First place at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards 2014

30 October 2014

Energyworks were awarded first place in the Environmental Excellence section of the 2014 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards ahead of tough competition from both Contact Energy and Genesis Energy. Boasting an impressive entry relating to ‘Environmental Leadership in Pipeline Construction’, Energyworks were acknowledged for a range of innovative environmental practices. 

The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards were held in Auckland on the 13th August to recognise achievement and excellence in the New Zealand energy sector. The event was attended at an executive level within the energy sector across the electricity, gas and petroleum disciplines. Over 640 guests attended the spectacular black-tie event at the Langham Hotel and Energyworks were represented by Allen Clarke, Ian McGrath and Mike Braggins.

Deloitte partner and energy sector leader Scott McClay congratulated all the winners in this year’s Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

Deloitte is thrilled to again be associated with recognising the best and brightest in the energy sector, and the valuable contribution they make to New Zealand’s economy.  The entries in this year’s awards were outstanding and clearly showed that innovation and striving for excellence continues to be well and truly alive in the sector.” 

Environmental Leadership in Pipeline Construction

The winning submission outlined the minimal environmental impact of two large scale pipeline projects; Contact Energy’s Ahuroa pipeline and Todd Energy’s Mangahewa Expansion Gathering and Exports pipelines.

Overview of the projects;

The Contact Energy Ahuroa Pipeline involved the construction and installation of an 8.5km of 18 inch gas pipeline from the Stratford Power Station to the Ahuroa Gas Storage Facility. The pipeline was run inside existing pipeline easements, road reserve and new easements. 

The Todd Energy Mangahewa Expansion Gathering and Exports Pipeline involved the construction and installation of new pipelines over 9km to carry well stream fluids between the Mckee and Mangahewa Production Station, via Mangahewa A & C and the proposed Mangahewa E well sites. These pipelines are a combination of 6, 8 and 12 inch and run across combination of undulating and medium to steep rural land. 

What Sets Energyworks Apart;

Energyworks is one of very few companies with the specialist expertise and equipment required to construct large scale cross-country pipelines in New Zealand. The submission outlined the care and planning taken with river crossings and the praise of subsequent reinstatement of the land. 

Comprehensive methodologies at more than twenty stream crossings and a high level of compliance from all Taranaki Regional Council site inspections.” Todd Energy Construction Manager - Mangahewa Pipeline.

Heli-Stringing was another influential factor in the submission. Energyworks employed the assistance of Beck Helicopters to string approximately 13,000m’s of pipe on the Todd Mangahewa Pipeline. Efficient hooking mechanisms and lifting techniques combined with familiarity and experience made heli-stringing more viable even in easily accessible areas. In addition to minimising the need for heavy vehicles to traverse sensitive environments, heli-stringing has a smaller carbon footprint than stringing by truck. 

Horizontal Directional Drilling, the innovative trenchless technology  is becoming an integral part of Energyworks’ pipeline construction projects. It reduces combustion emissions and the risk of discharge of oil or chemicals to land or surface waters, minimises the project footprint including right of way and reinstate areas, temporary facilities and access roads and also reduces disruption to the local population.

Energyworks also makes extensive use of horizontal directional drilling technology, ensures minimal ground disturbance and rigorously manages traffic volumes at its sites.” Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards  

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