Welcome to The Link – an update of fuel facility technology, engineering and news on the petro-chemical and fluid transfer industries. We hope you find it informative and interesting.

CURRENT ISSUE

In this issue we look at how the NSW Govt utilised Petrolink Engineering’s expertise for self-serve fuel facilities at environmentally sensitive sites (in record time), The aftermath and human toll after underground tank explosion during renovations, a preview of Marinas19, the Marina Industries showpiece on the Gold Coast, UPSS impacts for NSW operators and other relevant industry information.

Worker awarded damages after underground petrol tank fire

A man has been awarded several hundred thousand dollars in damages after being seriously burnt while working on an underground petrol tank in Canberra’s north. Phillip Raymond D’Arcy suffered burns to 33 per cent of his body when a fire started inside an underground petrol tank that he was re-lining with fibreglass on September 11, 2012.

 

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EPA Hands UPSS Compliance and inspections to Local Government in NSW

Huge and significant changes to NSW’s Underground Petroleum Storage Systems inspections and compliance are about to be implemented by the NSW EPA and all local councils. Whilst the EPA currently regulates the operation of UPSS infrastructure in NSW, regulatory responsibility will be transferred to local councils on 1 September 2019.

 

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MARINAS19

New products and services

With the popular marina industry exhibition and conference, Marinas19, just a few weeks away, Petrolink Engineering has geared up for its fifth consecutive involvement in the important event. Reflecting their status as the official Clean Marinas Partner, Petrolink will showcase a series of environmentally friendly products & services including; non-marking fuel hose, dangerous goods storage products, spill kits and recently developed piping systems for marinas that experience significant tidal ebbs and flows.

 

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24/7 `Pop-up’
service stations!

As Australians spend more leisure time away from traditional urban areas, the need for `non-retail’ fuel facilities becomes more strategic. Many holiday and special interest destinations, regional airports and locations that need fuel facilities have been, in the past, non-viable assets.

 

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Keeping fuel fresh, on grade, and how to keep your tank performing to standard

The correct storage of fuels in underground and above ground tanks is essential for today’s modern engines. Ensuring that fuels remain viable and non-contaminated is critical to business and day to day operations whether you are a fuel retailer, wholesaler or responsible for the on-site storage and refuelling of fleet vehicles (including marine craft and mining operations).

 

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 ISSUE 5

In this issue we report on details of a $150K fine plus legal costs handed to a marina operator that failed to keep adequate records as required by the UPSS Regulation, latest information on the updated Dangerous Goods Regulations for service stations and fuel facilities (AS 1940-2017), we preview two new pumps from Macnaught, see how a new maintenance program is keeping the controversial Liddell Power Station operating, Petrolink Engineering appointed a Clean Marina Partner and much more.

$157,950 fine for Rushcutters Bay diesel leak

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) welcomed the Land and Environment Court’s decision to convict and fine Ardent Leisure Ltd a total of $157,950 following the EPA’s prosecution of the company, after approximately 6,000L of diesel fuel escaped into Sydney Harbour from a fuel storage system at a Rushcutters Bay marina in May 2016.

 

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Revised Australian Dangerous Goods Standard Impacts Service Stations And Fuel Storage.

The recent review and amendments to the Australian Standard 1940 regarding the management, use and storage of Dangerous Goods in the workplace is set to impact the fuel and petrochemical industries. Service station owners, designers and developers should be aware that AS 1940:2017 includes changes which affect the design, operation and maintenance of service stations.

 

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Marina Industries Association Welcomes New Clean Marina Partner

The Marina Industries Association is pleased to announce that Petrolink Engineering has committed to a two year MIA partnership aligned with the International Clean Marina Program.  Petrolink has been actively involved with the marina industry since the early 1990s and as a long-term MIA member. Petrolink Engineering’s Managing Director Barry Boné said “we are proud to further our involvement with the MIA and marina industry with our partnership linked to the Clean Marina Program”.

 

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New Pumps
From Macnaught

Leading fluid control product and management company, Macnaught, has just added two new pumps to their already impressive product portfolio: a ¾ inch and 1 ½ inch double diaphragm air operated pumps. A perfect fluid transfer solution of industry, mining and agriculture.

 

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Liddell Power Station – Maintenance Key To Ongoing Power Supply

In early 2018, power company AGL sought submissions for the testing, repair and reporting of tests for the fuel oil pipes at AGL Macquarie's Liddell Power Station. The project was both complex and demanding and had to be completed in a short timeframe – in addition, the project could not inhibit or impact on the plant’s day to day operation.

