MPC Kinetic provides fixed supply of water for Broken Hill

This year, MPC Kinetic completed a challenging new water pipeline that will secure water supply for Broken Hill for future generations.

Developed by WaterNSW, the $467 million Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline (W2BH) project was designed to drought-proof one of New South Wales’ iconic mining towns, which for decades has been hit by crippling drought and often left struggling with critically low water supplies. The successful build was completed by MPC Kinetic and joint venture partner John Holland ahead of schedule and in an industry-record time of just 10 months.

Mainline pipe crews laid an average 3 km of pipe per 12-hour shift, but in August 2018 more than 7.3 km was laid in a single shift. MPC Kinetic General Superintendent John Carolan says the project team battled some challenging conditions to ensure the critical water lifeline was delivered and capable of supplying up to 37.4 ML of water every day to the residents of Broken Hill.

“It took more than 22,000 pipe lengths and 500 people to complete the pipeline, which also included a 720 ML bulk water storage and four large-scale pump stations,” says Mr Carolan.

“Building a project of this magnitude in industry-record time meant mobilising Australia’s only specialised fleet of machinery from our Brisbane yards to ensure optimum productivity at all times, but most importantly, deliver it safely.”

During the construction of W2BH more than 150 local jobs were created, which included the establishment of tailored training programs aimed at further developing the skills and experience of the local workforce. Mr Carolan says the success of the project was, in part, due to the strong relationships with local communities.

“The project injected more than $50 million into the region’s economy through our use of local businesses wherever possible, and this in turn created further employment opportunities for local people; however, what I see as the most beneficial social outcome while delivering this pipeline, is the traineeship program provided to 18 young locals, 16 of which were local Aboriginal youth,” he says.

“This tailored program saw our trainees gain, not just on-the-job experience, but also a Certificate II in Civil Construction, which they have since used to gain career opportunities in other industries within the region.”

Mr Carolan says the delivery of the pipeline aside, none of the positive socioeconomic outcomes would have come to fruition without the solid and genuine commitment made by W2BH construction partner John Holland and the WaterNSW team.

This article was featured in the July edition of The Australian Pipeliner. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

For more information visit the MPC Kinetic website.

If you have a project you would like featured in The Australian Pipeliner contact Managing Editor David Convery at dconvery@gs-press.com.au

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