MPC Kinetic's drought-proofing effort recognised with Project of the Year win
17 June 2019
The team behind the delivery of a 270km water lifeline that drought-proofed the city of Broken Hill, was recognised by industry at this year’s New South Wales Civil Construction Federation (CCF) Earth Awards.
The Joint Venture team of MPC Kinetic and John Holland took out Project of the Year at last Friday’s awards in Sydney, and the project will now move on to CCF’s National Awards to be held in Canberra in November.
The 12-month project, which was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget, entailed construction of a 270km steel water pipeline from the River Murray at Wentworth to the iconic city of Broken Hill, as well as four large-scale pump stations and a 720 megalitre bulk water storage.
MPC Kinetic CEO John Smith welcomed the award win and said the positive industry recognition for the massive effort by the MPC Kinetic and John Holland team onthe ground, was only surpassed by the immense social and economic benefits the secure and sustainable water supply would bring to the people of Broken Hill.
“This New South Wales Government investment into regional water supply security is not only drought-proofing Broken Hill, but also underpinning this iconic city’s
long-term future for generations to come,” Mr Smith said.
“It was a challenging project to deliver, given the dire water shortages being experienced in Broken Hill and short timeframe to complete it, but our Joint Venture’s
close collaboration with WaterNSW saw us rally together as one team, to ensure this water lifeline came to fruition.
“The Joint Venture team had a critical deadline to meet, and it was efforts like our crews laying an amazing 7.3km of pipe in a single day, that ensured the project not
only stayed on schedule, but was actually completed ahead of time.
“It takes a very focused team to deliver a project like this, and I’m pleased to see the MPC Kinetic and John Holland people behind its successful completion have been recognised by their industry peers,” he said.
Mr Smith said MPC Kinetic was proud to play its part, in what was the New South Wales Government’s largest single investment on record, for regional water supply security.
Broken Hill drought-proofed after 270km water
pipeline turned on
12 April 2019
The people of Broken Hill have a secure water supply for generations to come thanks to a drought proofing 270-kilometre water pipeline.
It follows a successful build by MPC Kinetic and Joint Venture partner John Holland, which constructed the $467 million Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline (W2BH) project, ahead of schedule and in an industry-record time of just ten months.
Developed by WaterNSW, the project was designed to drought-proof the iconic mining town, which for decades had been hit by crippling drought and often left struggling with critically-low water supplies.
MPC Kinetic General Superintendent, John Carolan said the project team battled some challenging conditions to ensure the critical water lifeline was delivered and capable of supplying up to 37.4ML of water every day to the residents of Broken Hill.
“It took more than 22,000 pipe lengths and 500 people to complete the pipeline, which also included a 720ML bulk water storage and four large-scale pump stations,” Mr Carolan said.
“Building a project of this magnitude in industry-record time, meant mobilising Australia’s only specialised fleet of machinery from our Brisbane yards to ensure optimum productivity at all times, but most importantly, deliver it safely,” he said.
During the Wentworth to Broken Hill project more than 150 local jobs were created, which also included tailored training programs aimed at further developing the skills and experience of the local workforce.
Mr Carolan said the success of the project was in part, due to the strong relationships with local communities.
“The project injected more than $50 million into the region’s economy through our use of local businesses wherever possible, and this in turn created further employment opportunities for local people.
“However, what I see as the most beneficial social outcome while delivering this pipeline, is the traineeship program provided to 18 young locals - 16 of which were local Aboriginal youth.
“This tailored program saw our trainees gain, not just on-the-job experience, but also a Certificate II in Civil Construction, which they have since used to gain career opportunities in other industries within the region,” he said.
Mr Carolan said pipeline delivery aside, none of the positive socio-economic outcomes would have come to fruition without the solid and genuine commitment made by W2BH construction partner John Holland and the WaterNSW team.
MPC Kinetic delivers in the harshest environments
27 March 2019
MPC Kinetic’s team of 700 people has delivered a 440-kilometre cross-desert gas pipeline on budget and ahead of schedule.
The $100 million+ project, located 160 kilometres west of Alice Springs, took six months to construct and is now delivering gas supplies to Newmont’s Granites Mine.
The pipeline was developed by Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) and required a comprehensive route investigation and extensive collaboration with stakeholders, such as Traditional Owners, Landowners and Government agencies.
MPC Kinetic’s Tanami Project Manager, Brendan McGuckin said it was a huge undertaking in harsh and challenging conditions, but AGIG’s early consultation
and land access approval process, ensured a seamless transition from planning
to work crews mobilising to site.