 

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Aging Tanks Removed
The Right Way

In mid-2018 Petrolink Engineering was engaged to decommission inactive legacy underground fuel tanks and to remediate the site of an old service station in Thirlmere on Sydney’s south-west fringe.

Like many old, unused service stations that date back several decades, there was no appropriate record of paperwork, plans or information available on what lay beneath the old hardcourt.

 

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Fuel On The Go
For Hail Creek

When mining giant Glencore Australia needed a quick solution for a specialised, transportable large-capacity fuel tank for its Hail Creek open-cut mine in remote Queensland, it called on Petrolink Engineering to provide a solution. With many Australian mines are under increasing pressure to reduce costs across all areas of operation while remaining productive and efficient, Glencore Australia commissioned Petrolink to design, build and transport a 70, 000 litre transportable diesel dispensing tank for their fleet of trucks and personnel vehicles at its remote Queensland facility.

 

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ISSUE 4

In this edition we look at compliance issues if you are working in hazardous areas and a new portable fuel tank for the back of the Ute. There is a report on a special project for the NSW Water Police and, importantly, a look at ensuring available power supply for emergency services and essential industries in these times of uncertain electricity supply.

Explosive Atmospheres and Hazardous Areas – Your Obligations

 

If you own, operate or work in a Hazardous Area or where an explosive atmosphere may be present, you have an obligation to maintain utmost safety. This includes making sure inspections, dossiers and reports are all correct and kept up to date. As part of maintaining and ensuring the safety of Hazardous Areas, you are required, by law, to keep a Verification Dossier. This is a legal document that not only shows evidence of compliance but also tracks maintenance and modifications.

Examples of hazardous areas include, but are not limited to: petrol stations, fuel facilities, chemical plants, spray-paint shops, laboratories, sewage treatment works, pumping plants, coal handling plants and grain handling facilities...

 

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Emergency Power Generation for Essential Facilities

 

Uninterrupted power supply in Australia cannot be guaranteed by either retailers or suppliers of electricity. In most States, power generation has failed under duress during the recent record-breaking summer period, combined with an increasing level of infrastructure damage caused by storms, floods and bush fires.

Essential services, such as hospitals, data and communication centres, financial hubs, Defence and infrastructure services such as water and wastewater and emergency services are dependent on a steady and constant flow of electrical power. Infrastructure facilities have a critical impact on public safety and must continue to operate in the most challenging circumstances...

 

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Ute-Top Refeulling Systems

 

Being able to transport small diesel fuel loads has now been made easier, safer and more convenient thanks to the latest range of transportable diesel fuel systems just launched by Macnaughta nd available from Valvelink. Ranging in a holding capacity of 1000L, 600L, 400L, 300L, 200L and 100L, the hi-performance pumps connected to the tanks can run from the simple connection to a car or truck battery. The tanks are made from specially formulated polyethylene, designed to withstand their application requirements in the harshest conditions. They offer lightweight, yet sturdy fuel storage solutions. They are designed with many safety features including auto shut-off nozzles to prevent fuel wastage and the included earth strap prevents the build-up...

 

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Mechatronics
Demystified

If you do a quick Google search for the term `mechatronics’, here’s what you get: Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. If that sounds confusing, we have asked one of the country’s leading Mechatronics Engineers, Carsten Henriksen, to enlighten us and give a few examples of how it is used in safety systems and fuel delivery projects.

 

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Unique Solution
For Water Police

Earlier this year Petrolink Engineering completed an upgrade to the floating pontoons used by Sydney’s Water Police. With some ingenuity, an understanding and appreciation of local tidal conditions and time constraints, the Petrolink team developed an upgrade to the facility’s floating pontoon system to extend its service-life. This is a particularly difficult site as the floating pontoon system previously installed was not suited to the wind and wave swell that Botany Bay can deliver.

 

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Fuel Storage Technology
Which Tank Is Best?

The correct storage of fuels in underground and above ground tanks is essential for today’s modern engines. Ensuring that fuels remain viable and non-contaminated is critical to business and day to day operation: whether you are a fuel retailer, wholesaler or responsible for the on-site storage and refuelling of fleet vehicles (including marine craft). We hope that the following five tips and hints will help you in the management of your fuel systems.

