Story: Engineering on the sea floor

Offshore slurry pipe

Offshore slurry pipe

The Taharoa mine on the Waikato coast does not have a good deep-water harbour nearby. To get the concentrated ironsands to offshore ships, the sands are mixed with water and pumped as slurry through a pipe along the seabed. The pipe emerges at a buoy, to which the ships moor. The slurry is taken aboard, where the sand is separated from the water.

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Keith Lewis, 'Engineering on the sea floor - Coastal works', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6646/offshore-slurry-pipe (accessed 26 November 2020)

Story by Keith Lewis, published 12 Jun 2006