A raft of civil works such as bridge and road upgrades is due to kick off within months as Bowen River Utilities progresses its $2.9 billion Urannah project.
BRU communications manager Karly Abbott said there was a range of work that must be completed in and around the site to deliver the ‘nation-building’ project.
Enabling works such as road and bridge upgrades were expected to occur around September this year, she said.
At the same time BRU would expect to be seeking Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) for major project works.
The Urannah project includes a new dam on the Broken River about 64km south-east of Collinsville, with capacity of up to 1.5 million megalitres, as well as a water pipeline network and an irrigated precinct for high value agriculture.
It would also feature a pumped hydro-electricity power scheme in the upper Broken River Valley, north-west of Mackay.
Project passes regulatory milestone
The project passed a regulatory milestone last week when comments on the draft Terms of Reference closed.
“This is a process led by the Queensland Coordinator General and BRU will now work with her office to ensure all comments are considered before the final Terms of Reference are released,” Ms Abbott said.
“In the meantime, the BRU project team will continue to undertake the various studies and tests, while also engaging with the local community and stakeholders to ensure wide-spread consultation is carried out.”
She said Bowen River Utilities would continue to run its monthly virtual information sessions on the third Thursday of each month and was looking forward to more face-to-face engagement with the community as COVID-19 restrictions eased.
The group was working closely with the local councils, Queensland Government representatives and the Federal Government to ensure all relevant parties were kept up-to-date with the project, Ms Abbott said.
Representatives recently met with Ministers, MPs and Senators in Canberra to update them on the progress of the project and discuss the next steps.
“In last year’s Budget, the Federal Government committed an additional $2 billion to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and funding from this program could certainly help deliver Urannah Dam,” Ms Abbott said.
The Urannah project is expected to create up to 1200 jobs in construction and 675 in ongoing operations.