According to Mr Bird, overwhelmingly skids are produced in Asia, and are less frequently produced locally. Local Darwin subcontractors were used for pipe fabrication, civil work and electrical work.
In addition to sourcing local contractors, Mr Bird says that McConnell Dowell was also able to use local employees rather than employ FIFO workers.
“Darwin has been great; there is a very good depth of talent here. There’s been so many mining jobs around over the last 10 or 15 years, so there are plenty of good tradesmen,” said Mr Bird.
New direction for the pipeline
According to Power and Water Corporation’s Construction Supervisor Peter Darby, having the company own its own pipeline is a new direction for the organisation.
“The majority of the gas network [infrastructure] in the Northern Territory is not owned and operated by the government; Power and Water own the gas and get it transported by others to the user. In the case of this pipeline, it was slightly different – we made a strategic decision to own the asset.”
For McConnell Dowell, the innovation was around optimising the design, manufacture and construction of the skid to ensure a cost-effective project.