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Works to deliver one of Australia’s largest solar farms

Powerlink has begun work on expanding its Clare South substation which will help deliver one of Australia’s largest solar farms. The Clare Solar Farm near Ayr will generate 100MW of renewable energy when complete. Energy Minister Mark Bailey said project owners Fotowatio Renewables Ventures (FRV) were on track to deliver the project by late 2017. […]

Call for NBN service standards

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has asserted the need for NBN service standards before the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network and put forward solutions to common problems experienced during the rollout. “It is fair to say that for a number of consumers the rollout has not been seamless,” said ACCAN […]

Innovative trenchless sewer upgrade in Townsville

The Townsville Council is making the most of trenchless technology in its major sewer upgrade in North Ward and Belgian Gardens. The $1.5 million project is using trenchless construction technologies to lay lengths of pipe to minimise the impact on residents and motorists in the busy suburb. Approximetly two kilometres of pipe will be laid […]

Expansion of Tasmanian Hydro system

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the expansion of the Tasmanian Hydro System to provide affordable, reliable electricity as the state moves towards a lower emissions future. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will work with Hydro Tasmania on feasibility studies to assess several new pumped hydro energy storage schemes that could deliver up to […]

Over $47 million invested into Community Wastewater Management System

The South Australian State Government has extended the Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) for 10 years, and committed to invest over $47 million to the project which facilitates the installation of essential wastewater infrastructure in regional towns. A review of the Funding Agreement conducted in 2016 concluded the CWMS program the fund supports was recognised […]

Sydney light rail: expecting the unexpected

If there’s one thing Zinfra can expect working on the CBD and South East Light Rail Project, it’s the unexpected. In the process of delivering service relocations under the Utility Treatment Works Panel for client Acciona, Zinfra has unearthed old services and a few surprises that pre date accurate service location records. Services markings give […]

Ararat wind farm now operational

The Ararat wind farm is now supplying renewable electricity into the national grid, with its seventy-five turbines contributing to the ACT’s target of 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020. Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said,“The farm will generate about 272,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year which is enough to […]

Sewer assessments helping to manage risk

By adopting a more strategic approach to maintenance, the council aims to reduce unplanned maintenance requests, and the overall costs of annual maintenance. These assessments will help it better manage the full lifecycle costs of the sewer system, while still providing a high level of service. This is the first time the council is completing […]

Pile driver hits pay dirt

Civil and Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) had previously experienced issues with speed, accuracy, and damage to piles due to inefficient piling equipment at the Moree Solar Farm in northern New South Wales. To solve these problems at the Barcaldine Solar Farm, they chose Vermeer’s PD10 laser-guided solar pile driver for the project. 11,000 piles in […]

Regional renewable energy hubs to create jobs

The Victorian Government is establishing a series of community power hubs for regional Victoria as part of  a $1 million project, which also involves research into the renewable energy potential of Bendigo’s historic mine-shafts. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced $900,000 for three, two-year pilot Community Power Hubs in Bendigo, Ballarat […]

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