Pipeline Steps On The Gas

Pipeline Plant Hire expands its fleet with the delivery of its 200th Hitachi excavator

Pipeline Plant Hire (PPH) Director Gerard O’Brien has proudly built his business on a commitment to innovation and product ingenuity.

Boasting a fleet of over 250 plant items, PPH has constructed a reputation as a leading earthmoving equipment supplier to the Australian pipeline industry. It delivers customised product solutions to major contractors and government agencies across civil, rail and mining projects.

The PPH fleet is made up of predominately Hitachi, Bell and John Deere equipment – excavators between 8.5 tonnes to 67 tonnes, articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, motor graders and bulldozers – accelerating from 60 to over 200 machines in just three years.

The recent purchase of its 200th Hitachi excavator is a significant milestone for PPH according to General Manager Craig Carson.

“By coincidence, the 200th Hitachi machine we have purchased is a ZX330LC-3 excavator – the 80th unit of this size in our fleet,” he said.

Designed in Australia and built for enhanced safety and productivity, the VacLift attachments are seamlessly integrated with Hitachi excavators.

“The ZX330LC-3 is ideal for our customers, either in standard digging form, or fitted with our patented GPE VacLift attachment for pipe handling.”

Expansion of the Australian LNG industry over the last two years has created high demand for modern equipment built to meet specific requirements. The industry adoption of the VacLift technology for pipe handling has fuelled this demand – notably gas and infrastructure projects.

Designed in Australia and built for enhanced safety and productivity, the VacLift attachments are seamlessly integrated with Hitachi excavators.

These are fitted to over 60 excavators in the PPH fleet in various configurations and used to move 100mm diameter poly pipe through to 1380mm diameter steel high-pressure gas pipe weighing over 12 tonnes.

The majority of the fleet is currently working for gas transmission pipeline contractor Saipem Australia on the Santos GLNG Project – a multi-million dollar pipeline project stretching 420km between Roma and Gladstone.

Work is being undertaken on all sections of the pipeline network including Fairview, Arcadia Valley, Bauhinia, Banana, Callide Range and Curtis Island off Gladstone.

“To retain our strong industry reputation, we need a reliable fleet backed by technical support, a strategic branch network and extensive parts availability,” said Craig.

A John Deere 744K wheel loader - built for serious productivity.

PPH’s Project Manager Mark Jones and his team of technicians, with support from Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia’s (HCA) Dalby and Emerald branches, ensure machines are performing in line with project targets.

Whether it is Hitachi, Bell or John Deere machinery, HCA are at the forefront of the industry when it comes to customising equipment to suit diverse industry applications.

“Our business has been built on relationships – the relationship with our primary equipment supplier HCA is integral to our success,” explained Craig.

“We are constantly looking to introduce innovative technology into our industry.

“Our equipment requirements have been very fluid over the recent years as we respond to our customers’ needs.

“The association between Marubeni Equipment Finance and HCA provides us with a number of financing options from chattel mortgage to operating leases allowing us to match the best options to our funding requirements.”

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