbara and Goldfields and also in the Southwest, where Onsite assists various clients with shutdowns on a regular basis. The longest shutdown Onsite has worked on was a 1000-man, 90-day shutdown for a WA nickel mining site, while the shortest was a 500-man, 45-day shutdown for a power station.

For large, manned shutdowns, we usually receive support requests many months in advance, while for smaller manned shutdowns we receive requests weeks or months prior, and unmanned shutdown requests – such as for tooling containers – might only be a matter of a couple of weeks’ notice,” says Iain.

Tailored solutions

Onsite has a dedicated shutdown team consisting of local teams that mobilise to shutdowns as and when required. There is also a FIFO team that works fulltime on client sites where 24/7 tool stores are required.

Onsite also has an extensive list of equipment – 50,000 individual pieces – available for planned shutdowns. This includes mechanical hand tools, electric and battery-operated tooling, specialised hydraulic tooling, hydraulic lift and shift equipment, electrical testing equipment and intrinsically safe tooling used primarily for the oil & gas sector.

“Every shutdown is slightly different in nature, which means the tooling requirements change according to the shutdown and our clients’ needs,” says Iain. “We work closely with clients to deliver a fit-for-purpose bespoke tooling solution to execute the shutdown in a safe and cost-effective manner.”

Clients have the choice of a range of tool store offerings ranging from a more simplistic solution – i.e., the supply of industrial tooling from Onsite’s branch network. Onsite also supplies unmanned tooling solutions consisting of tailored gang boxes and tooling containers. By far the most popular solution for medium to larger shutdowns is Onsite’s manned tool store option: a self-sufficient tool store containing all the equipment required by the client in addition to the labour to manage the tool store 24/7.

“With this solution the tooling remains off-hire in the tool store until the equipment is booked out to an individual, at which time the equipment is then on-hire,” explains Iain. “We can also supply long term site-based tool store solutions, which can be on sites for many years, with our team members mobilising to site on a FIFO basis. Unmanned tooling containers can also be supplied on a rotational basis – i.e., supplied to site but rotated back to our Industrial Service Branch for audit/repairs, test and tagging etc.”

Tool store management

Onsite has a dedicated team of Tool Store Controllers who are trained in many aspects of managing the tool store. They use Onsite’s proprietary inventory management software to manage tooling, electrical test and tagging training, inspections of rigging equipment, forklift operations, and minor repairs of tooling.

Providing vital data is also a vital role. “The most requested data from clients is what’s out on hire and to whom, whether it’s a person or company. We keep track of both,” adds Iain.

Onsite’s role

  • Pre-shutdown is a crucial component: Onsite works closely with clients to plan the types of equipment required, technical requirements, specifications and volumes required for the scope of work.
  • The Onsite team manages the tooling as well as the consumable requirements as required.
  • All equipment is tested and tagged and once the order is confirmed Onsite then picks and packs the tooling containers to the customers’ requirements and makes ready for transport to site.
  • The barcode from each item is scanned and allocated to the specific user (the system then records the transaction date and time and any other analysis coding specific to that site). This means each authorised user is identified within the system by their unique barcode, whether clients or contractors.
  • Onsite organises the transport logistics to ensure the equipment arrives to site prior to the shutdown.
  • Once on site Onsite sets up the tool stores in preparation for the shutdown.
  • Fully trained and inducted personnel are provided to man tool stores for the duration of the shutdowns, which can include day and night shifts over long periods of time (teams are swapped out to ensure compliance to fatigue management procedures).
  • Tailored reports (daily, weekly, or monthly) are provided to clients (i.e., spend, overdue equipment, damages and losses).
  • Once the shutdown is complete, the reverse logistics are organised by Onsite. That involves finalising missing equipment and advising clients, and then packing up the stores for demobilisation.

“Planning is key to our success and we engage with our clients as early as possible to work through the process,” says Iain. “The planning can be up to 12 months in advance for large shutdowns or long term site-based tool stores.”

