Preliminary Keepit works half-way

Preliminary Keepit works half-way

Keepit preliminary electrical works
30 July 2014

Construction on the $2.2 million preliminary electrical works ahead of stage two of the Keepit Dam safety upgrade has reached the half-way mark, State Water Corporation announced today.

The works are necessary to relocate electrical equipment prior to post-tensioning and crest raising works which will enable the dam to safely withstand extreme floods and earthquakes.

Project manager Nava Jeyachandran said to date the contractors Ryan Wilks Pty Ltd had established their site, completed trenching works, commenced light and power upgrade works and started construction on a new building for the switchboard.

“Stage two of the upgrade follows the successfully completed stage one which involved construction of three saddle dams and two new spillways,” Mr Jeyachandran said.

“Keepit is one of seven dams State Water is upgrading to enable them to safely pass extreme floods, the largest floods considered statistically possible of occurring in the region.

Contractors Ryan Wilks Pty Ltd have sourced electrical supplies, earthmoving and plumbing services from Tamworth representing a direct investment in the region’s economy of approximately $500,000 to date.

Work is being carried out in line with the review of environmental factors report and includes noise and dust mitigation measures.”

The project will not affect access to the recreation area and will not impact the permanent storage capacity of the dam.

The water level of the storage will also not be impacted by the project.

The preliminary works are scheduled for completion in late 2014.

Post tensioning works are expected to follow the preliminary works and commence mid 2015 ahead of dam wall raising works.

Contact: Jane Urquhart

Phone: (02) 6841 2087

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