Pioneering pipelines for one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions
“We are extremely pleased to be awarded this significant upgrade project for Unitywater and the people of the Sunshine Coast. It will be a landmark project for the community and Pipeline Drillers, with the longest and largest diameter HDPE pipe installed in Australia using horizontal directional drilling,” Mr Whitbread said.
October 28, 2016
Unitywater and contractor Pipeline Drillers today signed a $24.2 million contract to construct two major new sewerage mains on the Sunshine Coast.
Construction of the new 5.6 kilometres of pipeline will be completed in 2017 by Pipeline Drillers, to improve the capacity and efficiency of the existing system in readiness for the growing region of Caloundra which is on track to double by 2031.
Residents and business owners from either side of Nicklin Way in Caloundra, and from South Buderim through to Mountain Creek, will benefit from this upgrade which is part of the $418 million Unitywater will invest in infrastructure upgrades by 2020.
The new Nicklin Way pipeline presents an exciting engineering feat, at a length of 1.6 kilometres, combined with a diameter of 900 millimetres, the borehole to be drilled through tough ground conditions from the surface using Horizontal Directional Drilling, will be an Australian record for HDPE pipe.
Founder and Managing Director of Pipeline Drillers, John Whitbread, says the group is committed to connecting communities through pioneering pipeline construction, and looks forward to showcasing this with Unitywater in one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions.
“We are extremely pleased to be awarded this significant upgrade project for Unitywater and the people of Caloundra. It will be a landmark project for the community and Pipeline Drillers, with the longest and largest diameter HDPE pipe installed in Australia using horizontal directional drilling” said Mr Whitbread.
Horizontal directional drilling is a trenchless drilling approach that is rapidly growing as water, sewage and telecommunications providers in growing urban areas recognise the benefits of faster installation times, reduced restoration costs, and minimal impact on the community and environment.
Unitywater CEO George Theo said Unitywater was investing in new sewerage infrastructure to cater for a growing Sunshine Coast.
“This is one of the largest drilling programs undertaken by a water utility in Australia and will make a significant contribution towards meeting the demands of growth in areas from Caloundra South to Sippy Downs.
“Horizontal directional drilling is the best solution to construct sections of these pipelines as it minimises disruption to the community and the environment,” Mr Theo said.
Construction commences February 2017 at the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant, followed by Wyuna Canal and the section at Nicklin Way Caloundra, with final pipeline connections to be installed by Christmas 2017.
Local residents, business owners and community groups in nearby areas will be contacted closer to commencement. All the latest project information can be found here.