Celebrating a groundbreaking milestone on the Port Kembla Pipeline Project

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We are proud to have successfully completed a significant milestone in the Port Kembla Pipeline Project: a groundbreaking 1km horizontal directional drill. Zinfra’s Managing Director, Peter Iancov says that this achievement heralds a new era in Australia's energy supply chain.

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“The project, in partnership with Jemena and Squadron Energy, will establish a 12km gas transmission pipeline connecting Squadron Energy’s Port Kembla Energy Terminal to Jemena’s existing Eastern Gas Pipeline.

“Zinfra has been entrusted with comprehensive management of this complex project, including design, procurement and construction of the pipeline and a new gas metering station at Kembla Grange.”

Upon completion this infrastructure is capable of supplying more than 70% of NSW's gas requirements bringing new, reliable energy sources to the market and averting possible supply shortages.

Mr Iancov says that the Port Kembla Pipeline Project has been a remarkable journey for the company.

“This complex EPC project demonstrates our team's exceptional ability to manage intricate engineering challenges, procure advanced technology, and deploy state-of-the-art construction techniques.

“We take great pride in our role as a trusted partner, ensuring the successful delivery of this transformative pipeline system in a safe and environmentally sound manner."

The pipe being used to construct the lateral has undergone additional testing to give it the best possible chance of being hydrogen capable, meaning it will be well-placed to deliver green hydrogen in the event it becomes commercially available.

Green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy to power electrolysis of water, represents a clean, sustainable, and versatile energy carrier that could play a central role in a low-carbon economy.

The potential impact of green hydrogen is immense. Not only can it contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change globally, but it can also underpin a new sustainable energy industry, creating jobs and economic growth. Australia, with its abundant renewable resources, is particularly well-positioned to become a global powerhouse in green hydrogen production and export.

Construction of this transformative pipeline began in late 2022 and is projected to be completed by year-end 2023.

Zinfra Operations Manager Justin Anderson says that in anticipation of the green energy revolution, Zinfra has integrated the internationally recognised ASME B31.12 standard for Hydrogen Pipelines into the design.

“We have partnered with a specialist supplier in Greece to secure advanced-tested pipes capable of handling 100% hydrogen and procured valves and fittings in line with the latest research, maximising their potential compatibility with hydrogen transport,” he said.

Zinfra's progressive vision does not stop at design and procurement; we are using a combination of advanced construction techniques to fully bury the pipeline system. This method includes the use of open-cut trenches and horizontal directional drills under roads and railway lines, a testament to Zinfra’s ability to manage complex projects in a safe and environmentally sound way.

Our work in the Port Kembla Pipeline Project demonstrates Zinfra’s commitment to innovation, infrastructure excellence, and Australia's transition to renewable energy. This is a monumental stride towards Australia's energy future.

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.