Conduit survives river cross
IT was smooth sailing, literally, for an engineering and boating feat that involved more than a kilometre of conduit being dragged across the Clarence River yesterday as part of Country Energy’s power upgrade for Iluka.
Another 1.4km of conduit made the same voyage on Wednesday morning, both leaving from Palmers Island and making their way around Freeburn Island and over to Moriatys Wall, Iluka.
The conduit was pumped with air to make it float to allow easy visibility as it was towed by an Iluka tug boat, with NSW Maritime patrolling each end.
“We had to wave a few boats away on Wednesday but most went around the patrols,” acting Yamba Harbour master Ian Poolman said.
The conduit will be pulled through the newly drilled channel under the river from Iluka to Hickey Island and will encase electrical powerlines as part of a $4.6 million upgrade.