Zinfra expects the unexpected working on Sydney Light Rail

Image: Zinfra Project Engineer, Mo Rashid.
Image: Zinfra Project Engineer, Mo Rashid.

If there’s one thing Zinfra can expect working on the CBD and South East Light Rail project, it’s the unexpected. In the process of delivering service relocations under the Utility Treatment Works Panel for client Acciona, Zinfra has unearthed old services and a few surprises that pre-date accurate service location records.

Project Engineer Mo Rashid is enjoying the challenge this project brings, saying, "Every day is dynamic. Due to the age of the services in the ground we just never know what we’re dealing with.”

The difficulty of investigating historic services means Zinfra must be dynamic in their approach as every day reveals an unexpected challenge. Fortunately, Zinfra’s broad experience working with water, gas, power and telco assets means they have the skill and capability to confidently deliver the works for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.

The CBD and South East Light Rail is a new light rail network currently under construction in Sydney. The 12 kilometre route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford. Services will commence in 2019.

The client, Acciona, is part of the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the light rail as part of a Public Private Partnership.

Working in the heart of Sydney on George Street and Devonshire Street, Zinfra’s scope of works includes excavation, trenching, installation of conduit, pipe and accessories, pit access, shaft/lid modifications, rehabilitation, potholing and protection of existing utility infrastructure and backfilling.

More recently, Zinfra commenced the installation of 700 metres of high voltage cabling, including jointing and terminations, in open trenches in the Randwick precinct. This infrastructure will supply power to the Randwick Stabling Yard.

Mr Rashid says with a smile, “Working on the CBD and South East Light Rail means we have one million stakeholders. Not only are we working with the client and the asset owners - who include Ausgrid, Jemena, Telstra, Optus and Sydney Water – we are dealing with and accommodating the general public.

“As a result, safety is our number one consideration, no matter what the work or what needs to be done. Our Zinfra crews work hard to build our culture of safety. Work groups, change programs and our general approach means we are building a strong leadership around and understanding of safety.”

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which we operate and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Pictured: Artwork by Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton from Mount Isa for our Group’s Reconciliation Action Plan.