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Abigroup Water starts work on Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline project

13 October 2010

Abigroup Water has commenced work for Barwon Water on the largest water infrastructure project in Geelong’s history.

Victorian Premier John Brumby turned the first sod to mark the start of the $138 million Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline Project which will see Abigroup Water deliver an estimated $30 million worth of works including the construction of a 16GL/year pump station and a 59km pipeline which will be operational by late November 2011.

The pipeline will link Barwon Water’s Lovely Banks Basins in Geelong with the Melbourne system at Cowies Hill near Werribee, so the region can share in the 150 billion litres of water the Victorian Desalination Plant near Wonthaggi will be producing each year.

Abigroup Water’s General Manager Chris Bulloch said, “We’re excited to start work on this important project and look forward to delivering an exceptional result for Barwon Water and the people of Victoria.”

Premier Brumby said that Geelong needed an independent source of water because of unreliable rainfall patterns.

“A couple of good months of rain does not make up for 13 years of drought and the impacts of climate change,” he said.

“With the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline, Geelong’s water supply will be boosted by a rainfall-independent source of water from the desalination plant.”

The contract to build the pipeline was awarded to Abigroup Water in August.

Members of the project team

Premier Brumby turns the first sod

Abigroup is delivering a range of high profile projects around Australia. These include:

Among other major projects completed by Abigroup Water, is the Southern Regional Water Pipeline Alliance (SRWPA) in SE Queensland, a $1.3 billion program for Link Water which included three major projects – the Southern Regional Water Pipeline, the Northern Pipeline Interconnector (Stage 1) and the Eastern Pipeline Interconnector.

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