Connors River Dam and Pipeline project attracts interest from construction industry

30 Sep 2010

Australian construction firms eager to be involved in the Central Queensland development of the Connors River Dam and Pipeline were briefed by SunWater this week on the proposed $800million water infrastructure project.

SunWater Infrastructure Development General Manager Mark Browne said the briefings allowed construction companies an opportunity to find out more about the proposed dam and pipeline and tender process.

At the briefing, SunWater advised it would implement a tailored Early Tenderer Involvement (ETI) procurement process and invited construction industry representative to participate in the October 15 release of the Request for Proposal documentation.

Mr Browne said SunWater was in the process of finalising its Business Case for the 367,000 megalitre dam and 133km water pipeline project, but was also now actively seeking tenders to take the project to its construction phase if approved.

“We are currently finalising our Business Case and while the project is still subject to a number of approvals, it is important to engage the construction industry and allow it enough time to plan its potential involvement,” Mr Browne said.

“We were pleased with the level of commitment shown by the project’s Foundation Customers, who secured more than 80% of the dam’s water earlier this year, and we are similarly impressed with the strong level of interest shown from potential construction tenders,” he said.

Mr Browne said more than 150 representatives from the construction and associated industries attended the project briefing held in Brisbane.

Project Facts

  • The dam will be located 100km south of Mackay and 110km east of Moranbah on the Connors River near Mt Bridget.
  • A 133km large diameter pipeline will transport water from the dam to a holding storage located in Moranbah within the Bowen Basin.
  • The roller compacted concrete structure will approximately 600m wide, with a centrally located spillway around 250m wide. The spillway crest will be approximately 34m high.
  • 300,000 cubic metres of concrete will be used in the dam’s construction.
  • 2,300 tonnes of reinforced steel and 753,000 cubic metres of excavation will be required for the dam.
  • At peak construction times approximately 260 workers will be required to build Connors River Dam and approximately 300 workers for the pipeline.


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