2017 MEDIA

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.

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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!

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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"!

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.

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