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Mining developments prompt renewed focus on steel pipeline construction

A significant increase in water supply infrastructure development to support Queensland’s mining boom has been a catalyst for a revived steel pipeline construction industry.

Murphy Pipe and Civil Managing Director Jim Campbell said he was pleased to see renewed energy within Queensland’s steel pipeline construction sector after a number of years of decline.

“Our company has been successful in diversifying our capabilities to service the coal seam gas sector’s demand for HDPE gathering pipelines in the Surat Basin, but we are still predominantly a steel pipeline construction operation so it is certainly good to see a reinvigoration of our core area of operations,” Campbell said.

“While we have won major contracts to deliver large-scale water pipeline projects in Victoria and have firmly established our company into the Western Australian mining sector, we look forward to servicing further pipeline construction growth in our own home State.

“With so many mining developments under way throughout Queensland’s Bowen and Galilee basins, and mine owners now actively seeking additional water supply security, I think this is a great opportunity for the entire Queensland pipeline construction industry,” he said.

Campbell said a rapid return to the previous levels of steel pipeline construction activity within Queensland would not pose any problems for Murphy Pipe and Civil.

“Our core management team and a significant proportion of our construction crews played key roles in the delivery of the 218km Burdekin to Moranbah Pipeline in 2008, as well as earlier water pipeline projects such as the Eungella Pipeline Project.

“This previous history of delivering these types of strategic development projects for Queensland means our team is well-primed and ready to deliver once again.

“Having first-hand construction experience within these mining basins and a very clear understanding of the crucial infrastructure delivery timeframes that need to be met, puts our company in a positive position as new projects come on line,” he said.

Campbell said his company’s preference of working closely with clients during early project phases and a constant focus on introducing innovation would enable the company to immediately deliver tailormade solutions to ensure the mining sector reached its full potential.

The company has invested heavily into the research and development of innovative construction equipment to enhance its capabilities and enables it to overcome project challenges and turn them into positive opportunities for clients.

In fact, it was Murphy Pipe and Civil’s constant focus on efficient and effective pipeline construction solutions that earned the company recognition at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Business Awards for the Business Innovation category.

The win, according to Campbell, was welcomed and confirmed that the company’s vision to continually add value to the pipeline industry through innovative action was on the right track.

For more information on Murphy Pipe and Civil visit www.mpandc.com.au

Murphy Pipe and Civil Profile

Murphy Pipe and Civil is an Australian pipeline installation company delivering leading edge pipeline solutions to the gas, water and mining industries through a range of innovative and purpose-built pipeline equipment.

The Brisbane-based company has a 450-strong skilled workforce currently installing coal seam gas HDPE gathering pipelines throughout Queensland’s Surat Basin and is also constructing a number of other large-scale steel pipeline projects throughout Western Australia.

The company has grown rapidly thanks to its committed focus on industry changing innovations, particularly the introduction of its specialised pipeline ploughs that can install HDPE pipelines in a faster, safer and greener manner, compared to conventional pipeline installation methods.

In only a few short years, the company has earned a solid reputation within the pipeline industry and its associated industries, for its ability to successfully deliver large-scale pipeline projects.

The company’s dominance within the pipeline industry was further bolstered this year following a 50/50 merger with J. Murphy and Sons – one of the largest civil construction entities operating in the United Kingdom.

Apart from providing a robust financial position, the successful business merger has also afforded the company the ability to tap into a wealth of international pipeline expertise to ensure delivery on client commitments.

The company has solid plans for continued growth in the future through its ongoing development of industry innovation and commitment to outstanding service, safety, quality and productivity.