Industry Report – Projects

NEW SOUTH WALESRESOURCESNorthparkes Mines, 27km from Parkes (Current)Principal: Rio Tinto (80%), Sumitomo Group (20%)Scope: Copper-gold mine includes two open pits and underground mineStatus: Expressions of interest called for site wide mechanical labour and services; site electrical refrigeration and air-conditioning service, conveyor belt maintenance and condition monitoring service, site scaffolding service, underground winder motor risk management, supply and installation of off highway rim maintenance, February 2009Purpose: Produce high-grade copper-gold concentrate which is shipped to international smelters for processingContractors: NAValue: NA(Update: Northparkes call for expressions of interest, February 2009)QUEENSLANDRESOURCESAlpha Coal Project, Galilee Basin (Proposed)Principal: Hancock ProspectingScope: 30Mtpa open cut mine thermal coal mine and associated infrastructure and utilities, construction and operation of rail link to port location, construction and operation of a port, coal terminal and handling facilities either at Abbot Point or Dudgeon PointStatus: Submissions on environmental impact statement close March 9, 2009, construction commencing 2010, pre-feasibility due end 2008, first coal exports 2013Purpose: Develop Galilee Basin resources to produce 1 billion tonnes of thermal coal over 30 years to service international export energy markets for thermal coalContractors: Thiess (complete prefeasibility, construction and mining preferred supplier)Value: $7.5 billion (mine $3 billion, rail $2.5 billion, port $2 billion)(Update: State government calls for EIS submissions, February 2009)QUEENSLANDPORTSNorth Shore Boulevard Project, Townsville (Proposed)Principal: Townsville City CouncilScope: Design and construct two lane road to commence at intersection of Shaw Road/ Bruce Highway and link up with Mt Low Parkway, road to go through Stockland’s North Shore Development, capacity to increase to four lanesStatus: Request for tender closes February 27, 2009Purpose: Alleviate traffic congestionContractors: NAValue: $40 million(New project: Townsville City Council call for tenders, February 2009)QUEENSLANDBUILDINGTownsville Hospital Expansion (Proposed)Principal: HealthScope: Construct new hospital wing including expanded emergency departmentStatus: Tenders to be called later in February 2009 to construct new hospital wing with 40 beds, two extra floors and expanded emergency department, February 2009; current expansion on track to deliver six new treatment bays by late February 2009 and 30-bed ward by peak season 2009Purpose: Ensuring North Queenslanders have access to first-class health servicesContractors: NAValue: Part of $94 million hospital redevelopment(Update: State government announcement of project status and call for tenders, February 2009)VICTORIAURBAN DEVELOPMENTPoint Lonsdale Residential Development (Proposed)Principal: Stockland DevelopmentScope: 195ha site to comprise 760 dwellings includes detached houses, apartments, townhouses, retirement village, 120-bed aged care facility, community hub, reserves, parklands, waterwaysStatus: State government approval, February 2009, subject federal environmental effects statement (EES) approval, February 2009Purpose: Provide economic boost for region, create jobs during construction phase, and permanent employment opportunities in retail and tourist industriesContractors: NAValue: $330 million(New project: State government announcement of project approval, February 2009)VICTORIABUILDINGRMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (Proposed)Principal: RMITScope: 11,000sq.m eight-level building on corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, includes two basement levels, climactically responsive “second skin”, multi-purpose “long rooms”; warehouse-style accommodation; workshops; exhibition space; lecture theatre; seminar rooms, storage and design archive facilities; café; forecourtStatus: Project approved February 2009, tender for main contract goes out late February 2009, construction commencing early 2009, completion 2011Purpose: Support and expand University’s position as internationally renowned leader in design education and researchContractors: Sean Godsell-Peddle Thorpe (Architects), Atkinson Project Management (project manager), Fellecetti (structural engineer), Bassett (services consultant), Philip Chun and Associates (building surveyor), Davis Langdon (quantity surveyor)Value: $59 million(New project: State government announcement of project approval, February 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAWATERSouthern Seawater Desalination Plant, Binningup (Proposed)Principal: Water CorporationScope: 50 gigalitres a year desalination plant expandable to 100GL, 30km trunk main DN1400 MSCL pipeline, initial 32-megalitre summit tank near HarveyStatus: Public submissions on Commonwealth Public Environmental Review (PER) close March 17, 2009; open day on February 25 between 3pm and 7pm at Binningup Water Sports Centre, preferred consortia announced November 2008, plant commissioning 2011Purpose: Second desalination plant supplying WA integrated water networkContractors: Preferred consortia: Southern SeaWater Alliance (SSWA is led by Spanish companies, Tecnicas Reunidas and Valoriza Agua with partners AJ Lucas and Worley Parsons) Value: $955 million(Update: Water Corporation announcement of Public Environmental Review and Open Day, February 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIARESOURCESWarro Tight Gas Field, 250km north of Perth (Shire of Dandaragan)Principal: Latent Petroleum, Alcoa, TranServScope: Production wells, pipeline to carry gas to existing domestic gas pipeline infrastructure, small gas treatment plant and compressors, access roads, small camp for contractorsStatus: Subject approval, to commence producing gas in 2010 at 30-100 terajoules per dayPurpose: Western Australia’s first tight gas drilling operation; potential to provide over 10% of WA’s current gas consumptionContractors: NAValue: NA(New Project: State government announcement, February 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIARESOURCESWest Pilbara Iron Ore Project (Proposed)Principal: Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture (Aquila Resources-American Metals and Coal Industries)Scope: 30Mtpa direct ship iron ore project comprising mine, 160km railway, new deepwater port at Cape PrestonStatus: Anketell Point preferred port site for definitive feasibility study; risk mitigation work to continue at alternate site at Onslow, February 2009; definitive feasibility study due mid-2009Purpose: Develop initial 30Mtpa operation on current 493Mt iron ore reserveValue: $US3.9 billion(Update: Aquila Resources announcement of Anketell Point as preferred site, February 2009)WESTERN AUSTRALIAPORTS/RAILMid West Regional Rail, Geraldton (Proposed)Principal: YilgarnScope: Open access rail network to proposed Oakajee Port, interim conveyor to Geraldton PortStatus: Yilgarn submitted proposal to state government February 2009; state government stated preference is for rival Oakajee Port & Rail project Purpose: Provide export facilities for Mid West region iron ore mines ahead of scheduled Oakajee construction in 2014Contractors: NAValue: $2 billion(New project: Yilgarn announcement, February 2009)

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