Groups Tour Kopeopeo Canal Dredging Scheme

Bay of Plenty Regional Council held an open day for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project yesterday, giving people a chance to learn about the project and see the trial of dredging as an alternative methodology for the project.

About 80 people attended, touring the site in small groups and talking to members of the project team about the trial.

This open day was a great opportunity for the council to engage with the public,” said project manager Brendon Love.

“There has been considerable public interest in the Kopeopeo Canal project for many years and we welcomed the opportunity to share the ongoing project development with the whole community. Having so many people participate was really positive.”

The dredge and dewatering trial is underway to evaluate a proposed new extraction and transfer method to clean up the Kopeopeo Canal.

The project team is evaluating this alternative because community members raised concerns about the methodology originally proposed.

The consented method dewaters the canal before removing the sediment and transferring it to established containment sites by truck, causing community concern around dioxins being inadvertently spread during transfer and transport.

The council expects this new method to reduce effects and produce efficiencies for the project, and the trials should confirm this, Brendon said.

“The alternative method being trialed has three main components – a cutter suction dredge to suck up the sediment and water from the canal into a pipeline for transfer to the containment sites, a water treatment system to separate the water from the sediment at the containment site and a geotextile bag called a geotube, which provides a primary containment system for the sediment at the containment site.

Key benefits of this methodology include the elimination of potential spillage of sediment during transfer and transport, and removal of the potential for dust to be generated on public roads, with the associated impact on air quality,” Brendon said.

The trial was set up last week and will be run over four days this week until Friday, October 2, weather-permitting.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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