Sime Darby Berhad to acquire Australia’s Onsite Rental Group

Sime Darby

BRISBANE, 2 March 2023:

Sime Darby Berhad announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sime Darby Allied Operations Pty Ltd (Sime Darby), will acquire Onsite Rental Group Limited (Onsite), a market leading provider of business to business equipment rental solutions to blue chip customers across a range of industries in the Australian market including resources, energy, industrial and commercial.
“Sime Darby is strategically positioning itself to capture demand across the resources, infrastructure and energy sectors. The Onsite acquisition complements our existing portfolio and provides geographic expansion to position our Industrial division in high growth areas of the Australian market,” Sime Darby Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson said.
Onsite employs more than 500 people through a network of over 30 branches across Australia providing dry hire solutions and industry leading “Digital Rental Management” solutions. It has a large and diverse fleet of over 60,000 assets providing diversification to Sime Darby’s industrial rental equipment offerings across a broad range of industries in Australia.
“We are very pleased to have retained Onsite’s strong management team and look forward to working with them to build on its leadership in the mining and construction equipment rental market,” Dato’ Jeffri added.
“Sime Darby is a natural fit for Onsite, and we are thrilled to be joining forces to build on our great success in the Australian market. With this backing, Onsite can invest into adjacencies, achieve supply chain efficiencies, expand into new markets and enhance our offering to accelerate growth and contract wins,” Onsite Chief Executive Officer Mike Foureur said.
For further information, please see our press release here

Tailored Solutions for Tianqi Lithium

Site Accommodation

Tianqi Lithium, a joint venture between Talison Lithium and US miner Albermarle Corporation, is Australia’s first fully automated lithium hydroxide processing plant. WA’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide was produced in May 2022 at the company’s lithium hydroxide processing plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area, south of Perth, for supply to global customer producing rechargeable batteries for the electric vehicle and energy storage system industries.

The first stage of the facility, Train 1, was successfully commissioned in 2018, and construction of a second production train is slated to begin in the first half of 2023, with an early works program already underway. Hundreds of local jobs will be created during construction, and to house around 200-300 office and construction workers during the duration of the Train 2 construction meant that offices, cribbing facilities and amenities blocks were required. There were several key challenges, including limited site space, low fleet availability and unprecedented site accommodation demand issues. In addition, providing a cost-effective solution was a key requirement for our client due to stage 1 construction costs and expected delivery date blow-outs.

Our Approach

As a brownfields site, space was at a premium for the installation of site accommodation. To overcome the challenge, Onsite designed and built an open-plan office compound-style set-up that would suit the needs of internal and external key stakeholders. In total, Onsite has supplied 24 floors and four toilet blocks for the duration of the 18-month project.

Our Business Advantage

Onsite has a strong history with Tianqi Lithium and a proven track record, having successfully installed site accommodation for Stage 1 in 2017. It gave our client confidence that we could meet their requirements for the second stage, Train 2, and provide a tailored solution that would overcome the distinct challenges. In addition, being able to provide prompt technical expertise and solution solving for complex issues was a significant drawcard, as was our client having to deal with just one company to provide the solutions. And being able to finish on time and on budget was a crucial factor in our client’s decision making.

Western Port Highway Upgrade

Large Roundabout

The Western Port Highway Upgrade was a major road infrastructure project being delivered by Downer Group on behalf of Major Road Projects Victoria and formed part of Victoria’s Big Build. The project involved replacing the roundabouts at the intersections of Ballarto Road, Skye and Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin in Melbourne with traffic lights to better manage traffic flow on and off Western Highway. Additional through lanes, dedicated right-turn lanes and left-turn slip lanes, in addition to new shared walking and cycling paths were also key parts of the project.

Major construction began in January 2022 and was completed in December 2022, with the upgrade designed to improve safety and congestion for the 25,000 drivers that use the highway each day – and Onsite was on-hand to provide a wide range of products and equipment to service the client’s evolving needs.