 

 

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In this issue we look at a range of topics including the latest in Fuel Management Systems, the new Raby Bay Marina, Australia Post’s fuel maintenance program, stainless steel tubing for hi-pressure engineering, aerosol storage in the workplace, compliant fuel facilities for the mining industry and in response to reader request, underground tank removal that could cost you a $200K fine: legal UPSS decommissioning and removal with input from Safework NSW.

ISSUE 3

Fuellox – The latest technology in fuel management systems

A new Australian designed and manufactured Fuel Management System (FMS) has just been unveiled to industry – Fuellox: an app based fuel monitoring and management system that can be used anywhere or anytime via a smartphone. Fuellox is the most innovative FMS available, providing all the benefits of a depot-quality fuel management system, at an affordable price.

 

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Upgraded fuel

facilities at Raby Bay

The landmark marina at Raby Bay, south of Brisbane, has upgraded its fuel facilities to meet the challenge of increased business combined with its commitment to management best practice and environmental responsibility. The intensive upgrade, which was undertaken over a period of just two weeks, included the removal of old and failing pipework from the refuelling pontoon.

 

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Aerosols in the Workplace:

Did you know...?

They are used everyday in hair salons, paint shops, retail outlets, service stations, offices, studios and even in hospitals - aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are widely used for delivering personal-care products, paints, lubricants, insect repellent, gardening & automotive goods to consumers. If you use & store aerosol cans in your workplace, did you know that you have a legal responsibility to have them stored according to safe workplace guidelines?

 

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Mining And Fuel Safety:

What you need to know

The Australian mining industry remains a major consumer of diesel fuel – from the operation of above and below ground machinery right through to the facilities that fuel the diesel locomotives that haul coal to ports and loading stations. Each day, millions of litres of diesel are dispensed to keep mines operating, however, these vital facilities can also become major liability if not managed and maintained to compliant Australian Standards.

 

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Hi-pressure Stainless Steel Piping – More than just pipes and links

In Australia, stainless steel piping materials and fittings for industrial and domestic use are governed by strict requirements presented in Standard AS/NZS 5601:2013. Stainless steel pipe is used as the preferred piping material for a range of specialised industries including the food preparation, medical, hospital and laboratory industries, as well as highly engineered petroleum, chemical and petrochemical industries. But be aware, even though cheap imports may seem compliant, can you take a risk?

 

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Industry warning – Removal of underground fuel tanks could incur a penalty

As many ex-service station sites are redeveloped and others are renovated, the instance of compliant underground tank decommissioning and removal has increased. According to industry spokesperson and leading Dangerous Goods Consultant, Barry Boné, UNLICENSED operators are putting the publics' lives at risk. "We are aware of a number of instances where unqualified and unlicensed operators have been contracted to remove underground tanks"

 

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Maintenance Programs – Is your Contractor doing it the right way?

Fuel facility maintenance schedules (planned and reactive) provide maintenance engineers and staff with expert recommendations as to what is required and when. Normally, inspections include reporting on the condition of your equipment whilst building essential preventative maintenance strategies. Qualified and experienced maintenance contractors should have a strict set of guidelines, procedures and policies in place and be transparent with the clients at all times.  However, there are a number of pitfalls you should be aware of.

 

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ISSUE 2

In this issue we look at relevant industry articles including the EPA’s move on contaminated service stations in Victoria, the construction and delivery of a specialist fuel facility at Kokomo Resort, Fiji, industry warning on VR2, information on Macnaught’s latest industry innovations and other articles of interest.

Refuelling facility at Kokomo Island Resort up and running

A new state-of-the-art refuelling facility has been completed and handed-over to the owners of the luxury Kokomo Island Resort, Fiji. Designed, engineered and installed by leading fuel engineering company, Petrolink Engineering, the project presented a number of challenging issues. The resort’s owner, construction & developer identity Lang Walker, wanted a facility that reflected the quality and environmental responsibility...

 

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Mount Thorley blasting company fined for diesel leak

Downer EDI Mining was fined $15,000 after poor maintenance led to a diesel leak at the blasting company’s Mount Thorley facility. The EPA visited the Downer EDI Mining Blasting Services site on 20 June as part of a suite of routine inspections of explosive manufacturers in the Singleton local government area. Inspectors found that a diesel bund valve was buried in the soil causing a small amount of diesel to leak out. EPA officers further determined...

