John Holland awarded contract to deliver River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline

John Holland has been awarded the contract by WaterNSW to design, build, operate and maintain a new 270km water supply pipeline from the River Murray in Wentworth to Broken Hill.

John Holland will work with MPC Group to construct the new pipeline, including pumping facilities, water storage and power supply, and then partner with TRILITY for the operations and maintenance of the pipeline for up to 20 years.

John Holland MPC Group Joint Venture will design and construct the River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline at a total project cost of $467 million.

John Holland TRILITY Joint Venture will then undertake the operations and maintenance of the pipeline for a fixed price 20-year contract sum of $107.3m.

Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said they look forward to once again partnering with WaterNSW to deliver this important project.

“This pipeline will provide long-term water security for the Broken Hill community, enabling it to thrive,” Mr Barr said.

“It will supply up to 37.4 megalitres of a peak daily demand of raw water to Essential Water in Broken Hill as the local water provider. Our efficient design ensured the best outcomes in terms of pipe sizes and pumping stations.

“We are focussed on maximising the short-term benefits locally. The project is forecast to spend $50 million in the local area and employ 150 local people from a peak workforce of around 500.”

Executive General Manager NSW/ACT, Scott Olsen, said the focus would now be on mobilising quickly to ensure the pipeline is ready to transfer water by the end of 2018.

“This is the NSW Government’s largest single investment in regional water supply. John Holland has a proud history working with the NSW Government to deliver water projects that are the lifeblood of bush communities,” said Mr Olsen.

“Having been born and bred in Western NSW, I’m personally very excited about the prospect of securing water for one Australia’s great inland cities.”

Detailed planning and design will commence immediately, with construction to start in early 2018.