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Pipeline Repair - Sea Conditions 

5 December 2018

Over the weekend, a recent swell had moved the sheet piling used to isolate our work area. Although sections of steel remain firmly in place from the base, the upper portions are prone to movement that generates some noise. Our crews are ready to remedy the situation as a soon as sea conditions permit. In the meanwhile, we have recovered any loose sheet piling and it is being stored on the beach.

We continue to make progress in repairing the damaged section of the pipeline. Sealant products are being used to secure the crack and either a tight clamp or tremie concrete will be used on the outside of the affected pipe. When the weather improves, the piling will be reinstalled, and the repair work will recommence.



Pipeline Repair - Excavation Underway

9 November 2018

Within the last few weeks, there has been steady progress in accessing the damaged pipeline at Whirinaki Beach. The construction of a temporary platform was completed, and it has allowed crews to install sheet piles around the affected section of pipeline.

 

Over the coming days, we will continue the final stages of excavation to remove sediment and further isolate the damaged section of pipe. Materials are available to seal the leak once accessed.



Staying Safe Over the Long Weekend

18 October 2018
 

With the long weekend upon us, we would like to remind the community to be safe over the holidays. Although our pipeline repair crew will not be working over the next 4 days, some equipment and temporary structures will remain in place. As such, we advise the public to maintain a safe distance from our work area.

On Tuesday 23 October, we will continue to construct a staging platform that allows heavy machinery to access the pipeline.  When this structure is in place, temporary, removable sheet piling will be installed to isolate the damaged section of pipeline (as seen in Figure 1 below).
 

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 Figure 1. Design plans for the staging platform.

Next week, construction will typically take place between 7:30am-6:00pm. On occasion, we may need to begin work as early as 7:00am to take advantage of low tide conditions. However, this will not be our regular hours of operation.

 

Access to the toilet block and public roads will be maintained while beach access is limited in the direct vicinity of our work area.



Pan Pac Milestone Reached

17 October 2018

Congratulations and thank you to our Pulp Team for achieving a huge milestone! On Wednesday 17 October, we produced our 1 millionth tonne of bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP).

With an initial investment of $70 million for a state-of-the-art screening and bleaching plant, our pulp mill has been churning out BCTMP since 2012. While our thermomechanical pulp (TMP) is still in demand for newsprint and board grade products, our BCTMP remains the preferred finish for a wide range of coated board, towelling/napkin and paper products for our international customers.

Well done, Team!


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Repair Progress

5 October 2018
 

Over the last few weeks, we have continued to progress our pipeline investigations and repairs. A temporary platform is being constructed to allow our heavy machinery access to the affected area. Over the next few days, additional screw piles will be installed to ensure this platform can withstand the weight of the heavy plant.

 

Our wastewater treatment facility continues to function normally while pipeline investigations are underway. The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board regularly monitor our progress to ensure compliance with our consent requirements. Recent water testing done by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) indicates dilution of 50:1 occurring within 10 metres of the affected area. For clarity there is no domestic sewage associated with the pipeline.

 

Construction work will typically take place between 7:30am-6:00pm. On occasion, we may need to begin work as early as 7:00am to take advantage of low tide conditions. However, this will not be our regular hours of operation.

 

Access to the toilet block and public roads will be maintained while beach access is limited in the direct vicinity of our work area.

 

We continue to advise the public to avoid our work area and maintain a safe distance from large machinery. Signage has been installed on the beach and outside of the toilet block to warn the users of our pipeline repairs.
 



Pipeline Repair 

18 September 2018
 

We are continuing to investigate the pipeline damage at Whirinaki Beach. Over the coming weeks, our efforts will focus on the following:

  1. Mobilisation of heavy plant to the affected area.
  2. Construction of temporary platforms on both sides of the pipeline. These platforms are designed to withstand the weight of the heavy plant.
  3. Installation of sheet piles which will isolate the desired section of pipeline and define our work area.
  4. Excavation and removal of sediment in our work area.
  5. Repair of the damaged pipeline.
  6. Remediation of the areas affected by construction activities (including the vegetation within the access route).

Work will begin on the morning of Wednesday 19 September and is expected to continue for several weeks. All work will typically take place between 7:30am-6:00pm on weekdays, however, occasional weekend hours may be necessary.

Access to the toilet block and public roads will be maintained while beach access may be limited in the direct vicinity of our work area.

Safety barriers will be erected as required however you will understand we are dealing with a marine environment and the vagaries of the weather.

As a safety precaution, we ask that you avoid our work area and maintain a safe distance from large, mobile machinery. Signage will be installed outside of the toilet block to warn the public of pipeline repairs.

We thank you for your patience while we attend to this matter.
 



