Pipelines chewed by Doug
DOUG the rock reamer is a German, 2.2 metres long, weighs 2.8 tonnes and looks like he belongs with The Transformers.
As the first of his kind in Australia, he is going to chew his way through extremely hard rock underneath Nicklin Way to help construct a new 2.5km sewerage pipeline to service the southern end of the Sunshine Coast.
The project is one of two new major sewerage pipelines Pipeline Drillers is constructing on behalf of Unitywater.
The other pipeline will be 3.2km from Mountain Creek under Kawana Way to the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant.
Sunshine Coast Council Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said it was great to have such an innovative project on the Sunshine Coast.
“It will improve the sewerage pipeline for the southern part of the region and the investment by Unitywater is absolutely fantastic,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Not only will this improve our infrastructure, but the innovative nature of the project means there’ll be minimal impact on the community.”
Unitywater Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery Simon Taylor said the new pipelines will cater for the growing area.
“With new developments happening and future population growth, we need to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place,” he said.
The two pipelines are expected to be completed in January.