 

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Victorian petrol leak

left for two years.

Global convenience chain 7-Eleven has been told to clean up a fuel leak at one of its Melbourne petrol stations after failing to act for almost two years. The company has been fined more than $7700 after hydrocarbons were found in groundwater beneath the suburban Newport fuel station and were not removed in a timely manner, Victoria's environment authority says. EPA Victoria says 7-Eleven knew weathered petrol was in groundwater...

 

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Vapour recovery

issues on the rise?

According to industry group ACAPMA (Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketing Association) latest newsletter, there have been several instances of damage to underground petrol tanks reported in recent times where the issue appears to be at least partly attributable to the design and operation of the Stage 2 vapour recovery system installed at the site. ACAPMA’s Mark MacKenzie says...

 

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New flow meter

technology launched

Leading fluid transfer and peripheral product manufacturer, Macnaught, has just released the latest in Positive Displacement Flow Meter technology: the MX Series. Since 1964, Macnaught’s mission has been to continuously exceed industry standards and achieve excellence through decades of experience and innovation derived from its in-house Research, Development and manufacturing facilities...

 

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ISSUE 1

 In this copy of The Link we see the new-look Macarthur Mazda’s new 45 thousand litre fuel tank installation, a warning message from NSW EPA, UPSS compliance issues, how to make your dollar go further on major equipment upgrades, a major QANTAS infrastructure replacement and valuable advice on fluid transfer issues.

A tight fit for Macarthur Mazda

 Sydney’s newest Mazda dealership, Macarthur Mazda, called on the experience and expertise of Petrolink Engineering to install a tank and fuel delivery facility at its brand-new state-of-the-art showroom and service centre in Campbelltown...

 

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Westmead Hospital decommissions UPSS

 The multi-million dollar upgrade of Westmead Hospital, in Sydney’s west, is moving forward and is currently in ‘demolition’ mode. A whole wing of the hospital is being torn down to make way for new, state-of-the-art facilities...

 

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Equipment rental

 

Construction or upgrading fuel facilities, whether it is a new facility or renovation for compliance, is a major investment – an investment to ensure that your business will run smoothly and profitably.

In simple terms, you have to ensure...

 

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EPA and Councils continue UPSS
monitoring all over NSW

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recently partnered with Kempsey Shire Council to carry out inspections of underground fuel storage systems (UPSS) across the Macleay Valley. The inspections took in service stations, marina’s, bus depots and industrial sites in April 2017. EPA Executive Director Hazardous...

 

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Tricky valve replacement
for QANTAS

 Earlier this year, the maintenance team at Petrolink Engineering was commissioned to remove and replace two large valves for Qantas’ underground water transfer infrastructure at their jet base at Mascot airport. The two large butterfly valves supplied water to the hangars in case of a fire emergency...

 

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When being a valve is more than
just being a valve?

“It’s a valve …. so what?” To many people a valve is just something that you either turn on, turn off or just leave alone – but there’s much more to valve technology than you think.  Valvelink’s senior consultant, Rob Escott, sheds some light on the issue. To most people a valve is something better left alone. It does its thing and as long as...

 

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CURRENT ISSUE

In this issue we report on details of a $150K fine plus legal costs handed to a marina operator that failed to keep adequate records as required by the UPSS Regulation, latest information on the updated Dangerous Goods Regulations for service stations and fuel facilities (AS 1940-2017), we preview two new pumps from Macnaught, see how a new maintenance program is keeping the controversial Liddell Power Station operating, Petrolink Engineering appointed a Clean Marina Partner and much more.

Leading fluid control product and management company, Macnaught, has just added two new pumps to their already impressive product portfolio: a ¾ inch and 1 ½ inch double diaphragm air operated pumps. A perfect fluid transfer solution of industry, mining and agriculture.

 

Read more

In early 2018, power company AGL sought submissions for the testing, repair and reporting of tests for the fuel oil pipes at AGL Macquarie's Liddell Power Station. The project was both complex and demanding and had to be completed in a short timeframe – in addition, the project could not inhibit or impact on the plant’s day to day operation.

 

Read more

When mining giant Glencore Australia needed a quick solution for a specialised, transportable large-capacity fuel tank for its Hail Creek open-cut mine in remote Queensland, it called on Petrolink Engineering to provide a solution. With many Australian mines are under increasing pressure to reduce costs across all areas of operation while remaining productive and efficient, Glencore Australia commissioned Petrolink to design, build and transport a 70, 000 litre transportable diesel dispensing tank for their fleet of trucks and personnel vehicles at its remote Queensland facility.

