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Northern Pipeline Interconnector, Stage 2

Fast-tracked program delivery for a AU$480 million pipeline project

LinkWater Projects

Queensland, Australia



Project Details

  • KBR was a partner in the Northern Network Alliance responsible for the design and construction of the AU$480 million Northern Pipeline Interconnector (NPI), Stage 2.
  • The scope of works included over 48 km of pipelines, water retaining structures, tunnels, crossings, mechanical and electrical works, civil works, four pump stations, upgrades to existing facilities, and supplementary commissioning activities.
  • KBR’s resources were integrated throughout in roles including project management, project controls, planning, community and stakeholder engagement, approvals, land acquisition, design, estimating, procurement, construction management, environmental management, quality assurance and commissioning.
  • The project followed the successful completion of NPI Stage 1 by the Southern Regional Water Pipeline Alliance of which KBR was also an alliance partner.

Project Highlights

  • To meet an aggressive project delivery time frame, construction took place at up to 20 work fronts simultaneously, involving over 300 construction personnel.
  • Fast-tracked program delivery, with over 90% of all environmental approvals and land acquisitions completed prior to construction commencement
  • Simultaneous management and delivery of design, procurement and construction activities
  • Innovative design to accommodate potential future bulk water sources
  • Pipe design and configuration of facilities optimized for an efficient hydraulic solution
  • Construction of the longest tunneled pipeline section in the southern hemisphere at the time
  • Use of local suppliers and labor, with up to 40% of staff sourced from the local area
  • Development of landowner construction and rehabilitation plans in consultation with each affected property owner
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