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It's NOT an oil rig

October 15th 2007 05:59
jack up barge
It looks like an oil drilling rig, but it isn’t. It’s a ‘Jack Up’ Barge which moves into position and then lowers its legs, jacking itself up to 10m above sea level, ensuring it is clear of the high-water mark.

The Self Elevating Platform Barge is 50m long and 25m wide, and is equipped with a 600 tonne crane with a sixty metre boom. Arriving on the Gold Coast in July the barge was imported from South Korea
SEP barge

The massive barge has been working just a few hundred metres from the beach at Tugun, where it was conducting offshore tunneling works for the new de-salination plant being built on the Gold Coast.

The barge will soon be moving to a new station about 1.5 km out to sea where it will be accessible only by helicopter.

At a cost of 1.2 billion dollars, the de-salination plant will be the first large scale desalination plant built on Australia’s east coast, following Western Australia’s example.

Expected to produce 125 Megalitres, the plant will draw sea water through an inlet pipe and convert it into drinkable water through the process of reverse osmosis.

The residue is highly concentrated salty brine which will be piped back into the ocean through the two kilometer outlet riser.

Once work is completed, the barge will be towed away from the site and there will be no visible sign of marine works on the surface.

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Comment by jon

October 15th 2007 06:31
Interesting Pics! It does look a lot like an Oil Rig!

Comment by Howard

October 15th 2007 12:25
Good stuff. It shows what can be done when there's some political will.

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