Murray Irrigation’s Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program round three works on the Berrigan Canal are set to be completed ahead of schedule.
Six structures are being upgraded in the Berrigan system this year, with more than 60 regulators and three escapes currently within the project scope.
The project is focusing on one section of the canal at a time to limit disturbance to customers, with all the upgrades to be completed within three years.
The PIIOP round three project is upgrading large infrastructure in the backbone of the network, making the system more efficient by implementing new technology and automation.
The program will extend the life of main structures by at least 25 years and will provide a greater level of control over the main canals.
The project will link all upgrades across the network, allowing Murray Irrigation to significantly improve on and off farm efficiency.
Murray Irrigation major engineering projects executive manager Warren Jose visited the Berrigan sites last month, along with Murray Irrigation’s board of directors.
‘‘Visiting the construction sites allowed the board to get a visual understanding of the scale of the project,’’ Mr Jose said.
‘‘This project is a huge step in Murray Irrigation’s modernisation process, and will complement the PIIOP round two program, ultimately unlocking the full potential of the outlet and regulator upgrades.’’
The PIIOP round three project team is also undertaking a network optimisation study, which will identify the operational performance of individual areas in the network.