VIDEO: New Parallel Runway Phase One Completed

It’s been a hugely significant weekend for Brisbane Airport’s New Parallel Runway project, with the final cubic metre of sand pumped onto the 360 hectare site.

Dredging began on June 4 and favorable weather over the last six months allowed the Belgian dredge ‘Charles Darwin’ to pump ashore nearly 11 million cubic meters of sand from the dredge site at Middle Banks adjacent to the main shipping channel in Moreton Bay.

It has pumped an average of 70,000 cubic meters onto the site each 24 hour cycle – which would otherwise have taken a convoy of heavy trucks stretching 126 kilometers to deliver each and every day.

In total, the dredge has made 467 trips and the final sand pump marks the beginning of the end of Phase One of the $1.3 billion project, which began in August 2012 with the felling, clearing and mulching of casuarina trees on the 360 hectare site.

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Dredging Today Staff