Industry Report – Projects

As part of this process, Abigroup is seeking builders, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers who wish to register an expression of interest to participate with the leading contractor to deliver this program. Each Tuesday and Friday, CINbrings you the latest updates on major infrastructure projects – current and planned – across the nation. By tracking these updates, you can build your own database of substantial infrastructure projects about to commence or on the drawing boards. NEW SOUTH WALESROADSHoxton Park Road Upgrade (Current)Principal: Roads and Traffic AuthorityScope: Upgrade Hoxton Park Road from two-lane road to four-lane divided road between Cowpasture Road and Whitford Road, includes twin bridges over Hinchinbrook Creek, bus stop bays, traffic lights, new service road between First Avenue and Dorrigo Avenue, pedestrian, cyclist pathwaysStatus: Construction commenced March 2009, completion 2011Purpose: Increase road safety and reduce congestionContractors: NAValue: $71 million(New project: State government announcement of project commencement, March 2009)NEW SOUTH WALESBUILDINGBuilding the Education Revolution – Primary Schools for the 21st Century (Proposed)Principal: CommerceScope: Construct education facilities for primary schools in Sydney, Northern Sydney and Hunter-Central Coast (which includes metropolitan and rural areas)Status: Call for tender closes March 17, 2009, contract award April 2, 2009Contractors: NAPurpose: Upgrade schools as part of the Australian federal government economic stimulus packageContractors: NAValue: NA (Aggregate maximum funding for construction potentially over $1 billion)(New project: Abigroup call for tender for BER program, March 2009)NORTHERN TERRITORYRESOURCESWonarah Phosphate Project (Proposed)Principal: MinemakersScope: 461Mt at 18.8% phosphate at Main Zone and Arruwurra deposits, Stage 1 direct-shipping ore operation, Stage 2 beneficiation plant, first production commencing 2009-10Status: Notice of intent for mining lodged March 2009; expressions of interest received for ore handling, seeking expressions of interest for construction of villages at Tennant Creek and minesite, January 2009; MoU for feasibility study for 250km open-access standard-gauge rail link to near Tennant Creek, January 2009; completion of MoU, May 2009Purpose: Wonarah phosphate project is Australia’s largest undeveloped phosphate projectContractors: Australian Transport Energy Corridor (Stage 1 feasibility study)Value: $107 million (Stage 1)(Update: Minemakers announcement of notice of intent for mining, March 2009)SOUTH AUSTRALIAROADSSouth Road-Anzac Highway Underpass (Current)Principal: Transport, Energy and InfrastructureScope: Underpass at South Road and Anzac Highway intersectionStatus: South Road Underpass to be named ‘Gallipoli Underpass’ in recognition of the ANZAC tradition, March 2009; first official passage through underpass by primary school students dressed in specially made car costumes to mark the occasion, March 2009; open to first traffic, end of March 2009Purpose: Part of a broader plan to transform 22km of South Road into a non-stop road corridor from the Southern Expressway to the Port River ExpresswayContractors: Consortium of Thiess, Leed and Parsons BrinckerhoffValue: $118 million(Update: State government announcement of new project name and status, March 2009)TASMANIABUILDINGPrinces Wharf Redevelopment (Proposed)Principal: Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority, Hobart City CouncilScope: Renew Princes Wharf, including Shed 1 and its immediate surrounds, car park and part of Castray EsplanadeStatus: Final phase of pre-design consultation process with open public consultation to be held on March 30, 2009Purpose: Rejuvenate under-utilised sites to create dynamic public space that is accessible to the community and can host a variety of public activities and eventsContractors: NAValue: NA(Update: State government announcement of public consultation, March 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAPORTSUtah Point Multi-User Berth, Finucane Island, Port Hedland (Current)Principal: Port Hedland Port AuthorityScope: 18Mtpa capacity multi-user public berth to accommodate Panamax and small capesize vessels to 120,000dwt, includes dredging, travelling shiploader and associated material-handling facilities, stockpile area, new multi-user access road to Finucane IslandStatus: Wharf construction contract awarded March 2009; construction commenced, March 2009; project completion and commissioning, mid-2010; heritage approval received for area related to construction of common-user wharf, March 2009Purpose: Fourth port berth to cater for future trade growth at Australia’s second-highest volume port, provide access for emerging iron ore exporters and other mineral producersContractors: Marine and Civil Construction (wharf construction)Value: $225 million ($105 million of this funding secured from foundation customers: Atlas Iron, Aurox Resources, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Consolidated Minerals, HiTec Energy and Process Minerals International)(Update: State government announcement of contract award and project commencement, March 2009)VICTORIAENERGYMortlake Gas-Fired Power Station, 12km west of Mortlake (Current)Principal: Origin EnergyScope: 550MW gas-fired peaking power station on 20ha of land adjacent to Moorabool-Heywood 500kV transmission line, to be supplied with “local” natural gas via 83km pipeline from Otway Gas processing plant near Port CampbellStatus: Construction commenced March 2009Purpose: Maintain secure, efficient and affordable electricity to supply the equivalent of peak power to 250,000 homesContractors: Bilfinger Berger Services (civil, structural, mechanical and electrical works), Siemens (gas turbines)Value: $640 million(Update: State government announcement of project commencement, March 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAROADSPerth-Bunbury Highway (Current)Principal: Main RoadsScope: 70km dual carriageway from Kwinana Freeway at Safety Bay Road, joining with Old Coast Road near Lake CliftonStatus: State government announcement of 38.5km rural section of highway, from Pinjarra Road to tie-in with existing dual carriageway on Old Coast Road near Lake Clifton, to be named in honour of Western Australia’s first premier, Sir John Forrest, March 2009; project completion, June 2009Purpose: Complete dual-carriageway route from Perth to Bunbury, bypass Mandurah and suburbsContractors: Southern Gateway Consortium (Leighton Contractors-GHD-WA Limestone)Value: $705 million(Update: State government announcement of project name and status, March 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAENERGYWarro Tight Gas Field, 250km north of Perth (Shire of Dandaragan)Principal: Latent Petroleum, Alcoa, TranServScope: 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: Pipeline Licence (PL80) granted to facilitate transportation of gas from Warro Gas Project to a location adjacent to Parmelia and Dampier to Bunbury Pipelines – a significant step for commercialisation of project, March 2009; environmental assessment and management planning continuing, subject to approval, to commence producing 30-100TJ gas per day in 2010Purpose: 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 consumptionContractors: NAValue: NA(Update: Transerv announcement of pipeline licence approval, March 2009)

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