Last Pipe Laid for NSW Government's 270km Broken Hill Water Initiative
19 October 2018
MPC Kinetic hit a major milestone on the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline Project (W2BH) in October, when it laid the last of the 22,000 pipes needed for the 270km water supply initiative.
The company’s executive and construction teams joined New South Wales Government Minister for Water the Honourable Niall Blair and WaterNSW Chief Executive Officer Mr David Harris in Broken Hill, to officially celebrate the final pipe lay at Broken Hill’s Mica Street Water Treatment Facility.
It was hailed by Minister Blair and Mr Harris as a significant project milestone, given the pipeline delivery team only mobilised to Wentworth in January this year, and ten months later had successfully laid all 22,000 pipes.
At the event, MPC Kinetic Chief Operating Officer Tony O’Sullivan commended the pipeline management and construction teams behind the tremendous effort, which had seen delivery of the entire 270km pipeline scope ahead of schedule.
Mr O’Sullivan said MPC Kinetic knew this important water infrastructure project would present many challenges, given the short timeframe between design and construction, and the final installation of pipe being in 6km of solid rock through the streets of Broken Hill.
“However, MPC Kinetic doesn’t shy away from challenges, and we were confident in our highly-skilled pipeline construction team, and their ability to work collaboratively with our experienced infrastructure Joint Venture partners John Holland, to ensure this project was delivered for our client WaterNSW,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Our team performed exceptionally well despite challenging conditions, but what I was most impressed with, is that they performed their construction activities safely, which is always the ultimate goal and outcome,” he said.
Mr O’Sullivan said while project safety was always the company’s primary focus, it was difficult not to highlight the incredible production rates that were still achieved during pipeline construction.
“The fact that this water pipeline had to be completed by December 2018, to ensure long-term water security for Broken Hill, was not lost on our 450-person project team - 150 of which were local employees that were well-aware of Broken Hill’s need for secure water.
“I think the team’s genuine drive and commitment to deliver, is why we witnessed average mainline construction pipe lay rates of 3km per day, but also an astounding 7.3km laid in a single shift.
“That’s a phenomenal effort and can only be achieved when a team is highly-experienced, well-aligned with its project partners, and as one team eager to deliver on its client commitments,” he said.
Apart from the successful achievement of key construction milestones, Mr O’Sullivan said he was also pleased to see MPC Kinetic and John Holland had also honoured commitments made in other key areas.
“From the outset, we made it clear, that apart from a long-term sustainable water supply, this project could also deliver numerous social and economic benefit to the region.
“Through this project, we were able to provide 150 local people with jobs, 48 of which were for Aboriginal people, and also enable 18 young trainees to gain a Certificate II by working and training on the project.
“We also made good on our local economic investment, with more than $35million spent during the project with local business and industry,” he said.
Mr O’Sullivan said he looked forward to final commissioning of the four large-scale pump station facilities being project-managed by Joint Venture partner John Holland, and then final hand over to WaterNSW in December.
Break the Cycle 2018
09 October 2018
In August 2018, a group of people from various MPC Kinetic projects cycled from Brisbane to Birdsville - a distance of 1,650 kilometres - all in a fundraising effort to raise much needed funds for health education and promotion in remote Australian communities.
The MPC Kinetic leadership team organised the Break The Cycle charitable event to support Indigenous health and education initiatives, and chose Red Dust as the beneficiary given their extensive experience partnering with remote Indigenous communities.
The aim was to raise $100,000 for Red Dust, and this target was absolutely smashed. MPC Kinetic successfully raised $290,000, all of which has gone towards Red Dust and their efforts to 'break the cycle' and reduce chronic disease in underprivileged, remote Indigenous Australian communities.
MPC Kinetic Project Manager, Sean McElligott said the leadership team were proud of their efforts and excited to see what difference this funding would make.
"We work regularly on projects in the most remote parts of Australia and have seen first-hand the results of disparity in health and education. We wanted to make a difference by partnering with an organisation with runs on the board and boots on the ground”.
“We reached out to our friends in the construction industry to support our efforts and were blown away by how quickly we had people wanting to support the cause” he said.
This funding will make a signficant difference, allowing Red Dust to reach more remote Indigenous youth through their community Healthy Living Programs, and help break the cycle of health and education disparity.
Support for Regional Communities Continues
05 October 2018
MPC Kinetic’s commitment to its host communities across regional Australia, continues to deliver positive social benefits – the most recent being a successful traineeship program for local youth working on the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline Project.
Working with delivery partner John Holland and client WaterNSW, the traineeship program saw 19 trainees gain real-life work experience on the 270km water pipeline project, while also carrying out in-house studies for a Certificate II in Civil Construction.
MPC Kinetic Executive General Manager – People, Kieran Plasto said as a company that had delivered projects across regional areas for many years, it knew first-hand the challenges young people faced when seeking employment and training opportunities.
“Local jobs and training in regional areas are not always readily available, regardless of how keen young people are about securing these roles – that’s just the reality in some of these areas that we have worked,” Mr Plasto said.
“Which is why I’m so pleased that our Joint Venture and client WaterNSW stood by a shared project commitment that we would make a difference and provide young, local people with genuine job opportunities and training to set them up for future industry careers.
“To have 19 young trainees come on board, come away with real life work experiences, and gain recognised qualifications that they can now use in future roles, is a massive community success on many levels.
