Foundation Customers called for Connors River Dam

17 May 2010

SunWater is expecting strong demand for water from the proposed Connors River Dam thanks to increasing resources expansion within the Galilee and Bowen basins.

In a call for Foundation Customers to reserve high priority water allocations from the $824 million project, Brett Stevenson from SunWater’s Business Development Group said with the dam strategically located near the booming Bowen and Galilee basins, early reservation of water allocations by the resources sector was likely to be swift.

Mr Stevenson said an annual dam yield of 49,500ML of high priority water for customers, meant many water users will be keen to not only quickly secure what allocations are available, but also take advantage of the offer of lower Foundation Customer prices.

“There are certainly many advantages of becoming a Foundation Customer of this project and our Business Development team has had enquiries from a number of interested parties who are very keen to secure water supply contracts to accommodate their immediate and future expansion plans,” Mr Stevenson said.

Mr Stevenson said Foundation Customer applicants that met all requirements would be managed on a first come, first served basis.

“Our market research has identified a strong market for secure and reliable water supplies that cater for a range of different customer bases and I believe the Connors River Dam is poised to deliver that security and reliability for the region.

“We are pleased with the level of interest that has already been shown for the project and believe it’s a strong indicator that we will meet our Foundation Customer allocation target and move rapidly toward construction.” he said.

Construction activities for the dam and a high capacity water transport pipeline, are expected to begin in mid to late 2011 with water potentially available from 2014.

Mr Stevenson said hydrology investigations identified excellent historical reliability for high priority allocations indicating Foundation Customer allocations represented a quality investment for future water supply.

“The project was named as the preferred medium to long term water supply option in the Central Queensland Regional Water Supply Strategy and is a key element of the 2006 Statewide Water Policy which underpins improved water security and support for the future economic growth in regional Queensland,” he said.

To obtain more project information and a Foundation Customer application form, contact Brett Stevenson on 07 4048 4847 or 0407150 669 or email brett.stevenson@sunwater.com.au

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