“It took more than 25,000 pipe lengths, 250 pieces of equipment and a dedicated team spread across four camps to connect the existing Amadeus Gas Pipeline to Newmont’s Granites Mine,” Mr McGuckin said.
“The project was so vast more than 8 million kilometres were clocked up across our fleet during the project.
“Our crews worked seamlessly throughout the entire project to not only bring the project in ahead of time and on budget, but importantly incident free, meaning no
lost time injuries,” he said.
During the Tanami project more than 50 local jobs were created, which also included tailored training initiatives aimed at further developing the skills and experience
of the local workforce.
In one instance, a young Yuendumu local who participated in the on-the-job training program, is continuing his career path with MPK and is now working on projects
in South-West Queensland.
Mr McGuckin said the success of the project was in part, due to the strong relationships that MPK and AGIG built with local communities.
“Supporting local indigenous artists and the sporting teams were just some of the ways we were able to all work together to make the project a reality.
“We care about our people and the local communities we work in, meaning where possible, we procured product and services via local businesses, injecting
$27.9 million into local economies.
“For MPC Kinetic, the Tanami project has been a great initiation project into the Northern Territory and a proud achievement for our dedicated, hard-working
people,” he said.
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.
MPC Group Awarded 270km Water Pipeline Contract
23 October 2017
The New South Wales Government has announced WaterNSW has awarded the contract to a consortium of John Holland, MPC Group and TRILITY, to design, build, operate and maintain a 270km steel water pipeline that will deliver water supply security for the people of Broken Hill.
John Holland MPC Group Joint Venture will design and construct the River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline at a total project cost of $467 million.
The large-scale water pipeline project, which will draw up to 37.4 megalitres peak daily demand from the River Murray near Wentworth and transport the supply to Broken Hill, also includes construction of three pump stations, water storages, power supply infrastructure and a long-term operation and maintenance program.
MPC Group CEO John Smith welcomed the news of the successful Joint Venture bid and said MPC Group looked forward to being a part of the water security commitment made by the New South Wales Government to the people of Broken Hill.
“This water supply solution will essentially drought-proof Broken Hill and ensure its community has the necessary water resources for long-term sustainability that will underpin and enable future growth,” Mr Smith said.
“MPC Group has delivered many of these regional water pipelines in the past, and in all instances, towns have progressed on the back of having a secure and constant water supply,” he said.
Mr Smith said MPC Group looked forward to once again be working with John Holland , following previous success together delivering crucial water pipeline projects in regional areas.
Mr Smith said apart from the extensive experience that MPC, John Holland and TRILITY had in the construction, operation and maintenance of water supply infrastructure, all three companies also shared a common goal of ensuring host communities also benefitted from these types of projects.
“This project will deliver secure water supplies for Broken Hill’s future growth, but will also deliver opportunities for local businesses to become involved through their services and supplies, and provide local people with employment opportunities,” he said.
With construction set to commence in early 2018, MPC Group, John Holland and TRILITY, will soon conduct a series of project forums, where local businesses and job seekers can register their interest in becoming a part of the project’s delivery.
A Job Weld-Done
29 September 2017
MPC Group HDPE pipeline welder Kaine Walker last month took a brief moment while sitting in his Fast Fusion welding machine to take stock of a major milestone he had achieved.
His milestone – 20,000 HDPE pipeline welds successfully completed over the past six years while working on the QCLNG Project's North, Central and South CSG Gathering Fields across Queensland's Surat Basin.
While no official world record exists, it's fair to say Kaine's welding effort is right up there in the industry, and by far the highest weld productivity rate achieved on the QCLNG Project.
Kaine's big milestone did not go unnoticed by his fellow welding colleagues either.
A special "in-field" presentation was held, where Kaine was presented with a trophy and a detailed GIS map showing the full extent of his welding efforts while working on the Project.
For those unfamiliar with the world of HDPE welding, Kaine's Fast Fusion feat saw him weld enough 20 metre, 160mm-630mm diameter pipe lengths to travel 400km from Roma through to Toowoomba – coincidently, the town where the HDPE pipe is actually made.
While Kaine was excited to reach a milestone not many in the industry can lay claim too, the quiet-spoken HDPE welder was content to savour the achievement for just a brief moment, before resetting the heating plate to start work on his next 20,000 welds.
Congratulations Kaine on a job "weld-done"!
