27 February 2023

BMD Constructions awarded Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline project

BMD Constructions is extremely proud to announce the award of the $714 million contract by the Gladstone Area Water Board and Queensland Government, to deliver the Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline project.

The design and construct project will be delivered as a 50/50 joint venture with partner, McConnell Dowell. The new pipeline will secure the single source water supply risk from Awoonga Dam enabling long-term water security for urban and industrial customers in the region.

A core component of the joint venture’s winning bid was a commitment to local content. Lasting legacies will be left in the Gladstone and Rockhampton regions through the employment of a diverse workforce including a $10 million commitment to suppliers and businesses owned by First Nations Australians, 10,000 hours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce participation, as well as trainees and apprentices to make up 15% of the workforce hours.

The project comprises an approximately 117 kilometre pipeline, a water treatment plant, reservoirs and pumping stations. It will provide further water security for the area and support for the emerging hydrogen industry in the Gladstone region in Queensland, Australia.

Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Area Water Board, Darren Barlow said the Delivery Authority for the project is looking forward to partnering with local suppliers to deliver tangible benefits to the Gladstone region such as jobs, supply contracts and local capability raising.

“Today’s announcement is pivotal in securing water for Gladstone’s industry and will support the hydrogen and renewables industry, as well as help sustain the Queensland economy and provide jobs, and I thank both the Queensland Government and Minister Butcher for their decision.”

Chief Executive Officer of the BMD Group, Scott Power said the contract win is a significant step in demonstrating BMD’s diversified capability.

“We are excited to be delivering this pipeline, with the project marking our largest in the water sector to date. It marks a tremendous opportunity for our experienced team to continue working with our established supply chain in Central Queensland where we have proudly worked for almost 30 years.”

Chief Executive Officer of Aveng, Sean Flanagan said the pipeline project will see the positive contribution to the community of Gladstone in regional Queensland and the local economy.

“This water security project resonates very closely with our purpose of ‘Providing a Better Life’ and we look forward to engaging with both the local community and businesses in the delivery of the project.”

Major construction will start later this year, the new pipeline will be complete in 2026.

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