Onsite Rental Group’s Approach

Agility has been vital for this project because of the challenging timeframes and rapidly evolving and increasing client and project requirements, not to mention the concurrent state-wide high demand for site accommodation products. Strong relationships and the ability to act quickly were key in Onsite securing the contract to work with Downer. We had already been working closely with Downer’s Procurement Team to secure a preferred supply agreement, and they continued to keep using Onsite because of our strong customer-focused service and quality equipment.

Onsite provided a wide range of equipment including telehandlers (2.5t and 3.0t), lighting towers, Superloo toilets, and crash-rated water-filled traffic safety barriers. A major achievement was the provision of enough lighting towers to suit Downer’s requirements during the multiple 24/7 construction blitz. They required a large number of lighting towers to ensure there was enough light for work to be completed safety at night throughout the occupations. Onsite was able to meet that demand and we were given the first opportunity to supply lighting towers for Downer’s major occupation in July 2022.  

In addition, the quality of our Superloos and the reliability of our Victorian servicing team meant we were chosen to provide user-friendly on-site toilet amenities spread across the site.

The Business Advantage

Onsite prides itself on offering customer-centric solutions and our approach for this project has resulted in a myriad of benefits for our client, including:

  • Quality, fuel-efficient products
  • Reliable, well-maintained equipment
  • Fast response and actions on any breakdowns or issues
  • Onsite’s reliable afterhours service
  • Open and clear communication
  • Knowing they have access to call an account manager rather than a call centre

Allianz Rugby League Stadium Redevelopment


The modern, world-class Allianz Rugby League Stadium in Sydney’s Moore Park has been created to be a landmark sporting and entertainment venue. Located next to the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium was designed by Cox Architecture and built by the John Holland Group. Construction began in 2020 with completion prior to the 2022 NRL Grand Final. Onsite commenced works at the site in March 2021, initially providing a single boom, which subsequently led to the long-term hire of various booms and scissor lifts for the main construction work and then defects works.

Like many Sydney construction projects, there were two key challenges faced by the contractor: COVID shutdowns and delays, and the city’s unprecedented wet weather, which caused multiple obstacles. Regardless, we were ready with our hire solutions throughout – and particularly once construction got back on track.


Initially, Onsite won a tender to provide a single boom for the construction work. However, prior to the first delivery, Onsite and the contractor had many consultations and face-to-face meetings regarding our services and flexible solutions, which led to our being awarded a number of long-term hires for other equipment for the main construction works and subsequently defects works following handover. In addition, there were several transfers of hires to subcontractors on site.


At Onsite, building strong relationships with clients and suppliers is vital – and this was certainly evidenced by the stadium project. What began as the hire of a single boom for the project resulted in a number of long-term bulk hires over 18 months, further reinforcing the relationship between ourselves and John Holland. Additionally, as a result of the successful stadium project, On Site is now working with John Holland and various sub-hire companies around Sydney and in Melbourne, and has a strong pipeline of hires.


Onsite Solutions

As of 1 September 2021, we have acquired the assets and operations of Melrose Access Hire to further our expertise and growth in the access hire business throughout NSW. Melrose Access Hire has built a well-respected business over the last seven years and is highly regarded.

We will be working closely with Melrose Access Hire customers to manage the transition and aim to ensure that this can be as simple as possible given the challenging issues regarding COVID 19. The team from Melrose Access will remain with Onsite and continue to service your needs.

Great Eastern Highway Passing Lanes


Cost control over the life of the project was the biggest challenge facing WBHO Infrastructure, principal contractor for building 44kms of passing lanes from Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie. The almost $50 million project demanded an integrated equipment hire strategy with the preferred rental company able to demonstrate a history of cost control.


Our equipment sales specialists developed a Total Rental Management package of Site Accommodation, Earth Moving, Compaction and Generators to power the site. A power audit was undertaken to ensure maximum efficiency of the generator set-up.


Costs were controlled throughout the 29 week life of the project including power savings of almost 20%.

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