Ownership Change for MPC Group
18 September 2017
MPC Group CEO John Smith today (18/09/2017) announced a change of company ownership, following the sale of MPC Group to strategic equity investors Viburnum Funds and SCF Partners.
Mr Smith said the sale of MPC Group by its founding Australian owners and United Kingdom-partner J. Murphy and Sons (JMS), would take effect immediately.
MPC Group, formerly known as Murphy Pipe and Civil, was established in 2011 and has achieved significant growth in that time.
Mr Smith said the transaction was a positive step forward and would enable further growth within the company’s current business sectors, and facilitate future business expansion through Viburnum and SCF’s extensive investment experience and capability.
Mr Smith said the company’s executive and management teams would remain fully in place, with equity interest in the continued growth of the company.
“Essentially, there will be no change for our people or our clients, with MPC Group continuing to remain focused on delivering the same exceptional results it has become known for,” Mr Smith said.
“The company’s Executive Leadership Team would like to acknowledge the guidance and experience provided by our previous shareholders, and looks forward to the next stage of growth with aligned and experienced business investors,” he said.
Next Generation Cable Installation
24 July 2017
MPC Group has once again used its strong focus on in-house innovation to re-invent the way the industry installs High Voltage and Fibre Optic cabling, with the result of the effort being increased crew safety and significant production efficiencies.
MPC Group this month rolled-out its fully-tracked-mounted cable crawler – a hybrid, modular unit that is designed to fit upon its fleet of winches.
The list of the machine’s innovative modifications is long, but sure to gain plenty of interest is that it is track mounted to provide increased stability on any terrain, and has an innovative swing arm assembly to ensure accurate cable guidance into trenches at all times.
It’s also more cost effective, with only two crew members and one machine required to install cable, compared to three crew and three machines using conventional methods.
A unique re-spooling mechanism also enables road and rail crossings to be performed without the need cable for joints or excavation of bell holes.
The machine’s safety credentials are also outstanding, with its purpose-built, remote-controlled hydraulic arm system lifting cable drums safely into place without manual handling risks which are often associated with conventional cable install methods.
The remote control capability also extends to the swing arm operation, providing crews with full visibility for accurate cable installation into trenches, but also with all round safety oversight during operation.
While the safety and accuracy advances are sure to rate highly within a marketplace constantly seeking safer operations and increased cost efficiencies – the machine’s operational speed is sure to be the biggest drawcard and likely to see it dramatically change the cable install industry landscape that we know today.
With 5km per hour installation speeds for cable diameters right up to 110mm, it’s simply the fastest cable install machine on the market.
Already delivering massive production increases on project sites across Queensland’s Surat basin, MPC Group believes it won’t take long before this innovative machine becomes common place within the industry.
MPC Group Electrical Superintendent Garry Muldowney describes the innovative machine as 21st Century thinking.
“Our R&D team put in extensive effort in the machine’s design phase to collaborate closely with our cable install crews to ensure this purpose-built machine provided them with a much safer and far more effective machine to work with,” Mr Muldowney said.
“It has undergone extensive field testing over the past 12 months to allow our fabrication team the opportunity to “engineer out” any operational risks and “engineer in” unique safety features and efficiency gains.
“This is next generation thinking and I’m confident we’ve got the design right, and the proof of that, is the machine is already delivering `best-for-project’ outcomes for our clients right across the Surat basin,” he said.
And it’s not the first time MPC Group has got it right with its development of innovative industry-changing equipment and machinery.
In 2011, the company won numerous industry awards for its Australian introduction of the uniquely-designed Spiderplough, which saw a fleet of the machines successfully install a 6000km coal seam gas HDPE pipeline network in Queensland.
Earlier this year, MPC Group also introduced a fleet of new age well servicing rigs to the Queensland CSG fields. The rigs are now performing well workovers five times faster and with increased safety outcomes and extensive cost savings to clients.
An Entrepreneurial Spirit
08 March 2017
On 21st February 2017, Kinetic announced the rebranding of our New Zealand business. In operations since 1983, the founding Vause business was based on keeping things simple, being responsive and practical innovation. 34 years later and these attributes have never been so important. “Kinetic in New Zealand will always lead the way in demonstrating how to collaborate with our customers on innovative solutions to reduce production costs, how to identify problems and to act quickly to solve them in a manner that works for all stakeholders. Our can do culture has and always will originate from New Plymouth” said CEO, Leigh Rigg.
