In 2016, Nacap commenced work on a 186 kilometre pipeline in regional Victoria for Esso. The pipeline is one of Australia’s most vital pieces of infrastructure that transports crude oil and condensate between the Longford processing facility near Sale and the Long Island Point plant situated near Hastings. Operating for more than 45 years, the plant has been supplying most of Victoria’s gas requirements since 1969 and currently supplies around 20 per cent of Australia’s crude oil requirements.
The new pipeline is 350mm in diameter and replaces the existing 700mm pipeline which was constructed in 1969, following the existing pipeline route. The existing pipeline underwent a partial replacement in 1980 but is now approaching the end of its operational life. The new pipeline will allow for continued delivery of crude and condensate as well as natural gas, providing continuity of supply for Australian households and businesses.
Construction by Nacap officially commenced in March and by end of Season 1 works in June, 130km of pipeline was lowered in over 86 working days, three construction cycles and involving a workforce of 450. Also achieved to date are 8 major HDDs, 45 No Mini HDDs and 7805 No welds. Zero LTIs have been sustained and the project is progressing well on time and in accordance with financial requirements.
“We worked closely with our client during the project development phase to determine optimal construction processes and address all stakeholder concerns regarding the implementation of the project,” said Matthew O’Connell, President, Nacap Australia. “Combining this with peak prioritisation of project wide safety and innovative construction techniques, we are well credentialed to deliver the project.”
Lowered in 130km over 86 days
Completed 7805 welds to date
Over 500,000cum of topsoil has been wind rowed adjacent to the works and replaced as part of the works
250,000 cum of material has been excavated and replaced as part of installation of the pipeline trench