Works Resume on Kopeopeo Canal Dredging Project

Work on the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project continues as dredging of the canal resumes and water treatment works move to the second containment site at the Whakatāne River end of the Kopeopeo Canal.

According to the Deputy Project Manager, Ken Tarboton, moving to the new containment site off Keepa Road represents great progress made by the project crew.

Last week, dredging got underway again pumping the dredged sediments to the second site, CS3 [Containment Site 3]. The contractor, EnviroWaste Services Limited, has commissioned an improved dredge head, and is currently making fine adjustments during the next week while they ramp up to full speed,” said Ken Tarboton.

It is a good time to look up and appreciate what has been achieved to date. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day nuts and bolts of such a big project so the visibility of the move to the new site is a good reason to acknowledge the 2.8km of Canal that has had the dioxin-contaminated sediment removed and the Canal will be healthier and better for the next generation,” Mr Tarboton added.

In stages, the project will remove and safely store up to 40,000m³ of sediment from the canal using the cutter-suction dredge and Geotube containment methodology. Following dredging the contained sediment will be treated using bioremediation.

This is a working operation dealing with contaminated material and we ask that people walking dogs or accessing the river to fish and so on stick to the marked access paths for their own safety,” Mr Tarboton said. “Access through the site will remain restricted for the duration of the dredging phase of the project and during some of the site works and bioremediation towards the end of the year.”

Mr Tarboton concluded that the dredging has been slower than anticipated as the focus has continued to be safe removal and transfer of the contaminated material to the containment sites. The officials expect dredging to continue until around the middle of the year.


 

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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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