Students Take First Step Towards a Safe Trade Career
23 February 2017
Fifteen Miles State High School students got off on the right foot with their trade certification studies this week, thanks to MPC Group outfitting the entire class with all their required safety gear.
The students, who will this year undertake skills training in the school’s workshop as part of their VET certification, were presented with steel cap boots, drill pants and hi-viz shirts at school assembly by MPC Group Community Relations Manager Glenn Pfluger.
Mr Pfluger said this was the second year the company had provided the safety gear to the school’s trade students, and he was pleased to once again play a part in instilling the importance of workplace safety at this early stage in their trade career journey.
“It’s great to see students taking on these courses and working toward a trade, but just as we instil in all of our crews working across the Western Downs - a workplace with a strong safety culture is the best workplace to be in, “ he said.
“Hopefully, by providing this PPE gear, the students will take on board this important safety mindset from their very first step toward their future careers.”
Miles State High School Principal Mrs Josette Moffatt outlined to the assembly that both MPC Group and the school placed a strong priority on safety in the work space.
“The partnering with MPC Group will ensure that a strong safety culture is valued both in word and practice,” Mrs Moffat said.
“MPC Group's generous donation of PPE not only reinforces this culture, but demonstrates its importance to our students both at school and as we prepare them for the workplace.”
The Best Fest in The West
20 February 2017
MPC Group once again got behind this year’s iconic Chinchilla Melon Festival after coming on board as one of the event’s major sponsors.
Nearly 18,000 melon lovers converged on Chinchilla to celebrate the juicy fruit, and MPC Group dug deep to ensure the event was another big success by sponsoring the festival street parade.
MPC Group’s Community Relations Manager Glenn Pfluger said he was pleased the company could once again throw its support behind the town’s favourite festival.
“This is Chinchilla’s time to shine in Queensland - it really reinforces a sense of community with locals, while also highlighting to visitors why it’s so great to live in the country,” Mr Pfluger said.
“As a company working in the Surat Basin for the past seven years on the coal seam gas fields, and with a workforce spending many of those years living in Chinchilla, MPC Group’s sponsorship was just our way of saying thanks to the community for the warm, country hospitality we have received,” he said.
Joining QGC and Western Downs Regional Council as float judges during the street parade, Mr Pfluger said the effort and quality of floats this year was fantastic and a credit to all the community groups who participated.
Making It Happen
02 February 2017
On 1st February, in front of the Brisbane oil & gas community, CEO Leigh Rigg formally announced the integration and rebranding of Vause, Grizzly, Surtron & Wildcat into the single entity Kinetic.
“Kinetic aims to provide you with a better and more competitive services market, one built on innovation and a can-do attitude, with the goal of helping you reduce your production costs in the short and long term.” Leigh said. “The idea for Kinetic came from the belief of what we do best… we keep things moving, we make things happen.”
Leigh was joined by legendary Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist in announcing the formation of Kinetic. “When we were looking for someone to assist with this launch, we wanted someone that best represented our values of mateship, a can-do attitude, practical innovation, responsiveness and ultimately someone that makes things happen. There is no better person for this than Gilly.”
A Melon-Tastic Weekend
19 January 2017
MPC is once again getting behind the Chinchilla Melon Festival – the iconic weekend festival that sees more than 15,000 people converge on the town of Chinchilla to celebrate all things melon.
MPC has been a major sponsor for the past three festivals and its employees are already gearing up to lead the street parade once again when the festival kicks off on February 16.
MPC Social Performance Manager Glenn Pfluger said this was an important event on the town’s social calendar and was pleased MPC Group could once again show its support.
MPC Social Performance Manager Glenn Pfluger said this was an important event on the town’s social calendar and was pleased MPC Group could once again show its support.
“MPC has had a big presence in Chinchilla, since arriving in 2010 to work on Coal Seam Gas developments, and during this time we’ve always wanted to show our appreciation for the welcome we have received by locals, through support for this important community event,” Mr Pfluger said.
“The Chinchilla Melon Festival really highlights to a wider visiting audience the many positives of living in a friendly, country town, but also reinforces to locals the sense of community that exists in their town.
“Festival organisers have once again done a tremendous job developing a weekend of melon-tastic activities and family entertainment, and MPC is just pleased to have been able to play its part in helping bring this fruity fest to fruition,” he said.
Boomerangs Bring It On at Indigenous Footy Carnival
19 January 2017
MPC has continued with its efforts to level the playing field with indigenous Australia, and in our most recent show of reconciliation, it literally was a `playing field’.
