ConsultANZ Weekly Industry News – 22nd October 2018
Nancy, the first of five tunnel boring machines (TBM) for Australia’s biggest transport project, the Sydney Metro , has begun her work. The TBM was named in honour of aviation pioneer Nancy Bird Walton and will be used to build twin metro railway tunnels between Marrickville and Chatswood.
Downer has been awarded the contract to build the largest solar farm in Australia in New South Wales for German energy company Innogy. The 349MW Limondale solar farm will be equivalent in size to about 415 football fields, and is expected to be the fully operate by the middle of 2020.
Crane numbers in Australia have hit an all-time high of 735, up from 684 at the last count according to the RLB Crane Index. Sydney is still the crane capital of Australia with Melbourne moving up the ladder with a net gain of 35 cranes.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled a new design for the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane. The design will provide improved and safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians as well as three lanes for Brisbane Metro vehicles and buses to accommodate the Brisbane Metro project. A separate two-way cycleway on the upstream side of the bridge and cycle lanes on Melbourne Street will allow the conversion of the Victoria Bridge into a “green’ bridge.
A major central Queensland building company JM Kelly Group has gone into voluntary administration, leaving 230 employees and 40 apprentices out of work. The Rockhampton-based company had built major government projects in its six decades of business, including the city’s Riverside project and a local gallery.
CPB Contractors, as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), has been awarded a $1 billion package of works by the Victorian Government in support of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project. The Alliance consists of CPB Contractors and John Holland, with AECOM as the design partner, as well as project owner Rail Projects Victoria and rail franchisee Metro Trains Melbourne, of which CIMIC Group company UGL represents 20%. Construction is expected to commence in late 2018 and be completed in 2025.
Construction of the 1,700km Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane is going ahead after a $300-million construction contract has been signed to build the Parkes to Narromine section of the project. A joint-venture between BMD Constructions and Fulton Hogan has been selected to build the section. The project will create around 5,000 direct and indirect jobs and boost gross state product by $2.6 billion.
Spanish renewable energy company Acciona is set to build a new thermal Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Western Australia with an investment of $700m. Reported to be the first of its kind in Australia, it will be located in Kwinana Industrial Area in Perth. Construction works are expected to create more than 800 jobs.
A new independent entity will be established in New Zealand so that the country gets quality infrastructure investment it needs. The entity will provide expert advice, planning and strategy to support the delivery of major infrastructure projects. At the same time, the Government is proposing to block the sale of big infrastructure assets to foreigners, following the house sale ban which takes effect from next week.
Infrastructure investment is on the rise, with just over half allocated to roading and over three quarters in the North Island. The North Island is set to receive 77% of the national infrastructure spend over the next ten years, with around $100b in funding expected. The South Island will receive the balance of $29b over the period.
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Salini Impregilo has won a €718.8 million ($824 million US) contract to build a section of a new metro line for Grand Paris Express, the biggest project of sustainable mobility in Europe. The contract, known as Lot 2, will involve the excavation of 11.1 km of tunnel and the construction of four stations.
New York’s Central Park Tower will be the tallest residential building in the World. With a total height of 472 meters and located on west 57th street, the structure has been designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill architecture, the firm that also designed the Jeddah Tower now under construction in Saudi Arabia.
With the Brexit looming and continuous delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects, forecasters have abandoned hopes of a 2.3% rebound in construction growth in 2019. Growth for next year has been downgraded to rise by only 0.6%.
The UK’s second-busiest airport Gatwick has revealed plans to move and upgrade its standby runway into routine use for departing flights by the mid-2020s. Currently, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies.
The world’s longest sea crossing is set to open this week. Built from 400,000 tonnes of steel and spanning 55 kilometres across the Pearl River Delta with a 22.9-kilometre bridge over the sea (the world’s sixth-longest) and a 6.7km tunnel, it links Macau, Hong Kong and the mainland China city of Zhuhai. The bridge has been designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons.