Suppliers invited for construction of Australia’s Tillegra Dam

Hunter Water Corp. invites prospective suppliers to register their services for the construction phase of Australia’s Tillegra Dam water project, which includes a small hydro project.

Hunter Water proposes to develop the 70-meter-tall, 800-meter-long rock and concrete dam on the Williams River for an estimated cost of A$300 million (US$287.5 million).

Hunter proposes the project to provide drought security for the region and to meet population growth for the next 60 years. Tillegra’s small hydro project is to generate about 3,000 megawatt-hours per year, serving about 550 households.

Construction is subject to planning approval by the New South Wales State Department of Planning. Related bridge work is scheduled for mid-2009 to mid-2010. Dam construction is slated for mid-2010 to late 2013. Road construction is planned from mid-2010 to mid-2012.

The New South Wales (NSW) government allotted A$26 million (US$24.9 million) to the project as part of the state budget announced in early June. Hunter has been purchasing land and carrying out site studies.

Hunter named the Dams and Civil group of the NSW Department of Commerce to undertake site investigations and design of the dam. An environmental assessment and planning consultancy was awarded to Connell Wagner.

Firms and individuals interested in providing services to the construction project are invited to register in a database service provided by Industry Capability Network Ltd. (ICN), an industry consultant funded by the NSW government to aid industry in the state.

The database of suppliers is made available to all bidders for each component of the project, giving a reference that encourages use of local services. ICN also makes available its national database of suppliers to provide additional options to bidders.

For information on the ICN website, see www.icnnsw.org.au/ProjectDetails.asp?PID=183 on the Internet. To register, see http://showcase.icn.org.au/ICSPortal/container.aspx?InnerUrl=Showcase/Search.aspx?Term=nsw.

For information on Hunter Water and the Tillegra Dam project, see the Hunter Internet site, www.hunterwater.com.au.

ICN registers for upgrade of 3,756-MW Snowy Mountains

Industry Capability Network also is maintaining database registration for upgrade of the 3,756-MW Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme in Australia.

Work is to be performed across the entire system, consisting of seven power stations and 16 major dams. Snowy Hydro Ltd. the design, procurement, and construction manager, has employed ICN to identify competitive suppliers.

Identification of local capability is sought throughout the project, from major pieces of equipment such as turbines, secondary equipment, engineering and design, and installation services.

Registration for Snowy Mountains work also can be carried out at the Internet site http://showcase.icn.org.au/ICSPortal/container.aspx?InnerUrl=Showcase/Search.aspx?Term=nsw.

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