Rotork valves at centre of Australian pipeline project

15 April 2008

The Northern Pipeline Interconnector will tackle drought in Australia, according to the Queensland state government. The Interconnector will connect dams, weirs and other water storage sites.

Rotork is tackling Australia’s drought problems
Rotork is tackling Australia’s drought problems

Australian manufacturer, John Valves, has been awarded a contract that includes the supply of fourteen 1000mm high-pressure mainline gate valves. Manufactured at Ballarat, they are either motorised with Rotork IQ70/IB12 actuator and gearbox combinations or fitted with Rotork Gears IS11 / AS5 ‘dual input’ manual gearboxes.

The mainline valves are ‘arguably the most important in the pipeline structure,’ said Jeff Quarrell, national sales and operations manager for the valve division.

Rotork actuators have a ‘long and successful track record’ for service in the Australian climate.

‘We especially like the speed and efficiency of ‘non-intrusive’ commissioning provided by the Rotork IQ, together with the ability to download and analyse valve operating data to minimise routine maintenance,’ Quarrell said.

‘These were all important considerations for us and the customer when we put together our total valve package for this project, which was won against stiff competition from other Australian and international companies.’

The Northern Pipeline Interconnector is being constructed by the Southern Regional Water Pipeline Alliance, a joint venture between Abigroup, KBR and McConnell Dowell Constructions. With the potential capacity to transport 65 million litres of potable water a day, the pipeline will link existing and potential future water sources throughout Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

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