The Federal Government has appointed a panel of experts to conduct an independent cost-benefit analysis of broadband and review of the regulatory arrangements for the National Broadband Network. The panel will consist of Dr Michael Vertigan AC as Chair alongside Ms Alison Deans, Professor Henry Ergas and Mr Tony Shaw PSM as panel members. The panel members bring decades of relevant […]
APA Group, Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, has reached agreement with Envestra Limited to progress a scheme of arrangement proposal to combine the two businesses. APA has put forward a revised proposal which implies a value of $1.17(1) per Envestra share (“APA Proposal”) and follows discussions with Envestra and some limited due diligence. Under the proposal, Envestra shareholders will […]
A $4M project by Ergon Energy to install underground powerlines in parts of the CBD of Ingham, Qld has begun. The project aims to significantly improve electricity supply during the storm and cyclone season. Ergon General Manager Service Delivery Northern Paul Ryan said the project is part Ergon Energy’s Cyclone Area Reliability Enhancement (CARE) program where critical powerlines supplying key […]
Gippsland Water in Victoria will apply real time technology and mobile tablets to manage its $1 billion network of assets more efficiently. The new Mobile Solutions technology means that crews working in the field will be able to record and report their work without sending paper reports back to their home depot, saving on travel time and data entry. The […]
The Qld Government has decided it will not be sourcing drinking water from North Stradbroke Island for use in South East Queensland, a proposal which has been under consideration since 2007. Qld Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said drought conditions prompted the decision in 2007 to add the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to the Logan Basin water […]
The Queensland Government has released a draft strategy for the management of the Cape York Peninsula’s water resources for public comment. The new strategy aims to deliver secure and sustainable access to water for all sectors of the Cape York communities. “The draft strategy outlines a robust and fit-for-purpose water allocation and management framework for the Cape York region,” said […]
SP AusNet has selected Ericsson to develop and implement a 3G network-enabled communications solution to support its electricity smart meter program. The company intends to extend its existing smart meter footprint with an Ericsson solution that uses public 3G mobile networks and will reach a further 108,000 meters in outer urban and rural areas. SP AusNet’s Director of Market Services […]
Seqwater has repaired scouring and erosion at the toe of Borumba Dam in South East Queensland in readiness for the summer months. The repairs were required as a result of damage caused by the January 2011 floods. The toe, made of rock, sits in front of the dam wall and almost 3,600 tonnes of rock was brought in to provide […]
Stafford’s Sparkes Hill reservoir in South East Queensland has undergone a major upgrade to improve water quality. The reservoir, owned by Seqwater, is one the biggest in Brisbane and can hold 94 megalitres of water—the equivalent of 39 Olympic swimming pools. It was built in 1973 to service the growing Stafford area. Remediation works included repairs to floor seals, wall […]
The Adelaide desalination plant has reached a major milestone – the production of 50 billion litres (50 gigalitres) of desalinated water. This coincides with South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter opening a purpose-built walking trail providing unique views along the perimeter of the plant to the public. “The walking trail connects the coastal paths surrounding the Adelaide Desalination Plant, and […]
Two of Australia’s leading LNG projects have signed gas swap and infrastructure connection agreements. The cooperation deal aims to provide flexibility and allow both proponents to maximise capital and operational efficiencies. The new agreements between the Santos GLNG and Australia Pacific LNG projects will make gas transportation more efficient between the two projects’ Surat Basin gas fields in Queensland, and […]
Gas distribution network owner SP AusNet has begun initial works to extend its underground natural gas network to Huntly in Western Victoria. Under the project, approximately 580 Huntly residents and businesses will be able to access the network by winter 2014. SP AusNet’s Program Manager, Geoff Thorn, said the company is committed to delivering the underground gas network on time, […]
Adani Group’s Galilee Transmission Pty Ltd (GTC) has announced a proposal for a major transmission line to power the development of the $5.9 billion Carmichael coal mine near Clermont in central Queensland. The 250 kilometre transmission line would link Powerlink Queensland’s Strathmore substation near Collinsville to the new Galilee substation to be located on Adani’s Moray Downs ten kilometres east […]
Victorian Water Minister The Hon Peter Walsh MLA and Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Chessman MP officially unveiled the $42 million Black Rock Recycled Water Plant west of Melbourne. The cutting-edge facility will produce recycled water for new growth centres including Armstrong Creek and Torquay north. New residents in Armstrong Creek will soon have access to highly treated Class A […]
Hunter Water is inviting tenders for the rehabilitation of sewer mains by lining. This contract involves the rehabilitation of gravity sewer mains by the installation of lining systems to restore structural integrity, prevent infiltration or exfiltration, eliminate root ingress and/or restore the hydraulic capacity of the sewermain. The gravity sewer mains to be rehabilitated will be up to a maximum […]
Orange City Council has welcomed the announcement by Federal Environment authorities to clear way for the Macquarie River pipeline. Mayor John Davis said after four years of debate and detailed assessment, he’s relieved that Orange is now in a position to deliver water security. “The best part of this decision is delivering water security for the community of Orange,” Cr […]
Australia’s largest gas infrastructure business, APA Group has released their results for 2012-13 showing a 27.4 per cent increase in net profit to $179 million. APA Managing Director Mick McCormack said, “This was another busy year and one which delivered pleasing results. We completed expansion projects on a number of our assets and the integration of the HDF pipelines. We […]
NBN Co locked in a number of contract changes and renewals just before moving into caretaker mode for the Federal Election. Downer EDI was awarded further contracts, while Silcar’s construction contract was renewed, while the Syntheo JV contract will not be renewed. Downer was awarded a two-year contract to roll out fibre optic broadband in an area covering approximately 300,000 […]
By Milan Rubcic, Sydney Water A typical wastewater system may comprise of a network of sewers and sewage pumping stations (SPS) that collect and transport sewage from where it is generated to a wastewater treatment plant for treatment. Wherever possible, the wastewater system should be designed to maximise the use of gravity to convey the sewage. Gravity wastewater systems do […]
APA Group Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, recently announced it has approached the board of Envestra Limited (Envestra) with a proposal under which the two businesses would be combined through an all-share merger. The proposal remains indicative and non-binding. APA acquired a 17.2 per cent interest in Envestra in July 2007, and has supported Envestra with further equity investments […]
A Brisbane innovation that will increase safety in high-risk bushfire areas and also improve the reliability of the electricity network was launched by Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, the Hon Ian Walker MP at Siemens’ manufacturing facility at Loganholme. The Hon Ian Walker MP said the Fusesaver Remote Control Unit was an impressive piece of technology […]
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