Integrated supply chain logistics were utilised by Qube for Tranche 1 and 2 of the Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion (VNIE) Project.
The VNIE Project involved looping sections of the existing 260 km Victorian Northern Interconnect (VNI) Pipeline to increase capacity, as well as increasing compression capacity north and south of the VNI. One of the biggest challenges of the VNIE project was the logistics of transporting 162 km of pipe sourced from overseas.
Qube was contracted by Bao Australia to manage the supply chain for Tranche 1 and 2 of the VNIE Pipeline Project, from vessel management to pipe laydown at Wallan, Tallarook and Benalla in central Victoria.
The contract included:
- Full project management
- Stevedoring at Qube’s South Wharf facility in the Port of Melbourne
- Storage and stockpile management
- Transport of the pipe to the lay down areas at Wallan, Tallarook and Benalla in central Victoria
- Crane loading operations to unload pipe into the lay down areas at respective locations.
- Logistical challenges
The cargo of pipe reached Australia in four shipments, with two shipments for each tranche.
Qube unloaded a massive 10,500 individual pipe lengths in the Melbourne Docklands and, despite the large size of the shipments, the unloading of the pipe was seamless.
The transport to sites in northern regional Victoria was also challenging, with as many as 680 truckloads required to shift the pipe to construction sites.
The pipe was successfully transported by Qube on extendable trailers with between 8 and 11 trailer loads delivered to respective sites daily.
The first 30 km of pipe was transported to Wallan just north of Melbourne, and the remaining 130 km of pipe was taken to locations at Tallarook and Benalla.
Given the size and importance of the expansion project, Qube was on the front foot at all times, managing the complex communication required between the many stakeholders involved, including the pipeline supplier Bao Australia, the shipping line delivering the pipe into South Wharf, Port of Melbourne, and APA Group.
Stakeholder engagement was critical to being well-prepared for the arrival of the shipments and to ensure that all parties were fully equipped with the documented procedures for handling of coated line pipe. This ensured the safety and integrity of both employees and the line pipe at all times.