May 15, 2018

SunWater ready for $40m infrastructure upgrades

SunWater ready for $40m infrastructure upgrades

SunWater expects to start construction by the end of the year on two water supply projects at a cost of almost $40 million.

Tenders will be issued via the Queensland Government electronic tender portal, although no details were available this week on their expected timing.

The Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme (WSS) Efficiency Improvement Project involves construction of  about 4.5km of pressurised pipeline, creating an additional three balancing storages with capacities of 200ML, 100ML and 5ML as well as installing 25 automated gates in key reaches of the channel system.

Total project cost is $28 million, of which SunWater will invest $16.4 million to supplement a National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) commitment of $11.6 million.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said this was an important project for Queensland, as increased water availability would benefit agricultural production and communities.

“Modernising the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme will tackle transmission losses, poor service delivery and water use inefficiency by constructing 4.5-kilometres of pressurised pipeline and the provision of 8,306 megalitres annually of high-security water to the region,” Mr McCormack said.

“The project is expected to create up to 75 direct jobs, 30 indirect locally-based jobs and a further 189 indirect jobs in the region. It will also generate around $20 million per year in increased agricultural production, which is great to see.”

Works on the Nogoa Mackenzie WSS in central Queensland will include the use of high density polyethylene (HDPE) to line 34km of the Selma Channel system, to reduce seepage losses currently occurring in the irrigation channel.

Total project cost is $11.7 million, of which SunWater will invest $8.7 million to supplement NWIDF funding commitment of $3 million.

SunWater chief executive officer Nicole Hollows said the NWIDF funding was a sign of confidence in SunWater’s ability to deliver complex modernisation projects that delivered tangible outcomes for customers.

“We expect to begin surveying, Geotech and design works in the coming months, with the view to start construction before the end of the year,” she said


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