Historic pipeline removal now underway
A network of pipelines that run underground across Macquarie Point is currently being removed as part of planned remediation work taking place on site.
Macquarie Point Development Corporation’s CEO, Mary Massina, said after confirming the location of the nearly one kilometre track of pipelines late last year, work is now underway to have them removed.
“Synergy Resource Management will be responsible for removing the historic oil and diesel pipelines from across the site.
“The original pipelines are believed to be approximately one metre below the surface and date back to 1929, although additions were made over time including a navy oil pipeline installed to refuel vessels in 1943.
“The pipelines which run along the eastern edge of the Macquarie Point site, and lead into the central area were used for the transfer of petroleum products to the former Oil Berth, located in the position of the current Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“The process to remove the pipelines includes draining any residual liquids from within the pipe then excavating it carefully, as well as removing and remediating any potentially contaminated soil.
“The pipe will then be cut into sections, removed from site and recycled.
Work to remove the pipelines from the site is expected to be completed by April.
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