The Wallis Lake dredging operation at Tuncurry has commenced – news welcomed by New South Wales Member for Myall Lakes, Tanya Thompson. MidCoast Council has confirmed the process will start with dredging mobilisation. This mobilisation phase will include the setup of a temporary deposition site at Vincent Fazio Park in Tuncurry; an essential step in ensuring the smooth progress of […]
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The New South Wales and Federal Governments have announced they will each invest $3 million, for a total of $6 million, to investigate industrial water recycling in Tamworth. The final business case to investigate building the state’s first regional industrial advanced water treatment plant would significantly reduce the amount of town water being used by four major commercial processing and […]
In October 2022, central Victoria was hit with a major flooding event that devastated local communities. Homeowners were forced to evacuate as floodwaters damaged homes, rivers and roads. But amidst unprecedented circumstances, Coliban Water’s unwavering focus on caring for customers, and staff dedication to local communities helped it act quickly to mitigate the damage. Coliban Water Managing Director, Damian Wells, […]
Some of Australia’s most respected engineering and climate experts will headline the 2023 Climate Smart Engineering Conference, (CSE23), Engineers Australia’s flagship event to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 and 30 November 2023. The CSE23 plenary and technical programs will bring the latest in world-leading views and engaging debate on solutions to address climate change, […]
Yarra Valley Water has announced a new strategic partnership to harness the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and help digitise its asset networks. The strategic partnership with Sagemcom Australasia is designed to take full advantage of the IoT to help enhance customer experiences, provide early notification of network faults and develop improved asset management predictive models and investment […]
The South Australia Government has signed an early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement with preferred partners to deliver its Hydrogen Jobs Plan. A consortium comprising ATCO Australia and BOC, a Linde company, is the preferred hydrogen delivery partner for the plan, which includes proposals for the world’s biggest hydrogen production facility, power plant and storage at Whyalla in the Upper Spencer […]
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has reported lower demand for energy and a fall in wholesale electricity and gas prices during the July to September quarter of 2023 in its latest Wholesale Markets Quarterly Report. The report shows average wholesale electricity prices in the National Electricity Market (NEM) were less than half that seen at the same time last year […]
Western Australia utility company, Water Corporation, has announced that its Chair will step down effective immediately. Western Australia Minister for Water, Simone McGurk, acknowledged outgoing Water Corporation Chair, Ross Love, for his leadership and service to the organisation’s Board of Directors over the past three years. Mr Love, who was appointed to the role in September 2020, will step down […]
If not located correctly, underground utilities are at risk of being damaged during the installation or construction of new assets, which can have devastating consequences. A New Zealand-based utility locating company has uncovered a solution using the digital visualisation technology. When construction or new asset installation impacts underground utilities such as gas, water or power mains, the consequences can be […]
Genex Power has announced that its subsidiary, K3W Project Co, has entered into a ten-year power purchase agreement with EnergyAustralia for the 258MW Kidston Stage 3 Wind Project (K3W). K3W is being developed by Genex in a 50:50 partnership with Electric Power Development (J-POWER). The agreement represents the second offtake that Genex has signed with EnergyAustralia, following the execution of […]
As part of its $94 million upgrade, the North Head Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has been installed with two new digestors. The digestors are currently being used to produce biosolids for use in compost and on a trial basis in forestry, and are expected to almost double the sludge digestion capacity at the plant. The North Head WRRF provides […]
With more than 30 per cent of all CO2 emissions attributable to road transport, fleet operators have a major responsibility and opportunity to play a role in a greener future for our planet. The upcoming 3G end-of-life provides an excellent opportunity to improve the sustainability of fleet transport. As the impending 3G shutdown forces all fleet operators to upgrade hardware […]
The Queensland Government has announced the official opening of the Dulacca Wind Farm, which is expected to bring the state much closer to its renewable energy targets. The 180MW project, owned by Octopus and developed by RES, created 150 jobs in regional Queensland at its construction peak. State-owned CleanCo has a long-term power purchase agreement with the Dulacca Wind Farm […]
The arrival of key components for two synchronous condensers has marked a major milestone for Australia’s largest electricity transmission project, EnergyConnect. EnergyConnect will allow energy to be shared between New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria and enable the connection of more new renewable generation. Transgrid and construction partner Elecnor Australia are building the 700km New South Wales section of […]
As Australia’s energy grid transitions towards renewables, water utilities also have a large role to play in reaching net zero emissions targets. North East Water is powering ahead and investing in a renewable energy source for its wastewater treatment plant. A new 3MW solar farm is now powering the Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant with renewable energy. In a major step […]