MPC was the major sponsor of an Under 17 indigenous footy team which traveled to New South Wales late last year to take part in the annual Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival.
Called the Original Boomerangs United, it was even more special for MPC because four of the young players were sons of one of the company’s project employees.
Organisers of the annual sporting event describe it as an opportunity for aboriginal youth to gather and celebrate their indigenous culture and also be immersed in an event focused on healthy minds and bodies.
MPC congratulates the team on their effort, which saw them move through consecutive rounds during the four day carnival to make it to third place - not a bad effort given it was their first time attending. Well done boys!
New Acquisition – Wildcat Chemicals Australia Pty Ltd
18 December 2016
Kinetic Services Group Pty Ltd is pleased to announce it has combined forces with Wildcat Chemicals Australia Pty Ltd (Wildcat).
Kinetic, a resource focused services company that offers Logging, Well Intervention, Fluid Management & Production Services, has partnered with Wildcat, a leading provider of speciality production chemicals.
The partnership with Wildcat diversifies Kinetic’s service offerings and significantly increases the company’s exposure to the production phase associated with all regional oil & gas assets, both onshore and offshore.
“We are thrilled about this acquisition, it is a tremendous addition for us,” said Leigh Rigg, CEO of Kinetic. “Wildcat has an outstanding reputation and unique customer relationships. This acquisition enables us to combine applied chemistry expertise with our Tier-1 field service operations in order to increase and prolong well productivity.”
Led and founded by Barry Roper, Wildcat has strategically built a highly competent technical team and a growing brand of speciality chemical formulations that reduce overall production costs.
Andy Waite, SCF Co-President & Kinetic Chairman, stated “SCF is pleased to welcome Barry and his team to Kinetic. The potential to develop production enhancement solutions by combining leading field execution capabilities with in-house chemistry knowledge is very exciting. We have been particularly impressed with Wildcat’s entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude.”
Kinetic has earned a reputation within the oil and gas and minerals sectors for doing what we say we are going to do. We combine our technical knowledge and industry experience with a drive to find practical and innovative solutions for our customers – if we can get it done safely we will find a way. We are nimble, fast and responsive. We make it happen.
MPC Presence Remains on APGA Board
27 October 2016
MPC will continue to have a presence on the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association Board, with the re-election of Mr Tony O’Sullivan at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in October.
Mr O’Sullivan, MPC’s Executive General Manager Australian Construction, was voted in for a further two-year term on the APGA Board.
Mr O’Sullivan said as an APGA Board member, he would continue his strong advocacy for continuous improvement within the industry, particularly around gas policy and the strategic importance gas pipelines play in the energy mix.
“I take a very active interest in the development of Australia’s gas and pipeline industry and am of the resolute opinion that it is the best in the world,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“But like any industry, it needs to be continually at the forefront of advancement and improvement to ensure prosperous longevity.
“Which is why I am buoyed by the robust and intelligent industry conversation, that all APGA members are participating in, and I believe it is this collaborative effort that will position our pipeline and gas industry well for the future,” he said.
In addition to re-election to the APGA Board, Mr O’Sullivan will also continue his role as the APGA Treasurer.
Mental Health App for FIFO Workers Takes Top Honours at QMC Awards
28 July 2016
An innovative App developed by a Queensland construction company to gauge the mental health and wellbeing of its 900 FIFO workers, has been recognised by the industry at this year's Queensland Mining Contractors Awards.
The MPC Group was announced the winner of the 'Staff Engagement Category' at the Awards, which were held in Mackay this week as part of the Queensland Mining Expo.
Award judges were impressed with the App's ability to survey the company's entire FIFO workforce each swing to ascertain overall wellbeing, and enabling the company to take affirmative action or provide counselling help to workers if needed.
The easy-to-use App, called Mate Check, takes two minutes to complete during flights in and out of project sites, and through the simple click of a button, workers can confidentially access counselling assistance from recognised organisations - such as Mates in Construction, Beyond Blue and Lifeline.
Accepting the award, MPC Group Social Performance Manager Glenn Pfluger, said the company's Mate Check App had been in use since 2015 and had been overwhelmingly welcomed by the company’s workforce.
“Our crews have totally embraced this new App technology and through it have given us valuable mental health feedback and also thousands of suggestions on ways the company can improve worker wellbeing on site, in camp and even at home,” Mr Pfluger said.
