Water pipeline contract awarded

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The New South Wales Government has awarded the contract to build, own and operate the 270km Murray to Broken Hill water pipeline, as part of one of the largest regional water security investments in the state.

WaterNSW was awarded the contract which is part of the State Government’s $500 million commitment to provide safe and secure water to Broken Hill.

New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, said WaterNSW has a reputation for excellence and a long history of delivering large-scale water infrastructure projects on time and within budget.

“Appointing WaterNSW to build, own and operate the pipeline allows for greater continuity and oversight of the project, from the early design stages right through to construction and ongoing operation,” Mr Blair said.

New South Wales Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said early project planning commenced previously by the State Government is well progressed, with geotechnical and survey work already complete, and cultural heritage consultation with local stakeholders continuing.

“This work, along with the extensive assessment process which the NSW Government used to select the pipeline out of 19 project options, puts WaterNSW on a solid footing to now deliver this flagship project for Broken Hill and surrounding communities,” Mr Humphries said.

WaterNSW will bring together a Project Consultative Committee for the duration of the project and also report on progress of the project to Infrastructure NSW under the reporting framework for major infrastructure.

Pipeline construction is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed by late 2018.

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