Breaking Records at Mount Cole!
- by Emma Timbrell
- July 26, 2022
Earlier this month our regional Victorian team had an incredible achievement with the successful installation of the Mt Cole Primus Line project.
The Primus Line solution was installed using a winch and a pulling head from the top of the site (approx. 200m elevation), working its way down a hill over a 1.4km distance, setting a new single pull record for our company.
It was a relentless challenge for our crews to prepare the host pipe to a suitable standard to accept the liner before installation.
One of the main challenges was just how remote and rugged the location was. Access was limited to an extremely steep and technically difficult hiking track along the pipeline’s 1.4km length, with most tools needing to be carried in backpacks on foot to the site every day.
We used a helicopter to air-lift heavy materials, strategically placing pre-packaged bundles of new pipes and fittings along the alignment and to transport offsite pipework sections that needed to be removed.
During the Primus Liner installation, project manager Fergus Meyer was curious to discover how far the crew inadvertently walked over the course of the day.– “I was exhausted to find that I’d walked over 20,000 steps (15km) and climbed the equivalent of 217 flights of stairs in a single day. Not to mention this was purely getting to necessary sections of the pipe alignment before even starting the manual work required at these locations.”
Congratulations to our regional Victoria team for being their best and coming together to solve our customer’s problems.
Contributor: Fergus Mayer