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TT ASIA PACIFIC’S GRUNDORAM flies first class for Pipeline Drillers
Pipeline Drillers were engaged by Monadelphous KT Pipelines to undertake challenging trenchless works associated with the FRGP 16” gas line in October 2014. After conducting the initial scoping and research on site in Western Australia, they found varying ground conditions, numerous stakeholders, crossings inside the FMG Solomon Hub iron ore mine, all in combination with a very tight time frame for completion of the job.
Initial works progressed well, with eight crossings completed as planned in varying ground conditions ranging from sandy loam with light amounts of cobble, to 40-60 MPA hard rock.

Then came the challenging part for Pipeline Drillers; the most critical crossings of the pipeline, located inside the FMG Solomon Hub iron ore mine and crossing a haul road and export rail lines. Both bores were 60m long, requiring 608mm enveloper pipes. The ground conditions were difficult, comprising of powdered dry clay with large amounts of cobble. Two attempts were made to pilot hole at the haul road, however the conditions were too loose and binding, making for a very high risk HDD operation.

After review of all options, including alternative trenchless solutions, the safest most competent way to install the crossing was decided: Pipe Ramming. The best machine for the pneumatic ramming job was TT ASIA PACIFIC’S GRUNDORAM GOLIATH and coupled with the expertise, assistance and technical advice received from TT ASIA PACIFIC made the purchase of the GRUNDORAM GOLIATH the only choice for the successful completion of the project.

The excellent customer service and support received from the team at TT ASIA PACIFIC meant that Pipeline Drillers were able to receive the machine from TTAP’s parent company in Germany to the job site within only 5 days.

On arrival of the machine and with the assistance of TT ASIA PACIFIC’S John Walsh, the crossings were completed in two weeks – an unprecedented timeframe for such a demanding job – reinforcing the correct decision on the purchase of GRUNDORAM GOLIATH.

Pipeline Drillers are extremely happy and satisfied with the GRUNDORAM GOLIATH, the owner and managing director John Whitbread says, “We look forward to taking the GRUNDORAM GOLIATH to new projects, with similar challenges”.

Since 1998 TRACTO-TECHNIK’S Brisbane-based Australian subsidiary TT ASIA-PACIFIC PTY LTD has been offering innovative trenchless methods and equipment solutions to the customers in Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. Customers are supported by a strong distributor network, and with excellent customer pre and after sales service being the company’s number one priority, it makes TT ASIA PACIFIC the number one choice for all trenchless requirements.

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