Leaving a Clean Mark for the Steel Industry

OneSteel PIPING SYSTEMS and MRC Transmark Pty. Ltd. Australia
The Australian industry has a growing demand for steel pipes and other steel products. To help our industrial client to expand, CDM Smith was asked to accompany the acquisition of an Australian steel business with tailored environmental site assessments.

To help meet the growing demand from Australian oil, gas and mining industries, MRC Transmark Pty. Ltd. (MRC) is focused on growing its capa­bil­i­ties as a key distributor and manu­fac­turer of steel pipes and associated steel products. To advance their mission, the company recently purchased OneSteel Piping Systems, thus becoming the largest Australian domestic distributor of pipes, valves and fittings. As part of the acquisition process, CDM Smith was engaged by OneSteel to undertake Phase 1 and Phase 2 envi­ron­men­tal site assessments (ESAs) on nine occupied sites, which were slated to be purchased by MRC.

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occupied sites

Spanning across five states, the sites varied in historical uses and conditions, many of which are located in highly industrialised areas with the potential for offsite contamination. Potential sources of contamination included oils, rust proofing agents, manufacturing solvents, and previous land uses as a transpiration bed, domestic solid waste landfill and for other industrial purposes. The fast-track ESAs were simultaneously conducted within 5 months across all sites to meet the accelerated delivery schedule.

Despite the aggressive schedule, we delivered the ESAs and met the closing conditions required for the acquisition on time and within budget.

To provide the best technical approach, the project team was tailored so each site investigation was managed by staff with experience in that specific state and a strong knowledge of that state’s legislative requirements. This enabled us to efficiently and effectively assess a selection of technical requirements, such as compliance with state-approved guidelines and environmental protection policies, and to verify zoning and proposed use consistency. The teams were also able to assist in subsequent investigations and recommendations for future work, if required, that would allow for the suitable redevelopment of the sites. Despite the aggressive schedule, our team delivered the ESAs and met the closing conditions required for the acquisition on time and within budget, allowing MRC to achieve its environmental and business objectives.

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