It was imperative that the bore was able to take all the flow that comes from the pumping station, approximately 300 l/s. If there was any backing up within the pipe, the additional head would act on the pumps and the facility would not be able to meet its design criteria. Because of this, an average grade of 2.7% was required with 1% constant positive grade achieved over the flat section and 4.74% achieved over the steeper section.
Using the Paratrak System the pilot bore was a complete success. Due to the accuracy of the drilling, the bore can now take more than the design flow rate, providing Sydney Water with an asset with room for future expansion beyond the design requirements.
As the drill site was in close proximity to residents, considerable effort was made to reduce noise impact including the installation of sound attenuation around plant and equipment, the use of electric pumps and limited working hours and days in order to successfully undertake the project.
Information gained on the pilot bore was used to develop tooling with the decision made to forward ream straight to final borehole size of 24 inches. Pipe was pulled back in 120 metre pre welded strings.
For more information about this project or UEA Trenchless, please send enquiries to Steven Hopkins.