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Working with manufacturers

Matt Vorrasi, Aurecon, visits pump manufacturer KSB IRUR Spain

Matt Vorrasi, Aurecon, visits pump manufacturer KSB IRUR Spain

For the US$1.824 billion Adelaide Desalination Project in South Australia, the client, SA Water requested that Matt Vorrasi, Project Manager - Environment & Advisory and Michael Velissario, Technical Officer at Aurecon relocate to Spain and provide client oversight for large complex procurement.

With the additional support of Michael Scerri from SA Water, the posting of these three advisors (over different time frames) provided strong project representation including early information on procurement status and manufacturing challenges that the Adelaide Aqua D&C consortium partners (Abigroup, McConnnell Dowell and Acciona) were facing. This included any supplier quality, logistics or programme issues that could then be escalated for timely resolution.

The key benefit was to provide increased visibility of the project procurement to SA Water, so that durability and performance aspects could be assured to ultimately deliver a long life asset.

The posting, close to the large procurement hub in Spain, also helped SA Water establish senior level relationships with both Acciona procurement and engineering people, and with the supplier organisations. These relationships will continue to provide significant benefits to the client over the whole of life of the project.

“Our team quickly integrated within the the Acciona’s business processes through a strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork. At all times, the Spanish suppliers welcomed our feedback and comments  and often utilised our presence to quickly resolve any matters that required client or the independent verifier input,” said Brett Nilsen, Aurecon’s Senior Project Manager - Adelaide Desalination Project.

“SA Water viewed these postings as a significant investment, as it meant they were able to gain first hand visibility on key issues during manufacture, including quality and workmanship, factory testing results, freight and logistics matters, insurance and warranty provisions, and knowledge of Australian Custom requirements,” added Brett.

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