City West Water has invested $120 million in vital infrastructure in the inner and western metropolitan area in the 2013-14 financial year, bringing total investment over the past five years to more than $720 million. The investment, detailed in the City West Water Annual Report tabled in Parliament last week, is among many initiatives that have provided the community with […]
by Michelle Goldsmith, Utility Associate Editor The National Broadband Network is currently undergoing its transition between rollout models. The past few months have been a time of decisions, change, trials and reviews for the project, while in the background the network continues to take shape. In this article we look at some of the most significant updates and changes and […]
A new electrical installation will be constructed at Black Range as an important part of the South Australia to Victoria Interconnector Upgrade project. The South Australia – Victoria Interconnector Upgrade project has been jointly developed by ElectraNet, the owner and manager of South Australia’s electricity transmission network, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The project involves the installation of […]
A new collaboration between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Energy Networks Association (ENA) is set to provide a one-stop-shop of up-to-date renewable energy grid integration projects and findings. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the new partnership would address an existing information gap and build on important work ARENA had already undertaken. “ARENA is today releasing a stocktake […]
The Australian Government has announced the release of the Energy White Paper – Green Paper 2014. The Green Paper outlines the Federal Government’s policy approaches to the reform and regulation of the Australian energy market. The goals outlined in the paper include: Increasing Australia’s attractiveness for energy resources investment. Reforms to electricity pricing, including electricity network tariff reform to limit […]
In order to encourage the continuing growth of Tasmania’s agricultural industries, the state government has committed $30 million to building a second tranche of irrigation projects, including the Circular Head Irrigation Scheme that will deliver reliable water to prime dairy and cropping land in the state’s far north-west. A further $500,000 of funding has also been allocated to Tasmanian Irrigation, the government’s […]
Remote and regional Australia has taken a step closer to receiving fast broadband with the completion of NBN’s ninth satellite ground station at Waroona in Western Australia. When completed, NBN’s network of satellite ground stations will feature 24 satellite dishes across 10 sites. They will be critical pieces of infrastructure, essential to the delivery of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, due […]
Work has begun on a $2.4 million SA Water project to ensure Mount Gambier’s water supply from the Blue Lake continues to meet national drinking water guidelines. The lake is the primary water source for the city, and supplies approximately 26,000 customers. The water is treated prior to delivery to the local network. SA Water’s Senior Manager of Water Treatment […]
Arrow Energy has announced it will proceed with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for its proposed Bowen Gas Project. Arrow Energy CEO, Andrew Faulkner, said the decision was a critical milestone in progressing the development of the company’s significant Bowen Basin gas reserves. “This design stage represents an important step forward for Arrow’s Bowen Gas Project and I […]
Queensland Urban Utilities has launched a new trial involving floating wetlands to purify waste water at the Forest Hill Sewage Treatment Plant, near Laidley. The Queensland-first project involves growing wetlands on specially engineered plastic mattresses, which are then floated on purpose-built lagoons. Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said it was a natural, cost effective and energy efficient solution to […]
A major sewer upgrade project is due to start in Melbourne’s inner north this October. The 114-year-old Carlton Main sewer, which is declining in health, services more than 15,000 households and businesses across Carlton, Brunswick and southern areas of Coburg. The project will see the renewal of 1.35 kilometres of the sewer between Pigdon and Princes streets in North Carlton. […]
Unitywater (QLD) has closed its Suncoast Sewage Treatment Plant at Finland Road, Bli Bli. The closure completes Unitywater’s major undertaking to transfer sewage from the communities of South Marcoola, Mudjimba, Pacific Paradise and Twin Waters to the Maroochydore Sewage Treatment Plant for treatment. Unitywater Executive Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery, Simon Taylor said the Suncoast STP, built in 1988, […]
QGC has celebrated a step towards long-term operations in Queensland with the dedication of a new command centre by Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane MP. The facility, known as the QGC Hub, is the nerve centre of natural gas operations from southern to central Queensland. About 120 engineering, commercial and production specialists collaborate to optimise the operation of wells, pipelines […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will provide $450,000 funding to support a $1.4 million pilot-scale rollout of an innovative renewable energy solution. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Laing O’Rourke would be constructing, setting up and packing down the world’s first fully redeployable large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant. “ARENA supported Laing O’Rourke to undertake initial design work into this technology and we are […]
The Queensland Government has announced an $11 million investment in a new gas pipeline to supply householders and industry in the Bundaberg region. QLD Premier Campbell Newman said the 24.7 kilometre Bundaberg Gas Pipeline could create around 100 new full-time jobs and 600 indirect jobs by attracting new industry and development to the region. “This pipeline will encourage new businesses […]
