The level of water in this area had not been seen before, so no accurate assessment could be made on how long this inundation would last. A subsequent hydrological assessment was conducted with the results indicating that whilst the surface water may dissipate by the end of November 2004, it was unknown when the saturated soil profiles would dry.
Waiting and hoping that the ground conditions would return to a state that would allow normal pipeline construction techniques was not considered the best option for the fastest completion of the pipeline. GasNet and McConnell Dowell had dealt with the temperature extremes of the desert and now needed to implement a solution to tackle the extremes caused by TC Fay. Both parties, together with Newcrest Mining took action to complete construction around and through areas of the RoW still inundated with water. Safety, environment, land access and existing design conditions had to be reviewed and new/additional approvals obtained to enable works to recommence.