 

Read more

If you do a quick Google search for the term `mechatronics’, here’s what you get: Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. If that sounds confusing, we have asked one of the country’s leading Mechatronics Engineers, Carsten Henriksen, to enlighten us and give a few examples of how it is used in safety systems and fuel delivery projects.

 

Read more

The correct storage of fuels in underground and above ground tanks is essential for today’s modern engines. Ensuring that fuels remain viable and non-contaminated is critical to business and day to day operation: whether you are a fuel retailer, wholesaler or responsible for the on-site storage and refuelling of fleet vehicles (including marine craft). We hope that the following five tips and hints will help you in the management of your fuel systems.

 

 

Read more

ISSUE3

In this issue we look at a range of topics including the latest in Fuel Management Systems, the new Raby Bay Marina, Australia Post’s fuel maintenance program, stainless steel tubing for hi-pressure engineering, aerosol storage in the workplace, compliant fuel facilities for the mining industry and in response to reader request, underground tank removal that could cost you a $200K fine: legal UPSS decommissioning and removal with input from Safework NSW.

A new Australian designed and manufactured Fuel Management System (FMS) has just been unveiled to industry – Fuellox: an app based fuel monitoring and management system that can be used anywhere or anytime via a smartphone. Fuellox is the most innovative FMS available, providing all the benefits of a depot-quality fuel management system, at an affordable price.

 

Read more

They are used everyday in hair salons, paint shops, retail outlets, service stations, offices, studios and even in hospitals - aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are widely used for delivering personal-care products, paints, lubricants, insect repellent, gardening & automotive goods to consumers. If you use & store aerosol cans in your workplace, did you know that you have a legal responsibility to have them stored according to safe workplace guidelines?

 

Read more

Downer EDI Mining was fined $15,000 after poor maintenance led to a diesel leak at the blasting company’s Mount Thorley facility. The EPA visited the Downer EDI Mining Blasting Services site on 20 June as part of a suite of routine inspections of explosive manufacturers in the Singleton local government area. Inspectors found that a diesel bund valve was buried in the soil causing a small amount of diesel to leak out. EPA officers further determined...

 

Read more

Global convenience chain 7-Eleven has been told to clean up a fuel leak at one of its Melbourne petrol stations after failing to act for almost two years. The company has been fined more than $7700 after hydrocarbons were found in groundwater beneath the suburban Newport fuel station and were not removed in a timely manner, Victoria's environment authority says. EPA Victoria says 7-Eleven knew weathered petrol was in groundwater...

 

Read more

According to industry group ACAPMA (Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketing Association) latest newsletter, there have been several instances of damage to underground petrol tanks reported in recent times where the issue appears to be at least partly attributable to the design and operation of the Stage 2 vapour recovery system installed at the site. ACAPMA’s Mark MacKenzie says...

 

Read more

Leading fluid transfer and peripheral product manufacturer, Macnaught, has just released the latest in Positive Displacement Flow Meter technology: the MX Series. Since 1964, Macnaught’s mission has been to continuously exceed industry standards and achieve excellence through decades of experience and innovation derived from its in-house Research, Development and manufacturing facilities...

 

Read more

 Sydney’s newest Mazda dealership, Macarthur Mazda, called on the experience and expertise of Petrolink Engineering to install a tank and fuel delivery facility at its brand-new state-of-the-art showroom and service centre in Campbelltown...

 

Read more

Westmead Hospital decommissions UPSS

 The multi-million dollar upgrade of Westmead Hospital, in Sydney’s west, is moving forward and is currently in ‘demolition’ mode. A whole wing of the hospital is being torn down to make way for new, state-of-the-art facilities...

 

Read more

EPA and Councils continue UPSS
monitoring all over NSW

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recently partnered with Kempsey Shire Council to carry out inspections of underground fuel storage systems (UPSS) across the Macleay Valley. The inspections took in service stations, marina’s, bus depots and industrial sites in April 2017. EPA Executive Director Hazardous...

 

Read more

 Earlier this year, the maintenance team at Petrolink Engineering was commissioned to remove and replace two large valves for Qantas’ underground water transfer infrastructure at their jet base at Mascot airport. The two large butterfly valves supplied water to the hangars in case of a fire emergency...

 

Read more