McConnell Dowell Is Putting Out Feelers For Sub-contractors In The NT And Queensland.
Construction contractor McConnell Dowell has successfully secured the contract for the Northern Gas Pipeline and is now seeking Expressions of Interest from suppliers and subcontractors. Plant hire is high on the menu, which is great news for local companies.
Jemena was selected by the government of the Northern Territory to carry out construction and operation of the North East Gas Interconnector, now commonly referred to as the Northern Gas Pipeline. The entire contract is worth $800 million, and construction is expected to begin in early 2017. McConnell Dowell’s share of the kitty is $300 million.
A whopping 623km in length, the Northern Gas Pipeline will run from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa, allowing massive expansion of currently untapped or under-utilised gas reserves. The economic impact of the Northern Gas Pipeline will be immense, as the extensive construction process and ongoing operations will add significant revenue to the coffers of both the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Jim Frith, Executive General Manager of Pipelines for McConnell Dowell, was very pleased that Jemena chose to grant them the Northern Gas Pipeline project. He said, “The collaborative Early Contractor Involvement approach adopted by Jemena has assisted McConnell Dowell and other project partners and key stakeholders to work together to provide optimized solutions for this project.”
“We look forward to project execution so we can play our part in delivering the full benefits of this project to the community and other project partners,” said Mr Frith. He also underlined the importance of the Northern Gas Pipeline project for McConnell Dowell’s ongoing reputation as a reliable provider of pipeline construction services. “The project is an important addition to our significant track record of successful major pipeline and mechanical infrastructure delivery.”
McConnell Dowell listed plant procurement requirements on iSeekplant.com.au at tender time – seeking over 300 machines from everything major earthmoving machines, to lift and shift, pipeline equipment, then onto smaller plant, mine spec vehicles, power generation, welders, compressors and fuel stations. They looked specifically for plant hire companies that could service out of Mt Isa & Tennant Creek. Any companies that had head offices that could service those areas in QLD, WA or NT had a run up start.
Procurement packages are going to be listed on ICN Gateway in the 2nd half of 2016, with no firm date as yet. It is anticipated that there will be around 100 contracts available for local subcontractors, worth up to $112 million.
The Northern Gas Pipeline is set to be completed in 2018.
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Sources: Australian Mining, Jemena.