It's in the pipeline
PRE-CONSTRUCTION works for the Gladstone-Fitzroy Water Pipeline are at the point were the project proper is on the verge of starting.
Gladstone Area Water Board chief executive officer Jim Grayson told industry representatives at the Gladstone Resources Industry annual conference yesterday the multi-million dollar project was at the end of the preparatory works stage of the project.
The project involves building a 115km pipeline to transfer up to 30 gigalitres of water a year from the southern bank of the lower Fitzroy River, near Rockhampton, to Gladstone, to be built by GAWB.
The project was currently in transition and maintenance phase until commencement of early works and construction, upon trigger.
The preparatory works phase included pipeline route and site selection, land acquisition, Cultural Heritage Management Plan, a range of approvals and early contractor involvement.
Mr Grayson said the Fitzroy/Rockhampton area catchment was the biggest on the eastern seaboard, but no space to build a dam equivalent of Awoonga Dam.
He said there were numerous challenges that had been dealt with during this planning phase, including water from Fitzroy was extremely turbid and would not be able to pump into Awoonga Dam, without being treated at the Rockhampton end of the pipeline.
Mr Grayson said it will take 21 months to build a treatment plant and three months to commission.