Underground Envirotech Australia – now known simply as UEA – was established in Goulburn to provide trenchless installations for utility companies in the southern region of NSW and the ACT. ActewAGL and Telstra are among the first clients to utilise the technology for electrical upgrades, sewer renovations and new communications networks. UEA’s TT 10S Grundodrill is the first HDD rig of its kind to work in the ACT and surrounding areas.
On the back of the telecommunications boom, UEA grows from the initial 3 employees to over 70 personnel. Backed by a fleet of Vermeer HDD rigs UEA enters the rock drilling market with a D50 x 100 supported by a DFE cleaning system.
UEA capitalises on its strength within the utilities sector and increases its market share in the Greater Sydney area – in particular the electricity market. By the year 2000 offices are open in Sydney and Canberra, servicing a large part of NSW and the ACT.
UEA move into the maxi rig market with the purchase of a 300,000 pound HDD rig a Vermeer D300 x 500. Projects become more complex, bores longer and pipes bigger.
UEA focusses on its core business, HDD, during this period. Continual improvement to our techniques, operator training and education backed up by industry leading HSEQ solutions ensure we continue to lead the way in the industry.
UEA adds a new Herrenknecht 250C HDD rig to its growing list of maxi rig spreads to meet growing demand for larger and longer HDD installations throughout Australia.