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Projects win civil contractors awards

INFRASTRUCTRE projects in Kwinana, Kalgoorlie and the north-west have been recognised at this year’s WA Civil Contractors Federation earth awards, announced on Friday. The winning projects ranged in value from $500,000 to $75 million, with the biggest being the marine works for Fortescue Metals Group’s transfer station and wharf in Port Hedland, undertaken by FMG subsidiary, The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd, McConnell Dowell and designer Maunsell AECOM. Also in the resources sector, Underground Services Australia (USA) was recognised for its role in the horizontal drilling investigation program at Barrow Island, part of the Gorgon project. USA designed an exploration pilot hole to examine the geotechnical structure of a beach at Barrow Island, which had to account for the island’s black turtle population. The smallest project to win an award was a sewer replacement in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which involved the installation of 1,300 metres of new pipe. The project, managed by Vortex Pipes Ltd subsidiary Premium Pipe Services Pty Ltd, used ultra-violet light technology in the liner curing process for the first time in WA. A joint venture between ERM Power and Babcock and Brown also won an award for its construction of the Kwinana gas-fired power station project, awarded under stage two of Western Power’s power procurement program. Also in Kwinana, the Port Coogee marine works program won an award for work undertaken by marine and civil construction specialist, Rocktec Contracting. Emily Piesse

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