By Ben Barnes, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Australian Energy Council As the cost of living increases, energy bills are placing more and more financial pressure on consumers. In this article the Australian Energy Council (AEC) takes a look at the government reforms currently underway, and how they might impact retailers’ already supporting customers experiencing payment difficulty. A lot has been […]
WaterGroup’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Aimi Macready, and Head of Smart Metering Operations, Holly Guy, talked about water data and its flow-on effect, implementing sensors and IoT devices for a better water future and the inclusion of women in the water industry. “Well, we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for one of the founders of WaterGroup, our […]
The Compressed Air Association of Australasia (CAAA) recently announced CAPS Australia as the winner of the inaugural CAAA Safety Award. The winner was judged as having the best system, work procedure or tooling idea that improves the safety of the compressed air industry. CAPS Australia’s winning submission was in recognition of their implementation of technology, usually used for caravans and […]
Construction for the South Coast and Southern Highlands sewerage service upgrades have commenced, after the New South Wales Government granted $9.6 million in funding. The investment from the New South Wales Government includes $3 million to link 57 houses in Akolele to the Bermagui Sewage Treatment Plant, co-funded by the State Government and Eurobodalla Shire Council, and $6.6 million to […]
The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has announced that Hydrogen Park (HyP) Gladstone in Queensland, Australia’s first city-wide renewable hydrogen blending project has commenced construction. HyP Gladstone is a small demonstration facility in Queensland designed to produce renewable hydrogen to start to decarbonise gas supply in Gladstone, and is supported by the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019–2024, as well as […]
A new water strategy has been announced by the Queensland Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, during National Water Week. Developed in consultation with the water industry, stakeholders and the community, the strategy harnesses the strong partnerships and collaborative approach the Queensland Government has with communities across Queensland, to meet challenges and create future opportunities when it comes to water security. […]
The annual National Water Week 2023 has kicked off, delivered by the Australian Water Association (AWA), the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) and The Water Conservancy. This year’s National Water Week started on 16 October, with the theme ‘United by Water’ celebrating water’s vital role in connecting us all. Water touches every aspect of development, […]
South East Water has been named as a finalist in four categories of the Australian Water Association’s (AWA) Victoria awards. South East Water said that it is proud to be recognised alongside some of its industry partners for its commitment to delivering better customer, community and environmental outcomes to secure a sustainable future, and is a finalist in the following […]
United Energy has been ordered to pay $93,200 in fines and court costs after it was convicted of failing to properly maintain vegetation clearance around powerlines in south-east Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Energy Safe Victoria, the safety regulator for the state, brought 24 charges to the hearing, following inspections by compliance officers during 2021 and 2022. Energy Safe Victoria […]
40 Robust Oyster Baskets (ROBs) have been installed in the upper reaches of the Pine River, downstream of Unitywater’s Murrumba Downs Wastewater Treatment Plant, as part of the Oyster Reef Restoration project. The project aims to determine the effectiveness and value of oysters to filter nutrients in waterways over the next five years and could reshape the future of shellfish […]
The Queensland Coordinator-General has declared the $14.2 billion Borumba Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project a coordinated project, meaning that assessment of social, economic and environmental matters can begin. The project, being developed by Queensland Hydro, involves building a new upper reservoir, as well as a new dam wall that will replace the existing Borumba Dam wall and increase Lake Borumba’s […]
Gippsland Water has announced that it has appointed two new Directors and a new Board Chair. Tom Mollenkopf has been appointed Board Chair, with Jenny Selway and Katie Wyatt appointed as Directors. Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming welcomed the three appointments and said she looked forward to working with them. “We feel very fortunate to have three new members […]
Boundary Power has developed a first-of-its-kind, relocatable, hydrogen integrated stand-alone power system (HiSAPS) in Victoria, aided by funding from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). On 9 October 2023, the Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, visited the Ampcontrol manufacturing site in Ringwood to see the demonstration unit in action, powering the internal […]
The proposed acquisition of Origin Energy by Brookfield and MidOcean has been authorised, with conditions, by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The proposed acquisition comprises two interdependent transactions. The transactions will result in a consortium led by the Brookfield Global Transition Fund owning Origin’s energy markets business, including Origin’s electricity generation and electricity and gas retail businesses. MidOcean […]
Seqwater has released its 2023 Water Security Program, which outlines how it plans to deliver reliable, quality water to the region’s rising population. As outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan, population is set to grow to more than six million over the next 30 years. The Water Security Program maps out how Seqwater plans to continue to provide […]
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