Outfall Pipeline Damage

17 September 2018

Over the weekend, a local resident reported discolouration near the water’s edge surface at Whirinaki Beach. Although earlier thought to arise as a localised algal bloom, the source was yesterday determined to be treated wastewater from the Pan Pac wastewater treatment plant. The treatment plant continues to function normally, however, the original section of pipeline has sustained some form of damage or deterioration with small amounts of wastewater escaping from the submerged pipeline near the low tide mark. This is approximately 70 metres from Whirinaki Beach Road rather than the usual 2.4 kilometres and shows as a colour change in the immediate vicinity of the leak.

Pan Pac is working closely with the HB Regional Council and HB District Health Board to ensure the safety of the community and environment. Divers are investigating the extent of the pipeline damage and we will update our findings along with an action plan when more information is available.

In the meanwhile, we recommend avoiding the area as divers continue to assess the situation using various equipment. 
 



Repair After the Storm

17 August 2018


As a result of the storm on 6 June 2018, swells as high as 8.5 metres moved the seabed and caused a wave shape under the newly installed outfall pipeline. This had caused blockages of 30% of the ports which were also covered over. Last month you would have noticed contracted boats and divers manually removing the silt and blockages.

Recently, Pan Pac conducted a full survey of the pipeline and we're happy to report that is in good shape and operating normally. 


 

Repair Progress

5 October 2018
 

Over the last few weeks, we have continued to progress our pipeline investigations and repairs. A temporary platform is being constructed to allow our heavy machinery access to the affected area. Over the next few days, additional screw piles will be installed to ensure this platform can withstand the weight of the heavy plant.

 

Our wastewater treatment facility continues to function normally while pipeline investigations are underway. The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board regularly monitor our progress to ensure compliance with our consent requirements. Recent water testing done by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) indicates dilution of 50:1 occurring within 10 metres of the affected area. For clarity there is no domestic sewage associated with the pipeline.

 

Construction work will typically take place between 7:30am-6:00pm. On occasion, we may need to begin work as early as 7:00am to take advantage of low tide conditions. However, this will not be our regular hours of operation.

 

Access to the toilet block and public roads will be maintained while beach access is limited in the direct vicinity of our work area.

 

We continue to advise the public to avoid our work area and maintain a safe distance from large machinery. Signage has been installed on the beach and outside of the toilet block to warn the users of our pipeline repairs.
 



Pipeline Repair 

18 September 2018
 

We are continuing to investigate the pipeline damage at Whirinaki Beach. Over the coming weeks, our efforts will focus on the following:

  1. Mobilisation of heavy plant to the affected area.
  2. Construction of temporary platforms on both sides of the pipeline. These platforms are designed to withstand the weight of the heavy plant.
  3. Installation of sheet piles which will isolate the desired section of pipeline and define our work area.
  4. Excavation and removal of sediment in our work area.
  5. Repair of the damaged pipeline.
  6. Remediation of the areas affected by construction activities (including the vegetation within the access route).

Work will begin on the morning of Wednesday 19 September and is expected to continue for several weeks. All work will typically take place between 7:30am-6:00pm on weekdays, however, occasional weekend hours may be necessary.

Access to the toilet block and public roads will be maintained while beach access may be limited in the direct vicinity of our work area.

Safety barriers will be erected as required however you will understand we are dealing with a marine environment and the vagaries of the weather.

As a safety precaution, we ask that you avoid our work area and maintain a safe distance from large, mobile machinery. Signage will be installed outside of the toilet block to warn the public of pipeline repairs.

We thank you for your patience while we attend to this matter.
 



Outfall Pipeline Damage

17 September 2018

Over the weekend, a local resident reported discolouration near the water’s edge surface at Whirinaki Beach. Although earlier thought to arise as a localised algal bloom, the source was yesterday determined to be treated wastewater from the Pan Pac wastewater treatment plant. The treatment plant continues to function normally, however, the original section of pipeline has sustained some form of damage or deterioration with small amounts of wastewater escaping from the submerged pipeline near the low tide mark. This is approximately 70 metres from Whirinaki Beach Road rather than the usual 2.4 kilometres and shows as a colour change in the immediate vicinity of the leak.

Pan Pac is working closely with the HB Regional Council and HB District Health Board to ensure the safety of the community and environment. Divers are investigating the extent of the pipeline damage and we will update our findings along with an action plan when more information is available.

In the meanwhile, we recommend avoiding the area as divers continue to assess the situation using various equipment. 
 



Repair After the Storm

17 August 2018


As a result of the storm on 6 June 2018, swells as high as 8.5 metres moved the seabed and caused a wave shape under the newly installed outfall pipeline. This had caused blockages of 30% of the ports which were also covered over. Last month you would have noticed contracted boats and divers manually removing the silt and blockages.

Recently, Pan Pac conducted a full survey of the pipeline and we're happy to report that is in good shape and operating normally. 


 

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