Excellence award for preliminary Keepit project

Excellence award for preliminary Keepit project

28 October 2015

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated Keepit Dam upgrade project managers WaterNSW and contractors Ryan Wilks for winning the Commercial Medium Build Category of the 2015 National Electrical and Contracting Association (NECA) Excellence Awards.

The $2.2 million preliminary electrical relocation project was delivered on time, below budget and to the highest quality in December 2014 ahead of the second stage of the Keepit Dam safety upgrade.

“This is the second award for the Keepit project and the Tamworth community can be proud of the local involvement in something that has achieved this level of recognition,” Mr Anderson said.

“Not only did our region benefit from the improvements to Keepit Dam, we also retained some of the investment through the use of local businesses and have now gained state exposure through these awards.”

Stage one of the Keepit Dam safety upgrade won a Master Builders’ Association Excellence in Construction award in 2012; one of a number of awards the dam safety upgrade program has received.

WaterNSW CEO David Harris said he was proud to see the successful Keepit project had been recognised by industry peers.

“Keepit is part of our dam safety upgrade program which has seen seven major regional NSW dams better protected against extreme floods,” Mr Harris said.

“We will look to continue delivering these projects to the highest safety and quality standards and in line with budget and schedule requirements.”

The preliminary electrical relocation project involved relocating and replacing electrical equipment and constructing a switch room to improve access ahead of the post-tensioning works in stage two of the Keepit Dam Safety Upgrade.

SMEC Australia has recently been awarded the contract for geotechnical investigation works in preparation for stage two.

Site investigation activities are scheduled to commence this month and will take around five months to complete.

“Tenders for the dam wall post-tensioning works are scheduled to be awarded mid next year following the geotechnical investigations.”

Options for further works following post-tensioning are currently being investigated.

The project will now compete at the national awards in Brisbane in November.

Photo caption: Accepting the award were Nick Dixon, Evan Beedell, Harrison Hiser and Oliver Crome (Ryan Wilks), Russell Sainsbury, Nava Jeyachandran and Frank Kinnas (WaterNSW) and Hugh Fraser, Maclean Wallace, Kim Sparkes and Mandy Chiu (Ryan Wilks).

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: (02) 6841 2006 or 0428 613 478

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