Contractor completes pilot bore river crossing

UEA Group has completed a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) pilot bore under a river in Shoalhaven, New South Wales.

The installation, under the Shoalhaven River, is the first stage in the construction of a pipeline as part of Shoalhaven Water’s Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS) scheme.

The 1,400 m, 300 mm diameter pilot bore was installed at a depth of 47 m below the river.

Next, UEA will double the size of the pilot bore before a pipe string is pulled back through, leaving a pipeline in place.

Shoalhaven Water Asset Planning and Development Section Manager Robert Horner said he was excited by the progress.

“This is a magic moment for us, it’s a significant milestone in not only the REMS 1B project but for the local community as well.”

The project will enable the transfer of reclaimed water from a new treatment plant in Bomaderry to farmers on the Terara flood plain.

REMS is the biggest public works project ever undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council.

For more information visit the UEA website.

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