Abigroup-Apache telecommunications JV formally launched by Tasmanian Premier
02 September 2009
An exciting new joint venture formed to deliver Tasmania’s telecommunications infrastructure was formally launched By Premier Bartlett today.
The joint venture, between the telecommunications division of Abigroup Contractors and Apache Services, is already underway and at today’s opening event Premier Bartlett inspected the work being carried out to install fibre optic cable between Bellerive to Howrah for Aurora Energy Telecommunications.
David Jurd, Abigroup’s Managing Director, said, “Abigroup is a strong and diverse national contractor and we’re excited to be delivering projects in this state with Tasmanian based Apache. This project and other works to come will create jobs and opportunities locally.
“The skills and experience gained on such works will ensure Tasmania has the workforce required to deliver quality projects under the National Broadband Network when it commences. Abigroup-Apache is on the ground, fully equipped and ready for all types of projects.”
The project inspected by Premier Bartlett today involves creating a 5km conduit path and hauling the optical fibre from the new Aurora Energy telecommunications joint pit in Bellerive the Howrah Telstra Exchange and then extending it to the South Arm Highway.
The path will be established by conventional trenching and by using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), a low impact method which involves navigating a drill rod underground for extended distances without disruption to property and infrastructure.
This method, along with working over the weekend, is being used to avoid disruption to Clarence High School. It is also being used to avoid any environmental damage to a reserve between Corinth St and Oceania Drive.
Abigroup's Managing Director, pictured left, meets Tasmanian Premier
David Bartlett at the formal launch of the Abigroup-Apache Joint Venture.