“This is the first time in many years that a pipeline has been built in Victoria at 2.5 km/day production rates.”
Mr Povey also outlined the terrain on which the construction is taking place threw up its fair share of difficulties.
“The terrain and level of interruptions (property boundaries, roads and crossings) were a significant impost on the project,” said Mr Povey.
“Nacap presented a flexible pipeline construction operation capable of accounting for these challenges and ensuring production targets were met.”
In some cases, there were a number of narrow right-of-way (ROW) sections, due to the work being within seven metres of the Wollert to Wodonga pipeline, which necessitated the formation of a special section crew capable of working on reverse and narrow ROW.
The many roads and waterways intersected by the ROW meant that three special crossing crews were required to execute crossings in advance of the mainline activities, which allowed one of the three following tie-in crews to weld mainline lowered-in pipe.
As part of the scope of works, Nacap was also responsible for the mechanical installations at the start and end of each of the loops to connect into the existing Wollert to Wodonga pipeline.
There were also five locations that require end-of-line or mid-line facilities works installation.
The project was constructed in a combination of rural and domestic areas. Therefore, a key issue was housing the project workforce for the duration of the project.