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MEDIA RELEASE



2 September 2009


Abigroup-Apache telecommunications joint venture formally

launched by Tasmanian Premier 


An exciting new joint venture formed to deliver Tasmania’s

telecommunications infrastructure was formally launched By Premier

Bartlett today (September 2nd). 


The joint venture, between the telecommunications division of Abigroup

Contractors and Apache Services, is already underway and at today’s

opening event Premier Bartlett inspected the work being carried out to

install fibre optic cable between Bellerive to Howrah for Aurora Energy

Telecommunications.


David Jurd, Abigroup’s Managing Director, said, “Abigroup is a strong and

diverse national contractor and we’re excited to be delivering projects in

this state with Tasmanian based Apache. This project and other works to

come will create jobs and opportunities locally.  


“The skills and experience gained on such works will ensure Tasmania has

the workforce required to deliver quality projects under the National

Broadband Network when it commences. Abigroup-Apache is on the

ground, fully equipped and ready for all types of projects.”


The project inspected by Premier Bartlett today involves creating a 5km

conduit path and hauling the optical fibre from the new Aurora Energy

telecommunications joint pit in Bellerive the Howrah Telstra Exchange and

then extending it to the South Arm Highway.


The path will be established by conventional trenching and by using

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), a low impact method which involves

navigating a drill rod underground for extended distances without

disruption to property and infrastructure.


This method, along with working over the weekend, is being used to avoid

disruption to Clarence High School.  It is also being used to avoid any

environmental damage to a reserve between Corinth St and Oceania

Drive. 


Abigroup Contractors is a diverse national contractor with experience in

delivering works in telecommunications, building, roads, rail, water,

mining services, tunnels and bridges.  Abigroup is part of Bilfinger Berger

Australia which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bilfinger Berger AG, one

of the world’s top ten multi-service construction companies.


Apache Services (Tasmania) Pty Ltd’s core strength is laying pipes and

cables by Horizontal Direct Drilling (HDD) as well as conventional

trenching methods and furnishing all the ancillary works required to

deliver turnkey projects on time and on budget.  It utilises a fully

Integrated Management System (IMS) as well as meeting all the

stringent safety requirements of its clients. 


Further information:

Peter Scott

Media Relations Manager

Abigroup Limited

Ph: 9499 0756

Mobile: 0404 469 823



Photo Captions

1.

Abigroup’s Managing Director David Jurd, pictured left, meets Tasmanian

Premier David Bartlett at the formal launch of the Abigroup-Apache Joint

Venture

2.

Abigroup-Apache Joint Venture Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)

Supervisor James Burch shows Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett how to use

a Ditch Witch 27 x 20 All Terrain HDD rig 







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