BOC is helping to breathe more life into Western Australia’s iconic Swan River, through a state of the art oxygenation plant at Caversham.

The plant follows the success of the same BOC‐designed Turbolox oxygenation technology activated at Guildford in January 2009, which was a world‐first application for an estuary environment.

BOC said the two plants would complement each other in contributing to the maintenance of healthy oxygen levels upstream in the Swan River.

BOC Managing Director South Pacific, Colin Isaac, said the announcement of the start of civil works on the Caversham plant was another significant milestone for the company.

“As a company which sets very high environmental standards, BOC is delighted to be delivering this infrastructure to the people of Western Australia and playing our part in improving the health of the Swan River,’’ he said.

The state government chose BOC’s Turbolox system following an international review of oxygenation technologies to find the most appropriate technology for the unique requirements of the Swan River. Having undergone rigorous testing by the Department of Water and the Swan River Trust, the Turbolox is capable of delivering up to two tonnes of oxygen per day during periods of extremely low oxygen.

Under normal use, the plant delivers approximately one tonne of oxygen per day. It works by pumping a small section of the river flow via the plant’s highly efficient gas/liquid contacting device and then piping back highly oxygenated water to the bottom of the river where it mixes with poorly oxygenated water.

Higher oxygen levels will improve the health and amenity of the river, providing a better habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

Meanwhile, it was very much a case of ‘G'day from BOC’ recently, when Dublin businessman John Piper began looking forward to the trip of a lifetime – an all expenses paid holiday in Australia thanks to BOC.

Piper, who owns his own truck-body repair business, is a regular visitor to the BOC Gas & Gear store on the Ballymun Industrial Estate in Dublin. On a visit during the summer, he took up the invitation to try on a pair of Steel Blue safety boots and enter the free prize draw to win a trip 'Down Under'. He was apparently over the moon when his name was the first pulled from the hat!

Piper won two return flights to Sydney, a hotel stay and AS$500 to spend. He plans to fly out next March during the Australian autumn.