Australian construction news 2017

Posted by Design & Construct on 21-Feb-2017 09:31:34

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The Northern Territory Government has recently announced the construction of the NGP, which will connect the Northern Territory to the East Coast.

Australian construction news 2017


North - The AUD $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP)



Australian energy company Jemena has been selected to build and operate the pipeline.

The 622km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland. Construction company McConnell Dowell has been selected as the construction contractor for the project.


Around 200 contracts will be awarded across the project's entirety, with approximately 900 jobs created during the planning, construction and commissioning phases.




East - big four hit the highway


Four firms have been awarded design contracts for work on the remaining sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.


The design work has been divided into four sections to fast-track construction and ensure the 155 kilometre section is open to traffic on time.


A workforce of more than 450 road designers is to be mobilised to speed up preparation and commencement of the construction phase. An estimated 2500 construction jobs have been created across the whole Pacific Highway upgrade so far. The numbers are expected to reach around 4000 at the peak of the project. See our previous article about new construction jobs in Bribane.



The big four include:

  • GHD Pty Ltd for the highway between Glenugie and Maclean
  • Arcadis Australia Pty Limited and Beca Pty Ltd between Maclean and Devils Pulpit
  • Arup Pty Ltd and Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd between Devils Pulpit and Broadwater
  • SMEC Australia Pty Ltd for between Broadwater and Pimlico




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South – Urban Hotel under construction


350 new construction jobs will be created to build a new AUD $50-million hotel for Adelaide Airport.

Work will begin on the new seven-storey hotel in 2017 and is expected to be operational by late 2018.


The hotel will link directly with the airport via a unique walkway, featuring a restaurant and bar. 350 jobs will be created during the hotel’s construction and a further 45 jobs when operational. Much of the construction work on the hotel is expected to be carried out by local trades and subcontractors in South Australia.




West - solar partnership


Western Australia’s Emu Downs solar farm is expected to begin construction in 2017 with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).


ARENA is supporting the project through its large-scale solar competitive round and the project is due for completion in 2018.


The AUD $50 million project is to be developed by the energy infrastructure company, the APA Group. Once operational, it is projected that the site will produce enough energy to power 6,700 homes.


The renewable energy project will also create over 100 new construction jobsand attract further investment.


With Solar farms generating energy during the day and the wind farms generating more power overnight in Western Australia, co-locating wind and solar to provide continuous energy make the perfect energy partnership.





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