Following a high level of interest from companies all over the world a shortlisting process has begun for the first stage of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project Early Works package tender. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced this week that the following three companies had made it through to bid on the next phase:
CPD Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors)
CIMIC Group Limited was founded in Australia in 1949 and is one of the world's largest international contractors with operations in over 20 countries. The group has a rich history and was previously known as Leighton Holdings. Considered one of the world's leading mining companies, they also provide construction, mining, engineering, operation and maintenance services to the infrastructure, resources and property markets.
John Holland and KBR joint venture
John Holland is one of Australia's leading engineering, contracting and service providers to the infrastructure, energy, resources and transport services sectors. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the world's largest infrastructure construction companies CCCC International Holding Limited.
Operating in 40 countries and with more than 25,000 employees KBR, Inc. is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industries.
Lend Lease Engineering and Coleman Rail joint venture
With an Australian retail portfolio of almost $6 billion, Lendlease's engineering business is a leader in civil infrastructure. The company provides packaged solutions for the delivery of infrastructure assets, including development, financing, design and construction across Australia. An interesting fact is that each year more than 100 million people visit one of their retail centres in Australia (as at February 2014).
Coleman Rail has over 25 years of continuous and successful Australian-wide involvement in the rail industry. The company specialises in the design and construction of Metro, Freight & Heavy Haul and Light Rail infrastructure.
- The Early Works package will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in works to prepare sites for the start of major construction on Melbourne Metro Rail (MMRA).
- MMRA is undertaking site investigations at multiple locations and will also include the relocation and protection of underground services such as gas, sewer and water mains.
- The contract will be awarded once formal proposals have been submitted during the second quarter of 2016. Early works are expected to start in 2017, with major construction commencing in 2018.
The $10.9 billion project, which will transform Melbourne's rail network into an international-style metro system, will be able to carry 40,000 extra passengers at morning and evening peak times. It is great news on the work front too, with the expected investment, providing 4700 new construction jobs in Victoria.
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