Contact Energy (NZ) has unveiled its newest and most advanced geothermal power station, the final stage of the Wairākei Investment Programme. The Te Mihi geothermal power station ushers in a new era of efficiency and environmental responsibility, taking advantage of the world class Wairākei geothermal resource. “Te Mihi is a testimony to Contact’s dedication to ensuring New Zealander’s energy needs […]
A large contract has been awarded for major components of the $120 million Sunraysia Modernisation Project (SMP), the biggest irrigation upgrade in the history of the Sunraysia district. GOLD JV, a joint venture between Guidera O’Connor and Leed Engineering and Construction, has been appointed to design and build new pipelines, decommission irrigation channels at Merbein and Red Cliffs and replace […]
In its recently released 2014 annual report, Telstra has reported a $4.3B net profit after tax (a 14.6% increase from last financial year) and hinted that renegotiations with NBN Co. for the copper and HFC networks needed for the revised rollout will soon conclude. In their message to shareholders, Telstra CEO David Thodey and Chair Catherine Livingstone AO , said: “The […]
The results of the Federal Government’s audit of the NBN public policy process, conducted by Mr Bill Scales AO, have been released. The purpose of the audit was to investigate the processes that led to the establishment of the NBN project and: Outline the public policy process undertaken to support decisions by the Australian Government relevant to the NBN policy. […]
Ageing inner-city infrastructure in Townsville’s CBD will soon undergo a staged $43 million upgrade to support the inner-city’s revival with the award of a major design contract. Townsville City Council will complete the utility infrastructure project over the next four years to upgrade the water storage and approximately 12km of underground water and sewerage pipework, some of which is 60 […]
ACTEW Water’s Enlarged Cotter Dam project has received two national sustainability awards at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards in Queensland. The Cotter sustainability program won both the Sustainable Infrastructure Category and the Overall Winner Award. In addition to securing the Canberra region’s water for generations to come, the massive construction project also achieved the following: A 7km […]
Gippsland Water’s latest project, a 2,700 property sewerage scheme in Loch Sport, Victoria, will resolve environmental and public health concerns in a unique area adjoining Ninety Mile Beach and Gippsland Lakes. The Loch Sport Sewerage Scheme is the third backlog sewerage scheme Gippsland Water has delivered to small waterfront communities in the past six years. This project has followed delivery […]
IKEA has positioned itself as a global leader in the field of sustainability, and with a target of being completely energy independent by 2020, it’s hard to argue with their commitment to the cause. Recently, the Swedish furniture giant unveiled plans to generate solar power to run its Australian stores and warehouses – and potentially feed excess power back into […]
TransGrid, having won an Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award three times previously, has again been named as a finalist, this time for the Western Sydney Supply Project. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate contributions that both individuals and organisations make to the community through engineering innovation, creativity and excellence. The Western Sydney Supply Project (WSSP) was established to address […]
Victoria’s Western Water established a program in 2010 to prevent sewer spills, which has reduced the number of incidents by 54 per cent in three years. Here we take a closer look at their strategy and the inspection works that have been carried out to date. Western Region Water Corporation, trading as Western Water – one of Victoria’s 13 regional […]
CitiPower and Powercor Australia’s Metro and CBD Security of Supply Projects represent major investments in the company’s distribution network. Together the projects are aimed at providing increased electrical capacity to meet a significant increase in energy demand in Melbourne’s Central Business District by upgrading the Bouverie-Queensberry Zone Substation (BQ) and increasing the level of supply security at CitiPower’s 66kV network […]
Since 2012, the Australian Energy Market Operator has been investigating the potential to integrate excess energy generated by wind turbines around Australia into the National Electricity Market. AEMO has provided Utility with an update on the progress that has been made, and the challenges that lie ahead for the integration of large scale renewable energy into the grid. In December […]
QGC has awarded an engineering and project services provider contract for the QCLNG project to WorleyParsons Australia. These services are in support of the ongoing expansion of QGC’s QCLNG development and the annual program of works associated with their existing coal seam gas facilities and the LNG plant in Queensland. This includes the upstream coal seam gas well heads, gathering […]
The NBN rollout has recently picked up momentum around the country with an additional 44,709 homes and businesses in 26 regions connected to the network. The latest construction maps show the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be rolled out using fibre and fixed wireless technologies across parts of the following regions and communities: NSW: Greater Sydney Central Coast Mid-North Coast […]
ARENA has announced $450,000 funding for Abengoa to conduct a feasibility study into a solar thermal power station in remote Western Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the study will look into constructing a 20 MWe plant in Perenjori, connected to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) electricity grid. “The solar thermal tower and a molten-salt energy storage system could […]
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