Work to start on Cloncurry pipeline with appointment of construction contractor

06 Jul 2009

Construction of the much-anticipated $42.5 million Cloncurry water pipeline is set to commence following the appointment of the project’s civil construction contractor.

SunWater Chief Executive, Peter Boettcher today announced that Queensland-based company Moody Civil and Pipe Pty Ltd had been awarded the construction contract for the drought-proofing project.

Mr Boettcher said following successful negotiations with Moody Civil and Pipe during the Early Contractor Involvement stage, SunWater decided the company was well-suited for successful project delivery and offered the most competitive price.      

Member for Mt Isa Betty Kiernan said the State Government had come through on its commitment to provide water security for Cloncurry.

“This significant piece of infrastructure is no longer a pipedream, it is now a reality. With this important contract in place, the focus can now move to getting pipes in the ground and delivering this vital future water solution to the Cloncurry community,” Ms Kiernan said.

Cloncurry Shire Mayor Andrew Daniels said he was delighted to see the pipeline project nearing commencement.

“The pipeline project is important for Cloncurry’s future and we are very much looking forward to construction commencing,” Mr Daniels said.

“With a secure water supply in place Cloncurry can move into the future with confidence in its ability to meet the water demands of its residents,” he said.   

More than 20 kilometres of the 38 kilometres of pipes have arrived in Cloncurry with the remainder arriving over the next month.

Preparatory works, including clearing and grading along the route of the pipeline, are expected to start in mid-July.

It is anticipated the first pipe will be laid in mid-August 2009 with project completion by March 2010.

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