Engineering Excellence Awards

01 August 2012

A number of projects in which Power and Water Corporation are involved have been recognised at the Engineers Australia Excellence awards.

The awards were taken out by the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, a project which included upgrades to Power and Water Corporation infrastructure.

Power and Water Corporation Managing Director, Andrew Macrides said the nomination had a focus on the project delivery of infrastructure and housing at Wadeye and Maningrida and included power station upgrades and construction of 1.8 and 2.4 mega litre water tanks, water treatment, SCADA and transfer mains.

“Our Remote Operations team has been heavily involved in the design, project delivery and handover of the infrastructure with four staff embedded in the Department of Housing Local Government and Regional Services Infrastructure delivery team,” Mr Macrides said.

“The awards acknowledge the world class standing of Australian engineering. I am really pleased that a number of Power and Water Corporation projects have been recognised at such a high level.

“It is great to see the hard work of our staff recognised, as well as the innovative design and engineering methods used to complete these significant projects.”

Other winning Power and Water Corporation projects included:

  • People’s Choice Award: Alice Springs Power Network Upgrade.
    This project incorporates the first use of 66KV as the transmission voltage in the Alice Springs region, introducing new equipment and technologies and skills to the community of Alice Springs. 
  • Presidents Award: Darwin River Dam, raising full supply.
    Constructed over 40 years ago as the main drinking supply source for Darwin and surrounding areas, it has been necessary to increase the capacity of the dam to meet increasing demands of a growing and developing region. This project has seen full supply of the dam increased by 20 percent.
  • Project Management Award: Mitchell Street to Dinah Beach, tunnelled gravity sewer.
    In order to cease the previous system of sewerage disposal, a gravity sewer was constructed between Mitchell Street and Dinah Beach. This project is the largest of its kind carried out in the NT, using micro-tunnelling methods.
  • Australian Solar Energy Society Award: Uterne Solar Power Plant Alice Springs.
    This project is the most iconic and notable example of efficient photovoltaic technology in Australia, integrating innovative products and advanced engineering practices.

“A special mention must also be made to Power and Water’s Steve Barker, Project Manager for the Alice Springs Power Network Upgrade who was also involved in planning stages of two other winning projects,” Mr Macrides said. 

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