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The first of the two new bridges being built by the NZ Transport Agency over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 at Kurow was opened this morning by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Jacqui Dean and more than 400 guests, including Waimate District Council Mayor Craig Rowley, Waitaki District Council Mayor Gary Kircher, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd Managing Director Roger McRae and NZ Transport Agency Southern Regional Director Jim Harland. Mr Harland told the gathering that the opening of the first of the two replacement bridges only a year after the ground-breaking… Read more
As an active Associate Member of Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), McConnell Dowell is proud to announce its involvement in the APPEA 2014 Conference & Exhibition. As the voice of Australia’s oil and gas industry, APPEA will hold the annual conference in Perth from April 6 to 9. Event organisers anticipate 3,500 attendees from 30 countries at what is the largest annual upstream oil and gas event in the southern hemisphere. This premier event will host an unparalleled program of presentations, panel discussions, and key networking events, with the intention to strengthen communication within the industry through exchanging… Read more
McConnell Dowell has once again demonstrated their absolute commitment to safety, achieving one million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI) for the Bakan Gold Mine Development project in Indonesia. Comprising civil, SMP, and electrical works within the gold processing plant development, this accomplishment presents a crucial and positive safety milestone for both the project and the company. The Bakan site is set amongst tropical jungle, rising 700 to 900 metres above sea level, and is situated approximately 250 km south west of Manado and North Sulawesi. The location alone of the site’s buildings, positioned on several different levels of… Read more
Martin Knight (Knight Architects, London), UK Architect and designer of McConnell Dowell's Lower Hatea River Crossing project in Whangerei, New Zealand was the guest speaker this morning at the Centre for Engineering, Leadership and Management breakfast, hosted by Engineers Australia WA in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Architects at the Duxton Hotel. The event being attended by fellows and members of the Institutes, as well as local engineering and architecture professionals, focused on the design and challenges that the Lower Hatea River Crossing project embraced as the first movable highway bridge to be built in NZ in more than… Read more
Since her launch in mid-November, Alice, the largest tunnel boring machine ever to be utilised in the Southern Hemisphere, travelled past the point of the first cross passage (XP) in February having covering about 500m into the first tunnel. Alice’s progress has been around 10 lining rings – or 16-20 metres of tunnel per day. A three week planned break in late February saw the installation of a specialised gantry inside the tunnel. The gantry will construct the services culvert that running under the motorway through the tunnel. The initial programme called for a six week TBM stop, reduced to… Read more
McConnell Dowell's innovative approach to design and construction on the $1.2 billion Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) project came to fruition this week as the first tram rolled into Broadbeach. http://www.mygc.com.au/news/tram-arrives-in-broadbeach-for-the-first-time/ Read more
Kyra Bonney, an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer working with McConnell Dowell in their Western Region, has been named the winner of the “Outstanding Woman in Resources” category at the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy Awards held on Friday 7th March. Kyra gave a touching presentation in Perth the week before the awards, demonstrating her positivity and dedication to her work indicative of this well-deserved achievement. Spanning 13 years, her career in the resources sector has seen her actively working with McConnell Dowell since the beginning of 2013. Her work as a mentor and Indigenous Community Liaison Officer has… Read more
Whangarei’s Lower Hatea Crossing, New Zealand’s first moving highway bridge for more than 50 years and one of very few rolling bascule bridges anywhere in the world, has won a prestigious international award – the Civic Trust Award – at the 55th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony held in Blackpool, UK. This award, part of one of the oldest built environment awards schemes in Europe, specifically recognises projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve. Lower Hatea Crossing links Whangarei’s town basin and William Fraser Memorial Park, creating a faster connection to Whangarei Airport. The… Read more
McConnell Dowell is playing a key role in developing one of NZ's largest ever road projects. A local news crew recently went underground for a closer look. Click here to view an exclusive tour of the tunnel beneath Auckland suburbs.   Read more
Successful on-time and on-budget completion of the Hume Dam Southern Training Wall Buttress Project has further cemented McConnell Dowell's growing reputation for taking on the complex jobs and delivering them with minimal fuss. Hailed as one of the mightiest Australian structures of the inter-war years, the Hume Dam is able to hold approximately 3 million mega litres – approximately six times the volume of Sydney Harbour. In September 2011, NSW State Water Corporation awarded McConnell Dowell the contract to construct a buttress to support the southern training wall of the Hume Dam. This included a temporary sheetpile cofferdam in the… Read more
The company is pleased to announce APA Group has awarded a contract to McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd for the construction of Loop 1 of the Victorian Northern Interconnection Expansion (VNIE) project, gas pipeline from Wollert to Wandong. APA is Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, owning and/or operating $12 billion of energy assets.  Its gas transmission pipelines span every state and territory on mainland Australia, delivering approximately half of the nation’s gas usage.  APA has direct management and operational control over its assets and the majority of its investments.  APA also holds minority interests in energy infrastructure enterprises… Read more
McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that the 800 meter long Holcim Jetty in Tuban, Indonesia will be successfully completed in late February 2014, before operations begin in March 2014.   Construction commenced in March 2012 in some exceptionally challenging conditions. Constant battles with rough seas called for an innovative approach to complete the first 200 meters of the trestle. To achieve this, the site team utilised temporary platforms to reach deeper waters out of the wave zone and then begin the offshore operations. The first 12 months setup the project on a strong base for an accelerated program by… Read more
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