Barwon Water’s Biochar to Batteries project, which aims to achieve an innovative use for biochar, has received the Australian Water Association’s Victorian R&D Excellence Award. Biochar, created through a carbonisation process involving the high-temperature baking of organic waste, serves as a solid carbon sink, effectively sequestering carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere during waste decomposition. The research […]
$1.3 billion in funding packages have been provided to the CopperString 2032 project by the Queensland Government, to help propel construction work on the country’s largest transmission endeavour. The funding will get the project ready for construction to commence mid-2024, and enable publicly-owned energy corporation Powerlink, alongside construction partners UGL and CPB, to undertake detailed design and engineering and environmental […]
The Western Plains Wind Farm has officially been removed from Ark Energy’s pipeline, with the company saying that its focus has shifted to bigger, more urgent projects. Progress in the renewable energy industry and the need for more renewable energy capacity to be delivered sooner has accelerated. The size, wind turbine capacity and total output capacity of projects has been […]
Stage two construction has commenced on the Haughton Pipeline Project, with pipes going into the ground. More than 28km of pipeline is being installed as part of the project – Townsville’s largest water infrastructure project – to help bolster Townsville’s water security. The pipeline project has been identified as one of Townsville’s most significant infrastructure projects in decades and a […]
Victoria’s Premier, Jacinta Allan, has launched the State Electricity Commission’s (SEC) Strategic Plan 2023-2035, marking the commission’s first step in leading the energy transition since being recreated. The plan sets out three clear priorities for the next ten years: Investing to accelerate the energy transition Supporting the switch to all-electric households Building a renewable energy workforce The SEC will invest […]
The Energy Efficiency Council and Clean Energy Council have partnered to deliver Careers for Net Zero, a campaign to train and upskill the energy workers necessary for Australia to reach its net zero targets. According to research by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Sydney and Monash University, at least two million new jobs are required to meet net […]
The Queensland Government has released the Queensland Energy Workforce Roadmap, which outlines how government, industry, workers and community can work together to create a workforce that can carry the state through the energy transition. The roadmap is supported by the Future Energy Jobs Guide, which outlines job opportunities and career pathways available to existing workers and school students. Developed in […]
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 […]
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, […]
By Neve Surridge, Corporate & Customer Graduate – Reputation and Media | Corporate Affairs, Powercor Australia For any major project, getting community engagement right is essential to a smooth delivery. Here we take a look at two major power upgrades in regional Victoria this year, and how they have shown how proactive engagement with households and businesses can help teams […]
Arc faults are a serious event where a large amount of electrical energy is explosively released causing serious burns and death of operators in the area. Additionally, they can result in significant damage to switchgear, conductors, switchboards and installations. Here we look at how new electrical safety technology can prevent disaster and protect personnel from hazardous consequences. The most likely […]
From maintaining hydration and protecting public health to supporting social and economic development, water is a critical part of everyday life. However for some outback towns, clean drinking water doesn’t flow freely from their taps. In an effort to provide better amenities to remote first nations communities and secure the state’s water supply, SA Water is looking to desalination. For […]
Accurate utility location is vital for many types of construction and development projects, as well as for routine maintenance and repair of utilities. Failure to locate and properly mark utilities can result in damage, costly repairs, service disruptions, and potential safety hazards. That’s why utilities and local governments are looking for solutions that can help them get the job done […]
Two crucial concepts that often emerge in conversations around scalable digital transformation are proof of concept (PoC) and proof of value (PoV). Here, we take a look at the differences between each term and what they mean for your digital transformation journey. These terms may sound interchangeable, but they carry distinct implications, especially in critical operational environments where risk mitigation, […]
By Frank Zeichner, CEO IoT Alliance Australia The transformative power of digital technologies discussion is happening in every boardroom and on every construction site in Australia. Yet despite well-established business cases, we’re lagging and slow in our uptake and use of the smart data that is essential for Australia’s future prosperity. At stake is our economic productivity and net zero […]
VEGA Australia, bolstered by its parent company’s global presence and innovations, is ensuring that the local construction industry has reliable, next-generation measurement technology to optimise assets and boost operational efficiency. For more than 60 years, sensor and measuring instrument manufacturer VEGA has been developing the measurement solutions of the future, building upon a passion for innovation and transformation. In recent […]
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 […]
To ensure that piping equipment remains functional and leak-free, selecting the right seal model to suit the nature of the substances it comes into contact with is of the utmost importance. Here we take a look at a recent case study and discuss the considerations that need to be made when choosing a seal. An Australian potato chip factory built […]
At the heart of the utility industry lies critical assets – the indispensable infrastructure encompassing power plants, pipelines and water treatment facilities that deliver essential services to communities. Compliance, therefore, stands as the safeguard ensuring the integrity, reliability and safety of these vital services. Failure to comply can result in service interruptions, loss of trust between organisation and customer, and […]
Growing global concern about microplastics has spurred a range of research and studies into the different methods that can be adopted to reduce their widespread presence. Recent studies undertaken by South East Water can help water utilities gain invaluable first experiences in sampling and characterising this contaminant. Concurrent with the increase in production and usage of plastic materials worldwide has […]
The Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park is a key project for the Canning City Centre Regeneration Program, which is a ten year, $76 million program that aims to transform Canning’s City Centre into Perth’s southern CBD. Wharf Street Basin has been reimagined as a new smart park and is one of the City of Canning’s centrepieces of urban […]
With the arrival of El Niño comes pressing concerns for water security and inevitable water restrictions as utilities are faced with the challenge of limited water supply. Equipping consumers with water consumption data allows them to keep a close eye on their water usage, and reduce water waste at a time when every drop counts. As we approach the hot […]
The pursuit of reducing nonrevenue water has rendered sensor technologies irresistibly appealing to utility companies. These innovative devices boast transformative leak detection capabilities but simultaneously introduce a suite of operational and regulatory quandaries requiring thoughtful navigation. The initial allure of sensor solutions is their ability to monitor leaks across an entire pipeline network. However, this advantage can mislead utilities into […]
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 […]
As we face a future affected by climate change, the reliability of our water systems becomes more important than ever. But when water security covers such broad ground, where do water authorities focus? Interflow’s Contracts Manager, John Weaver, said that at the centre of most water security success, is a wellmaintained asset base. “In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s […]
In February 2023, the Queensland Government approved the Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline (FGP) for construction. The FGP is a $983 million pipeline to address the single source water supply risk from Awoonga Dam, enabling long-term water security to Gladstone’s industry and support ongoing economic development in the region. The 117km pipeline will run from the Lower Fitzroy River in Rockhampton […]
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 […]
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