In Australia the EPC delivery of the Nifty Lateral to the Nifty copper mine in the Great Sandy Desert of WA is finally underway. This project consists of a 45 km x 150 NB lateral off the Telfer pipeline. Nifty is approximately 100 km west of the Telfer mine. This project continues the relationship between GasNet and McConnell Dowell on project financed pipeline infrastructure. McConnell Dowell’s pipeline crew are of course revisiting the very desert that flooded in 2004 after Cyclone Fay and are looking forward to a dry run on Nifty.
In Victoria McConnell Dowell have completed Phase I of the work for Allseas, inserting the 20 and 4 inch pipelines into the HDD casings onshore for the Woodside Otway Project. Phase II in October will involve tie in of the onshore portion by the lay barge and hydrotesting of the onshore and offshore portion. McConnell Dowell has imported a 300 tonne linear winch for this phase.
In Dubai Dutco McConnell Dowell have two pipeline projects, Crescent to the north of Dubai and the Emdad project.
The Crescent project involves 30 km of 30 inch gas pipeline from the shore zone tie in to the Crescent facility.Article continues below…
Emdad is a jet fuel pipeline from Jebel Ali to the new Dubai airport extension. It is a complex project, having to pass through the developed port area at Jebel Ali and then skirting the rapidly developing Dubai environs to the airport.
In Azerbaijan oil is now flowing through the BTC pipeline from Baku to the Georgian border after the completion by tunnel across the Kura West River crossing. The gas pipeline has approximately 100 km before being completed in Baku.
Overall the McConnell Dowell Group is very active in Australia and Southeast Asia with infrastructure projects and has just completed ahead of schedule and budget the major upgrade of the Dampier Port for Rio Tinto.