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9 May 2019

When to select a centre-flow or through-flow band

The last decade has seen a rise in the use of centre-flow band screen technology in municipal sewage inlet works across Australia. Centre-flow band screens use perforated plate manufactured from either stainless steel or non metallic materials such as polypropylene. The perforations provide two dimensional screening which increases screenings capture as compared to bar type or wedgewire profiles.

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Australian utility joins the world’s best

An Australian water utility has joined the top utilities in the world by becoming one of the newest members of the Leading Utilities of the World network.

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New Australian Energy Market Commissioner announced

Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) Chairman, John Pierce, has announced the appointment of a new Commissioner to the AEMC, following the retirement of Brian Spalding.

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$315 million Badgingarra Wind Farm officially opens

Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston, officially opened APA Group’s Badgingarra Wind Farm (BWF) on 2 May 2019.

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Microtunnelling: how can contractors mitigate risk on trenchless pipeline projects?

Time and cost are among the top driving factors of trenchless pipeline installations; they are also among the first to be blown out if something goes wrong during an installation. This is why risk mitigation is extremely important. By managing the risks that could cause a problem to a project, a contractor will have a higher chance of avoiding any problems, or being able to deal with them quickly and efficiently, so that the project remains on time and on budget.

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The cloud is disrupting the utility industry  are you prepared?

What does the digitisation of the water industry mean for the day-to-day operations of Australian water utilities? One key factor is network visibility. If you can see what is happening across your entire network, it’s easier to plan, predict and manage your assets and services, and the best way to do this is through the cloud.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, announced that if re-elected, the Liberal and Nationals Government intends to establish the National Water Grid — a statutory authority to deliver strategic planning and project management for water policy and water infrastructure right across the nation.


building a smart wastewater network 

To improve the services it provides its customers, SA Water has developed a custom-built analytics platform that enables it to manage real-time data from its wastewater network. SA Water is currently trialling the smart wastewater technology in order to implement predictive network management practices.


AEMO creates innovative gas tracker model

To help ensure the accuracy of billing and stability of gas supply in Victoria, the Australian Energy Market Operator has created a new model which tracks gas composition from diverse sources.


Energy bills to decrease over the next decade

Customers of Endeavour Energy will see a decrease in their electricity bills following the Australian Energy Regulator’s final revenue decision for 2019-24, issued 1 May 2019.


National Electricity Rule change to manage demand

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released its Final Determination on a National Electricity Rule change, which will enhance the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) mechanism. The decision has been welcomed by the Australian Energy Council (AEC).


$2 million energy program to help farmers

AGL has announced a program under which it will provide $2 million of assistance to drought affected farmers. The Farmers Assist program, which will be formally launched in June 2019, will provide debt relief, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and subsidised solar energy systems to farmers in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia who meet the eligibility criteria.

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