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Love me tender

Saturday, 20th May, 2017

By Daniel Stringer

Daniel Stringer

The State’s leaders yesterday announced that the Broken Hill Pipeline is drawing closer to tender and that the project will be constructed with Australian steel. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, along with Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Water Minister Niall Blair, yesterday gave an update on the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline.  

Ms Berejiklian said that the government had invited four tenders for the $500 million project and that it was because of the work done by the NSW Government that Broken Hill would have a secure water supply. 

“I am so proud of the fact that because of the strong advocacy that we have had from our colleagues that the NSW Government are able to announce today that we have approached four tenders who will be vying to build the pipeline that will preserve and ensure water security to Broken Hill,” she said. 

“It is nearly 300km, it will cost half a billion dollars and we are so thrilled that not only will it ensure water security into the future for this community but it will also ensure jobs and bring other support to the region. 

“I am looking forward to seeing this project flourish and we are hoping it will be completed by the end of next year.” 

The four companies vying for the tender are Downer Spiecapag Joint Venture, John Holland Joint Venture, McConnell Dowell, and UGL/Veolia.  

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it was an “exciting” project. 

“It is exciting today that we are out for tender for Australian-led consortia to design, build and maintain the pipeline,” he said. 

“One of the key differences in this project is the changes in Australian standards when it comes to steel. 

“What we will see now is an opportunity for Australian steel, Australian jobs and Australian businesses to compete on a fair playing field. 

“The new standards mean that most likely we will see Australian steel in this pipeline; that’s 200 jobs for this region and a $50 million uplift in the local economy.” 

While the Government was selling the pipeline as a solution to the water issues in Broken Hill, many are still concerned about the damage it might do to the Menindee Lakes and the Darling River. 

Water Minister Niall Blair repeated yesterday that there was no threat of the lakes being decommissioned. 

“We are not decommissioning the Menindee Lakes system. In fact, we are talking to the community and other stakeholders about record investment to reconfigure the lakes,” Mr Blair said. 

“This will mean more water in the lakes for longer. We understand the environmental, recreational, economic and social impact of those lakes.

“We are backing that up with money in conjunction with the federal government and I can assure that the lakes will not be decommissioned. 

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