Industry Report – Projects

NEW SOUTH WALESENERGYWellington Power Station (Proposed)Principal: PlanningScope: 640MW gas-fired peaking power station to be connected to electricity grid at adjacent TransGrid Wellington substation, includes construction of 100km gas pipeline to existing Central West Gas Pipeline near AlectownStatus: State government approval March 2009Purpose: Secure state’s energy supply with modern, efficient, gas-powered power station producing less than half the carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy than current Australian energy sector average; provide employmentContractors: NAValue: $700 million (New project: State government announcement of project approval, March 2009)NEW SOUTH WALESRAILLiverpool Turnback Project (Proposed)Principal: TransportScope: New turnback, platform with concourse and footbridge extensions at Liverpool Station, 1.8km section of new track, access road, vehicle and pedestrian underpass, new siding at Leightonfield Station, upgrade to Railway Street streetscape including landscapingStatus: Planning approval received March 2009, early works commencing end 2009, project completion 2014Purpose: Remove need for different services to compete for paths through station by separating terminating and commencing services from through services, reduce congestion and delays, particularly during peak hoursContractors: NAValue: $145 million(New project: State government announcement of project approval, March 2009)QUEENSLANDWATERWivenhoe Dam-Toowoomba Pipeline (Current)Principal: Toowoomba Regional Council-LinkWaterScope: 38km underground pipeline to transfer water from Wivenhoe Dam near Brisbane to Cressbrook Dam near ToowoombaStatus: Aconex appointed to provide online collaboration system to streamline communication and information-sharing between parties; pipeline construction completion December 2009, project operational January 2010Purpose: Supply 14,200 million litres of water per year from Wivenhoe DamContractors: Clough, Diversified Construction, Maunsell AECOM (design and build); Aconex (online collaboration system)Value: $187 million(Update: Aconex announcement of contract award, March 2009)SOUTH AUSTRALIAWATERAdelaide Desalination Project, Port Stanvac (Current)Principal: SA WaterScope: 50-gigalitre desalination plant based on reverse osmosis technology with features to allow for upgrade to 75GL or 100GL per annum at Port Stanvac, includes intake and outfall conduits to draw raw seawater into facility and return approved waste systems to Gulf of St VincentStatus: Four energy suppliers shortlisted for provision of carbon neutrality, March 2009; site preparation continuing March 2009, construction of plant commencing April 2009 Purpose: Provide drought-proof water supplyContractors: Preferred construction bidder – Adelaide Aqua (Acciona Agua-United Utilities-McConnell Dowell-Abigroup Contractors); transfer pipeline – McConnell Dowell-Built Environs; shortlist for carbon neutrality – AGL, International Power, Momentum Energy, Trust PowerValue: $1.374 billion(Update: State government announcement of shortlisted companies to deliver carbon neutrality, March 2009)SOUTH AUSTRALIARAILBelair Rail Line Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: Transport, Energy and InfrastructureScope: Replace existing track between Goodwood and Belair, includes upgraded track formation (base-layer) and ballast (rock material under sleepers), improved stormwater drainage, minor improvements to track geometry and alignment within existing rail corridor, new long-life, gauge convertible concrete sleepersStatus: Contracts awarded March 2009, construction commencing end April 2009, completion August 2009Purpose: Provide reliable and more comfortable services for commuters well into the futureContractors: John Holland, Coleman RailValue: NA (part of $2 billion public transport upgrade)(New project: State government announcement of contract award, March 2009)TASMANIAENERGYElectricity Supply Project, Hobart and Southern Tasmania (Proposed)Principal: Transend NetworksScope: Major redevelopments at existing substations at Waddamana and Lindisfarne and construction of new 100km transmission lineStatus: Contracts for substations and transmission line awarded March 2009, project completion 2010-11Purpose: Add a second 220kV supply point for Hobart and the south, replace existing transmission line, provide vital infrastructure to fix area of weakness in transmission networkContractors: Areva T&D Australia-Hazell Bros Group (substations), John Holland (transmission line)Value: $130 million(New project: State government announcement project and contract awards, March 2009)TASMANIABUILDINGLaunceston General Hospital Upgrade (Proposed)Principal: HealthScope: Integrated care centre, new emergency department, additional 400 car parking spacesStatus: Go-ahead for construction of car park, March 2009, carpark completion end 2009; plans for emergency department submitted to Launceston City Council, March 2009Purpose: Bring together emergency and acute medical care, ease pressure for parkingContractors: NAValue: $45 million (integrated care centre, $18 million; emergency department, $12 million; car park, $15 million)(New project: State government announcement of car park approval, March 2009)VICTORIABUILDINGRMIT University, Melbourne (Proposed)Principal: RMIT UniversityScope: 34,350sq.m 10-storey plus service basement academic building which will wrap around historic Oxford Scholar Hotel, includes 12 lecture theatres, 64 teaching spaces and 10 learning areas, two-storey cantilevered space, or “portal” overhanging Swanston Street, nine double-height student portalsStatus: Demolition of building 48 to commence August 2009, project completion 2012Purpose: Provide innovative teaching and learning spaces, construction jobs and transform Melbourne’s CBDContractors: Lyons (Architects)Value: $200 million(New project: RMIT University announcement of project, March 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIARESOURCESWarro Tight Gas Field, 250km north of Perth (Shire of Dandaragan)Principal: Alcoa (65%), Latent Petroleum (25%), TranServ (10%)Scope: Field covers 7000ha and is about 4000m below surface, includes production wells, pipeline to carry gas to existing domestic gas pipeline infrastructure, small gas treatment plant and compressors, access roads, small camp for contractorsStatus: Electric log results from Warro-3 appraisal well confirming the potential 280m net pay zone satisfies another important project milestone for the path towards commercialisation for project, March 2009; Pipeline Licence (PL80) granted March 2009; environmental assessment and management planning continuing, subject to approval, to commence producing gas in 2010 at between 30 and 100 terrajoules per day Purpose: Western Australia’s first tight gas drilling operation – tight gas field is one that does not flow naturally to the surface without fracture stimulation; potential to provide over 10% of WA’s current gas consumptionValue: NA(Update: Transerv announcement of significance of drilling results, March 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAURBAN DEVELOPMENTSubiaco Centro North Redevelopment, Perth (Proposed)Principal: Subiaco Redevelopment AuthorityScope: Develop 1ha site, includes mixed use residential and commercial precinct with 130 new homes and 3300sq.m commercial space, pocket parkStatus: State government approval of development, March 2009; forward site works commencing early April 2009Purpose: Develop former TAFE site on corner Station Street and Salvado Road into a sought-after inner city location(Update: State government announcement of project approval, March 2009)

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