Roma to Brisbane Pipeline (RBP) Dig Ups – Stage 2

APA

Brisbane to Wallumbilla, Queensland, Australia

The Roma to Brisbane Pipeline (RBP) Dig Up Stage 2 Project included pipeline defect rectification works at 90 locations along the full length of the RBP.

The RBP in south-east Queensland is 440km long and Australia's oldest gas pipeline. Owned and operated by APA, the pipeline first came into operation in March 1969, and delivers natural gas to Brisbane and regional areas. APA has an ongoing program of life extension works, which requires designated sections of the buried steel pipeline to be excavated, old coating removed, pipeline inspected and repaired as necessary, new coating applied, excavation backfilled and the Right Of Way (ROW) reinstated.

Our crews overcame a number of challenges to complete the project to a high standard and within budget and schedule. Challenges included:

  • Working on, and adjacent to, an ageing high-pressure gas steel pipeline
  • Variable ground conditions including steep slopes and hard rock
  • Working within both city locations requiring vehicular and pedestrian traffic control and very remote country locations requiring specific logistical planning
  • Community engagement as the ROW went through public areas and private properties, and
  • Maintaining up to six operational crews to meet client deadlines

Overall, the completed works contribute to extending the operational life of APA’s asset. In addition, site restoration was to a high standard, with creek crossing sites effectively managed and restored to pre-existing condition, and compliance with sensitive farming area requirements. 

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