Keeping the water 
flowing in Australia’s largest man-made conservation and recreation lake

Lake Gkula, located at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland’s Moreton Bay Hinterland, is Australia’s largest conservation and recreation lake, and relies on a series of pumps to keep the water constantly flowing through its wetland filtration system, and to ensure the safety of its biodiversity and for swimmers. We sat down with the lake’s designer Patrick Handley, CEO at Waterscapes […]

Lubrication update for electric motors

By Heinz P. Bloch, PE, Process Machinery Consulting Australia’s largest oil refinery, BP’s Kwinana, is among the best-of-class refineries using oil mist lubrication on machinery with rolling element bearings. In its process pumps, the refinery has enjoyed the benefits of oil mist technology for many years; a recent report mentioned an MTBF (mean-time-between failure) somewhere between 114 to 120 months. […]

Billie Tan

For Billie Tan, Assistant General Manager at Regent Pumps, working in the pump industry isn’t something she initially considered when finishing her university studies. But after getting a break in the industry in 2009, Billie has become a leader in pumps, projects and production management. Here, she talks about finding her place in the industry, and what can be done […]

Levelling out in 2020: Local and global factors affecting the industry

Now in its seventh year, the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Pump Industry, has found that a tough year in 2019 and a slight slowdown in work in many sectors are making companies cautious for the year ahead. Ongoing factors are creating challenges, but opportunities are never far away for those who want to take hold of them.

Snowy 2.0 underway

Snowy 2.0 is a major pumped-hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, operated by Snowy Hydro Limited.  Construction of the original scheme started in 1949 and was completed in 1974. It now comprises nine power stations, housing 33 turbines with a total generating capacity of 4,100MW, one pumping station, one pumped storage facility, 16 major reservoirs, 145km of interconnected tunnels and 80km of aqueducts. 

Future ready: Sunshine Coast’s sewerage network prepared for growth

When Unitywater formed in 2010, it inherited water and sewerage assets that had previously been operated and maintained by local councils. This presented a challenge for the utility – how would it optimise these assets to meet the needs of a thriving, growing region, and ensure its water and sewerage infrastructure could see them into the future?

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