John Holland JV secures pipeline contract in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 25 Oct 2017 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

A consortium of John Holland, MPC Group and TRILITY has bagged a contract from WaterNSW to design, build, operate and maintain the River Murray to Broken Hill pipeline in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Work will involve construction of a 270km pipeline between Wentworth and Broken Hill. The project will be designed and built by a joint venture between John Holland MPC Group at a cost of AUD467m ($363.7m).

Detailed planning and design works will begin immediately and construction work will commence in January 2018, with completion expected by December 2018.

A joint venture of John Holland and TRILITY Joint Venture will operate and maintain the pipeline over a 20-year period, for AUD107.3m ($83.5m).

WaterNSW CEO David Harris said: “This project will bring immediate benefits to both the Wentworth and Broken Hill communities through more than 150 local jobs as well as the sourcing of project materials and other support logistics from regional providers. With the total workforce expected to reach 500 workers at peak times, the spin-off benefits to local businesses will also be considerable. It is estimated that the local economies will benefit by up to $50 million.

“The skills acquired by local sub-contractors on a project of this scale will also expand those firms’ capacity to engage in large-scale capital works in the future. The contractor is also expected to invest around $3 million in training, meaning that locals who work on this project will have transferable experience and skills for future work.”

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