“To win this award is absolutely fantastic, it’s a real honour to be recognised by the industry, and particularly so for work being done in industry mental health which, up until recent times, probably did not receive the focus it deserved.
“While I thank the QMCA for the win and the industry for its recognition, I think the real thanks must go to our crews who for the past two years have actively, and at times very honestly opened up when using the Mate Check mental health survey each swing.
“It's thanks to this honest feedback about their own mental health, that we are now getting a much clearer picture of how they are feeling, but most importantly, being able to implement strategies to improve their wellbeing,” he said.
Mr Pfluger said while having an in-depth insight into your workforces' wellbeing through the Mate Check App was a tremendous outcome, the fact that more than 60 of the company's employees had sought counselling assistance using the App over the past two years, was quite sobering.
“It's very sad to think that a number of our people needed to seek help over the past two years, but I am bouyed by the fact that we've put something in place for them to easily access help when needed, rather than leaving them feeling like they have to work through it in isolation.
“It's a telling sign of the impact of mental stress on workers, particularly those on FIFO rosters, and I believe indicative that no part of our industry is immune to this health issue,” he said.
MPC Turns Tooth Fairy for Rural Queenslanders
25 February 2016
MPC's commitment to supporting regional Queensland was further strengthened this month, with the company donating $10,000 to the QCoal Community Dental Service through the QCoal Foundation.
QCoal Foundation uses company donations like MPC’s to help fund a range of initiatives including the dental service which is run by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in a purpose-built mobile dental surgery, providing emergency and preventative dental care for people living in rural and remote Queensland.
MPC CEO John Smith said QCoal Foundation's travelling dental service was a tremendous initiative and was pleased that MPC was able to play a part in delivering much-needed oral health care for country Queenslanders.
"More than 6500 rural Queenslanders with limited access to health care services have already benefited from this free dental service since it was introduced in 2013 by the QCoal Foundation," Mr Smith said.
"Those patient figures alone confirm that the initiative is a success, but it also shines the light on the very real need for dental services in rural Queensland, and is why MPC is so pleased its donation will help this worthwhile initiative to continue," Mr Smith said.
01 February 2016
We are pleased to announce the formation of Kinetic, the culmination of three accomplished service companies: Vause, Grizzly and Surtron. The combination of these companies into a single well services company creates the perfect blend of practical innovation and multi-skilled lateral thinkers that do what we say we are going to do.
Kinetic is fully equipped to fill a much needed position in the industry – a service company that says YES, and then makes it happen. We have the resources of a major corporation and the responsiveness and nimbleness of a local supplier that is strategically located within all the important basins in Australia, New Zealand & Thailand.
Our dedication to providing exceptional customer service and flawless well site execution will not change. We’ll continue to think outside of the box to develop solutions that fit your project, budget and goals, accomplishing what others cannot. Kinetic is committed to maximizing your performance in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
WE KEEP THINGS FLOWING.
Milestone Safety Achievement: 1,000 Days LTI-Free
01 January 2016
Kinetic Well Services Ltd is proud to achieve 1,000 days with no Lost Time Injuries.
Kinetic Well Services Ltd (Kinetic NZ) achieved 1000 days Lost Time Injury (LTI) free on 1 December 2016. NZ General Manager, Aaron Green credits the achievement to the strong safety awareness and culture of the Kinetic NZ team. Employees are conscientious and proactive in creating and ensuring a safe work environment. They place importance for the responsibility of workplace safety on every member of the team.
“Safety must come first, and I believe there is no reason we can’t have an injury-free workplace. Our team have really embraced this approach, understanding incidents not only impact our work, but importantly, family and home life too”, said Aaron.
Our cloud based reporting software has been instrumental in ensuring workplace safety at the site.
“We have very good controls in place to prevent accidents or reoccurrence of incidents across the business, and we are continuously looking at ways to reduce risk where we work. This has been critical in achieving this safety milestone”, Aaron added.
Kinetic NZ have implemented several initiatives to achieve this excellent safety milestone, including:
Strong processes which encourage pro-active and conscientious behavior;
Safety responsibility culture – both collective and individual;
Active participation in clients HAZOPS & SIMOPS;
Regular observation and hazard reporting;
Regular auditing, reporting and monitoring;
ICAM and TapRoot cause analysis to understand the root cause of any incident;
Embracing the “Right to Stop Work” authority for unsafe situations;
Conscience effort to continuously improve safety performance; and
Dynamic and specific HSE communication across the business.