“As a leader with a long history in developing opportunities for indigenous people, to see that 17 of these trainees were Aboriginal people from the Broken Hill, Wentworth and Mildura region, makes me feel proud to be working with a group of companies that see the immense value in actively levelling the playing field with Aboriginal Australia,” Mr Plasto said.
Mr Plasto said while it was common knowledge how important delivery of the W2BH Project was to provide the people of Broken Hill with a secure and reliable water supply, to witness other positive social spin-offs for the region’s youth, made the project all that more important.
It’s a sentiment shared by W2BH trainees Blade Martyn and Lakisha Sloane, two of the project’s Broken Hill-based trainees, who are testament to the success of the W2BH team’s commitment.
Both said their experience working on the project was life changing and had prepared them well for their long-term work plans after the project finished.
“It was a very intense training course, with lots of theory, but it also included a lot of hands-on practical work alongside experienced pipeliners. Having the knowledge and understanding, as well field experience, gives me the confidence to make a career in the construction industry,” Blade said.
“As a local Aboriginal bloke, it’s great to be working on country with other young Aboriginal people. While I’ve got a lot of out this project, it’s been great to feel like I’m building something for our whole community,” he said.
Lakisha Sloane, one of the four young female trainees in the group, agreed the real-life work experience working along the pipeline route was beneficial on a number of fronts.
“All of the trainees received real-life work experiences, whether it was working in a trench laying pipe, helping to build the pump stations that will bring the water to Broken Hill or, eating and living in worker camps – it was hands-on, very real, but a great experience,” Lakisha said.
A video showing the incredible journey our trainees have been on as they deliver this 270km water supply pipeline can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/mpckinetic/videos/1086196601548971/?notif_id=1538709021290366¬if_t=page_fan
MPC Kinetic Continues Presence on APGA Board
12 September 2018
MPC Kinetic and the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association (APGA) will continue to collaborate on strengthening the Association’s position within the resources sector, following the re-appointment of Tony O’Sullivan as the APGA Board’s Vice President.
Mr O’Sullivan, MPC Kinetic’s Chief Operation Officer Construction, was re-elected to the Board at the APGA’s Annual General Meeting held in Darwin this week.
Mr O’Sullivan said he welcomed the ongoing support of the APGA’s members, which sees him enter his third term as a Board member.
“I look forward to representing APGA members and working closely with other Board members, the APGA CEO and Secretariat, to further position and strengthen our industry’s importance within the country’s growing resource sector,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“I see my position on the APGA Board firstly as an honour, but I also accept the great responsibility that comes with the position to ensure that myself, and all of the Board members, work collaboratively to seek out the best outcomes for our APGA members and our industry as a whole.
“I am confident all APGA Board members are aligned in this goal, and I have already witnessed great improvements to our industry in areas such as policy, safety, research and quality, which have all been achieved through the united efforts and support of the entire APGA collective,” he said.
MPC Kinetic Wins Industry Safety Award
12 September 2018
MPC Kinetic's drive for a healthier and mentally fitter workforce drew accolades at the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association (APGA) annual conference in Darwin this week.
A year-long program of health and wellbeing initiatives for MPC Kinetic employees earned the company the APGA's Industry Safety Award for 2018.
APGA Award judges were impressed with MPC Kinetic's employee-led effort to develop a holistic and tailored program of health and mental wellbeing activities that was rolled out across the company during 2017/18.
The net result of the program was reduced weight across the company, significantly increased physical activity and a much higher awareness of blood pressure monitoring, stress management and better nutrition.
A quarterly incentive program of free gym kits and Fit Bits, a series of healthy breakfasts and encouragement of project-vs-project challenges, saw maximum buy-in by employees and a weight loss of more than 500kg across the company.
MPC Kinetic's Group Specialist – Health and Injury Management, Gordon Livingstone said while the industry recognition for the company's program was very welcome, he said the real win was that hundreds of company employees taking part in the program were now mentally fitter and heathier.
"I'm really encouraged by the APGA judges view, through this award recognition, that the health and mental wellbeing of a workforce is vitally important and underpins a safer industry overall," Mr Livingstone said.
"The success of this program and the fantastic employee participation rate we had, was due largely to it being an employee-led and developed initiative and this gained much better buy-in, as all activities were tailored specifically to what our employees wanted to see in the area of health and wellbeing.
"I'm looking forward to even better results next year, with MPC Kinetic employees already working collaboratively to develop and roll out another tailored health and wellbeing program for 2019," he said.
Mr Smith said the merger would not result in any management changes and was pleased with the decision to rename the new company MPC Kinetic, to ensure the proud history and reputation each company had forged over the years continued to be recognised within the industry.
Mr Smith said he was confident the extensive experience and field-proven delivery both companies were renowned for within the resource sector, would resonate well with developers seeking a balance between safe and optimum productivity through close collaboration and innovation.
Merger Will Deliver Positive Outcomes for Energy Sector Developers
1 July 2018
A successful merger between MPC Group and Kinetic in July, has paved the way for MPC Kinetic to become the resource industry’s clear service and construction leader.
Armed with a strengthened portfolio of field-proven service offerings and innovative construction solutions, MPC Kinetic’s CEO John Smith said the company was positioned well to meet the growing and changing needs of Australia’s energy sector developers.
“From a company strength and client benefit perspective, this merger makes good business sense,” Mr Smith said.
“As MPC Kinetic we will be able to broaden and deliver far more holistic service offerings to new clients, while also being able to offer our key mutual clients far superior outcomes through efficiency gains by operating as one entity,” Mr Smith said.