HDD to help Monarto pipeline project
Nov 15, 2023
SA Water will use horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to assist in installing a section of pipe underneath the Melbourne to Adelaide rail corridor.
“Our crews have been operating a horizontal directional drill to bore a 60-metre-long tunnel under the track for the pipe to be pulled through via a trench on the other side at the fringes of Monarto Safari Park, where they’re currently wrapping up the final section within the park,” Seltsikas said. “Rather than lay PVC pipes like we’re using elsewhere for the project, we’re using high-density poly pipes, due to their increased flexibility to withstand ground movement and their ability to be welded together and pulled through the tunnel.”
“This is particularly beneficial given the greater potential impact a leak on this section of pipe may have, given the importance of the rail infrastructure. To provide more protection, we will encase it in a slightly larger pipe to help prevent any damage to the track in the event of a leak.” The Monarto project also includes an upgrade to SA Water’s pump station in White Hill to support the increased flow of water.
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