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Eyre Peninsula pipeline


4 April 2006


Pipes are being delivered to Eyre Peninsula in preparation for the construction of the pipeline component of SA Water’s $48.5m Eyre Peninsula Water Supply Scheme.


SA Water Chief Executive Anne Howe says the pipeline will initially deliver up to 1.4 gigalitres of water per annum to the region, which is struggling with declining water resources.


“The pipeline construction contracts have been let to Leed Engineering and Construction and BJ Jarrad for the laying of the 90km of pipeline.


“The contractors have already commenced initial site preparation and survey works, with Leed starting at Iron Knob and Jarrad starting at Kimba,” Ms Howe said.


Each contractor will lay approximately 45km of pipeline each, resulting in the extension of the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline from Iron Knob to Kimba, with pumping stations and associated works to commence later in the year.


The pipeline construction will be undertaken from April to December 2006.  During this period, there will be some traffic delays/restrictions along the Eyre Highway, between Iron Knob to Kimba and locals have been advised via letters and the media.


Ms Howe said that Stage 1 of the pipeline, which will supply up to 1.4 gigalitres per annum to the region, is due to be commissioned in 2007.


“At full capacity, the pipeline could deliver up to 2.3 gigalitres per annum to more than 15,000 people on Eyre Peninsula, improving the security of supply to Eyre Peninsula.”


In 2005, the Rann Government announced funding for this important project in the State Budget.  The pipeline will supplement local water resources on Eyre Peninsula and rather than replacing them, complement the need to conserve the resource.


Ms Howe said that the project is demonstration of the State Government and SA Water’s commitment to the continual improvement of water services and regional development in South Australia.


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