Power and Water Corporation was recognised twice at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards, with wins for the Ludmilla Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and for future-proofing Katherine’s power infrastructure.

“The Engineering Excellence Awards are highly prestigious and competitive, so being named overall winner for the Ludmilla Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is a great feather in the cap of our Water Services engineers and our project partners Hunter Water Australia,” said General Manager Water Services, Neil Rickard.

“The Ludmilla Wastewater Treatment Plant services 57,000 residents of the inner suburbs in Darwin and is a key wastewater treatment facility for Power and Water and a key component of the Larrakeyah Outfall Closure Plan.”

“The Ludmilla Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade was completed in 2013 and was the largest sewerage project ever undertaken by Power and Water Corporation.”

“The plant remained fully operational for the duration of the construction period and endured the significant challenges that working through the wet season can bring.”

“The project has vastly improved treatment performance and environmental outcomes while boosting dry weather, and more significantly, wet weather performance,” Mr Rickard said.

Future-proofing Katherine’s power infrastructure is an important part of Power and Water’s commitment to improving reliability and security of the network, said General Manager Power Networks, John Greenwood.

“Winning the People’s Choice Award is a great honour for Power and Water and our project partner Aurecon.”

“The Katherine Power Station provides vital power supply to that region and reliable power supply is clearly a necessity for quality of life in what is a growing area.”

“The $14m upgrade was a complex project addressing many issues facing the supply system.  That system is now more robust due to the installation of new and additional equipment.”

“The four year asset replacement and renewal program was achieved around a fully operational power station that remained online and available throughout the project,” Mr Greenwood said.

The Katherine Power Station is now an asset of Territory Generation following the structural separation of the Power and Water Corporation that came into effect on 1 July 2014.

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