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Hunua 4 Water Main

Project categories: Water |

  • Client:

    Watercare Services Ltd.

  • Contractor:

    Fulton Hogan John Holland JV

  • Location:


  • Project Details:

    28km’s of 1575 mm OD and 1965 mm OD Concrete Lined Steel Pipe

  • Completion:

    Est. 2016

Watercare’s new large diameter watermain is being installed to cater for population growth and to increase the security of the water supply to the Auckland region.

When completed the Hunua No.4 (Hunua 4) water transmission pipeline will run for 28 kilometres from Redoubt North Reservoir in Manukau Heights to Campbell Crescent in Epsom, connecting to the existing local water supply network along the way.

Steelpipe Limited was awarded the contract to supply the pipe late in 2011 and the first 12 meter, 1965mm diameter concrete lined steel pipes were manufactured in May 2012. 

The Spiral Welded Steel Pipe is manufactured in compliance with NZS 4442:1998 and the steel is sourced locally from New Zealand Steel, complying with AS/NZS 1594.  

After welding the pipes are 100% pressure tested and the hemispherical socket joint (HSJ) is formed.  This joint allows easier installation and a slight deflection which in some cases reduces the need for fabricated  fittings. 

A new tape coating plant was commissioned to manufacture the 1575mm OD and 1965 mm OD pipe which uses Polyken® YGIII multilayer coating tape system. This is a highly effective, cold applied anti-corrosion system for  in-ground pipelines. An anticorrosion inner wrap and either one or two layers of outer wrap makeup the secondary components of YGIII.

For the majority of the route, open trenching methods have been used to lay the watermain although in sensitive areas such as busy intersections tunnelling or pipe   bridges have been used.


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